Global burden of mental illness underestimated

first_imgThe disability and mortality that results from mental illness around the world is underestimated by more than a third, according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and King’s College London.In an article in the February 2016 issue of The Lancet Psychiatry, the authors estimate that, worldwide, mental illness accounts for 32.4% of years lived with disability (YLDs), and 13% of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)—a measure of years of healthy life lost due to ill health, disability, or early death. Previous estimates put the global burden of mental illness at 21.2% of YLDs and 7.1% of DALYs, but authors of the new article argue that mental illness has been wrongly measured and categorized in the past.For instance, suicide and other forms of self-harm were previously considered “injuries” and excluded from calculations of the effect of mental illness. In addition, some chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and low back pain—most prevalent in patients struggling with mood, anxiety, or stress disorders—have been considered “musculoskeletal conditions,” but the authors say that it would make sense to attribute a proportion of these conditions to mental illness.According to co-author Daniel Vigo, Centennial Fellow in Harvard Chan School’s Doctor of Public Health program and a psychiatrist, it’s important to accurately quantify the true burden of mental illness because of the individual and societal harm it causes. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Watch Idina Menzel Perform from Her New Album

first_img Star Files She’s slaying like the Queen of Swords, Frozen’s Elsa, Wicked’s Elphaba and Rent’s Maureen combined! Tony winner Idina Menzel is (still!) having a major moment, what with the release of her new album idina. on September 23 and filling Bette Midler’s shoes in Lifetime’s forthcoming TV remake of the beloved film Beaches. The Broadway favorite appeared on The Today Show on September 22 to discuss how honest her record is about the past two years of her life and how fans will feel about her role in Beaches. “People are either going to love or hate me for it,” Menzel said. Well, we always love an extra dose of Idina! Check out the interview and her “Queen of Swords” performance below! Idina Menzel View Comments Idina Menzellast_img read more

4 holiday shopping predictions you can take to the credit union in 2020

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details If you’re confused by the title of this article, it was intended to be a play on the phrase “take to the bank.” Also please don’t print off these predictions and hand them to your CU teller. They will be highly confused. Anyway, I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite activities on Thanksgiving night is to hit up Best Buy and stock up on the 5 and 10 dollar Blurays. That ain’t happening this year. #DangYouCovid. Nevertheless, holiday shopping is still going to be a thing, so here are four predictions for the 2020 holiday shopping season …Online sales will shatter all records: I’ll be honest, I feel good about this one. With retailers not having the usual availability for in-person shopping, online shopping is going to, as they say, “have a year.” Shopping from the “COVID-free zone”, aka the couch, looks pretty good these days, and there’s absolutely no doubt that online sales will destroy all previous records for holiday revenue.Deals will be a bigger deal: While people obviously spend piles of cash on holiday deals, you’re definitely not always buying off the sales list when you’re picking up gifts for your friends and family. This year, that may be slightly less true. With Americans looking to save more than usual in 2020, I think there’s a good chance that sales will have a greater impact on what people are buying this year than ever before.Shoppers will be finished shopping earlier than ever: The pandemic forced Amazon to move their annual Prime Day from the middle of summer to the middle of October this year, and this may have been an early kickoff to the holiday shopping season. With the realization that Black Friday is (at least for this year) a thing of the past, there’s really no reason for consumers to wait until after Thanksgiving to start working on their shopping list.Shipping will be more frustrating than ever: More things to ship equals busier shipping companies. That’s basic math. Or something. But seriously, if you’re thinking you can order something on Dec 21 and have it by Christmas, you may want to rethink that.last_img read more

