The Benefits of Music

first_imgWhile many of us like to listen to our favorite music from Afro Pop to gospel for relaxation and spiritual purposes, there is another element to it. This side is the positive effect and the benefit music provides to the human body.Music does not only influence each person’s mind differently, but helps reduce the onset of heart disease by way of its stress and anxiety reduction qualities. Stress and anxiety are closely associated with coronary heart disease.A 2009 study by Bradt and Dileo on approximately 1, 500 patients with heart disease revealed that when they were listening to music, it reduced heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety.Still on the health front, a recent study has disclosed that the majority of people who come down with stroke have problems when it comes to the ‘visual areas of the brain’, which are affected leading to ‘visual neglect.’ But studies have revealed that when these patients are listening to their favorite music, part of their visual attention that has been damage is then restored. A Tsai et al study published in 2013 and conducted on 16 people concluded that listening to classical music may improve visual attention in stroke patients with Unilateral Neglect. Apart from the health benefits, music inspires and uplifts us when we are sad; and this may probably be one of the key components that cause us to love music. While the influence of music varies depended on the person, one thing is certain – sad music can improve our mood and create happiness. In 2013, Kawakami et al conducted a study that showed that sad music is enjoyable because it creates an interesting mix of emotions – some negative, some positive. So the next time you listen to music, look for the health benefits as well as the pleasure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Business leaders called on to invest in implementing green practices

first_imgBusiness Minister Hemraj Ramkumar is urging business leaders to invest in implementing green practices throughout their business activities, because those practices have long-term effects.Business Minister Hemraj RamkumarSpeaking on Saturday at the opening of the Regional Agricultural and Commercial Exhibition (RACE), which was held at the Albion Sports Complex in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne), the Minister said many persons are not aligning themselves with businesses which promote sustainable agricultural practices.Now in its second year, the one-day exhibition was held under the team “Promoting investment in agriculture, showcasing our local products”, and catered for businesses involved in agriculture and agro-processing. The exhibition was also expected to connect producers and consumers while improving and expanding trade opportunities in the region.The Business Minister noted that Guyana has a long history of agricultural production.“This sector has long been the cornerstone of our country’s economy, contributing substantively to the development of Guyana, and being one of the largest creators of employment throughout the country,” he said.“Agriculture plays an increasingly important role today,” he also said, while adding that the United Nations (UN), in its 2018 Report, indicated that growth in the agricultural sector is twice as effective in reducing poverty as in any other sector.“The importance of agriculture in the elimination of word hunger cannot be overstated, especially when an estimated 224 million people in 51 countries are currently facing a global food shortage,” the minister said.Minister Ramkumar has said Guyana must transition to the modern agricultural systems and technologies so that it can realise its true potential as a major food producer in the Caribbean. At the global level, he noted, technologies in agriculture are so common that manual application of water, fertilisers and pesticides is almost unheard of.“The application of smart systems in agriculture contributes towards better crop management, higher yields, optimal use of water and chemicals (and) our rivers and canals, which essentially is the protection of our environment,” he said.He said smart agriculture is also part of the country’s Green State Development Strategy.last_img read more

Fire at UG

first_imgA fire broke out just moments ago in the University of Guyana’s Health Science building. The emergency team is currently undergoing efforts to contain and extinguish the blaze. Preliminary reports revealed that no one has been injured.More details in this report are to follow.last_img

A million species and still counting

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A worldwide scientific effort to catalog every living species has topped the 1 million milestone. Six years into the program the total has reached 1,009,000, researchers report. They hope to complete the listing by 2011, reaching an expected total of about 1.75 million species. Thomas M. Orrell, a biologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, said the finished catalog will include all known living organisms, from plants and animals to fungi and microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoa and viruses. “Many are surprised that, despite over two centuries of work by biologists and the current worldwide interest in biodiversity, there is presently no comprehensive catalog of all known species of organisms on Earth,” Orrell said. The Integrated Taxonomic Information System-Species 2000 Catalog of Life provides access to data maintained by a variety of scientific organizations, each specializing in a certain area. For example, information on dipteran flies is maintained by the Agriculture Department’s Systematic Entomology Laboratory at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Natural history museums in London, the Netherlands and New York maintain clothes moth, dragonfly and spider data. Experts in Canada and Paris keep the data on Ichneumon wasps and longhorn beetles. These lists are peer- reviewed and checked technically, and then integrated into special software for the catalog. The project involves some 3,000 biologists. last_img read more

