• Reducing test anxiety

    first_imgTest anxiety is one of the most common forms of stress faced by young people. Even when they know the information that will be on the test, stress can cause changes in the body and brain that make it hard to think clearly. Stress causes the body to go into a “fight or flight” response, which moves blood back toward the brain stem. This moves blood away from the thinking part of the brain, potentially causing the test taker to forget what they studied. Testing worry also competes for the brain’s working memory, which is used for performance. It is hard to determine why test anxiety affects some youths more than others. However, most students cited the pressure to excel, qualifying for gifted programs, achieving scholarships and academic awards, and the desire to be seen as intelligent as causes of test anxiety. To tackle this problem, follow the steps below when preparing for a test. Step 1: Allow plenty of time to study. Cramming or staying up the night before a test is a sure tickets to disaster. Waiting until the last minute to study increases stress hormones and can actually decrease memory. Studying boosts confidence and also lowers the risk of panicking on testing day. Write out a study schedule for tests, and remember to allow plenty of time for fun, breaks and rest. Step 2: Consider studying with someone else. If you study better with a “study buddy” or someone who can help with motivation, or if you have trouble with any of the subjects you have been asked to learn, choose a study partner. Studying with another person can relieve some anxiety and can make the task a team effort. If you study best by yourself, it is still OK to have a friend or fellow student study with you in case of stress. Step 3: Organize the materials. Make sure you have everything needed to study. If textbooks or notes are not clear, ask your teacher for other suggestions. Library books, websites or magazine articles might be helpful as well. Step 4: Choose snacks and drinks that are healthy brain foods. Don’t drink too much coffee, tea or soft drinks. Even though it can perk you up temporarily, the sugar and caffeine will eventually cause you to crash. They can also cause you to think less clearly. Junk foods that are full of sugar and carbohydrates can have the same effect. Make sure to have healthy drinks and snacks on hand for studying and testing time. Step 5: Learn how to reduce stress. Find a quick relaxation technique that helps you calm down. Most stress occurs during the first few minutes of a test. If this happens, it helps to spend a few minutes relaxing before tackling the test. Try breathing, writing down your concerns, stretching, yoga, listening to music, imagery, meditation, squeezing a stress ball — whatever is allowed in the testing space. If you prefer to get up and move to burn off stress, find a more physical activity such as line dancing, juggling, walking or any other kind of exercise. It is okay to combine methods to suit your own personal style. Step 6: Reward yourself. Before starting, plan on how you will reward yourself for all your hard work studying and testing. If you followed all these steps, you deserve a reward, no matter what how you did on the test … but you probably did just fine. Step 7: Relax! You are ready and a lot less stressed! For more information about the Georgia 4-H Health Rocks “Less Stress on the Test” program, contact your local 4-H program at the UGA Extension office in your county at 1800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

  • VSJF gets $10,000 for flexible risk capital fund

    first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) has announced it has been awarded a $10,000 challenge grant from the Castanea Foundation.Castanea s grant will help support the launch of the VSJF s flexible capital which will provide flexible risk capital to growth companies in Vermont s natural resource and renewable energy sectors.  According to VSJF s Deputy Director, Janice St. Onge, As capital markets are shrinking, innovative growth companies in Vermont s natural resource sectors are having difficulty finding flexible risk capital that doesn t impact their ownership position or constrain cash in a way that will slow down their growth.  These same businesses with the right match of capital for their business model can be the growth engine Vermont needs to move us towards a sustainable economy.   Upon capitalization, the VSJF flexible capital fund will use financing instruments such as royalty financing (also known as near equity ) and subordinated debt to help these companies leverage additional financing.  We are proud to provide this support as part of our goal to conserve Vermont s working landscape and agricultural lands by fostering the economic viability of Vermont agriculture, said Tim Storrow, Executive Director of Castanea Foundation.  Castanea believes the initiative to develop a flexible capital fund that will invest in Vermont businesses in sustainable agriculture, value added food production, forestry, biofuels and other natural resource markets is both timely and important.    The mission of the Castanea Foundation is to conserve and protect agriculturally productive and environmentally significant lands and water resources throughout Vermont and select areas of New York. In order to help VSJF leverage additional capital needed to launch the fund, Castanea s grant is contingent upon VSJF securing commitments for additional $10,000 from other sources.  To date, VSJF has received a $1,000 donation from Northfield Savings Bank to help meet the Castanea challenge.With 13 offices serving 69 Vermont communities, Northfield Savings Bank donates 10% of profits to Vermont community organizations.  Other fundraising efforts are underway to raise the remaining challenge funds. The VSJF was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization to help accelerate Vermont s green economy through targeted grant making and technical assistance.  For more information about the VSJF, or to support the flexible capital fund initiative through tax deductible contributions, contact Janice St. Onge at (802) 828-0398 or by email at sends e-mail).last_img read more

