Study: Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery

first_imgShare on Twitter LinkedIn The study shows that positive changes in sleep over time – improved quality and quantity, and using less sleep medication – are linked with improved scores on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), which is used by mental health professionals to monitor psychological wellbeing in patients.People surveyed who reported positive improved sleep scored a 2-point change in the GHQ – a result comparable to those recorded from patients completing an eight-week programme of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy designed to improve psychological wellbeing.Furthermore, the same people showed improved scores on the 12-Item Short Form Survey, which tests levels of physical and emotional health, as well as people’s ability to perform everyday activities.Conversely, it was found that a lack of sleep, bad quality sleep, and using more sleep medication can lead to worsened medical and emotional states.Dr Tang’s research proves that improving the quality and quantity of sleep amongst the population – as well as discouraging the use of sleep medication – is an effective, simple and cheap method of raising the health and wellbeing of society as a whole.Consequently, she argues that working on getting good quality sleep, and the reduction of sleep medication, should be promoted as a public health value – something that everyone can do easily to stay physically and mentally healthy.Dr Tang comments:“We are far from demonstrating a causal relationship, but the current findings suggest that a positive change in sleep is linked to better physical and mental wellbeing further down the line.“It is refreshing to see the healing potential of sleep outside of clinical trial settings, as this goes to show that the benefits of better sleep are accessible to everyone and not reserved for those with extremely bad sleep requiring intensive treatments.“An important next step is to look at the differences between those who demonstrate a positive and negative change in sleep over time, and identify what lifestyle factors and day-to-day activities are conducive to promoting sleep. Further research in this area can inform the design of public health initiatives.”The paper, ‘Changes in Sleep Duration, Quality, and Medication Use are Prospectively Associated with Health and Wellbeing: Analysis of the UK Households Study’ is published in SLEEP.It is co-authored by Dr Mark Fiecas, Esther Afolalu and Professor Dieter Wolke. Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to research by the University of Warwick.Dr Nicole Tang in the Department of Psychology has discovered that working on getting a better night’s sleep can lead to optimal physical and mental wellbeing over time – and that quality of sleep is more important than how many hours you get.Analysing the sleep patterns of more than 30,500 people in UK households across four years, Dr Tang finds that improving your sleep quality leads to levels of mental and physical health comparable to those of somebody who’s won a jackpot of around £200,000. Pinterestcenter_img Email Share Share on Facebooklast_img read more

New Mexico Game And Fish Expands Black Bear Population Estimate Survey Into Gila National Forest

first_imgBear hair snares stretched across an area with bait in the middle are part of a population study. Courtesy/NMGFNMGF News:SANTA FE — New Mexico Game and Fish has announced that during the summer of 2020, Department biologists and conservation officers will be starting a two-year black bear population estimate study using hair snares in the Gila National Forest.Bear hair snares are a modern study technique designed to collect DNA and allow biologists to identify the number of bears in an area. Starting in early June, Department biologists and conservation officers will set up the hair snares across the Gila National Forest. The hair snares will consist of strands of barbed wire stretched across an area with bait in the middle. As bears duck under or step over the wire a small amount of hair will be collected.Elise Goldstein, assistant chief of wildlife for the Department said “the DNA collected will help biologists continue to make informed wildlife management decisions, ensuring that New Mexico continues to have a healthy, robust population of bears.”Summer is the ideal time for these DNA samples to be collected; bears are shedding their winter coats and the snare will pull this loose hair without harming the bear. The study occurs during breeding season when bears are moving more. Biologists will collect the hair, which will then be sent for DNA analysis at an internationally recognized lab utilized by many state agencies and universities for their wildlife genetic studies.Bear hair snare sites are not located in high use areas, but if you are recreating in the Gila National Forest and find one of these sites, the Department asks you to not touch the study areas and to make your way around the sites.In the past several years similar studies have been completed in the northern and southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Sandia Mountains and the northern and southern Sacramento Mountains. Learn more about these studies in this report. The Department also recently wrapped up a bear hair study in the Jemez Mountains.last_img read more