REJECTED! Derek McInnes turns down Sunderland job to stay with Aberdeen

first_img The 45-year-old has opted to stay at Pittodrie Derek McInnes has turned down the opportunity to take charge of Sunderland and will instead remain as Aberdeen boss, the Scottish Premiership club have announced.McInnes had held talks with the recently-relegated Black Cats, who are in the market for a new manager after David Moyes left following a poor season which saw them finish bottom of the Premier League.But now chief executive Martin Bain will have to go back to the drawing board as McInnes opted to stay on at Pittodrie.McInnes guided the Dons to a third successive second-placed finish, although they were a distant 30 points behind runaway champions Celtic.The 45-year-old former Rangers and West Brom midfielder has previously managed in England during a spell at Bristol City but has decided against another stint south of the border.Aberdeen announced the news on their website late on Thursday evening, with McInnes – whose assistant Tony Docherty will also remain at the club – now looking ahead to next season.“I have ambitions in the game and while there was interest from elsewhere, and I did talk to Sunderland, I feel there is so much still to be done here at Aberdeen.” he said.“While we have lost players from last season, they will be replaced by signings of similar quality and our first challenge is to reach the group stages of the Europa League after coming so close in each of the last three seasons.“Since the first day I arrived at Pittodrie, my biggest gripe has been the lack of training facilities and, with progress at last on that front, it’s something I am keen to see through to its conclusion.”It was on Wednesday that Aberdeen confirmed they had “reluctantly” granted permission for McInnes and Docherty to speak to Sunderland.But, after the decision was taken to stay put, chairman Stewart Milne paid tribute to McInnes’ achievements since he took the reins in 2013.“I am personally absolutely delighted that Derek and Tony have agreed to stay and have never doubted their commitment to the club,” he said.“Given what Derek has achieved here, there is inevitably going to be interest from other clubs and in making the decision to stay, he has demonstrated how much Aberdeen Football Club means to him.“It is now up to all of us, the board, staff, players and supporters to show how much we appreciate having him at the helm by getting right behind him in every way possible.”Losing out on McInnes will be seen as a blow to Sunderland, who also sold goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to Everton on Thursday for £30million.Preston boss Simon Grayson and former striker Kevin Phillips remain in the frame. 1last_img read more


first_imgKilcar GAA News:Our seniors and reserves travelled to Donegal Town to play Four Masters on Sunday and both teams came away with good victory’s our reserves remain top of the league winning 2-12 to 2-07. While our seniors won 0-11 to 0-07 to remain second scorers were Eoin McHugh 0-03, Stephen McBrearty 0-02, Ciaran McGinley 0-01, Michael Hegarty 0-01, Mathew McClean 0-01, Mark Sweeney 0-01, Darragh O’Donnell 0-01 and Aodhán McGinley 0-01 next up is Gaoth Dobhair in Towney this Sunday at 1:30 and 3pm. Our ladies had a great 5-16 to 2-01 at home to Glenswilly in the first round of the championship on Sunday morning. Donegal Seniors and MinorsWell done to Donegal Seniors on reaching their fifth Ulster Final in a row following their win over Derry and hard luck to the Minors who were narrowly defeated by the same opponent’s details of tickets for the final will be available shortly.UnderageWell done to Connor O’Donnell on coming 4th in the County in the Daisi National Skills Competition recently! Thanks to all the parents who brought food and helped out at the Under 10 blitz in Saturday morning, our minors face Naomh Ultan in the championship on Monday evening at 7pm while our Under 14s play Naomh Mhuire in the Divisional final on Wednesday evening at 7pm in Glenties good luck to all involved . Club AppWe have 178 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,600 this week’s numbers were: 2, 4, 18 and 29 winners were: €50 Aiden McGill (Straleel) €30 Pat McGlynn (Fintown) and €20 Mary B O’Donnell (Straleel).  Lotto Plus numbers 3, 7, 21 and 23 there was no winner. BingoClub Bingo winners were €150 Bella Cunningham, €80 Alice McMorrow, Annie Deane, €70 Mamie Kennedy, Pamela Bonner, Kieran Love, Marie Boyle, Brid Boyle, Catherine Johnston, Ann Kane and Marion Boyle.  The Jackpot on Sunday is €4,850 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: CIARAN MCGINLEY SEES RED AS KILCAR DEFEAT FOUR MASTERS IN ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more