  • Manchester offices – Mad for it in Manchester

    first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

  • Rennes vs Arsenal TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news for Europa League clash

    first_img Phil HaighThursday 7 Mar 2019 2:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Rennes vs Arsenal TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news for Europa League clash Arsenal are one of the favourites to win the Europa League (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal will look to put one foot in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night when they travel to Rennes for the first leg of their last 16 tie.The French side are not having the best of seasons, currently sitting 10th in Ligue 1, although they came through a tough test against Real Betis in the last round of the Europa League.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe Gunners have three wins and a draw from their last four games, but will be disappointed that is not four victories after missing a last-minute penalty to beat Tottenham on Saturday.Arsenal will be wary of former Newcastle man Hatem Ben Arfa who is now at Rennes and has seven goals this season.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery has won the Europa League three times with Sevilla (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)When is Rennes vs Arsenal?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe match is on Thursday 7 March with kick-off at 5.55pm at Roazhon Park.What TV channel is Rennes vs Arsenal on and is there a live stream?BT Sport 3 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 5.15pm.Subscribers can stream the action on BT Sport Player or watch on the BT Sport app. Commentcenter_img Hatem Ben Arfa is at Rennes now (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)3/1 Rennes13/5 DrawEVS ArsenalTeam newsArsenal remain without long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck, while Alexandre Lacazette is suspended.Rennes are also misisng players thanks to ill-discipline as M’Baye Niang and Hamari Traore are banned.MORE: Arsenal target Monchi clashes with Roma fans after Champions League defeat against RomaMORE: Adrien Rabiot caught partying after Manchester United knocked PSG out of the Champions League Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Union Investment: German investors support carbon price increase