Local Restaurants Work Hard To Serve Los Alamos

first_imgDiners enjoy the nice weather at Boese Brothers Brewery. Courtesy photoBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Postkirsten@ladailypost.comLos Alamos and White Rock eateries and bars are working hard to keep serving residents and abide by the governor’s order.It can be a tough order to serve since the only thing predictable, it seems, about COVID-19 is that it is unpredictable. As a result, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order is in a constant state of flux. One week it will be able to permit the state to progress into a next phase in the reopening plan only to have to retreat to an earlier phase the next.Likewise, the services that local restaurants can provide are always changing. One week, indoor services are permitted, and then the following week, indoor dining is out.For instance, Boese Brothers Brewery, 145 Central Park Square, offers outdoor dining not only on its patio but diners are encouraged to utilize the lawn located next to the brewery.Co-owner Sam Boese said they obtained a permit through Los Alamos County and a second one through the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control. Basically, he said, these permits allow the brewery to provide temporary seating for outdoor dining.“It’s helped our business a ton,” he said.The permits, Boese explained, “basically allow people to do outdoor seating … with obviously 6 feet minimum between tables, but they are allowing you to do this on a temporary basis due to COVID-19.”The tables the brewery allows for a maximum of six of occupantsThe menu is also changing weekly. Boese said something new is added each week. He said they do cookouts on the lawn Fridays and Saturdays all day and serve burgers, fries, hotdogs and grilled sandwiches.He described the menu similar to a food truck – there is something a little different every time. New menu items are announced on Boese Brothers Brewery Facebook page.The public has turned out to support the brewery, Boese said.“It seems like they have,” he said. “I am sure that all the restaurants and breweries up here would agree things have definitely been slower … it’s been picking up a little each week and we totally appreciate everyone coming out.”Boese Brothers Brewery is open 4-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4-10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3-8 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to order takeout, visit or call 505.500.8325.Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill, 614 Trinity Dr., also has expanded its outdoor patio dining. General Manager AJ Gordon added the restaurant is still taking to-go orders and offering curbside pickup.Owner Patrick Mockler-Wood said other services include:Keg salesGrowler FillsTake-OutOnline/phone orderingDelivery in Los AlamosFree Delivery to Bathtub Row Brewing“We are doing our best to survive,” Gordon said. “…it’s been very trying to the team (but) we got a lot of stick-to-it-ness.”Gordon said the community is asked to support the restaurant as best it can.“It’s not just us,” she said, “it is all of us – we are all in this together.”Due to the changes in the public health order, Gordon said the Brew Pub and Grill abbreviated its menu but also have some great additions including favorites such as its truffle mac n’ cheese and the Stuffed Pajarito Burger. Mockler-Wood said the Stuffed Pajarito Burger won second place last summer in an edible magazine’s green chili cheeseburger challenge. He said his restaurant planned to compete again this year, but the challenge was canceled due to COVID-19.Gordon credits the staff and the community for staying flexible and strong through these uncertain times.“The employees – everybody is such a strong team,” she said. “There is such a strong family here … I think everyone has learned quite a lot about safety and they are reminded to just be kind and keep cleaning!”Mockler-Wood agreed.“We are very grateful to our amazing staff who diligently work every day to keep our work area clean, sanitized, and safe for ourselves and our customers,” he said. “We are also grateful to our loyal customers who have continued to eat with us through these trying times.”He also urged the community to help support local restaurants.