Toronto Raptors executive accused of pushing Alameda deputy won’t face charges

first_imgOAKLAND — No criminal charges will be filed against Toronto Raptor’s president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, who was accused of pushing and striking an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy after Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June, an Alameda District Attorney spokeswoman said Tuesday.“The District Attorney’s Office has determined that no criminal charges will be filed in the matter,” said spokeswoman Teresa Drenick. “However, Mr. Ujiri attended a meeting with the District Attorney’s Office …last_img read more

Paul Bannister to lead the International Marketing Council of South Africa

first_imgThe International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) announced today that Mr Paul Bannister has been appointed its acting-CEO for a period of six months from 1 April 2009 to 30 September 2009, whilst the search for a suitable permanent CEO is still underway.Mr Bannister takes over the position from Mr Moeketsi Mosola (formerly of SA Tourism) whose term as acting-CEO of the IMC came to an end on 31 March 2009. Mr Bannister who will devote 50% of his time to the IMC whilst maintaining his existing consultancy business, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the marketing and advertising industry. “The advantage of having Paul on board is that he has been a Board member for many years and has extensive knowledge of the IMC and its complex role and relationships. This will ensure continuity and stability for the IMC.” said Ms Wendy Luhabe, the IMC’s Chairperson. Mr Bannister has been an IMC Board member since its inception in 2001 and has been actively involved in IMC activities as a member of its Executive Committee.last_img read more

International tennis returns to Sun City

first_img Week 3Qualifying: 7/8 JuneMain Draw: 9 to 13 June Qualifying: 24/25 MayMain Draw: 26 to 31 May 14 March 2014 Tennis South Africa (TSA) confirmed on Thursday that three consecutive weeks of international tennis will be played at Sun City resort in North West province during May and June this year. Three back-to-back men’s and women’s tournaments will take place between 24 May and 13 June, with a total prize purse of R650 000 on offer.Futures The Futures tournaments are part of the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Circuit and the first level of professional play, just below the ATP Challenger Tour. They’re a crucial stepping stone for many players aiming for careers on the ATP and WTA World Tours. Each tournament will include a 64-player qualifying draw, a 32-player singles main draw and 16-pair doubles man draw for both men and women, with world rankings point on offer.The perfect venue Hardy Botha, the tournament director from series promoters Egalite Promotions, said Sun City was the perfect venue to host the series. “Over the years, Sun City has played host to some top international tennis events, including the award-winning ATP SA Open in 1994, as well as the 2000, 2002 and 2003 Nike Junior Tour International Masters,” Botha said. “The resort has everything the players need in one location. Coupled with good weather conditions, Sun City at that time of year has very scenic and beautiful surrounds. It promises to be a great three weeks of tennis.”Developing local players Tennis South Africa vice-president Gavin Crookes said TSA believed that hosting Futures was the best way forward to develop local players for the international circuit. “The importance of our country hosting Futures events cannot be stressed enough,” he said. “Futures are the entry level for aspiring professional players, and local hopefuls will have the opportunity of playing for important world ranking points in their own backyard at a fraction of the cost of playing abroad.” Crookes also said that the level of tennis at Futures level was always impressive. “The Futures players are hungry to prove themselves and success at Sun City will help them enter into or improve their world rankings. Inevitably, as a result, the battles on court are fierce and give rise to some really world class tennis being played.”TOURNAMENT DATES Week 1 Week 2Qualifying: 31 May/1 JuneMain Draw: 2 to 7 June SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Debate over the dress is put to good use

