In class, kids first, disabilities second

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Colleagues say Antelope Valley High School special education teacher Kathleen Astourian has a passion for teaching, motivates her students to learn, and serves as a mentor for fellow teachers and staff. Astourian has developed specialized programs for her students, works on their weaknesses and encourages their strengths, and sets their goals high enough so they are adequately challenged while remaining cognizant of their abilities. Astourian, who has worked five years in the Antelope Valley Union High School District and teaches students with moderate to severe disabilities, was named the district’s 2006 Teacher of the Year on Monday at the district’s employee recognition ceremony at the Essex House. “I think what I enjoy most are my students and them seeing their achievement,” said Astourian, 28. “I love them and knowing they will be members of society like everyone else.” A graduate of Quartz Hill High School, Astourian is the daughter of a Northrop Grumman aeronautical engineer and a mother who worked in accounting and then stayed home when she entered high school. Astourian obtained her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts studies with emphasis on special education from San Diego State University. She received a master’s degree in special education from California State University, Bakersfield. Astourian said she had intended to become an elementary school teacher but changed her mind after working as an aide at a private special education school while in college. “That’s where I found my love for special education students. My heart went, ‘This is where I want to be,’” Astourian said. “A small stride for them, what we would equate to a degree, to them is monumental. That was exciting to me that I had a part in achieving that.” At the employee ceremony, Astourian was described as abiding by the special education adage of “students first, disability second” and balancing fun with learning. “She’s just fabulous,” said Mary Allen, one of Astourian’s instructional aides. “She’s very calm. Everything that happens in the classroom she relates to life. She transitions kids to college. We take them out to work.” Allen added, “Her room is the first room where I heard a kid say, ‘inappropriate.’ They knew what it meant.” Another aide, Karla Smallwood, said, “She raises that bar, and they come up to it.” Astourian lives in Littlerock with her husband, Eric, and their two children, a 7-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. [email protected] (661) 267-5744last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free lecture, titled “Putting the Joy Back into Holidays,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Eldest,” 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Santa Clarita Valley PC Group will meet, 6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call Judy Taylour at (661) 252-8852. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in front of the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station, 23740 W. Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Deputy Mike Lorenzi at (661) 799-5804. Tyke Hike for siblings of newborns, 3-5 p.m. at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8060. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Newhall Branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Promoter predicts Froch-Groves rematch

first_imgEddie Hearn says he will look to arrange a rematch after George Groves’ world title challenge against Carl Froch ended in a controversial defeat for the Hammersmith man.Groves floored the super-middleweight champion in the first round and continued to dominate the fight, troubling Froch with a number of powerful shots.But as the previously unbeaten challenger came under pressure in round nine, referee Howard Foster ended the contest with what many believe was an incorrect stoppage.Groves was ahead on points when the end came.And Hearn, the promoter for both fighters, said: “I think it [a rematch] will be the next fight.“With Carl Froch, he’s 36 years old, what’s he going to do, have a voluntary defence [against a lesser opponent]?“At this stage of Carl’s career he’s going to want the biggest fights available to him and the George Groves rematch is the biggest fight available.”Groves, booed into the ring after his outspoken pre-fight comments, was cheered at the end as the 20,000 crowd in Manchester made their feelings clear.And Hearn declared: “I’m sure it did huge numbers at the box office. The crowd loved the fight and I’m sure it will happen again.“I said to George in the changing room that I know he’ll get another chance. I know that doesn’t make him feel any better.”See also:Hearn predicts Groves will go on the attackHeartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelFroch claims Groves rejected rematch offerFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchGroves to face Froch in rematch on 31 MayFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Groves: My left hook will finish 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Latest: QPR 1 Leeds United 1

first_imgArmand Traore had a chance to put QPR ahead in the opening seconds of the second half at Loftus Road, where Jermaine Jenas levelled for the home side following a goal from Ross McCormack, who earlier had a penalty saved by Rob Green.McCormack was adjudged to have been fouled by Richard Dunne after latching onto Luke Murphy’s clever pass after 10 minutes, but his resulting spot-kick was easily stopped by the Rangers keeper.However, McCormack found the net with the help of a deflection four minutes later, when his 25-yard free-kick went in via the head of the unfortunate Kevin Doyle.Rangers, beaten in their last three matches, hit back a minute before the interval. Doyle laid the ball off to Jenas, who fired into the bottom corner from inside the penalty the area.And Traore had a clear sight of goal just after the restart but shot straight at keeper Jack Butland.QPR: Green, Hughes, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Traore, Jenas, Henry, Hoilett, Morrison, Doyle.Subs: Murphy, Keane, Yun, Carroll, Benayoun, Sendles-White, Maiga.Leeds: Butland, Peltier, Lees, Pearce, Warnock, Murphy, Austin, Stewart, Kebe, Wickham, McCormack.Subs: Smith, Hunt, Mowatt, Byram Wootton, Brown, Cairns.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Wine route celebrates 40 years

