Water Shortage and Trauma : Japan.

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As you probably have already heard, a devastating tsunami resulting from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan this morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Japan and the 10,000 plus Canadians who are estimated to be living in or visiting Japan at this time.

In response to this disaster PayPal will credit transactional fees incurred from March 11 to April 10, 2011 to any qualified Canada Revenue Agency registered charity fundraising to aid Japan relief*. If you are a registered charity looking to qualify for this credit, please send an e-mail to nonprofit@paypal.com with account email address for the fee credit consideration.

If you would like to make a donation to support Japan, we encourage you to visit The Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami disaster relief web site.

*All organizations collecting for disaster relief in Japan are eligible to receive fee credits.  These will be issued for qualifying US 501(c)(3) and Canada Revenue Agency registered charities raising donations for Japan relief between March 11 to April 10, 2011.  Please send an e-mail to nonprofit@paypal.com with account email address for fee credit consideration.

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Scenic images from the field

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Sargent Shriver talks to a group of potential Peace Corps Volunteers. 1961

Sargent Shriver (Maria Shriver’s Family) talks to a group of potential Peace Corps Volunteers. 1961

By December of 1961, there were more than 500 Peace Corps volunteers serving in nine host countries: Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, St. Lucia, Tanzania, and Pakistan, with an additional 200 Americans in training for service across the U.S.

By 1963, Shriver was leading an agency with more than 6,500 volunteers serving in nearly 50 countries.  It was an extraordinary effort that only could have been accomplished by a leader with immense skill, audacious vision, and indefatigable energy.  Shriver’s idealism and enthusiasm were essential to the creation and character of the agency; he is the founding father of the Peace Corps.

Shriver concluded his service as the Peace Corps’ first director on Feb. 28, 1966.

Since that time, Shriver’s spirit and dedication to service have remained ever present in the agency.  Shriver once wrote: “Working with the Peace Corps should not be like working with another government agency.  We have a special mission which can only be accomplished if everyone believes in it and works for it in a manner consistent with the ideals of service and volunteerism.”

A truly AMERICAN and TRULY INCREDIBLE FAMILY. ~ Vaq

Explore the Marine Corps Story

http://www.marines.com/#default

Royal Marine

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/royalmarines/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_health

BOTH THE VICTIMS OF TRAUMATIC CRISIS SITUATIONS AND

AND THE ONE’S HELPING THE VICTIMS NEED TO WATCH THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH ————TRAUMA IS TRAUMA

I SPEAK TO SOMEONE EVERY THREE WEEKS OR SO—- TO MAKE SURE THAT I AM OK MENTAL HEALTH WISE………………..I WENT THROUGH A LOT IN MY LIFE ………I FEEL Sooooo   MUCH BETTER FOR IT….there are others who understand:)))

Combat Troops in Iraq talk about PTSD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qC9gVQVHMo

ISTANBUL) – Tired of hearing about the deadly repression of pro-democracy demonstrators by the Bahraini regime? Treat yourself to the recent Haaretz profile of Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo, Bahrain’s ambassador to the U.S.

Written by Natasha Mozgovaya, the profile begins:

“The appointment of Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo (46), the first female Ambassador from Bahrain and the first Jewish Ambassador of an Arab country in Washington, was praised by U.S. diplomats when it was revealed recently in one of the Wikileaks cables.”

Sticklers for grammar might be surprised to learn that no one knew who Bahrain’s ambassador was until it was revealed by Wikileaks. Undeterred, Mozgovaya plows ahead:

“One of Bahrain’s 36 Jews, Nonoo told the ‘Moment’ magazine, a national magazine dedicated to Jewish politics, religion and culture founded in 1975 by Elie Wiesel, that she never experienced religious prejudice in her home country. ‘I had a normal Jewish upbringing. I was born into Judaism. It’s no different from growing up like a Jew in America. It’s my religion.’”

Bahrain’s hundreds of thousands of Muslims may of course be excused for not mistaking the 200-year-old Khalifa family rule as a tolerant milieu, especially when unarmed protesters are being shot at point-blank range by Bahraini police. As for Nonoo, Mozgovaya informs us that she “promotes Bahrain’s image as a country in which women ‘have a choice’ whether to cover themselves or to drive (and since 2002, to vote, although there is only one woman elected to the Parliament).”