“…Pajarito Brewpub and Grill is one of the more popular places in town even during these trying times, however we only serve .035 percent of the Los Alamos population in a seven-day week. With 17 other locally owned restaurants currently an operation that’s still less than 1 percent (0.61 percent) of Los Alamos is eating out in a given week,” Mockler-Wood said. “If our local community truly wanted to save small business restaurants all they would have to do is eat out once a month at their favorite restaurant in town. I would guarantee all 17 restaurants would not only survive these trying times, they would thrive. And many more restaurants would want to come into Los Alamos for a piece of that kind of action.”Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill is open 4-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and noon to 9 p.m. the rest of the week. Online ordering is available at or call 505.662.8877.Pig + Fig, 11 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock, has worked hard to follow the public health order.“Although we miss seeing all of our regular customers sitting in our dining room, we completely support all the efforts our governor is making to keep New Mexico safe and we would never want to do anything to compromise the health of our neighbors,” Owner Laura Crucet said.“We have enhanced our outdoor patio area with more tables and shade and we are proud to be able to provide a space where friends can still safely meet for coffee, lunch or a glass of wine,” she added.Takeout is another popular option, Crucet said.“We have always done a robust take out business but now it comprises over 90 percent of our sales,” she said. “In general, we do not deliver because it does not make sense with our business model. We have been offering a weekly comfort food dinner package (which we have been delivering to Los Alamos or White Rock) and people love them because they’re usually enough for dinner and a couple of days of leftovers!”For more information about Pig + Fig’s hours, menu or to place an order, visit or call 505.672.2742.Trying to navigate through this “new normal” is foreign to everyone and restaurants are no exception.Bosese said, “I was talking to my brother (Co-Owner George Boese) last week and we were joking that this is not something they teach in business class.”He said he learned how important it is to gather as much information as possible and respond quickly and in an informed manner to all the changes.Two good references, Boese said, are here and here. Los Alamos And White Rock Restaurant Listings: PYRAMID CAFE751 Central Ave #3239, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.661.1717YUAN’S DUMPLING AND NOODLE HOUSE1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544yuansdumplings.com505.661.8053VIOLA’S1360 Trinity Dr, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.662.5617EL RIGOBERTOS TACO SHOP166 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544 Bonnie View Dr, White Rock, NM 87547505.551.0006ORIGAMI182 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.661.2592SIRPHEY1793 Deacon St, Los Alamos, NM 87544sirphey.com505.661.4003CHILI WORKS1743 Trinity Dr, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.662.7591BLUE WINDOW BISTRO1789 Central Ave #3088, Los Alamos, NM 87544labluewindowbistro.com505.662.6305FLEUR DE LYS1460 Trinity Dr #1, Los Alamos, NM 87544 ON THE GREENS244 Diamond Dr, Los Alamos, NM 87544http://cottonwoodonthegreens.com505.662.0404CAFE SUSHI3801 Arkansas Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.662.7131RUBY K’s BAGEL CAFE1789 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544 PALACE RESTAURANT759 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.662.4433BOB’S BODACIOUS BBQ3801 Arkansas Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.662.4227MORNING GLORY1377 Diamond Dr, Los Alamos, NM 87544morningglory.biz505.662.4000TIME OUT PIZZA157 Central Park Square #157, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.662.7261CHINA MOON RESTAURANT121 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544505.662.2883ROSE CHOCOLATIER49 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544rosechocolatier.com505.695.1156EL PARASOL1903 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544subway.com505.661.9769SECRET CITY KITCHEN4000 University Dr, Los Alamos, NM 87544secretcitykitchen.com505.819.3676last_img read more

