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.
Explore further © 2014 Phys.org More information: Carbon Storage in Basalt, Science 25 April 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6182 pp. 373-374. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250828AbstractAll the carbon in the atmosphere, living creatures, and dissolved in the oceans is derived from rocks and will eventually end up in rocks, the largest carbon reservoir on Earth. The carbon moves from one reservoir to another in what is called the carbon cycle. Humans have accelerated this cycle by mining and burning fossil fuel since the beginning of the industrial revolution, causing rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations that are the main cause of global warming. One option for mitigating high levels of global warming is to capture CO2 and safely store it for thousands of years or longer in subsurface rocks. By accelerating carbonate mineral formation in these rocks, it is possible to rebalance the global carbon cycle, providing a long-term carbon storage solution. However, this approach is both technically challenging and economically expensive. CO2 source at the Hellisheidi power plant. Credit: Sigurdur R. Gislason Regardless of the problems, it appears likely that the cost of storing carbon dioxide in such fashion (or others like it) will likely become relatively smaller as the costs of dealing with rising temperatures and sea levels increases, which hopefully, will cause more such efforts to come about. As the planet continues to warm due to greenhouse gases (mainly CO2) captured in the atmosphere, scientists focus on two main approaches to solving the problem: stopping (or at least slowing) the addition of new gasses into the atmosphere, or devising techniques to remove the gasses already there. In this new effort, the researchers are focused on the latter approach.Most of the press dedicated to global warming to date has been focused on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sadly, that approach hasn’t had the desired impact. Because of that governments and organizations are increasingly turning to CCS technology. Just this past week the U.N. issued a climate report which highlighted the necessity of putting more effort into removing gasses to slow the massive costs of the expected average rise in global temperatures in the near future. The problem with pulling carbon out of the air is where to put it—pushing it into the ground is both expensive and risky—geologic activity, such as earthquakes could cause fissures allowing the gas to seep back out into the atmosphere. This is where the researchers in Iceland come in—they’ve been dissolving carbon dioxide into water (from a geothermal plant) and pumping the mixture into basalt formations (that came about due to volcanic activity) underground. Over time, the carbon reacts with calcium, magnesium and iron in the basalt and forms carbonate minerals such as limestone. Scientists have known about this process for some time, but until now, didn’t realize it could happen so quickly. The researchers report that approximately 80 percent of the carbon became embedded in the minerals over the span of just one year. The down side is that it takes a lot of water—up to twenty times as much as the carbon dioxide. Another problem could be pulling the carbon dioxide out of the air, and perhaps having to transport it to a sequestration site. There is also the difficulty of finding the right kind of basalt—it has to be porous. Citation: Researchers find carbon reactions with basalt can form carbonate minerals faster than thought (2014, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-carbon-reactions-basalt-carbonate-minerals.html Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Storing carbon dioxide deep underground in rock form The CarbFix injection site, March 2011. Credit: Sigurdur R. Gislason] (Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, one with the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland, the other with University College in London, has found that mixing carbon dioxide with water and pumping it into underground basalt formations in Iceland has resulted in 80 percent of the carbon being sequestered into carbonate materials within one year’s time. In their paper published in the journal Science, Sigurdur Gislason and Eric Oelkers suggest their method of carbon sequestering may prove a feasible approach to carbon capture and storage (CCS).
