News story: Supporting World Mental Health Day

first_imgWe are proud supporters of the campaign, and earlier this year, along with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority produced our own ‘This is Me’ video which raised awareness of mental health in the nuclear industry. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but this is a great day to talk about it and support each other.Since last year’s event, we’ve done a lot to raise awareness of mental health issues here at Sellafield, and we’re keen to continue this work – recognising that we all need to do more.Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Talking to someone about these is often the first step to getting better.As part of this, we’re sponsoring and attending the launch of the ‘This is Me’ campaign in Liverpool.The event and the campaign are designed to help raise awareness and change attitudes towards mental health in the north-west business community.Sellafield Ltd’s Alan Rankin said: We are delighted to be part of the north west group of companies in Liverpool supporting the ‘This Is Me’ campaign, focused on reducing stigma around mental health and making our work place a better place for everyone to be.last_img read more

Chinese grass

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaTurf scientists at the University of Georgia are breeding newvarieties of centipede grass using germ plasm collected from thegrass’s homeland, China.In 1999, Wayne Hanna, a researcher with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences, spent 23 days in themost rural areas of China collecting centipede samples.Earl Elsner, former director of the Georgia Seed DevelopmentCommission, accompanied Hanna. Their trip was funded by a $50,000grant from The Turfgrass Group and Patten Seed Company. Buffalos made search challengingEven though centipede is native to China, it was a chore for theresearchers to find samples. The researchers targeted collection sites in shady areas andalong the coastal salt marshes. “These samples can be used tobreed new varieties with shade and drought tolerance,” Hannasaid.Each night Hanna turned his hotel room into a makeshift lab. Hedried the grass samples on the lampshade, threshed the grass andcareful placed the samples in labeled collection bags.These collection bags were later inspected at the airport, takento Washington, D.C., and returned to Hanna at his UGA lab inTifton, Ga.Germ plasm now available to all scientistsThe UGA research team collected centipede samples from 53 sitesin China. They were helped on the trip by Nanjiang BotanicalGardens researcher Jianxiu Liu, with whom they shared thecollected samples.”We now have germ plasm for our research and for the (U.S.Department of Agriculture) national seed bank,” Hanna said. “Andwe have the Chinese people to thank for the success of our trip.They were very warm, cordial and friendly.”Earl (Elsner) taught our hosts to say ‘goober’ in Englishbecause all the meals included fried peanuts,” Hanna said. “Andthey served us the best-tasting fried peanuts I’ve ever had.” Trip planned before doors closed”We had been breeding new centipede varieties, but we needed moregerm plasm to build from,” he said. “When countries began havingrestrictions for plant collection, I knew I’d better hurry up andget over there before it became impossible to do so.”Since the collection trip five years ago, Hanna has used the germplasm to develop two new experimental varieties, a winter-hardycentipede and a shade-tolerant centipede.The shade-tolerant variety, which can withstand 40-percentcontinuous shade, should be available to the public in three tofive years.Centipede grass first came to the United States in 1918, Hannasaid. It’s known for its ability to grow on sandy and poor soils.”It will grow where very little else will grow,” Hanna said.While in China, Hanna relied heavily on advice from the localpeople.”We flew into cities in southern China, and for each collectiontrip we would work our way by car 50 to 100 miles in eachdirection from the city,” he said. “We’d stop and talk to thelocals and follow their directions through the rice patties.” “The buffalo eat the centipede seed heads down. So we had tosearch for samples under small trees, in thorny bushes and oncliffs where they can’t reach,” he said. “We were able to find italong streambanks and trails and in rice patty levees wherebuffalo walk. Centipede grass was scattered all over China by thebuffalos.”last_img read more

Coronavirus: 21-year-old Spanish coach dies

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia has died after contracting coronavirus. The 21-year-old was the manager of Atletico Portada Alta’s youth team, and was sent to the Regional Hospital of Malaga for treatment after testing positive for COVID-19. It was discovered upon Garcia’s arrival at the hospital that he had been suffering from leukaemia, and the Spaniard passed away on Sunday. Garcia’s club posted a message on social media following his passing, saying: “We want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and close friends of our coach Francisco García who has left us, unfortunately, today. “Now what do we do without you, Francis? You were always there with us at Portada or wherever you were needed, helping out. How can we keep covering all those kilometres in the league? “We don’t know how, but we will surely do it for you. “We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Until forever.” All matches in Spain’s top divisions are currently suspended as the virus continues to sweep across the globe.Tags: Atletico PortadaCoronaviruslast_img read more

Lauderhill Economic Development initiative to attract new businesses

first_imgThe City of Lauderhill is always seeking ways to improve our changing community. The Economic Development Division of the Finance Department is hosting a Retail Recruitment Project Open House at City Hall. This forum is part of an ongoing study the City of Lauderhill and Retail Management Associates(RMA) is conducting to help recruit new retail and establish a wider spectrum of businesses in the City of Lauderhill. This Retail Recruitment Project Open House is open and free to residents and business owners.The Retail Recruitment Project Open House will take place at City Hall’s Commission Chambers and Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The ongoing study will help to improve our business climate as well as increase the variety of our shopping and dining establishments. We encourage you to attend this Open House where you may submit your observations and recommendations directly to the RMA consultants who will moderate the meeting.Refreshments will be provided. City Hall is located at 5581 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33313.Please RSVP or direct concerns to Economic Development Coordinator, Kenneth Lopez at (954) 714 – 3128 or email him here.last_img read more