Pathways to the private sector

first_imgClaer Barrett Senior online reporter, Financial Times – chairNeil Young Chief executive, Get Living LondonHarry Downes Managing director, Fizzy LivingSimon Chatfield Operations director, be:hereKate Davies Chief executive, Notting Hill HousingCB: The government’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) Taskforce has identified £10bn of potential investment for private rented sector projects, but how does this translate on the ground?SC: There’s a lot of interest in PRS, and lots of institutions have talked about it, but there are probably still only a small number that would seriously fund it.NY: One of the difficulties for institutions is that their funds are either income funds or capital funds – and PRS is both.HD: While PRS landlords are competing in the market against overseas investors they are always going to lose out.PRS operates on a different business model to developers and housebuilders, who do not need to budget for long-term hold and regular maintenance.Until PRS is seen as a viable use of property in its own right, capable of giving something back to the community such as a 10-year commitment to PRS with capped rents and incomes, then it will continue to face difficulties in securing product.SC: If the investors were where they are now three years ago, we would have had the opportunity to secure a number of sites. Now sites in zone three that would have been ideal for PRS are going to private sale.NY: Investors from Asia are ultimately prepared to buy flats on the kinds of sites we want to buy; it’s not just about central London for them anymore.CB: The Labour government has declared war on buy-to-let investors, calling for “investor-free zones” and rental caps – will this help PRS developers?KD: I know a lot of private landlords who have made millions on the back of housing benefit and that’s not right.HD: They’re looking at the wrong part of the problem.Do local authorities want to be seen to freeze out buy-to-let investors, or increase the number of apartments young people can afford to rent?Is there not a way where, in large residential schemes, of the 40 per cent that should be “affordable”, half are PRS with capped rental increases and a ten-year guarantee?That would provide us with the residual valuation to make schemes work. Take an area like Vauxhall.You’ve either got to be extremely poor to live there, or extremely rich.Young professionals are exiled.We’re all trying to achieve homes for young people but we need to buy at a viable price to rent at a viable rent.The government should legislate or make this part of Section 106 agreements.SC: It’s also about the quality of the product, and having something that delivers what tenants actually want: long-term security of tenure, certainty around rent increases, services and a landlord that responds to repairs.CB: Would a separate planning use class help?HD: The institutions that fund PRS developments don’t want it.They have a long-term view and want the ultimate flexibility to sell.SC: To have a product that encourages young professionals to live and work in the borough is popular with local authorities at a housing department level, but there is still a lack of clarity in planning viability terms.More evidence is needed to assist valuers and planners.CB: How does the social housing model fit in to PRS?KD: In the 1970s you either bought a house or got a council flat. Now most people can’t get into either.Social housing is not available for ordinary working people.Right to buy is still being encouraged, so of course PRS is taking up the slack.But as a solution, I don’t really rate it.It is relatively expensive, and rents are going up faster than people’s incomes so it isn’t really sustainable. The government is interested in PRS as it is unable to tackle two much bigger problems – how do we provide adequate, affordable housing for people to rent or buy.CB: What would you do as housing minister?KD: Four out of every ten developable acres in England are owned by the state.Public land could be the subsidy that makes housing affordable for people.But it must be kept in the public sector so that the increasing value over time is retained and can keep working.Look at Notting Hill – we’re worth £6bn, which enables us to build homes with only 10% funding from the taxpayer, and 90% generated by our organisation and borrowing.CB: PRS developers pride themselves on tenant services – but which are the most popular?HD: We offer free basic broadband, which tenants love as they hate the inconvenience of waiting for BT or Sky to make an appointment.Laundry and dry cleaning they’re happy to pay for, but the biggest one is internet shopping – we have hundreds of Amazon parcels delivered every week, so having a concierge to sign for and take delivery of those is really popular.CB: What have you all learned from the US market, where PRS is known as “multi-family housing”?SC: In the US, it is so competitive. You get services like wine cellars and pet grooming parlours.There’s no regard for whether people actually want it, but if one has it, the next one has to copy; it’s self-perpetuating. One thing we saw and liked was local restaurants coming in and doing a food evening for tenants, which has communitybuilding benefits.last_img read more

Lightweight Indian rocket innovation to launch in January

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Report on Welsh Marine Energy Launched

first_imgA new report ‘Marine Energy in Wales – Investment, Jobs, Supply Chain’ completed by Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP) has highlighted the compelling economic benefits created by the marine energy sector in Wales to date. The report, launched at the Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Annual Industry Seminar in March, highlights the positive impact of the marine energy industry on the Low Carbon Economy in Wales, providing green jobs and growth in a challenging economic climate.In terms of total investment in Wales to date, Wave and Tidal technology developers have already spent over £34.5 million. When this is combined with marine energy research carried out by Welsh universities the figures rises to £45.4 million.Employment benefits are also substantial; marine energy technology developers and associated Welsh project development has directly created 99 person years of employment so far.  Alongside Welsh marine energy related research, this figure rises to over 174 person years of employment.With excellent wave and tidal resource, the announcement of two marine energy Demonstration Zones and the allocation of €100.4 million of EU structural funding prioritising marine energy, Wales is well placed to reap the benefits from this nascent but growing industry.The report ‘Marine Energy in Wales – Investment-Jobs-Supply Chain’ along with a film of the seminar will soon be available on the MEP website.Image: MEPlast_img read more