first_imgVineyards of the Blaauwklippen WineEstate near Stellenbosch.(Image: Stellenbosch Wine Routes) The picturesque town of Stellenbosch isa pioneer in South Africa’s wine industry.(Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Annareth BoltonCEO, Stellenbosch Wine Routes+27 21 886 8275 or +27 83 265 2405RELATED ARTICLES• SA, France toast to wine exchange • SA wine farms invest in biodiversity• Wine tourism network grows• SA wines lead ‘green’ label drive• Raise your glass to GugulethuEmily van RijswijckThe original Stellenbosch Wine Route, arguably one of the Western Cape province’s most popular tourist attractions, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.The City of Oaks, as Stellenbosch is also fondly referred to, is seen as the pioneer of wine tourism in South Africa. The city is not only home to the country’s oldest wine routes but is the educational and research centre of the traditional Cape winelands.Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town, and is also known for its university.Visitors to this historic area have a choice of more than 200 wine and grape producers to choose from within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification.Trail-blazersIt all started in 1971 when three intrepid winemakers – Spatz Sperling of Delheim, Neil Joubert of Spier and Frans Malan of Simonsig – realised the potential and necessity of such an endeavour.The original wine route was a network of just a few wineries at which tourists could taste the various products in a relaxing and almost homely atmosphere.Much has changed since then. With visitor numbers to the winelands increasing every year and numerous cellars joining the fold, the need for a comprehensive and joint approach to marketing the different routes became necessary.In 2002 the Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes came into being to make the experience of wine tasting more user-friendly and accessible to tourists.Today, the Stellenbosch Wine Route is divided into five sub-routes consisting of a network of more than 148 wineries, each offering a unique experience for the wine-lover and tourist, according to the official website.Each sub-route has its own character and feel, with different types of wines, climate and geographic locations to choose from.The sub-routes – Greater Simonsberg, the Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Hills and Bottelary Hills – offer daily wine tasting, tours, and sales at most cellars. Many of these estates also have restaurant and picnic facilities.At celebrated estates like the majestic Spier, Simonsig and Vergelegen, visitors are taken back in time with wine tasting in traditional Cape Dutch buildings dating back three centuries.And estate names like Le Riche, L’Avenir, Beau Joubert and Clos Malverne remind visitors that South Africa has to thank the arrival of the French Huguenots, who brought their excellent winemaking skills to the country in the 1600s, for the rich wine making culture we experience today.Routes galore Wine tasting is not limited to the Stellenbosch area. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to their favourite beverage, with 22 very unique wine routes to choose from in South Africa.There is Route 62, the longest wine route in South Africa, which takes the traveller from the majestic peaks of the Western Cape to the heart of the Klein Karoo. Or just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, visitors can experience the hospitality and colloquial quirky Afrikaans so unique to the West Coast folk on the Darling wine route.Or choosing to venture onto the quaint Hermanus Route, which encompasses the three aptly named Hemel-and-Aarde (Afrikaans, meaning “heaven and earth”) regions, will treat the visitor not only to wine tasting of distinction in spectacular surroundings, but at certain times of the year to sightings of the Southern Right whale.Taste South Africa’s top spiritComplimenting the wine tours are the two excellent brandy routes, the R62 and Western Cape route, which have been on offer for the last 15 years.Although brandy is made from wine, distillation of the liquid follows its own science and the brandy tours offer a unique insight into the making of South Africa’s favourite spirit, says Ielanda Koen, manager for the South African Brandy Foundation.“Brandy forms an integral part of the South African wine industry, with more than 40-million litres produced annually. South Africa is currently the fifth largest brandy producing country in the world.”The Western Cape towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Worcester, Wellington, Robertson, Barrydale, Calitzdorp, Ladismith and Oudtshoorn fall within the two brandy routes.Coming out topsIn the meantime, Stellenbosch wine producers continue to fill their trophy cupboards. At the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Awards the region walked off with 10 trophies and two gold medals.The Spier Private Cellar in Stellenbosch took the coveted Fairbairn Capital Trophy for the most successful producer at the same competition. It was also the second consecutive year that Spier was the country’s top achiever in the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, an international competition considered to be the wine world championships.Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes are one of the six most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and are also connected to the global Great Wine Capitals Network through the country’s representative, Cape Town.From 28 to 31 July 2011 Stellenbosch celebrates its 10th wine festival. Visit the event’s website for booking details and more information.last_img read more