    first_imgCredit institutions (24%), asset management firms (21%), insurance companies (18%), foundations and churches (16%), pension funds (12%) and large companies (9%) are listed among the investors surveyed.“We are now also registering strongly growing demand from private investors for sustainable investments, that were for a long time primarily a topic for institutional investors in Germany, ” Henrik Pontzen, head of ESG at Union Investment, told IPE.In total, institutional investors deployed more than half (56%) of their assets based on environmental, social, ethical and governance criteria. Church organisations and charitable foundations stood out for following ESG policies (75%), but insurance companies also recorded high scores, with 66%.The research showed that investors tended to opt mainly for exclusion criteria as a method for selecting sustainable investments (92%), but three quarters (74%) of the respondents opposed excluding companies that have plans to transition into a sustainable business even though they had not completed the process yet.Negative screening processes were picked by 72% of investors, followed by positive screening (58%), while the best-in-class approach was selected by 55% of respondents.Although 57% of participants considered engaging with investee companies effective, only one third (34%) took active part in a dialogue with the firms.Institutional investors said they expect either a strong or a very strong market growth for sustainable investments (83%) in the next 12 months, compared to 69% of those surveyed the previous year.They believed the energy sector (95%) and the transport and mobility sectors (93%) held particularly great potential for sustainable investments, the research showed.The regulatory framework was a driver to continue intensifying involvement in sustainable investing for 70% of the respondents, it disclosed.Union Investment welcomed the goal set by the government to make Germany a leader in sustainable finance.“A look at the relative share of sustainable investments in Germany shows that we have got an enormous catch-up potential in a European comparison,” Pontzen said.For the majority of the respondents (70%), particularly asset management firms, insurance and large companies, sustainable investments could have an impact on the global climate.So far, large investors that included sustainability criteria in their decision-making process were satisfied or extremely satisfied with sustainable investments.According to the survey, investment returns on sustainable assets showed similar or even better performance than that of conventional portfolios for almost 71% of investors.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. German investors are in support of an increase in the carbon price per tonne to €62, according to the 2020 sustainable asset management survey of institutional investors conducted by Union Investment.The German government plans to price CO2 emissions at €25 per tonne.According to the study, based on a survey of 166 institutional investors in Germany with combined assets worth €6.8trn, 72% said €25 is inadequate, and 92% thought capital markets had not yet priced in climate risks to an appropriate degree.The study found that sustainable investment is on the rise in Germany, with 80% of institutional investors that now weigh sustainability criteria during the investment process – an 8% increase compared to the previous year and the highest value since the start of Union Investment’s annual investor survey in 2009.last_img read more

  • Another cop in trouble over liquor transport

    first_img“It’s an unacceptable act. We cannot tolerate our personnel violating the law we are tasked to enforce,” he said. “The van passed through our area twice before but this time we flagged it down,” said Caro. According to Caro, when his policemen were about to check Faldas’ van, Digcabo-on who was in his car right behind Fadas’ van told them, “Indi pagbuksi, Sarge, kay iya na ka grupo.” Digcabo-on further faces an administrative charge of grave misconduct. “We have to impose disciplinary action against them. They were supposed to be the arresting officers but they were the ones violating the liquor ban,” said Gorero./PN According to PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Gilbert Gorero, no less than Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director, ordered the relief of the three policemen. Both Digcabo-on and his friend, Leo Faldas, were taken to the Guimbal police station. Panaguiton is currently restricted at the Antique Police Provincial Office while Pingoy and Luminario at the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) and Iloilo City Police Office, respectively. Both were headed to Miag-ao when apprehended at around 4:40 p.m. on May 20. Caro said Digcabo-on and Faldas face charges for violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 11332 in relation to Executive Order No.080 of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. placing the province under general community quarantine and imposing a liquor ban. ILOILO City – At a quarantine control point in Barangay Nanga, Guimbal, Iloilo a policeman and a friend who were separately driving their vehicles were apprehended. Digcabo-on, 47, was assigned at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). Faldas, on the other hand, was a resident of Molo district here. Prior to Digcabo-on’s May 20 arrest, three police officers were relieved from their posts and charged criminally and administratively with violating the liquor ban. The van of the cop’s friend yielded 60 boxers of liquor. There is an ongoing liquor ban in line with the prevailing general community quarantine. The sale and transport of alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Iloilo Police Provincial Office director Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas warned policemen against defying the liquor ban. The policeman, Staff Sergeant Jose Digcabo-on Jr., tried to dissuade the cops manning the quarantine control point from inspecting his friend’s vehicle, according to Police Lieutenant Nelson Caro, Guimbal police chief. The three were Police Staff Sergeant Roy Panaguiton of Sebaste, Antique police station; Police Corporal Arnie Luminario of the Molo district police station here; and Police Staff Sergeant Paul Pingoy assigned at the intelligence division of the regional police headquarters. The policemen dismissed Digcabo-on’s plea and proceeded to check the van. They found 60 boxes of liquor.last_img read more

