160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Berman, who obtained the funds for both projects, said the Tujunga Wash restoration “will both help improve and increase our groundwater supply and provide additional habitat area, passive recreation and aesthetic beauty to the region.” In Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, secured $2.15 million for the Calleguas Municipal Water District Recycling Project to build a 34-mile brine line; $800,000 to continue studying the feasibility of removing Matilija Dam and restoring conditions for the endangered steelhead trout; and $500,000 to replace a water intake facility, a treatment plant and two sewer lift stations at Lake Cachuma. He also brought in $9 million for the latest installment of money to remove radioactive waste from the soil at Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the Simi Hills. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 [email protected] WASHINGTON – More than $33 million for federally funded water projects is expected to wash up in the Southland under a spending bill President George W. Bush has signed into law. The $30.5 billion measure paying for Department of Energy and Army Corps of Engineers projects over the coming year includes $9 million to continue removing toxic contamination from Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory; $10 million to treat groundwater contamination in the San Gabriel Valley; and $2.7 million to continue dredging the main channel of the Los Angeles Harbor. For the San Fernando Valley, the bill includes $2 million to restore wildlife along the Bull Creek Channel in the Sepulveda Basin’s Anthony C. Beilenson Park. The money, secured by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, brings total funding for the federally owned flood control area to about $3.9 million. The bill signed Sunday also contains $150,000 to improve water quality and mitigate flooding at the Sun Valley watershed, a 4.4-square-mile tributary to the Los Angeles River; and $431,000 to restore the Tujunga Wash, which Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, called “an environmental jewel.”
Stories have the power to change the world for the better, and a nation that reads is one that is empowered. Nal’ibali, which encourages storytelling and reading, is hosting a nationwide competition to find the next Story Bosso title holder. People can submit stories in all 11 official languages.Nal’ibali encourages people to enter the Story Bosso competition during September, which is also Literacy Month in South Africa. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Compiled by Priya PitamberSeptember means it is Heritage Month and Literacy Month in South Africa. To acknowledge both, a nationwide storytelling talent search is under way to find the country’s next Story Bosso title holder. It celebrates South Africa’s diversity of languages and encourages the art of storytelling.Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”), a countrywide reading-for-enjoyment campaign designed to ignite children’s potential through reading, is hosting the Story Bosso Talent Search.To enter, adults and children alike who are interested need to record a video or audio clip of themselves telling a story. It can be in any one of the country’s 11 official languages.“It can be original stories made up by participants, retellings of stories heard before, a narrative poem, or simply an extract from their favourite book or sample story provided by Nal’ibali,” said the organisation.The winner will receive the Story Bosso title, their story will be published in a book, and they will receive money, books, book vouchers and a mobile hanging library.Seven-year-old Athandiwe Sikade from Chumisa Primary in Khayelitsha in Cape Town was the winner in 2015.Watch a few of South Africa’s famous faces talk about why they consider themselves storytellers:See how reading can change a child’s life. Click on the image for a larger view:
By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTImage from US Department of Veterans Affairs[PTSD Coach Mobile App]June is PTSD Awareness Month and in its honor, we would like to share this great app created by the VA’s National Center for PTSD in partnership with the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 60% of men and 50% of women experience a trauma in their lives. Approximately 7-8% of the US population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. For Veterans, the number of PTSD cases in a given year varies by the service era with approximately 11-20% who served in OIF or EIF.Thinking about the statistics above and the ever- growing use of technology, the National Center for PTSD has created a mobile app designed to provide education and assistance in managing symptoms that may occur after trauma. This app has multiple features including the following sections: Learn, Track, Manage, and Support.LearnThis option provides three different categories where you can learn about PTSD, get professional help, and how PTSD impacts the family. Each category features questions, answers, and resources that may assist people in learning more about their own symptoms or those of a loved one.TrackThis option also provides three different categories offering users the option of taking an assessment, reviewing assessment history, and scheduling an assessment. These three options allow users to monitor their results over time to assess whether their symptoms are getting better or worse. An easy- to- read graph is provided so that users can quickly determine their progress. Additionally, users can schedule times to take their self-assessments where the app will remind them to complete it. They recommend using the month schedule to take the assessment.ManageThis option has several symptoms in a list, offering the user a ‘distress meter’ where they can determine their level of distress at any given time. After the user enters their level of distress, the app provides a tool to help manage the symptoms and change the level of distress. The tools range from ambient sounds to inspiring quotes. There is also an option for adding favorite pictures and sounds to assist in self-soothing techniques.SupportThe final option offers users three categories as well, including crisis resources, find professional care, and grow your support. These categories feature phone numbers to hotlines for crisis intervention and a place where users can add phone numbers that may be helpful to them. Additionally, there is information on ways to locate mental health care providers for the general public and veterans in their area.PTSD Coach is a wonderful resource for those who are struggling with or know someone who is struggling with symptoms of PTSD. While this does not take the place of professional evaluation and help, it is certainly a tool that can be used in a very personalized and private manner, offering some light during those dark times. This app is available for FREE download from iTunes and Google Play.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Anderlecht assistant manager Davies defends Kompany over sack talkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnderlecht assistant manager Simon Davies has defended the work of player-boss Vincent Kompany.There’s talk the former Manchester City pair could be sacked if they lose in the Cup tonight against Beerschot.Davies said, “Vinnie works very hard for the club to bring us back to where Anderlecht should be. “We will reverse this and get results quickly.”The injuries, the many young players and the new system cost us a lot of time. It is a process that requires a lot of time and effort. Together with my staff we continue to focus on the process. But talking about it is easy, of course, we have to show it on the field.”
APTN National NewsNot single piece of pipe has been put in the ground.Nor has anyone been hired.But there’s been a lot of chatter about a proposed Trans-Canadian pipeline.Some First Nation leaders are already outlining their concerns.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.