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Kemal Malcolm happy with Reggae Boyz call-up

first_imgArnett Gardens FC’s top marksman, Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm, is delighted about his first call-up to the national senior men’s squad, saying that hard work is paying off.Malcolm is having a very good Red Stripe Premier League season with 12 goals so far, his latest coming in his team’s 6-0 swamping of FC Reno on Sunday evening at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town.”It was a great experience being in the senior team training camp last week. The training was intense, high class,” said Malcolm, who was among 22 local players, after a three-day camp broke last Thursday.He is fully aware that it won’t be easy to get into the team.”It will not be easy, but I intend to put in the hard work and see where it takes me,” the 26-year-old speedy striker told The Gleaner.Malcolm represented the country at the under-20 and under-23 levels. The former Lannaman’s Prep and St George’s College Manning Cup star had refused contracts with clubs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Trinidad and Tobago in order to help his home club win back-to-back national league titles.”Things are in the works. I got offers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and T&T but decided to stay at Arnett after having a poor season when Arnett won the title last year,” Malcolm disclosed.”My main focus is to help the team, and I’m having a good time in front of goal with assistance from my teammates,” the diminutive player added.TOP-SCORER AMBITIONSHe is also eyeing the top scorer’s award in the RSPL this season. Dino Williams (14 goals) and Cory Burke (12) are both away on overseas deals.”Of course I want to win that award, so I will continue putting in the work in training and continue scoring goals for Arnett,” he said.Arnett’s coach, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, had high praises for the player.”Hard work, consistency, and understanding his role has helped him. After scoring two goals last season and coming off the bench, he has improved, and with the absence of AndrÈ Clennon, was elevated to a starting role,” Waite said.”He is always creating chances, so any team would want such a player. Sometimes the playing surfaces have not helped.”Tull is a player who dominated prep school and Manning Cup football by scoring lots of goals. He is now doing better in the Premier League,” observed the veteran schoolboy and club coach.last_img read more

Two Filipino pairs advance to FIVB women’s Round of 12

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments READ: Rondina, Gervacio stun USA for PH’s first win in FIVB beach volleyballRondina and Gervacio settled for the second seed of Pool D with three points with a 1-1 record behind the Spaniards who have four points after going undefeated for two games.The team of Rondina and Gervacio started off the competition on a high note after a two-set stunner against United States’ Lindsey Fuller and Kaley Melville, 21-12, 21-15.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames READ: Despite early exit, FIVB Manila Open a learning experience for Soriano, TanCatubag and Quilario edged Hong Kong team of Ting Chi Yuen and Wai Yan Au Yuneg, 21-13, 18-21, 15-11, in Pool C to secure three points after a 1-1 win-loss record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe duo lost their opening match against the Netherlands’ Katja Stam and Julia Wouters, 21-14, 21-11.In the last match of the Filipino women of the day, the pair of Cherry Rondina and Dzi Gervacio bowed to Spain’s Paula Gutierrez and Maria Marquez de Acuña in two close sets, 22-20, 23-21. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Fajardo, Romeo, Ravena banner Visayas All-Stars P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sisi Rondina and Dzi Gervacio advance to the Round of 12. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA couple of Philippine teams advanced to the Round of 12 of the women’s division in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open after the second round of competition Friday at SM Sands by the Bay.The team of Lourdilyn Catubag and Karen Quilario, the reigning champion of Beach Volleyball Republic, advanced to the next round after a seesaw group stage.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