In fact, by the end of the profile it appears that the current problem is not murderous repression in Bahrain but rather inherent sexism in the U.S. media and among attendees of “festive events.” Mozgovaya’s concluding paragraph reads:

Yet Nonoo is still often mistaken for the Ambassador’s wife at festive events – and in a recent CNN report on the clashes in Bahrain, in which her rare statement was mentioned, they referred to the Bahraini Ambassador as ‘he.’”

 

A perusal of the CNN report in question reveals that Nonoo is indeed referred to as a male and that his rare statement confirms the Bahraini “clashes” merely constitute a Shia-Sunni conflict—the line being peddled in order to avert democracy. “He” also denies that his compatriots have been subjected to live ammunition and claims that only 8 canisters of tear gas have been used against crowds. It is not clear why 8 is the magically permissible number, or why Bahraini health care professionals are conspiring against Mr. Nonoo’s claims.

As for other gender-related ambassadorial trials, Mozgovaya notes that “Nonoo referred to the buzz following her appointment in 2008 with slight annoyance: ‘The headlines were ‘Jewish Female’, they forgot I was Bahraini.”

“They” might well be forgiven.

http://www.salem-news.com/

http://www.ementalhealth.ca/qc-montreal/en/_Mental_Health_Resource_Directory_a100_b1.html

Mental Health Week 2011  

Mon May 2, 2011 to Sun May 8, 2011

http://www.ementalhealth.ca/qc-montreal/en/_Mental_Health_Week_2011_a9_b11788.html

Getting Connected – Montreal institutions participate in Brain Awareness Week
2008-03-04

It weighs about 1.5 kg, is made up of mostly water, and contains more than 100 billion cells. These facts and many others will be introduced to Montreal students during Brain Awareness Week.

More than 100 neuroscience graduate students from Montreal’s four Universities, the Montreal Neurological Institute and from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute will be participating. They are joining a worldwide initiative, which includes 69 countries, to bring neuroscience to the classroom.

“This is a week-long series of educational activities including lectures, lab tours, classroom visits, and exhibits which demonstrate the importance of basic neuroscience research to the health and well-being of the general public,” adds Marie-France Marin, a Douglas student. “We are fortunate in Montreal as we have one of the largest concentrations of neuroscientists in the world.”

“The goal of this program is to increase public awareness about brain function and new research,” says Julie Andrews, a Douglas doctoral student. “Brain Awareness Week was launched in 1996, by the Society for Neuroscience in collaboration with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and a coalition of over 1,200 science, advocacy, and other health organizations around the world.”

http://www.douglasresearch.qc.ca/news/426

Coldplay – ‘Fix you’ music video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skUJ-B6oVDQ

Innovative and internationally-recognized research

Brain scanDouglas Institute scientists are expanding the knowledge base related to the causes of mental illness (genetic, environmental, cultural and social), diagnostic tools and treatments; and the identification of preventive measures.
Their objectives are to:

  • Develop biological-, psychosocial-, and clinical-based research activities
  • Promote the work of the next generation of researchers and ensure their training
  • Facilitate collaborative research with Douglas clinical services and their community partners
  • Establish and nourish vital links with partners in research centres in Quebec, Canada and throughout the world
  • Ensure the establishment of best practices within the scientific milieu

The Douglas values excellence and innovation

Excellence: To apply best practices with rigor.
Innovation: To be a stimulating and dynamic environment, where new knowledge is developed to improve understanding and care.
Commitment: To be dedicated to achieving our mission.
Collaboration: To work within interdisciplinary teams, and with internal, community, university, and international partners.
Education: To be a learning organization that values its human resources and evolves through knowledge exchange and continued education.

http://www.douglasrecherche.qc.ca/pages/view?section_id=27

http://www.braintrauma.org/

http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110312/mtl_habshub_fever_110312?hub=MontrealHome

Saint Michael the Archangel

The Patron Saint of all Military men and women ~ Vaq

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLg2YauMuiY

~Vaq

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