first_imgBlack and blue, or gold and white? The colour of a dress has sparked banter on the internet, including a campaign against domestic violence. And The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory says reaction to the campaign has been overwhelming. “Why is it so hard to see black and blue?” asks a Salvation Army campaign highlighting the abuse of women. (Image: The Salvation Army Southern Africa/Ireland Davenport) Priya Pitamber Earlier this month, a debate raged over the internet about the colour of a dress. Some people saw the dress as gold and white; others saw the very same garment as black and blue. The discrepancy in colours caused a social media uproar.Charity organisation The Salvation Army took a different approach to the discussion, and chose to use it to highlight the abuse of women. “Advertising agency Ireland Davenport took the worldwide interest [in the dress] and used it cleverly to highlight the issue of domestic violence in South Africa, while also publicising The Salvation Army’s work with abused and trafficked women,” The Salvation Army wrote on its website.“They photographed an image of a ‘bruised’ model wearing a copy of #thedress. The Army’s advert… adds the headline ‘Why is it so hard to see black and blue’, along with text saying: ‘The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.’”In addition to publishing the ad in newspapers, it was also uploaded to Twitter:Why is it so hard to see black and blue? One in 6 women are victims of abuse. #StopAbuseAgainstWomen— TheSalvationArmySA (@SalvationArmySA) March 6, 2015In another image, the ad referenced the white and gold colour scheme:Why is it so hard to see black&blue?#TheDress #StopAbuseAgainstWomen #TheDressIsBlueAndBlack #TheDressIsWhiteAndGold— TheSalvationArmySA (@SalvationArmySA) March 6, 2015A powerful campaignThe ad has since gone viral, with many people applauding the initiative.Woah. Hats off to @SalvationArmySA for powerful and effective appropriation of an otherwise (arguably) silly, viral phenomenon. #TheDress— cathykurzbock (@cathykurzbock) March 6, 2015The #bluedress completely baffled me. Great to see it used for good w/@SalvationArmySA ad to #StopAbuseAgainstWomen— Lauren Lichtman (@LJLichtman) March 6, 2015.@SalvationArmySA This is how social media is used for good. #bravo #stopdomesticviolence #StopAbuseAgainstWomen— Karen Smith (@karensmith_0808) March 6, 2015“Awareness of the problems of domestic abuse and human trafficking is key for us, and the reaction to this campaign is overwhelming,” said Major Carin Holmes, the public relations secretary of The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory. “More than 3 000 tweets an hour shows the desperateness of the situation – domestic violence and human trafficking needs to be stopped.”How it all startedThe dress first appeared on the blog portal, Tumblr posted by a user using the alias Swiked, with the caption: “Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking out.” But that only added fuel to the heated debate, instead of resolving it.“I see it as white and gold. My friend right here sees it as blue and black. I can’t handle this,” wrote Littlewotsit. Swiked replied: “If that’s not gold my entire life has been a lie.”The science behind it One dress, two different colour schemes. (Image: Books and Such)Scientists have explained that neither colour combination is wrong; because of the way people perceive colour, it all boils down to illusion.“When you look at things on a sunny day, things in shadow are lit by the sky and clouds and have a more bluey tinge,” Andrew Hanson, the former chairman of the Colour Group of Great Britain and scientists at the National Physical Laboratory told the British newspaper, The Telegraph. “It’s why snow in the sunshine looks blue in shadow. So when you see the dress you could be forgiven that you are seeing something on a sunny day in shadow, and interpret it as white.“We all have memory colours. We know that bananas are yellow, for example. Similarly we know that shadow should be blue. It’s nothing to do with colour blindness; it’s all do to with colour perception. Essentially it is an illusion but people who see white, are actually seeing white, even though it is not really there.”last_img read more