  • Lady Bulldogs Middle School Volleyball Teams Battle Lady Panthers

    first_imgThe BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team played well, but still fell to Jennings County in 3 games; 22-25, 25-20, 15-10.Chloe Schroeder, Megan Sloan, and Paige Stirn had good passing in the back row against the hitting team.  From the service line, Nikki Fox earned 13 points.  Fox also contributed 4 kills from the front row.  Kylie Laker chipped in with 2 kills for the team. Grace Habig, Shalee Harrington, and Belle Wolters had one kill each.The 8th Grade BMS Volleyball team started slow, but battled Jennings County the next two games eventually falling 25-9; 18-25; 15-10.Abigail Westerfeld led the team with 7 service points. Sarah Ronnebaum, Macy Prickel, and Anna Bauer chipped in with 3 points each. Prickel and Bauer led the team in spiking with 5 and 4 kills respectively. Biz Mullen had an excellent dig late in the second game. Jade Pflum and Kari Reer contributed with solid back row passing.The teams will face Jac-Cen-Del in the first round of the SEI Volleyball Tourney at home on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

  • Franklin County Community Foundation set announce scholarship winners

    first_imgBrookville, In. — The Franklin County Community Foundation is awarding more than $61,000 this year in scholarships from endowed funds that have been established by community members and organizations.During the Franklin County High School ceremony, held on Wednesday, May 8, scholarship founders, family members and the community foundation presented awards.  Additional scholarships will be awarded at Batesville High School, Oldenburg Academy and St. Michael School.Along with scholarships for high school seniors, awards have been given to current college students and non-traditional students, contributing to our total of close to 1,000 scholarships granted from FCCF endowment funds since the Foundation began.The complete list of scholarship winners is coming soon.last_img

  • Owner is Mour than happy to spend

    first_img “Chelsea at this moment is working very, very well, thinking that the Financial Fair Play is going to be in place and we have to obey certain rules. “(But) our owner (Abramovich) is still the same owner and his passion for football is still the same. If we are free to spend, our owner is more than happy to be free to spend. “Our owner is respecting the new rules that we are waiting for and hopefully, for the good of football, it’s for everybody, not just for some.” Mourinho has spoken of a different project at Chelsea, after Abramovich’s multi-million pound injection helped him lead the Blues to their first championship in 50 years during his first spell at the club. Now Mourinho’s task is different as Chelsea go along with the FFP rules put into place to ensure clubs can be self-sufficient and not reliant on wealthy individuals who, potentially, could walk away and take their money with them. He added: “We think about ourselves, we work in a balanced way. We are building a team. “We will build the team without the massive investment in the short period of time like some clubs are still doing.” Press Association In a thinly-veiled swipe at Manchester City – owned by Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group and Mourinho’s favourites for the Premier League title following another summer of lavish spending – the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ insisted the Blues are complying with FFP regulations while others are not. “If the Financial Fair Play comes into place, it should come for everybody, not for some,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News at the Football Writers’ Association dinner on Sunday. center_img Jose Mourinho believes billionaire owner Roman Abramovich will bankroll another spending spree at Chelsea – if Financial Fair Play regulations are not enforced.last_img read more

  • Lewis Bennett Sentenced Today for Death of Isabella Hellmann

    first_imgLewis Bennett will be sentenced today in Miami Federal Court after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter.His wife, Isabella Hellmann of Delray Beach, was just declared dead by a judge after the couple’s sailboat sank in the Atlantic during their honeymoon in 2017. Hellmann’s body was never found and Bennett was accused of intentionally sinking the boat.“Lewis Bennett will now be held accountable for his wife’s death while on the high seas,” Tom Jones, acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, said in a statement.The original charge facing the United Kingdom-Australia dual citizen was second-degree murder on the high seas but the sailboat sank and Hellmann’s body was never found.41-year-old Bennett faces 7-to-8 years in prison for Isabella’s death when sentenced today in Miami at 9:00 a.m.They couple have a daughter who is currently in the care of Bennett’s parents.last_img read more