Local media helps communities to cope after traumatic events

first_imgEmail Share on Twitter Share Analysis found that that communities coped by sticking together and sharing experiences. The role of the media impacted on how the community responded, with local media reportedly being sensitive and helping to facilitate community resilience and the national media largely being invasive.However, there were significant differences in how they reacted to the different tragedies.Suzanne Day said: “The results for the two events were very different with the floods (a natural event) providing evidence of communities pulling together in some cases and being pulled apart in others. This was mainly a result of relative deprivation with communities who perceived they received little support feeling alienated from the rest of the area. The communities that did receive external support banded together with a shared sense of collective identity.“During the shootings the community battened down the hatches not wanting support from any external agencies. Their strong sense of community was reinforced with the presence of national media, which at times they found intrusive. This was in contrast to the sensitive presence of local media which helped bond and strengthen the community.” Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Pinterest Local media’s sensitive approach to communities trying to cope in the face of trauma helps local people adapt to the stressful events by strengthening community bonds.This is one of the findings of a study by MSc student Suzanne Day from Lancaster University being presented today, Wednesday 6 May 2015, at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Liverpool.The study examined how West Cumbrian communities coped with two local traumatic events in a short space of time (the November 2009 floods and June 2010 Cumbria shootings). A total of 77 adults who were living and still live in the area at the time of the events completed a questionnaire about how much they had been affected. Ten also took part in interviews.last_img read more

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Narcissists have reduced motivation in subordinate positions

first_imgExperiment 2 repeated the first with a sample of 135 participants (63 female), but they were instead informed that the psychological test had nothing to do with their assignments. A self-interest measure was added to determine if it was related to role assignment reactions. It was found that narcissism was still associated with negative reactions to follower roles, even after the illusion of test-based assignments was removed. Motivation for self-interest was also reduced by being assigned to the leadership role.The third study looked at the impact of role assignment on a trait narcissist’s willingness to contribute to the collective good of the group. The design of Study 1 was once again repeated but with an additional measure for willingness to contribute. Participants with high rates of narcissism were less willing when assigned to be followers, signifying a potential point of group disruption.Finally, the fourth experiment examined the association as it may exist in sports teams, which represent a real-world example with many dynamic roles. Researchers recruited 213 participants, all of which were female flag-football players. Data was obtained using questionnaires filled out by the subjects at various times throughout a tournament.Narcissism was associated with both displeasure in roles perceived as being “lesser”, as well as an increased likelihood of perceiving their assigned positions as being below their abilities. Taken in combination, the four parts of this investigation clearly demonstrate that, when placed in a role perceived as being subordinate, narcissistic personalities can have a disruptive effect on group environments in both theoretical and practical contexts. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Twitter The personality trait known as narcissism is associated with a number of potentially troublesome personal characteristics, like entitlement and a general disregard for others. People who display excessive narcissism typically desire positions of leadership, status and power. Ample research has already been performed on the impact of narcissistic personalities when placed in leadership roles, but less is known about their impact when placed in subordinate positions within a company.A 2016 article in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin by Alex J. Benson, Christian H. Jordan and Amy M. Christie has shown that narcissism may support a resistance to follower roles that can be disruptive to group functioning.Four studies were included in this investigation. The first included 105 subjects (66 female) who were assigned to either a low (follower) or high status (leader) role. Narcissism was measured with a 40 item inventory prior to role assignment and the experiment concluded with a self-report of role satisfaction. Before being assigned, subjects also participated in a staged psychological test to make them believe that their assignments would be based on these results. Subjects high in narcissism were more satisfied with leadership positions and less so as followers when compared to those with lower scores in the trait.last_img read more