With Navratras finally over, it is the time to gorge. So this food marathon organised by a south Delhi mall along with a food-based website couldn’t have happened at a better time. In all, there will be eight teams comprising three foodies each who will compete with each other in challenges that revolve around food. Food Sprint, as the festival is being called, will have some fun foodie games to whip up your appetite. There will be an ‘eating obstacle race’ which will give you a chance to win goodies and sweet hampers from food joints and restaurants. So foodies of the Capital, it is time to unite. Team up and get gorging! DETAILAt: Select Citywalk, SaketWhen: 26 October
How far can one go to find out details in their dreams such that they create paintings? In an attempt to showcase the vision Parul Mehra organised a solo art exhibition titled ‘A New Dialogue’. The exhibition which began on January 7 in the national Capital talks about architectural art.It is said that architecture is visual art. Adding colour in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic. The show was inaugurated by well known Nutrition Expert, Dr Shikha Sharma, Founder Nutri Health. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On the occasion chief guest Shikha Sharma said “The artist Parul Mehra has expressed through vivid flowing colors the emotional journey of an artist as she discovers herself and the world around her, the perception being the central theme of the paintings is unique in its rendition.”Explaining the rationale of the title of her upcoming exhibition, artist Parul said: “Nature has always affected man – whether it is sublime or active. And that will be the theme of her painting in this exhibition. As she says, Mother Nature has eyes too and she will attempt through this exhibition to show this through the visual connect of eyes. But, she asks, “Do we ever ponder as to how nature views us? Our thoughts and actions have affected nature to a great extent, and we are now facing the backlash. “Of all the aggression we used on Mother Nature, she is giving her reply with a force. But is anyone willing to listen?” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs Parul says, “My art is an expression of my dreams, my world in bright hues. This is an inner journey……a catalogue of my subconscious being and what it infers on the spiritual plane of my daily life. Sometimes, these artistic expressions are decoded months after paintings have been made. When I paint, it’s in a meditative state of mind….as if in a trance….”While working in the construction and interiors industry, she was drawn towards the world of Art.A renowned artist, she has already taken part in over fifteen solo and group exhibitions since her debut show in December 2013. The year 2015 proved particularly lucky for her, with her paintings being selected for as many as seven group exhibitions, apart from a solo show and also saw her art works going out of Delhi to Kolkata.
With an estimated 10 per cent of people worldwide having chronic kidney disease (CKD), and about nine in 10 of them being unaware of their condition, health experts have called for making kidney health a priority in both developed and developing countries.Presenting a new global report – The Global Kidney Health Atlas – presented at this week’s World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico City being held from April 21-25, the researchers highlighted the huge gaps in kidney disease care and prevention, with many countries not prioritising kidney health. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGlobally, estimated CKD prevalence varies from seven per cent in South Asia and eight per cent in Africa to as high as 11 per cent in North America and 12 per cent in Europe, The Middle East, and East Asia, and Latin America, according to the report.Among high-income countries, Saudi Arabia and Belgium have the highest estimated CKD prevalence (24 per cent), followed by Poland (18 per cent), Germany (17 per cent) and Britain and Singapore (16 per cent). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNorway and the Netherlands have the lowest estimates at five per cent, the report, which was also published in the journal JAMA, said. “Our Atlas shows that, across countries of all incomes, many governments are not making kidney disease a priority. This makes no sense, as the costs for treating people with end stage kidney disease are enormous, along with the devastating effect it has on patients and their families,” said Adeera Levin, President of the International Society of Nephrology which produced the Atlas. “A diagnosis of CKD does not mean that you will need dialysis or a transplant, but does signal that you are at risk for many health problems, including heart disease, strokes, and infections,” Levin, who is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Colombia in Canada, added. While CKD can affect anyone, people are at higher risk if they have any one or more of a number of risk factors: these include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity smoking, being aged 60 years or over, having established cardiovascular disease, having a family history of kidney failure, and being from a high-risk ethnic group or having a history of acute kidney injury. Acute kidney injury can be caused by infections, dehydration or damage from medications or ingesting toxic drugs. “A general lack of awareness of CKD, among patients and family doctors alike, and a lack of symptoms in the early stages, means that kidney function is usually hugely reduced by the time symptoms arise,” said Professor David Johnson, co-chair of the Global Kidney Health Atlas, and Professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.The kidneys are vital organs in our bodies, removing waste and excess water and controlling the acidity balance of our blood. Chronic kidney disease is the gradual loss of the kidneys’ abilities to perform these essential functions, and can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking and other risk factors.