“Guyana is a model of interfaith harmony”— Granger

first_imgHead of State David Granger on Wednesday described the religious diversity which Guyana enjoys as a “model of interfaith Harmony”.President Granger was delivering the keynote address at the launch of World Interfaith Harmony Week at the Umana Yana – a United Nations event. He said that at a time when hostile relationships and religious conflicts continue to envelop in other parts of the world, Guyana has policies that promote peaceful coexistence by fostering interfaith harmony.He explained that interfaith harmony is advanced through dialogue which in turn promotes understanding of each other’s culture and beliefs, and which, in turn, generates cooperation which leads to development and facilitates the dismantling of the barriers of domination and distrust.United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka, who spoke on behalf of all UN organisations in Guyana, said that anti-Muslim hate crimes, xenophobia, racism, anti-semitism and other forms of bigotry are on the rise in the world today and as such, the stability, which comes with interfaith harmony, is becoming increasingly important for countries.“We all have to resist cynical efforts that try to divide communities and portray neighbours as the ‘other’. People everywhere need to feel that their cultural identities are valued and at the same time to have a strong sense of belonging to their community as a whole. As societies become more multiethnic and multireligious, cultural and economic investments and cohesion are required so that diversity is rightly seen as richness not a threat,” she said.The activities to commemorate World Interfaith Harmony Week are being spearheaded by the Inter-Religious Organisation of Guyana (IRO) under the theme, “Fostering Social Cohesion in Guyana”. World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010, by His Majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan. It was unanimously adopted in October of that same year. It started as an initiative to bring together leaders of the Christian and Muslim faiths in dialogue, but was later expanded to include all faiths.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton told the gathering that patience, tolerance, peace, love, mutual respect and understanding are some of the values inherent in all religions, which should bind Guyanese together.Additionally, Bishop Juan Edghill representing the Leader of the Opposition and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic said that if Guyana is going to safeguard inter-religious harmony, people need to propagate their respective faiths without demonising the faiths of others. He also spoke about the role of education in understanding and appreciating the rights, cultures and beliefs of others.“I believe that there should be greater attention as it relates to our education system; you don’t have to accept it, you don’t have to practice it but if you understand it, you can make space for it to happen without using whatever influence you have to ridicule, stop or condemn,” Bishop Edghill said.last_img read more

Huskies add new defenceman to roster

first_imgWith depth issues on the blue line the Fort St. John Huskies have been proactive in trying to add players to their defensive core. It appears as though those efforts are now paying off as the team has added defenceman Jordy Potter from the Heritage Junior Hockey League.Potter laced up the skates with the Blackfalds Wranglers last season, a team that was best in the league where he was a top four defender according to Huskies GM Jeremy Clothier.“We’ve been looking all over the place for another guy to help us on the back end. We finally got some good feedback from a coach out of the Heritage league. He had a couple of extra d-men so we picking up a 20 year old that played on a team that went 34-2-2 last year and went on to win the league. We’re adding a good veteran piece that knows what it takes to win.”- Advertisement -During his time with the Wranglers, Potter was a top four defenceman that played important minutes in the stretch run of games. Being left handed and weighing 230 pounds, he’ll be counted on to have a big role with the Huskies.“He played in the top four. He played a lot of big minutes at the end of games. He’s a big kid so we’re expecting him to come in here and be in our top four right away. He’s a left handed shot which is something that we were lacking. We had a bunch of right handed shots on the back end,” Clothier said.Potter will join the club in the next week and a half to two weeks. It’s hoped he’ll be in the line-up for the season opener on October 4 against Beaverlodge. If not he’ll be on the ice for the home opener on October 9 against Sexsmith.Advertisementlast_img read more