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Senate bill would jump-start universal flu vaccine efforts

first_imgAs the nation grapples with a long and unrelenting flu season rivaling by some measures the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, a group of US senators last week unveiled a proposal to invest $1 billion in research over the next 5 years to create a universal flu vaccine that would provide lifetime protection against a range of influenza strains.The announcement came just as US researchers released an interim report card on the flu vaccine’s performance so far this season, which again showed disappointingly low effectiveness against H3N2, this season’s dominant strain.Funding boost far above current levelsThe bill, called the Flu Vaccine Act, was introduced on Feb 15 by Ed Markey (D-Mass.), with seven Senate cosponsors: Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).From a total investment of $1 billion, the proposed law would direct $200 million each year over fiscal years 2019 through 2023 to universal flu vaccine research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to a press release from Markey’s office. For comparison, he said the NIH’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) spent about $64 million in fiscal year 2017 on universal flu vaccine research.The Markey press release pointed to the mounting number deaths and hospitalizations this season, plus the toll the disease takes on the nation’s pocketbook and workforce. “The flu costs the nation $10.4 billion in direct medical costs annually and $87 billion in total economic burden, yet our current investment is significantly lacking,” it said.Dedicated funding outlined in the bill would ensure that scientists are able to conduct the basic science they need to improve current vaccines and ultimately develop a universal version, Markey said. “America’s scientists and clinicians are gold medalists in health and disease research, and it is up to the United States to lead the world in the response to the flu,” he said. “We must enhance our ability to predict the right strain for the next season, produce a more optimal vaccine, and protect all Americans against all strains of this virus.”Paul Auwaerter, MD, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), said in Markey’s statement that the devastation of severe flu this season underscores the urgent need for a universal vaccine that would protect against the virus, regardless of the circulating strains.Senators ask HHS for research statusOn the same day the senators proposed the law, they sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar asking for more details on HHS work to more accurately pick vaccine virus strains, speed up vaccine production, prepare hospitals and providers for a severe flu season, and progress with developing a universal flu vaccine.”A subpar vaccine not only impacts our ability to respond to the seasonal flu, but it leaves us at continued risk for a pandemic flu,” they wrote, adding that they appreciated the important flu-related work that is already under way by federal agencies.But are requested funds enough?Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), led a group that in 2012 published an in-depth analysis of problems with current flu vaccines and steps needed to develop a next-generation flu vaccine with the potential to blunt the impact of a future pandemic. CIDRAP is the publisher of CIDRAP News.One of the main recommendations was a new model to support the develop and licensing of novel vaccines, which includes declaring vaccines a national priority and dedicating substantial investment and leadership on the scale of the Manhattan Project, which during World War II brought about the first nuclear weapons.He said the attention geared toward a better flu vaccine and the funding the lawmakers propose is clearly welcome and necessary. However, Osterholm said though the funding proposed in the law would be a good first down-payment on a better vaccine and tops what the nation is currently spending, it falls short of what’s needed.In a New York Times commentary in January on persistent gaps in global pandemic preparedness, Osterholm and his coauthor Mark Olshaker wrote that that the search for an HIV vaccine rightfully receives $1 billion annually, a total that would be similar to what governments, vaccine manufacturers, and the philanthropic community would need to develop a new kind of flu vaccine over the next decade.He told CIDRAP News today that, with an estimate of $20 billion in lost work for seasonal flu, “the next pandemic would bring the world to its knees. The real cost of getting this done is the absolute cost of not getting it done.”See also:Feb 15 Sen Markey press releaseProposed Flu Vaccine Act textFeb 15 letter to HHSOctober 2012 CIDRAP report “The Compelling Need for Game-Changing Influenza Vaccines”Jan 8 New York Times commentarylast_img read more