Trainee solicitors face debts of more than £10,000

first_imgMore than half of trainee solicitors have racked up debts of more than £10,000 before qualifying, according to an annual survey published by law student forum The survey of around 200 trainees revealed that 55% had debts in excess of £10,000, while 35% were more than £15,000 in debt, and 18% had no debt at all. Some 86% of trainees questioned thought too many people graduated from the Legal Practice Course (LPC) each year, increasing competition for training contracts. The survey showed that 60% of trainees had made 10 or more applications for a training contract, with 12% making more than 50 applications. Nearly 90% thought it was harder to get a training contract in 2009 than in 2008. National firm Eversheds was the firm where most trainees said they wanted to work, with City firm Allen & Overy in second place and national firms DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons in joint third. Jamie Hutchinson, a director of, said: ‘2009 was the toughest year in recent memory for anyone looking to secure a training contract. Firms cut the number of training contracts, reduced salaries, deferred start dates and made hundreds of newly qualified solicitors redundant. Even the Law Society started a campaign to warn students about the risks of pursuing a legal career.’ He added: ‘It is now common to take a pre-application online test, complete an online application, attend an assessment day and face numerous interviews before obtaining a training contract… Competition is fierce and 2010 will only see the number of applicants per vacancy rise.’ The full survey results are available at: read more

Skills crisis: Performance anxiety

first_imgThe labour force is construction’s Achilles’ heel. While other sectors can use scarcity of labour as a prompt for investment in improved productivity, construction firms typically pass increased costs on to clients. So, while productivity in UK manufacturing increased by over 70% in real terms during the past 20 years, construction efficiency barely improved, contributing to much higher cost escalation than in the wider economy.As a challenge, productivity in the UK is doubly important at the moment. Economy-wide productivity has barely moved since the downturn in 2008 – significantly affecting UK competitiveness. Additionally, increased productivity opens up the prospect for non-inflationary growth in living standards. Recent improvements in labour output and earnings have helped to underpin the UK’s strong recovery.With crucial infrastructure projects such as the Midlands Mainline electrification scheme being cancelled, in-part due to delays and higher costs, the impacts of our industry’s inefficiency are spilling out into the real world. Given that cancelled infrastructure investments have long-term implications for regeneration, regional competitiveness and a balanced economy, it’s fair to say that construction’s productivity puzzle is a national problem, not just an industry issue.Given a background of increasing workload, scarce labour and deep-rooted inflationary pressure, the latest data, showing a significant contraction in the construction labour force, should set alarm bells ringing. The big picture was an unexpected net fall in national employment of 40,000 in the three months to June 2015. The detailed picture is that the construction workforce alone fell by over 70,000 (net) – a 3% reduction.Given the construction industry’s age structure, high levels of self-employment and high levels of reliance on overseas labour, there are a range of explanations for why employment may have fallen in the short-term, but rising joblessness wasn’t one of them – construction unemployment is at an all-time low with barely 76,000 ex-construction workers looking for work.So if the labour force is contracting while output is forecast to grow by 5% this year, then either industry productivity must increase or contractors must work harder to attract workers – presumably by paying more – with a knock-on effect on either prices or profitability. Isn’t it time the industry got serious about productivity rather than taking the easy way out by passing on costs?The latest data, showing a significant contraction in the construction labour force, should set alarm bells ringingThere are of course many reasons for construction’s poor productivity. EC Harris’ 2013 research for Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) into the structure of construction supply chains highlighted how fragmented the industry is and, as a result, how dependent project success was on the skills of key individuals such as the contractor’s site manager.These conditions haven’t changed, and sources of inefficiency cutting across product design, project team structure, quality of collaboration, quality of information and effectiveness of planning and reporting combine to create the conditions for endemic under-performance.Construction 2025 set out a vision to transform construction into a sustainable, productive industry delivering whole-life value. That vision is challenging to deliver, so what pieces of the puzzle could be focused-on to improve efficiency as a priority? The first piece should focus on people at the coal face, maximising personal productivity by ensuring that they are safe and have the necessary resources to do their job – access, information, material and supervision. It sounds obvious but there is plenty of evidence of continuing low-utilisation of site labour that can only be addressed at a site level.The second component should be more extensive and better project planning at a detailed, tactical level – aimed not only at identifying the best work sequences but also at equipping project managers to respond proactively to the changes that will inevitably take place on site.The third element needs to be better project control – linking cost, programme and risk through integrated reporting tools – so expected levels of performance are understood by all of the team and under-performance highlighted.The fourth must prioritise better alignment of design and construction – improving design for manufacture and assembly if nothing else – so that clients are confident that they are buying what the supply chain wants to supply and is capable of delivering.The last piece is data – information and information management has a key role to play in delivering heightened productivity. We need to capitalise on the benefits of builders who understand the co-ordinated solution that needs to be delivered, and clients who fully understand what they are buying.Construction’s skills shortage is unlikely to be fixed simply through more recruitment and training. Unfortunately, detailed planning, comprehensive controls, focused collaboration and usable data do not naturally align with how construction prefers to deliver its work. Too often project teams fail to prepare sufficiently and, in order to improve performance, the industry must improve planning and delivery of work to make better use of existing resources.Simon Rawlinson is head of strategic research and insight at EC Harris.last_img read more