FedEx Cup comes down to this week

first_imgGOLF: Favorites Woods and Mickelson face off in last tournament of playoffs. By Doug Ferguson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA – It started in Hawaii with too much hype and an equal dose of skepticism. “Let’s face it, the FedEx Cup has been pretty blessed,” NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller said Wednesday. “This didn’t need to go down the way it did. It’s really between three players, and it could have been between three players no one is interested in.” It all starts to unfold today when the top 30 players tee off at East Lake, where trophies will be awarded for the winner of the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, and the biggest suspense is whether they will go to the same player. Rory Sabbatini (No. 4) and K.J. Choi (No. 5) have a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup, although their odds are long. The only damper on this parade is East Lake. The course no longer is bursting with autumn colors because the Tour Championship has been moved from the last week of October to the third week in September. And the hot weather has severely damaged the greens, although not nearly to the extent that PGA Tour officials warned players last week. “They’re closer to good than bad, so I’ll give them a 6,” said Mark Calcavecchia, asked to grade the greens on a scale of 1 to 10. “I was expecting about a 2, to tell you the truth. And I kind of think that’s what they wanted everyone to think so when we got here, we wouldn’t be shocked. Everyone is going to be slightly shocked that they’re as decent as they are.” They still have grass. Players have said they still roll smoothly. But because the greens nearly died and the root structure is weak, tour officials have said they would run at about 9 on the Stimpmeter, compared to a typical speed of 11 . ETC.: Woods is skipping the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda, saying he wanted the longest break of his career to spend time with his new daughter. Woods will be replaced in the four-man field at the Mid Ocean Club by alternate Jim Furyk. It was a huge blow to the PGA of America, which experienced what the PGA Tour goes through when the world’s No. 1 player and star attraction decides not to play in an event. Woods had never missed the PGA Grand Slam when he was eligible. “I just want to take some time off,” Woods said at the Tour Championship. He will play in the Presidents Cup in two weeks at Royal Montreal, then not show up on the golf course again until his Target World Challenge in December. The 2 -month break will be the longest of his professional career except for injury. Woods said his decision was based primarily on his daughter, Sam Alexis, who was born one day after the U.S. Open. When he finishes the Presidents Cup, Woods will have played seven of the last 11 weeks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eight months later, the FedEx Cup ends at East Lake with no need for promotion and no big surprises. Tiger Woods arrived at the Tour Championship on Wednesday with the best chance to capture the inaugural FedEx Cup and a $10 million deposit into a retirement fund, and he simply nodded his head when asked if $10 million still meant something to a guy who brings in close to $100 million a year. Phil Mickelson is No. 3 in the standings after skipping last week. He will have to win the Tour Championship for any chance of capturing the cup, although he beat the world’s No. 1 player the last time they got together outside Boston. In the middle is Cinderella, also known as Steve Stricker. One of only two players who have finished in the top 10 all three weeks in the PGA Tour Playoffs, he is the feel-good story of this FedEx Cup, having lost his card two years ago and coming into this season with just over $10 million in career earnings. last_img read more

‘I am not negotiating with anyone,’ insists Manchester United target Sergio Ramos

first_imgManchester United’s top summer target Sergio Ramos has insisted he has not entered negotiations with any club over a possible move away from Real Madrid this summer.The Spain defender is reportedly determined to leave the La Liga giants and is thought to have told the club that he will only consider Old Trafford as his next destination.A potential move seems to be reliant on Real’s interest in David de Gea, with United adamant that if the goalkeeper leaves for the Bernabeu, they must be given a fair run at signing Ramos.Recent rumours have claimed the Red Devils had a bid of £34million rejected for Ramos, but, in bizarre short interview in Spain, the defender said he has not spoken to other clubs.The 29-year-old was reportedly doorstepped by TV station Cuatro at a wedding and, when asked how the negotiations were going, he replied: “I am not negotiating with anyone.“All is very well.”Then, when asked if he was going to stay at Real Madrid this summer, Ramos remained ominously silent.With no official bids made, it means that – despite supposedly making no secret of their desires to leave – both Ramos and De Gea are now set to begin their pre-season preparations with their respective clubs, with the Red Devils flying to the USA and Real, Australia. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos 1last_img read more

SOMEONE IN DONEGAL HAS JUST WON €350,000 ON THE LOTTO

first_imgThe Inishowen winners last monthLADY Lotto Luck has struck Donegal again.Someone has just pocketed a lovely €350,000 on the Lotto Plus One draw tonight.No-one won the main lottery which rolls over again – to well over €4M next Wednesday night. But someone here did take the Top Prize of the €350,000 in Lotto Plus One.So get those tickets out and check those Winning Numbers.They are: 1 22 30 32 36 39 – Bonus Number was 6“There was one winning ticket for the Lotto Plus 1 top prize and the winning ticket was sold in the North West,” said a lottery spokeswoman. The win follows the success last month of a lucky 13 in a work syndicate in Malin Head. They each won €374,000!  SOMEONE IN DONEGAL HAS JUST WON €350,000 ON THE LOTTO was last modified: October 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000lotteryLotto Plus One€350last_img read more