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Forecasting a decline in farm income in 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm income, assets, and equity are all expected to decline nearly 3% in 2016, while farm debt is forecasted to rise about 2%.But these numbers may not tell the whole story.AAEA member Ani Katchova, Associate Professor and Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement Chair, recently met with Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The meeting was part of a day on Capitol Hill focused on “Dynamics of farm profitability: Factors influencing the decline in income.”“I felt honored to have the opportunity to share information and present at the Capitol Hill briefing,” Katchova said.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Katchova about her recent trip to Washington. OSU Ani KatchovaDuring the briefing, Katchova presented an analysis of data from USDA ERS’ February agricultural forecast. Reflecting on declining farm incomes, Katchova noted:In 2016, net cash farm income is anticipated to decline by 2.5%Net farm income is anticipated to decline by 3% between 2015 and 2016.Also in 2016, farm assets are expected to decline by 1.6%, farm equity by 2.2%, and farm debt is anticipated to grow by 2.3%However, despite these tensions in the marketplace, Katchova noted that there is hope.“Even with two years of forecasted decline, the farm sector balance sheet is very strong with solvency ratios for the agricultural sector that are near historic lows,” she said.Additionally, she reflected on farmland values and rents in her briefing using an analysis of data from USDA’s Land Values Summaries. Highlights included:U.S. cropland values increased by a modest rate of 0.7% in 2015U.S. cropland cash rents increased by 2.4% in 2015.Regionally, while Ohio experienced an increase of 3.5% in cropland values in 2015 and 3.6% increase in cash rents in 2015, several other states in the Corn Belt experienced declines. Regarding this discrepancy, Katchova noted that one explanation is that rental contracts are typically not negotiated every year and farmers may not be willing to lose control of their rented acres.At the briefing, Katchova also presented her research with Mary Ahearn from USDA ERS on the land needs of beginning and young farmers. They have found that these groups own less farmland than their established counterparts and current low farm income rates may be impacting them greatly.“Not only do beginning and young farmers need to pay land rents and debt payments on real estate, but they also need to grow as they establish their operations, which puts additional pressure on their declining farm income,” she said.At the briefing Katchova also noted that farm financial ratios, measuring liquidity, profitability, and solvency have all worsened in the last two to three years, but they are still among the highest in the last decade.“Overall, the ag sector is coming down from historic highs but is currently in a strong position, with only a limited number of farmers experiencing financial distress,” she said.last_img read more

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Iran Tracks Tor Users: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgIran can now track Tor users. Tor users in Iran more than doubled to 2,800 after the 2009 presidential election. Tor, the onion-routing tool that allows users to visit the Internet without betraying what sites they are using, is now traceable by the Iranian security forces. UPI quoted Andrew Lehman, Tor’s executive director, as saying the number of Tor users in Iran doubled, to 2,800 after the last election there and the protests that resulted. The Iranians have employed “deep packet inspection” to follow Web traffic that would not normally be visible. Tor has known it was vulnerable to this type of software but had not yet developed armor against it. China blocks VPN. It’s a banner week for China. It has blocked the three most popular VPN providers in the country, used by many to get around its extensive filtering regime. Google accuses China of interfering with Gmail. “Internet users in China have reported difficulties with Gmail over the last few weeks, complaining that the email service is slow or unavailable. While it’s been made to look as though it’s a technical problem on Google’s end, the search engine giant says that the Chinese government is responsible. “There is no technical issue on our side. We have checked extensively,’ says a Google spokesperson. ‘This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.’”China shuts off mobile phones when the word “protest” is uttered. The block shuts off the phone of the user immediately, whether he or she is talking in Chinese or English. This is part of China’s panicky crackdown against an “infection” from the Middle East’s uprisings. Online calls for a Jasmine Revolution in China met with 100 arrests. Many of the incarcerated in the latest round of arrests are not self-identified “activists,” but “netizens,” who identify themselves less as old-guard protesters and more as members of a global online community, while still remaining Chinese. Tweeting about the revolutions in the Middle East has attracted the ire of Chinese security worse than any time since the riots in 2009 in Central Asia. China has shut down 130,000 Internet cafes. In the last six years, China has driven 130,000 Internet cafes out of business. Many in China rely on these cafes for their Internet access. The goal seems to be to keep Internet users off-balance but also to drive small shops out of business to be replaced by large chains. That, in turn, is no doubt a convergence of large business owners engaging in Party official kickbacks and the fact that one big chain with a lot to lose may be much more assiduous about implementing government censorship rules. Syria arrests bloggers during protests. The recent protests in the Syrian city of Daraa has seen a blogger, Khaled Elekhetyar, arrested. At least he is presumed arrested, having disappeared during the protests. His Facebook page has been hacked and filled with pro-regime propaganda. Ahmad Abu Al-Kheir, who was arrested, then released, last month has also been arrested. China TV photo by Cory Doctorow Tags:#NYT#TWiOT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Related Posts last_img read more