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VC Bird Airport to close on Thursday

first_img “This decision expands the announced ban on citizens from several identified countries. Those citizens of those several countries who would have arrived on British Airways, American Airlines and Air Canada, among others, may wish to take advantage of the facility,” the statement continued. “It has now become evident to the Cabinet, after examining the extant conditions and the disregard displayed by attendees at funerals, that little or no attention is being paid to the announced policy of limited social gatherings of 25 persons. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC VC Bird International Airport will close at midnight Thursday to all incoming commercial traffic. Oct 16, 2020 Antiguan government establishes “travel bubble” for Caribbean travelersST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jul 10, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has established a “travel bubble” that will allow citizens from several identified states within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to travel to the island without the necessity to have coronavirus ( COVID-19) tests and certificates to be…July 10, 2020In “General”Antigua to test all passengers for COVID-19 on arrivalST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda government says every person entering the country will need to be tested and will undergo mandatory quarantine, after the island recorded 39 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from individuals who recently arrived in the country. Officials say all 39 had been…June 26, 2020In “General”PM Gaston Browne confirms first case of COVID-19Prime Minister Gaston Browne, on March 13, confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in Antigua and Barbuda. Health officials were said to have met overnight to discuss the results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The infected person is one of two suspected cases sent to the Trinidad-based agency…March 13, 2020In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp The Cabinet noted that while there have been no confirmed cases of community spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, “the government’s several ministries have been closely monitoring all developments, here and abroad. Antigua and Barbuda’s borders have remained open to air and sea traffic in order to ensure that workers across the several sectors remain employed.” Oct 15, 2020 The Cabinet also hit out at what it described as a disregard and violation of the policy that limits gatherings of 25 or more persons implemented on Sunday at an emergency session of Cabinet.center_img St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 You may be interested in… “That policy is being violated, despite the severity of the threat of community spread of the coronavirus,” the release stated. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Government says it is seeking to “safeguard the health of the people of Antigua and Barbuda”. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Commercial air carriers that choose to fly empty aircraft to Antigua after Thursday, a Cabinet release stated, will be allowed to enter in order to collect citizens of their respective countries and return them home.last_img read more

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Spicy Sambal Lobster Salad

first_imgWho: Chef Nicole GuzmanInstagram: @MysticMeals13Chef Guzman’s Guest-Worthy Recipe:Spicy Sambal Lobster SaladWhy?“Lobster is always a crowd pleaser and it’s at its best during the spring and summer. This recipe is simple, yet delicious and easy to prepare. The Asian influence adds a nice twist on an old classic. It’s great for impressing your guests, and serving lobster always makes people feel special.”“It can be offered as an appetizer or a main course on top of lettuce cups, brioche toast, raw vegetable chips, or rolled up in rice paper for a unique version of a spring roll, or served open-faced with a side of garlic parmesan fries. A memorable dish that invokes the spirit of summertime by the sea!”Ingredients:1 lb cooked lobster meat, diced into medium-sized pieces1 piece of green onion, thinly sliced1/4 c chopped chives1/2 c mayonnaise2 Tbsp Sambal Oelek (you can find this in the Asian section of your local supermarket). Use more or less to taste.Directions:In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients, adjusting the amount of seasonings, and Sambal.Once incorporated, place the lobster in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to let the flavors marry together.Serve on your favorite toasted bread or lettuces. Sharelast_img read more

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Firm wins appeal against insurer that settled its PI claims

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal from a personal injury firm that argued that an insurer went behind its back to settle claims.North-west firm Gavin Edmondson said Haven Insurance acted unlawfully in making direct offers to clients in 2012. The law firm lost in the High Court last November but yesterday successfully appealed that decision.The appeal court said Haven was required to pay Edmondson in each case the sums payable on settlement under the protocol scheme into which the claims had been entered.Lord Justice Lloyd Jones said the fact that an offer may have been made at a time when a retainer was still cancellable or otherwise terminable could not relieve Haven of liability.In each case, Haven, with knowledge of the existence of a conditional fee agreement and that the claim was proceeding within the claims protocol scheme, made an offer of settlement with no express limitation as to the period within which it could be accepted.‘It would have been open to Haven to make the offer conditional on cancellation of Edmondson’s retainer within the permitted period but it did not do so,’ said Lloyd Jones.The judge said while Edmondson had no right to recover fees from its clients, he considered that in the normal course of events the firm would have an entitlement to recover the fixed costs and other sums payable under the protocol scheme.Costs lawyer Gordon Exall said the result would make the value of insurers contacting claimants directly ‘very doubtful’.In his blog on the case, Exall said: ‘When an insurer is notified of a claim under the portal and subsequently resolves the matter directly with the claimant the insurer remained liable to pay the claimant’s solicitors standard costs under the portal.’Haven has indicated that it intends to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court. read more

