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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ted Cruz has made multiple trip is a few days to the Hoosier State.Cruz was in Plainfield and Lebanon asking for votes.He also challenged front runner Donald Trump to an Indiana debate.No word on whether Trump will accept.
Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has raised the need for financial supports for Donegal’s tourism and retail sectors due to the impact of Brexit with the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys.Minister Humphreys was appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation to outline the government’s supports for businesses in the context of Brexit.Senator Mac Lochlainn serves on this committee as his party’s Seanad Spokesperson on the portfolio. Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The impact of Brexit has already been profound for Donegal’s tourism and retail sector with a big drop in cross border trade and from the British tourism market.Brexit has also led to a delay in investment plans across the county that is really hurting our local economy. I challenged Minister Humphreys on what supports her government has provided or will provide to these struggling businesses”.“One area that has caused real anger has been the same application of VAT increases across the entire State.“There is no comparison between a hotel in Donegal and a hotel in Dublin city or indeed with restaurants or other businesses, yet they are treated the same from a taxation perspective. “It is surely not beyond the wit of man or woman to find a solution to this unfair policy or to reimburse the Donegal businesses in some way.Donegal businesses are also under pressure from commercial rates and insurance increases.“While I welcome confirmation that Donegal businesses will finally see a rates review, the truth is that some businesses will gain, and some will lose from this review.“The Minister lives in and represents a border community herself, so she should know better than most the impact of Brexit on similar border communities in Donegal.“While she had sympathetic words in response to my representations at the committee, we need to see real actions and practical financial supports being rolled out as soon as possible”. Mac Lochlainn raises need for financial supports for Donegal tourism and retail was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Stressed? Depressed? Take a forest bath. Another major study shows that outdoor exposure is good for the body and mind.A meta-study (a study of studies) involving 290 million people in 20 countries has concluded that “Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits.” Science Daily announces, “It’s official — spending time outside is good for you.”Researchers at the University of East Anglia found strong confirmation in 140 studies of what is intuitively obvious: we feel better when we can see trees and sky. The benefits go deeper than intuition:A new report published today reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure….‘Green space’ was defined as open, undeveloped land with natural vegetation as well as urban greenspaces, which included urban parks and street greenery.The team analysed how the health of people with little access to green spaces compared to that of people with the highest amounts of exposure.“We found that spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces is associated with diverse and significant health benefits. It reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration.“People living closer to nature also had reduced diastolic blood pressure, heart rate and stress. In fact, one of the really interesting things we found is that exposure to greenspace significantly reduces people’s levels of salivary cortisol — a physiological marker of stress.Considering how much work time is lost due to stress, depression and anxiety, time outside could be just what the doctor ordered. The Japanese, once again, seem to be ahead of the Europeans on this point.“Forest bathing is already really popular as a therapy in Japan — with participants spending time in the forest either sitting or lying down, or just walking around. Our study shows that perhaps they have the right idea!”But what causes the benefits? Is it physical activity? Is it socializing? It’s probably those, and more: it gives helpful bacteria a chance to hitch a ride on you! Those, in turn, get your immune system something to practice on.Meanwhile, exposure to a diverse variety of bacteria present in natural areas may also have benefits for the immune system and reduce inflammation.“Much of the research from Japan suggests that phytoncides — organic compounds with antibacterial properties — released by trees could explain the health-boosting properties of forest bathing.”The findings reinforce the idea that human beings were made for outdoor life. We obviously shouldn’t be outside in pouring rain, or on smoky, smoggy days. But life in front of unnatural computer screens in an office cubicle with processed air can take its toll. Wise managers, healthcare professionals and city planners should take this human need for outdoor exposure into account.The research team hope that their findings will prompt doctors and other healthcare professionals to recommend that patients spend more time in greenspace and natural areas.Twohig-Bennett said: “We hope that this research will inspire people to get outside more and feel the health benefits for themselves. Hopefully our results will encourage policymakers and town planners to invest in the creation, regeneration, and maintenance of parks and greenspaces, particularly in urban residential areas and deprived communities that could benefit the most.“This ought to be one subject both creationists and evolutionists can agree on.Creationists can get a laugh over atheist Carl Sagan’s lapse into worship when he said, “It makes sense for us to revere the trees, for we are their children.” OK, Carl; plant an acorn and see if a baby grows from it. Instead, the Bible teaches that God put our first parents not in a city, but in a garden. The future city of God will have lots of open greenspace: rivers, too:Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. This is the real, original created Tree of Life, not Darwin’s fake. Do you see a hint that both Eden and the future New Earth will allow humans to take risks? Why would God make provision for healing with leaves of trees? This suggests that heaven will be adventurous! Don’t think God wants his creatures to be bored, when He outfitted us with all kinds of physical capabilities and minds that soar with high aspirations. The apostle John is watching this vision from a “high mountain,” he says in (21:10). Can’t you envision it festooned with forests and all kinds of living creatures? Who will be first to the top? The gates of the New Jerusalem are open day and night, so we can enjoy all kinds of amazing environments on an unfallen Earth.Our sister site CreationSafaris.com includes many resources to help you get some AWE in your life: Adventure, Worship and Education in the great outdoors! (Visited 295 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Lambasting the ruling BJP for “utterly failing at governance” during its four-year in power, the youth wing of the Maharashtra Congress on Wednesday held a State-wide ‘mock’ yoga protest targeting the party for failing to deliver on its promises.“The Modi government at the Centre and the BJP-Sena government at the State are misleading youth. None of the pre-electoral promises touted by them have been fulfilled. Instead, fake statistics showing fantastic employment generation figures are being published,” said Satyajeet Tambe, president, Maharashtra Youth Congress, who led the agitation in Aurangabad district.As part of the protest, Youth Congress activists, lampooning Mr. Modi’s stress on yoga, performed a number of condemnation yoga asanas (postures) like ‘berojgari asan’ (to protest against unemployment), ‘Rafale asan (to decry the Rafale jet deal) and ‘mehengai asan’ (to condemn the rising fuel prices) among others in a two-hour mock agitation staged simultaneously across the State, including Navi Mumbai and Thane. In the wake of the upcoming general and Assembly elections, the protest also doubled up as a voter outreach programme to connect with youth across the State.“The two crore jobs promised by PM Modi and the BJP are nowhere to be seen even after four years of the party’s rule,” Mr. Tambe said, remarking that merely signing a raft of memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreements signified nothing.He said that the BJP government’s much-vaunted programmes like Make in India and Magnetic Maharashtra had come to a cropper.“There is no sign of any fresh investment or employment generation through such ambitious ventures. Furthermore, the government seems completely apathetic about taking any action on granting reservation to the Maratha, Dhangar and Muslim communities,” Mr. Tambe said.To protest against the Modi government’s alleged crackdown on dissent, the activists performed a ‘troll asan’, and a ‘bhakt asan’ to satirise the acolytes of the Prime Minister. They also performed a ‘maun asan’ to rebut the BJP and Mr. Modi’s bitter criticism of former PM Manmohan Singh for allegedly remaining “silent” all the while.“Mr. Singh’s actions spoke louder than his words. But Mr. Modi conveniently remains silent on issues that matter and instead delivers speeches making tall claims which have turned out to be hollow,” said Brijkishore Dutt, general secretary, State Youth Congress.