South African cricket Test captain steps down

first_img7 January 2016“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank Cricket South Africa for the honour of captaining my country,” said Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla when he announced his decision yesterday to step down from the role.“It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”Amla succeeded Graeme Smith in June 2014, and has since then captained the Proteas in 14 Tests. Of these, the team won four, drew six and lost four.Watch the press conference in which he announced his resignation, here:Amla said stepping down was not an easy decision to take. “The more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team,” he explained.We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me – CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 6, 2016New captain namedVice-captain AB de Villiers agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the Sunfoil Test against England series at PPC Newlands.“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format,” said De Villiers. “The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.”His current priority was to lead the team to a memorable series win against England. “ThisTest squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”Amla also acknowledged the team and his fans. “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management,” he said. “I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly.”Hey everyone . Thanks for all your messages and support. It means a lot.— hashim amla (@amlahash) January 6, 2016Amla fast factsNickname: HashDate of birth: 31 March 1983Place of birth: Durban, South AfricaRole: Opening batsmanBatting: Right-hand batterBowling: Leg breaksTest matches: 89Test runs: 6907Test match centuries: 22One day internationals: 126ODI runs: 6008T20 matches: 30T20 runs: 700Support from fansCricket fans around the world have supported Amla on social media:@amlahash All best wishes from an England fan Hashim. Excellent batting this test.— UBF riccardo (@UBFriccardo) January 6, 2016@amlahash Captain, my captain, a legend living in our own time! Good decision from a class act. #ProteaFire— Jax Hough (@JaxHough77) January 6, 2016@amlahash Thank you my captain.you served the nation with pride and hope you will continue to do so.— moeketsi moleko (@olamekx) January 6, 2016Source: Cricket South Africalast_img read more