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Africa launches $14 million program to shore up coffee sector amid…

first_imgAfrica’s COVID-19 infections surpass 1.1 million Africa’s COVID-19 cases surge to 1.02 million NYERI COUNTY, KENYA – 2017/11/22: Ngatia Wanjohi, a farmer tends his coffee at his farm in Gichatha-ini village in Nyeri County, 125 Kilometers north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. (Photo by Billy Mutai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)The Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO) said on Wednesday it has jointly launched a 14.3 million U.S. dollar intervention program to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on the continent’s coffee sector.IACO said it has teamed up with the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and the Center for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) to design an emergency intervention program to ease the pain caused by the pandemic on the sector.The initiative aims to alleviate market disruptions, food, nutrition, and income security challenges facing millions of smallholder coffee farmers across 11 countries for an initial three-year period, IACO secretary-general Fred Kawuma said in a statement.“This pandemic has dealt a major blow to the coffee economy. World prices were already bad for producers at the beginning of the year before COVID-19,” he said. “The outbreak worsened the downward trend in coffee price to the disadvantage of vulnerable smallholder producers.”“This is why we are working towards building resilience that will protect our producers,” Kawuma said.The ICO projects a loss of exports valued between 100 million U.S. dollars and 200 million dollars, potentially affecting 6.6 million jobs in the coffee sector, particularly in the East Africa region.It said COVID-19 has revealed the critical weakness of the agricultural systems in Africa, and particularly the growing concern of its coffee value chain.According to IACO, the risk posed by COVID-19 on Africa’s agricultural sector remains critical, given the sector accounts for 23 percent of the continent’s gross domestic product, with food and agricultural exports averaging 35 billion dollars to 40 billion dollars annually.Out of this, agricultural products, including coffee and food, worth 8 billion dollars flow through intra-regional trade every year, according to a McKinsey’s report calling for the need to safeguard Africa’s food systems against the pandemic.The organizations said the program adds to support systems and agricultural practices that will ensure sustainable intensification of smallholder coffee farming systems in a manner that ensures income security devoid of the price shocks in the international markets, guarantee food and nutrition security of the smallholder coffee systems, and promote the creation of entrepreneurial jobs beyond farming, both in the rural and urban areas.Activities along the entire value chains across the continent have been disrupted, leading to stockpiling of coffee at farm levels, reduced price to growers, reduced domestic consumption due to closures of coffee roasting units, cessation of movements and meetings, and closure of distribution outlets.Denis Seudieu, the chief economist of the ICO, said the program will focus on building a system where coffee smallholders are enabled to earn living incomes by systematically incorporating high-value nutritious crops that provide income during coffee off-seasons.“It will consequently ensure that producing countries remain food secure amid reduced food imports due to COVID-19 and mitigate any future disruptions,” Seudieu said.The organizations said the resilience created will make operators eligible for loan financing requests and the ability to consolidate their investments, thus creating business for the banks.“In addition to ensuring income, food and nutrition security, the proposed complementary crops will form the basis for developing rural-based small and medium enterprises in aggregation, grading, packaging  and distribution of coffee and produce from the associated crops,” said CABI regional director Morris Akiri.Relatedcenter_img Africa’s COVID-19 infections top 1.03 millionlast_img read more