Smithtown’s New Zoning District Lets Hauppauge Industrial Park Add Space, Jobs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In a major victory for the Hauppauge Industrial Association—which oversees a 1,400-acre business-hub industrial park that is home to more than 1,300 companies—the Smithtown Town Board voted earlier this month to establish a new zoning district that will give the facility greater flexibility to handle its own development.“The new zoning rules will promote investment among our business members, allowing them to expand,” says Terri Alessi-Miceli, president of the HIA.The adoption of the zoning overlay district arrives on the heels of another HIA project, one aimed to improve the industrial park’s 30-year-old sewer system. Begun in 2013, the sewer system expansion project aims to increase daily capacity from 600,000 gallons to over 1.5 million gallons, which would add capacity for commercial expansion.One of the largest industrial parks in the nation, the Hauppauge Industrial Park comprises more than 60 percent of the companies in the HIA, with more than 55,000 people employed in construction, manufacturing and service industries, according to its president. Among the corporate offices in the park are the Coca Cola Company, consumer electronics producer Audiovox, satellite-communications company Globecomm, and Allstate.According to Alessi-Miceli, who declined to give a total amount, the HIA has worked with the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency to provide its members millions of dollars in property tax abatements and sales tax exemptions in order to help the companies complete their investment projects and expand their sales operations.The new zoning rule could pave the way for an increase in growth, says Alessi-Miceli. Building heights that are currently limited at 35 feet could now rise to 50 feet, a 43 percent increase. The new allowance could let existing business members add more office space or create room for new businesses to set up in the park. The growth does not stop there. Buildings along Vanderbilt Motor Parkway received an extra boost to hit 62 feet. The zoning legislation also allows for increased outdoor storage and the installment of two-story parking garages, which the HIA claims will help its members organize their businesses better and get to work faster.Accommodating new companies vertically, rather than horizontally, could also alleviate the severe traffic congestion, which Alessi-Miceli acknowledged was the biggest problem facing the park in 2009 when she spoke with the Long Island Business News. Six years later, the HIA is still trying to help improve its members’ productivity and the park’s mobility.The overlay district vote was temporarily delayed by a request from HBO. Its communications center is stationed in the Hauppauge Industrial Park, and its executives expressed concerns that heightened buildings could have potentially interfered with HBO’s satellite transmissions to its millions of subscribers worldwide. But upon further investigation, HBO found no cause for worry, and the Smithtown zoning vote went underway.The new district could have a profound economic impact on the Town of Smithtown, which has jurisdiction over the main portion of the Hauppauge Industrial Park’s real estate. The park already is an asset for Smithtown’s economy; its land and buildings account for about 70 percent of the total assessed value of industrial property in Smithtown. According to the HIA, the industrial park currently generates over $19 million in annual tax revenue for the town. Easing building regulations could open up the door to additional tax revenue, as well as address the town’s inefficient handling of building-permits.Over the last three years, the unemployment rate for Smithtown has been falling from its 20-year high of 7.2 percent in July 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The town’s unemployment rate stands at 4.2 percent as of June, well below New York’s state-wide average of 5.5 percent.Further developments to the Hauppauge Industrial Park may put even more downward pressure on the town’s unemployment rate.“More jobs can be created to fill the new office spaces and satisfy the need for additional services,” says Alessi-Miceli.Whether all these zoning changes will make a difference remains to be seen but at least things at the park are looking up.last_img read more

Republicans should be scared by results in Virginia

first_imgBefore this race, Gillespie was as establishment as an establishment Republican could be, aligned closely with George W. Bush, who has made his distaste for Trump’s viciously divisive politics clear.He typified a coolheaded, practical approach to politics. He was more tradesman than ideologue.Until the last few months, when he utterly transformed.The impression he left on voters was an ugly one, and he and the GOP have nothing to show for it.That should scare Republicans most of all.Frank Bruni is a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Ralph Northam will be the state’s next governor.That’s a gigantic relief, because a Northam defeat would have prompted a Democratic meltdown — and rightly so.In statewide races, Virginia is increasingly blue: Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump there by 5 percentage points a year ago.And Trump’s ceaseless assault on propriety, decency and ethical, responsible government is supposedly firing up liberals as never before. Virginia on Tuesday was the place to demonstrate that. The demonstration was convincing.Not only did Northam beat his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, by about 9 points — a margin of victory larger than either Clinton’s or the 2-point advantage that ushered the state’s current Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, into office four years ago — but Democrats also performed strongly in other Virginia races.So strongly, in fact, that one Democrat, Danica Roem, unseated a longtime Republican incumbent in the House of Delegates and will become the nation’s only openly transgender state representative.The history that she made flies squarely in the face of the bigotry and divisiveness that Trump sows. Politically speaking, there are eons between now and then, and the Virginia governor’s race had facets all its own.But there are reasons for Republicans to be very afraid.One is that Northam outperformed Clinton without being a particularly energetic, forceful candidate.Republicans should also worry that they’ve oversold themselves on the moderate-progressive divide in the Democratic Party and how severely Democrats would be hobbled by it.“If the Virginia results showed anything, it’s that ideological purity isn’t necessary to win in the Age of Trump,” Lis Smith, a Democratic operative who worked for McAuliffe, told me Tuesday night.“Northam came out as a two-time George W. Bush voter, and he failed some key liberal litmus tests. Still he won.”In rooting for a Gillespie victory, the GOP was looking for something larger: an assurance that a Republican in a swing state or swing district could find the right recipe for energizingTrump supporters without alienating Trump skeptics. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAlthough at times over the last week it seemed that Democrats were doing their damnedest to lose the Virginia gubernatorial race, they failed in that endeavor, which is to say that they succeeded at the polls.center_img Gillespie’s answer was to keep Trump at arm’s length physically but not spiritually.So while he never — not once — had Trump stump for him in Virginia, he parroted the president’s tough talk about criminals and immigrants and denounced professional football players who didn’t stand for the national anthem.Trump didn’t cry foul during the campaign, but he did on Twitter on Tuesday night, griping that Gillespie “worked hard but did not embrace me” and showing again that he’s all too content to spar publicly with lawmakers and candidates in his own party.Republicans should be afraid for that reason as well.Beyond the returns, this was a governor’s race that made the skin crawl, which is to say that it was a sufficiently accurate mirror and microcosm of American political culture in the Age of Trump.Partisan groups and panicked candidates trafficked in overblown fears, appealed to the worst in voters and debased themselves in pursuit of their prize — reasoning, I suppose, that dignity could be recovered on the far side of ugly victory. I’m not sure that’s ever wholly true.Gillespie’s campaign “has not been just a dog whistle to the intolerant, racially resentful parts of the Republican base; it’s been a mating call,” wrote The Washington Post in a blistering — and wholly warranted — editorial that noted what many other observers were also fascinated by: how radically Trump’s ascendance and omnipresence changed the way Gillespie comported himself, a transformation with dark implications for the GOP and scary ones for America. Just when we needed a sign that his America is not all of America, Virginia came to the rescue and gave us one.And I guarantee you that the Republicans up for re-election in 2018 saw it, shuddered and will spend the next weeks and months trying to figure out just how much trouble their party is in and precisely how to repair it.Democrats are exceedingly familiar with that feeling.The returns in Virginia suggested that Trump antipathy is indeed real and that it is definitely animating.“Virginia shows that in non-red states, Trump is a heavy load for Republican candidates to carry,” the Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik told me late Tuesday night.Does it mean that Democrats can wrest one chamber of Congress from Republican control in 2018?Impossible to say.last_img read more