News Briefs

first_imgDuke University treats building glass to reduce bird strikesDuke University has doctored the glass in a LEED-certified building that has been blamed for dozens of bird deaths every year.In September, the towering windows in the Fitzpatrick Center at the Pratt School of Engineering on the Durham, North Carolina, campus were treated with a film that includes colors and patterns, turning it into “fritted glass,” so birds would be able to see it, according to a post at ConstructionDive.The building is close to the Atlantic Flyway, a major north-south migration route, and its windows had become an avian death trap. A survey of 45 college campuses by Augustana College put buildings at Duke University at the top of the list for bird fatalities. An on-campus investigation at Duke concluded the Fitzpatrick Center was responsible for 72% of bird deaths there.“We had a ton of data on our side as well as student support with students saying it was a problem, and they wanted the university to fix it,” graduate student Scott Winton, who led the Duke investigation, told the Duke Chronicle. “At that point, it’s really hard for the university to justify doing nothing.”Winton said fritted glass may have another advantage — it helps reduce solar gain and thereby increases the energy efficiency of the building. New PV module claims efficiency recordUPDATED Oct. 13, 2015SolarCity says it now has the most efficient rooftop solar panel in the world, with a measured efficiency of more than 22%.The company said that the photovoltaic (PV) module, whose performance was tested by the independent Renewable Energy Test Center, will go into production this month at a California pilot facility, but most of the modules will be produced at SolarCity’s huge new factory in Buffalo, N.Y. Production should reach between 9,000 and 10,000 modules per day when the facility is running at full capacity sometime in 2017.SolarCity is the largest residential PV installer in the country and acquired PV manufacturer Silevo, which developed the technology for the new PV module last year. SolarCity said in a press release that the new modules are the same size as standard ones but produce between 30% and 40% more power. They also perform better than other modules at high temperatures, allowing more energy production annually than conventional panels.Claims of supremacy in the battle for high efficiency, however, are best taken with a grain of salt, or at least a close eye to the fine print. Although the new SolarCity modules are at or near the high end of what’s available commercially for residential applications, SolarCity rival SunPower already produces a module with an efficiency of 22.4%, which is listed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as the most efficient module of its type. In addition, a day after the SolarCity announcement Panasonic said it had a module ready for mass production with an efficiency of 22.5%, according to PV Magazine.More complicated and more expensive types of PV cells have much higher efficiencies. A chart published by NREL shows that the best photovoltaic cells have an efficiency of 46% — but you won’t find them in commercially made residential PV systems. “The 40% cells are a very niche market,” said Keith Emery, a group manager and principal engineer in NREL’s solar performance group. “Right now, the 20-to-22% silicon modules are at the high end of what’s commercially available for residential use.”“If you have enough caveats, you can make almost anything a record,” he said of SolarCity’s claim. “It’s not necessarily a bogus claim. It’s just a little misleading, that’s all.”Still, Emery was enthused by the announcement. “I regard it with excitement because it means there’s another player on a high efficiency end of the photovoltaic business,” he said. “One of the economics of these things is the higher the efficiency the lower the cost of energy. If they are still selling it at X dollars a watt, the higher efficiency system will have a lower cost of energy. The name of the game here is not to add to the dollars per watt at all and just raise the efficiency.” Amazon.com’s wind farm is the target of a suitA 104-turbine wind farm that would power a data center for online retailer Amazon is the target of a lawsuit filed by a couple claiming the facility would pose a variety of aesthetic and environmental problems. The News & Observer said last week that construction crews have been building access roads to the site in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties in the northeast corner of North Carolina and plan to pour concrete foundations for the towers early next year.But a local couple, with help from the conservative Civitas Institute, claim that the project is an expensive boondoggle. Neither Amazon nor project developer Iberdrola are parties to the suit. Instead, the couple is suing the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality in an attempt to force a new regulatory review of the project.“I’m concerned it will make our beautiful county, quite frankly, ugly,” Jillanne Gigi Badawi told the newspaper. “Each turbine is the size of the Washington Monument. These things are huge monstrosities.” She lives less than a mile from where the nearest turbine would be located.A new review, which would include studies of wildlife, noise, and shadow flicker, could take more than a year and would probably kill the project. The wind farm must be up and running by the end of 2016 in order to quality for a 30% federal income tax credit, the newspaper said.center_img Arizona utility offers to withdraw solar fee proposalArizona’s largest electric utility is offering to back off its proposed fee increase for customers who own PV systems — an increase that would have seen rates climb from 70 cents to $3 per kilowatt, or up to roughly $21 a month.Arizona Public Service (APS) said it would drop the request if the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) would agree to open an investigation to determine the actual costs of providing service to customers with PV systems and establish the amount they should pay for a grid connection, according to a story posted at Greentech Media.APS first proposed the fee increase in April. It now complains opponents have turned the debate into “political theater.”It may not be theater, but it sure is getting messy. Arizona regulators have been the target of several conflict-of-interest complaints. APS is believed to have spent as much as $3.2 million in elections last year for ACC commissioners in an effort to help its favored candidates into office.Three of the five commissioners have been asked to recuse themselves from any decisions on PV charges on grounds they are biased against solar. They have refused.The Arizona Attorney General’s office is looking into texts sent by one of the commissioners, Chairman Bob Stump, to APS and others and seized his telephone in July.last_img read more