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Sandcastle Days marks 30th year

first_img Share RelatedSand and SurfSand sculptors work around high tides at Sandcastle Days By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Thousands of visitors ebbed and flowed around the sand sculptures on display last weekend, undeterred by the high tides which had threatened to destroy the master sand sculptures early in the week. Local sand…October 13, 2017In “News”Season of Sand: 31st Annual Sandcastle Days begins WednesdayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Whether you’re a kid, or you’re a kid at heart, you’re sure to have fun at one of South Padre Island’s longest-running events: Sandcastle Days. The 31-year-old event, which celebrates the ephemeral art of sandcastle building, kicks off this coming Wednesday at Clayton’s…September 28, 2018In “News”31st Sandcastle Days underwayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The 31st Annual Sandcastle Days is now underway at Clayton’s Beach Bar on South Padre Island. Work on the sponsor welcome sculpture was completed earlier this week and is ready to greet visitors as they approach the popular beachside venue, which has hosted…October 5, 2018In “News” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comSculptors have been building sandcastles on South Padre Island for 30 years. And what once was a small event — the brainchild of Lucinda Wierenga and Walter “Amazing Walter” McDonald — has now blossomed into an Island favorite that draws up to 30,000 people to the powder soft sand each fall.“It’s really a neat time as far as I’m concerned. We’ve got good sand here and (we’re) showing the world what we can do,” Wierenga told the PRESS recently.“This is kind of where master sand sculpture started in Texas,” she said.In honor of the milestone anniversary, this year’s theme is a 30th birthday party, Wierenga said. A dozen master sand sculptors from across the country, and as far away as Holland, will be at Clayton’s Beach Bar all weekend working on their gargantuan sculptures. “They’re amazingly talented,” Wierenga said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Reijnen excited about MX prospect in Jamaica

first_imgJohannes Reijnen, one of the top motocross (MX) riders in Jamaica, said the sport has been growing steadily over the years and competition among the riders is very intense. The Dutchman was among over 20 participants who competed in the third race meet of the season at Temple Hall in St Andrew yesterday. Reijnen, who is nicknamed ‘The Flying Dutchman’ by his peers, told The Gleaner yesterday that there are a lot of talented riders in Jamaica who have the potential to make it on the international stage. “The motocross series here in Jamaica is really exciting at the moment, as we saw today (Sunday),” Reijnen said. “The A Class race was really close with the whole pack, and the Open class was also the same thing.”He added that the racing course at Temple Hall is excellent for competition and that it was a wonderful feeling for him to be able to compete there. “For me to be able to ride here is very special because I am from the Netherlands, and look where I am racing,” he said. “This is a dream come true for me to ride in such a surrounding. There are so many new kids that have stepped up into the sport and have really shown a lot of talent, so I always tell them that the sky is the limit.“I also tell them that not because you grow up in a small Caribbean island like Jamaica, it means that you can’t make it to the top of the world in the sport,” he said.last_img read more

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City head to Cheltenham again

first_imgWhaddon Road was a destination in pre-season last year, when Lee Johnson’s side won 2-1 against dad Gary’s team.It led to Lee lifting the “Johnson Cup”, and the trophy is sure to be on line once more if Gary has anything to do with it.It’s the fifth pre-season friendly confirmed by the club ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, all of which are away from home.Meanwhile, Yeovil Town have confirmed entry prices for City’s pre-season visit to Huish Park on Saturday, July 15th (3pm).Adults will pay £8, with prices for senior citizens and those aged 16-21 just £4. Entry is free for under-16s.Supporters buying on the day should head to the ticket office on the Main Stand side of the ground to purchase tickets.Yeovil are also offering fans the chance to buy in advance by calling 01935 847888.City’s pre-season schedule so far:Sunday, July 9th (4pm) v Bristol Manor Farm (A) Tuesday, July 11th (7.45pm) v Bath City (A) Wednesday, July 12th (7.30pm) v Torquay United (A) Saturday, July 15th (3pm) v Yeovil Town (A)Tuesday, July 25th (7.45pm) v Cheltenham Town (A)last_img read more

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