Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 5, 2017 – Kingston – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has proclaimed October 10 as World Mental Health Day, under the international theme ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. The Governor-General read the proclamation during a ceremony at King’s House on October 3, which was attended by psychiatrists and professionals involved in mental health care. The Day will form part of activities to mark Mental Health Week, to be observed starting October 8.The Governor-General, in his address, urged Jamaicans to participate in the slate of activities scheduled to be held across the country on that day. Citing statistics, he noted that “one in every four persons around the world will experience mental health problems at one time or another”.“Many people who suffer from psychological and mental distress experience these issues in the workplace. Increase in knowledge and awareness of these issues will help in developing interventions to promote and protect mental health in the workplace,” he said.The Governor-General added that interventions should improve access to employee-assistance programmes to address the stigma of mental illnesses, so that dignity is promoted and respected and people are empowered to take action to promote mental health.Meanwhile, Director of Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse in the Health Ministry, Dr. Maureen Irons-Morgan, said it is fitting to recognise mental health in the workplace.“There are some very common issues that affect mental health, such as stress in the workplace and depression. These are factors that can affect productivity. We want employers to recognise that in protecting and promoting mental health and wellness of workers, in the long run we all benefit,” she said.Information provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that most of one’s adult life is spent in the workplace and the experiences there are among the factors determining the overall well-being of people. The WHO notes that employers and managers who implement workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees with mental disorders, are more likely to see gains, not only in the mental health of their employees but also in the productivity of their work.Activities for the Week include a church service at the Portmore Gospel Assembly and a conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
B-to-b publisher Source Media has acquired London-based CB.Net, a reference data provider for the global banking community. Source said CB.net will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of its Accuity business, a database provider of payment routing data and anti-money laundering screening software.Financial terms were not disclosed.According to Accuity president Hugh M. Jones, the acquisition bolsters the company’s existing client base. “As one company, Accuity and CB.Net offer the best single source of payments data, more solutions and greater flexibility to the marketplace,” he said.Owned by Investcorp, Source Media publishes magazines that serve the banking, capital markets, technology and professional services sectors. Its magazines include American Banker, the Bond Buyer and Origination News.
Sci-Tech NASA’s most clear doubling down on SLS yet came during Bridenstine’s speech Thursday at Florida Institute of Technology, which centered on the announcement of the first contractor to work on the so-called “lunar gateway,” a planned orbiting waypoint around the moon. Maxar, which has also built parts of the International Space Station, will build the power and propulsion unit (basically the main motor) of the lunar gateway. Bridenstine went on to reiterate NASA’s plans to ready a bare-bones version of the gateway and a lunar lander for the 2024 mission. He touted the reusability of both designs, while also acknowledging, a little ironically, that SLS rockets are not reusable, like a Falcon Heavy. NASA unveils its Orion deep-space capsule (pictures) 8 Share your voice NASA is still working on the Space Launch System as part of its moon ambitions. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Thursday there’s only one way to get the first female astronaut to the moon’s south pole by 2024, and it won’t involve Elon Musk’s help.”I want to be clear about SLS and Orion… SLS and Orion is the only system that gives us any chance of getting there in 2024,” he said. “We’ve looked at everything, we’ve considered everything and SLS and Orion, that is the system. And once it’s developed, we will use it over and over and over again.” NASA’s plan, newly rebranded as “Artemis,” has always been to use SLS (Space Launch System) rockets and its sister Orion crew capsule to return humans to deep space, but the system isn’t ready yet. When the Trump administration moved up the moon mission by four years, Bridenstine and NASA considered alternatives. Bridenstine has previously floated the idea that Orion could be launched atop a commercial rocket like a SpaceX Falcon Heavy, but in recent weeks NASA has returned the focus to getting SLS, which would become the most powerful rocket in existence, up and running. NASA Space SpaceX 6:56 NASA isn’t the only space agency trying to land on the… Now playing: Watch this: Tags 8 Photos “We are trading a little bit of reusability for speed,” he said. The hope is that NASA could launch the mission newly dubbed “Artemis 1” using an SLS and Orion around the moon without a crew about a year from now, followed by Artemis 2, a crewed launch around the moon in 2022, and Artemis 3, the eventual landing in 2024. However some major hurdles, including the project’s legacy of years of delays and cost overruns, stand in the way of keeping that schedule. Just this week additional funding for Artemis hit a roadblock in Congress.Meanwhile, SpaceX continues to plug away at readying its own moon rocket, Starship. But not even Musk’s timeline for getting to the moon is as aggressive as the one NASA is currently pursuing. Comments