WWL ALS helps rescue stricken ship

first_imgAccording to WWL ALS, EMS Majestic was taking on water and this caused the engines to fail. The vessel was recovered and taken to ABP’s Port of Southampton in an operation executed by HM Coastguard and other agencies. WWL ALS is currently acting as the ship’s agent and operations manager. WWL ALS’ response team is currently in attendance and handling the incident on behalf of the vessel owner’s. EMS Majestic has berthed adjacent to the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) terminal. The incident occurred during high seas and strong winds. At this stage the cause of incident remains unknown. The vessel will be investigated and repaired to establish the cause of the incident. The two crew members that were airlifted to safety by HM Coastguard during the initial response have been safely recovered and will be repatriated to the vessel on its arrival in Southampton. www.2wglobal.comwww.wwlals.comlast_img read more

Ontario to establish High Speed Rail Planning Advisory Board

first_imgCANADA: Plans to establish a High Speed Rail Planning Advisory Board to support the development of proposals for a 250 km/h electrified passenger service on the Windsor – Toronto corridor were announced by the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne on October 23.The High Speed Rail Planning Advisory Board would bring together experts to provide strategic advice on business issues, and would engage with stakeholders, the private sector and indigenous communities during the environmental assessment, design and ridership forecasting processes. A formal environmental assessment process is expected to get underway in spring 2018.The project would comprise a mix of upgraded existing infrastructure and new dedicated tracks. The first phase is envisaged for completion by 2025 at the earliest, and would run from Toronto Union Station to Pearson airport, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and London. The second phase would extend the route to Chatham and Windsor in 2031. On completion the project would reduce end-to-end travel times from more than 4 h to just over 2 h, and serve a region of more than seven million people. ‘High speed rail will dramatically change what’s possible for people in Southwestern Ontario’, said Wynne. ‘Whether that’s giving people a faster, greener way to get to a great job in the tech industry, allowing family members to visit more often or helping people discover more of our beautiful province. Canada’s first high speed rail service will also help companies along the Toronto – Windsor corridor to continue to attract top talent and take their business to the next level.’last_img read more