Ministry converts Wisma Atlet Kemayoran into emergency COVID-19 hospital

first_imgThe Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is preparing to turn Wisma Atlet Kemayoran, a former athletes village in Central Jakarta, into an emergency hospital to treat people with COVID-19, according to an official.Wisma Atlet was used in the 2018 Asian Games, which was cohosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.  The sixth and seventh towers, each also providing 650 residential units with a capacity of 1,750 people, will house on-duty health workers and the COVID-19 Task Force, respectively.”We are seeking to complete the COVID-19 Emergency Hospital in the next four days,” the ministry’s housing procurement director general, Khalawi Abdul Hamid, said in a statement released on Thursday. “It’s expected to start operating on Monday.”COVID-19 was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since spread to the rest of the world, including Indonesia, with confirmed cases mainly found in Jakarta. Out of the 309 confirmed cases nationwide, 210 are in the capital, according to the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad “Yuri” Yurianto.State-owned diversified manufacturer PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia, which also oversees imports of 500,000 rapid testing kits for COVID-19 from China, will be in charge of operations and maintenance of the Wisma Atlet emergency hospital.”[The use of] Wisma Atlet is still under further discussion,” Yuri, who also acts as the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19, told The Jakarta Post via text message on Thursday. (dfr) Four of its 10 towers will be converted to treat COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, one tower, which consists of 650 residential units that can house 1,750 people, has been designated as an emergency hospital for hospice care. Another tower comprising 886 units and with a capacity of 2,458 people will support the emergency hospital, with the first floor allocated for emergency rooms, the second floor for intensive care units and the third floor for recovery rooms.The fourth to 24th floors are will used as regular hospice rooms. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Swiss government weighs further changes to pension system

first_imgThe Swiss government is weighing amendments to the supervisory structure of the second-pillar pension system, as well as strengthening governance at first-pillar scheme AHV. It commissioned the Interior Ministry to draw up a reform plan in which the responsibilities of implementing organisations, as well as the first-pillar supervisor, are stated more precisely and, where necessary, “disentangled”. Further, accounting, reporting and administration costs are to be brought up to date by applying unified and defined standards.The changes will also be applied to smaller first-pillar funds such as the EO, the fund for maternity leave and military service, and the fund for so-called Ergänzungsleistungen, or people who have too little money in their retirement. The government said the supervisory structure for the second pillar, implemented in 2012, had “proven itself” but could be “optimised in certain areas”.Three years ago, the federal supervisory authority Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) was created.At the same time, the mostly cantonal supervisory authorities were merged to form larger regional bodies.With the next step of the reform, the Swiss government wants to further strengthen the independence of these regional authorities from cantonal bodies.This means representatives from cantonal governments will no longer sit on the boards of these authorities.A further reform proposal for Pensionskassen is to state the responsibilities of pensions advisers and auditors more precisely and differentiate them more clearly.The government gave the Interior Ministry until the end of 2016 to come up with a draft reform.“The aim is to achieve a risk and impact-oriented supervision for the whole social system,” the government said.last_img read more