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Michael Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others

first_img“Probably my first real depression spell was after 2004, then the next big one was after 2008,” he said. “When you set out to be an Olympian, your whole life is put on hold. All the eggs are in one basket. I would say 2004, 2008, 2012, partly after ’16 (all Olympic years) I’ve dealt with pretty severe depression spells. I was kind of lost at that point.”The Baltimore native is in a far better frame of mind now.“To have my wife (Nicole Johnson), who’s always by my side, two amazing little boys at home and a third one on the way, I’m extremely thankful of the support I’ve had to get me through these times,” Phelps said.The Ruderman Award is given to individuals who are passionate about providing opportunities for others. Phelps certainly fits that description.“Michael Phelps is a unique leader who has used his fame and status as the greatest swimmer of all time to challenge our society to remove stigma surrounding mental health,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.“For me, this award means everything because this is where my passion is and the next chapter of my life is really heading,” Phelps said. “We’re kind of scratching the surface of what can be done, and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey and accomplishing some of the goals that I have — de-stigmatizing mental health and just getting the point across that it’s OK to not be OK.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc “When I was in my room and not wanting to talk to anybody for a number of days and not wanting to be alive, I wanted to see what other roads I could take to see if there was help,” Phelps recalled.The treatment he received — and continues to receive — charted his post-Olympic course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know it’s something that changed my life and saved my life and allowed me to be able to be where I am today, enjoying the platform of talking about something that’s so important,” Phelps told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Phelps was given the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night in Boston. FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, Michael Phelps has tears in his eyes as he shows off his gold medal after the men’s 200-meter butterfly final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While swimming to Olympic glory, Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health issues, Phelps will be awarded the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night, May 21, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)BALTIMORE — While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it.His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That’s when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in a desperate effort to make sense of it all.ADVERTISEMENT After participating in four Olympic Games and collecting 28 medals, including 23 gold, Phelps has dedicated his time and energy to promoting the importance of water safety and advocating for the de-stigmatization of mental health problems through the Michael Phelps Foundation.“When I first really opened up about the struggles that I had in ’15, obviously I dreamed of being able to get more publicity to this and to really share my journey and have other people share their journeys with me as well,” Phelps said. “Honestly, I never thought it would be as big as this, but it’s been a true dream to be able to watch the growth that mental health has taken, almost being at center stage.”To say this endeavor has been fulfilling is an understatement.“Through this, if I can save one life, two lives, five lives, a thousand, a million, to me that’s so much more important than winning a gold medal,” he said.The 33-year-old Phelps believes his bout with depression is a story that many can share, including CEOs and other retired athletes. 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Gold imports up 355 during Q1

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s gold imports, which have a bearing on the current account deficit (CAD), increased by 35.5 per cent to $11.45 billion (about Rs 80,000 crore) during April-June quarter of the current fiscal, according to commerce ministry data. Imports of the yellow metal stood at $8.45 billion (about Rs 59,000 crore) in the same period of 2018-19. CAD, which is the difference between the inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, increased to $57.2 billion or 2.1 percent of GDP in 2018-19 as against 1.8 per cent in the previous year. It stood at $48.7 billion in 2017-18. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIncrease in gold imports pushed the country’s trade deficit marginally to $45.96 billion during April-June quarter of 2019-20 as against $44.94 billion in the same quarter previous fiscal. Since January this year, gold imports have recorded a double digit growth, except in February when it dipped by about 11 per cent. India is the largest importer of gold, which mainly caters to the demand of the jewellery industry. In volume terms, the country imports 800-900 tonnes of gold annually. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostTo mitigate the negative impact of gold imports on trade deficit and CAD, the government increased the import duty on gold to 12.5 per cent from 10 per cent in this year’s Budget . According to industry experts, due to high duty, businessmen of the sector could shift their manufacturing bases to the neighbouring countries. The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) had expressed disappointment over the hike in import duty. Gems and jewellery exports declined 5.32 per cent to $30.96 billion in 2018-19. The country’s gold imports dipped about 3 per cent in value terms to $32.8 billion during 2018-19.last_img read more

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