Myanmar on Friday freed two newsmen for Turkey’s state broadcaster, their local interpreter and a driver after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, a prison official said.Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing Soe – a local journalist who was interpreting for the pair – and driver Hla Tin were released from a prison at Yamethin, near the capital Naypyitaw.Police detained the two journalists on assignment for the TRT World television station and the two Myanmar men on 27 Oct, when they attempted to fly a drone near Myanmar’s parliament building.A court last month sentenced them to two months in prison under the colonial-era Anti-Aircraft Act. All four were until this week also facing an additional charge for importing the drone, and the two foreigners were also facing immigration charges.”We released Aung Naing Soe and the crew at 7:20am today because immigration and police have dropped the charges,” said Aung Myo Chun, chief of Yamethin prison.”They have served their two-month prison sentence under the Anti-Aircraft Act.”A police officer told Reuters on Tuesday he had been ordered to drop the charges because the four had not intended to damage national security and to improve Myanmar’s relations with the journalists’ home countries, Singapore and Malaysia.A local photographer said the two foreign nationals left Yamethin prison by car but Aung Naing Soe and Hla Tin walked out of the prison compound.Later, Aung Naing Soe told Reuters by phone that the release was a surprise.”We have been arrested unexpectedly, and now we are so glad to be unexpectedly released like this,” he said. “We didn’t know that we would be released in the morning until last night.”The case came amid tensions between Buddhist majority Myanmar and mostly Muslim countries like Turkey and Malaysia over Myanmar’s treatment of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority.In early September, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Myanmar of genocide in the western state of Rakhine, a charge that Myanmar denies. The United Nations has said an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine for Bangladesh since the military launched a crackdown on militants in the state in late August.Two Reuters journalists, who had covered events in Rakhine, were arrested on 12 Dec and are still in detention over accusations they violated the Official Secrets Act, also a hangover from British colonial rule in Myanmar.Their families said at a news conference on Thursday that the reporters, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, told them they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents by policemen who had invited them for a meeting.
Besides spicing up your food, chilli, it seems, also has some medicinal value. New research suggests the compound responsible for chilli’s heat could help slow the spread of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. Most cancer-related deaths occur when cancer spreads to distant sites, a process called metastasis. “Lung cancer and other cancers commonly metastasise to secondary locations like the brain, liver or bone, making them difficult to treat,” said one of the study authors Jamie Friedman from Marshall University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our study suggests the natural compound capsaicin from chilli peppers could represent a novel therapy to combat metastasis in lung cancer patients,” said Friedman, a doctoral candidate who performed the research in the laboratory of Piyali Dasgupta at Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine. In experiments involving three lines of cultured human non-small cell lung cancer cells, researchers observed capsaicin inhibited invasion, the first step of the metastatic process. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also found mice with metastatic cancer that consumed capsaicin showed smaller areas of metastatic cancer cells in the lung compared with mice not receiving the treatment. The findings were presented during the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting being held from April 6-9 in Orlando, Florida. Additional experiments revealed capsaicin suppresses lung cancer metastasis by inhibiting activation of the protein Src. This protein plays a role in the signalling that controls cellular processes like proliferation, differentiation, motility and adhesion. “We hope one day capsaicin can be used in combination with other chemotherapeutics to treat a variety of lung cancers.”