A Quebec court has invalidated parts of the medical aid in dying laws

first_imgMontreal CTV News 11 September 2019Family First Comment:This is the slippery slope. The bill being debated by our Parliament at the moment is simply the ‘foot in the door’ – as evidenced by overseas experience.“A Quebec Superior Court judge has invalidated sections of both the laws on medically assisted dying, ruling Wednesday they were too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.”#rejectassistedsuicideA Quebec Superior Court judge has invalidated sections of both the federal and Quebec laws on medically assisted dying, ruling Wednesday they were too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.Justice Christine Baudouin found in favour of two Quebecers struck by incurable degenerative diseases who’d argued they were denied a medically assisted death under laws that are discriminatory.Baudouin ruled invalid the Criminal Code requirement that a natural death be “reasonably foreseeable” before someone can be eligible for assisted death. The condition has prevented some people from accessing the end-of-life procedure. She also invalidated a section of the Quebec law that says people must “be at the end of life.”Baudouin suspended application of the judgment for six months to give federal and provincial legislators a chance to modify the laws.But the court granted an exemption to Truchon and Gladu, allowing them to seek medical aid in dying during this period if they satisfy other conditions in the law.The laws in place deprived them of the right to have “a dignified and serene death”, she wrote in her lengthy decision.Baudouin, who heard from witnesses in January, agreed the rules governing who was entitled to medical assistance in dying were too restrictive and discriminatory.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ.last_img read more

Why New Zealand’s law lacks necessary detail to make a fully informed decision

first_imgNewsHub 12 July 2020Family First Comment: There are so many crucial points made in this piece that it’s difficult to know which bit to highlight. So take the time to read it all!As Rhona Winnington – a registered nurse, sociologist and lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) – concludes:“We need to safeguard our families and communities from these social consequences of assisted dying legislation. Vulnerable populations have to remain safe from persuasion to die and there has to be a supportive framework for those left behind after an assisted death, so they can grieve without feeling stigmatised.”When New Zealanders go to the polls in September, they will also be asked to vote in a referendum on assisted dying.Parliament already passed the End of Life Choice Act in 2019, but the referendum will decide whether it comes into force.We will be asked if we accept or decline the right of people to seek an assisted death, without the need for consultation with family and with no stand-down period other than a requirement of 48 hours to prepare the medication. The act would allow people to choose when they die and by what means, whether the medication is self-administered or given by suitably qualified clinicians.This appears an ideal scenario, affirming the right to choose, but it is a deeply profound decision for the public to make. Many may be unaware of issues beyond the goal of ending suffering for people with life-limiting conditions.My research shows an assisted death can have repercussions for many people – those left behind or others struggling with a chronic disease. Experiences from countries where assisted dying has been legal for some time have highlighted these challenges.Social consequences of assisted dyingIn the Netherlands, assisted dying has been legal for 18 years. Over time, there have been notable slips in the criteria that have to be met. This includes the level of physical suffering, which is a subjective experience, and the requirement that people must be competent to agree to an assisted death at the point of administration. This may not be possible for people with dementia who have previously given written consent but can no longer consent at the point of death.While the law hasn’t changed, its interpretation has, and people with mental illness can now also request an assisted death. Data from the Netherlands show one in 30 people now die by euthanasia, compared to one in 90 when the law was introduced in 2002.In the US, some medical insurance companies pay for an assisted death but not for palliative care. This removes any notion of choice and autonomy from the person.In Canada, where assisted dying has been legal for four years, the number of people seeking medical help to die has risen significantly, with figures more than doubling year on year. This has exposed unexpected consequences, such as fear of judgement for leaving family members unsupported after an assisted death and stigmatisation of clinicians, whether or not they support people choosing the time of their death.READ MORE: read more

ISIS accepts Boko Haram’s allegiance pledge

first_imgBoko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to the Islamic militant group ISIS,has been accepted.ISIS accepted the pledge in a recorded audio message which is however yet to be verified.ISIS’ media arm, al-Furqan, released an audio statement by spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani that claimed the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate had expanded to West Africa.Al Adnani had previously urged fighters from around the world to migrate and join Boko Haram.The announcement comes  as both groups struggled against increased military pressure in recent days.ISIS is battling against Iraqi forces seeking to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, while coming under fire from U.S.-led coalition air strikes in other parts of the country and in Syria.In the meantime, Boko Haram is under fire from a multinational force which combines the armies of Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. Boko Haram has so far lost ground in towns that have been retaken the army according to military sources.   Analysts say there’s no other reason for Boko Haram combining forces with ISIS except for the sole reason of wanting to keep its media activities more alive.  It’s new Twitter account, increasingly slick and with more frequent video messages and a new media arm all  considered signs that the group is now being helped by ISIS propagandists.Boko Haram began it’s military campaign to impose Islamist rule in northern Nigeria in 2009.The conflict has since spread to neighboring states. Abubakar Shekau is the purpoted leader of Boko Haramlast_img read more