Stress Relievers for Young Children

first_imgIn an earlier post, we learned that young children are not immune from stress – they experience it in much the same way that we adults do. Even the youngest children in military families experience the stressfulness of major changes like the absence of a parent during deployment or moving to a new home. They are also very sensitive to the stress of the people they are around most often. When the homefront parent or caregiver is sadder or more anxious than usual or very preoccupied because of concern for the military parent, the child will notice the change and become anxious himself. Of course, major changes and stressors happen in many children’s lives, so learning how to help reduce the negative impact of stress during those times will be helpful as you care for all children.Signs of Stress or Anxiety in ChildrenAs a child care provider who regularly cares for children from military families, you are very likely to have times when you notice behavior clues that a child is feeling anxious or stressed. Those clues will look different depending on the child and the situation, but there are some common indications of stress in very young children:Changes in appetite or napping;Regressing to earlier behaviors like thumb-sucking or wetting her pants or bed;Changes in mood, having less fun than normal, being irritable, or being more withdrawn or aggressive than usual;Recurring troubling themes in artwork or pretend play (one sign that a child is especially stressed is when they keep replaying fear-themed scenarios without feeling any enjoyment or relief from the play).Any or all of these clues might indicate anxiety or stress in a child. But they might also be the result of other things, such as illness. The important point is to notice changes, jot down your observations, and pay attention to how long they go on. Talk with the parent or caregiver about what you’ve noticed and how you are planning to help the child. But be sensitive to the fact that he or she is also under stress. Communicate calmly, positively and with confidence that together you will provide the support the child needs to cope well.Stress Relievers for ChildrenAlthough it’s likely that you won’t be able to change the circumstance that is causing a child’s stress, there are some ways that you can help children calm themselves and reduce their body’s response to it. Besides doing your part to make sure they are well-fed and rested, there are also certain kinds of activities that have been found to reduce stress and anxiety. Sensory experiences: It’s no surprise that a soft blanket or cuddle toy can calm a baby. Beside the fact that it’s a familiar object, it’s the soft feel of the object that somehow stimulates calming chemicals in the brain. In fact, you can probably think of things you still find soothing to touch as an adult! Sensory experiences that focus on touch can be very soothing to young children. Playing with water, sand, playdough, goop (cornstarch and water mixture), fingerpaints, or modeling clay can all provide sensations that help reduce stress. Repetitive movements like rocking in a rocking chair, swinging, or being patted on the back provide a different, but also calming, sensory experience.Large physical movement: Any kind of physical activity that gets kids energetically moving their whole bodies for a good amount of time helps reduce stress. Increased breathing and blood flow, as well as the release of feel-good endorphins in the brain, combine to help children’s (and adults’!) feelings of well-being. Regular exercise has the added benefit of helping children sleep and eat better, too, which all works together to make them more resilient in the face of stress. Music:  Music can be used in a couple of key ways to reduce children’s stress. Slower, soothing music, especially instrumental music, has been shown to slow breathing, lower blood pressure, and reduce amounts of the stress hormone cortisol in the brain and body. Soothing music can be played softly in the background during quieter periods of the day. You can also use it in a more direct way by helping children breathe in time to the beat, close their eyes and imagine floating or flying, or slowly move their bodies to the music. More energetic, upbeat music can be used to get children moving, dancing, and laughing – all of which create “feel-good” chemicals in the brain that counteract the stress chemicals.Humor:  Humor is an anti-stress tool you may not have thought of before. Researchers are finding more and more evidence that laughing results in actual physical changes in our bodies – lower blood pressure and heart rate, better breathing and digestion, and the release of endorphins in the brain. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to get most young kids to laugh! Goofy silliness reigns supreme in the preschool world of humor. Find what tickles the funny bone of the child you are concerned about and be sure to provide regular opportunities for laughing. As it turns out, laughter really is good medicine!Not every strategy will work equally well for every child, so apply what you and the parents know about a child’s personality and preferences as you put strategies in place to help reduce his feelings of stress and anxiety. The good news is that every one of the stress-reducers described above is also good for all kids, any time! Music, movement, laughter and sensory experiences should all be a regular part of an early childhood program. But for children who are in a particularly stressful situation such as the absence of a deployed parent, be especially sensitive to their need for these experiences and their response to them. And then be sure and share what works with the homefront parent or caregiver so they can try these strategies at home. By using them at home, too, the whole family can benefit from their stress-reducing effects!last_img read more