Russian Suicide Rates Finally Down to Levels of a Half Century Ago

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter 14 straight years of declines, the number of suicides in Russia has now fallen to its lowest point in more than half a century.The rate fell to 17 cases of suicide for every 100,000 people in 2015 — the lowest it’s been since 1962.The results showed a big improvement in even the latest year of 2015 over 2014 – a 6.2% drop.FIND MORE GOOD HEALTH NEWS WITH OUR APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOSA long-running anti-alcohol campaign and improving standard of living are credited for the turnaround.CHECK OUT: The Idea That Turned Russian Warheads Into American ElectricityTwenty years ago, Russia’s suicide rate was twice what the World Health Organization (WHO) termed a high suicide rate — with 40 suicides per 100,000 people. By 2014, the country had cut the rate by more than half — enough to be considered average by WHO standards.(READ more at Russia Beyond the Headlines) — Photo: Pavel Kazachkov, CCShare the Good News in Mental Health…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Wetlands Once Drained by Dictator Now Thrives as 3rd Most Bio-diverse Spot in World

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRomania’s wetlands, once drained for farmland by the dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu in the 1980s, are coming back to life thanks to help from local communities, the World Wildlife Fund, and funding from the European Union.Roughly 2,224 acres (900 hectares) of the picturesque Danube Delta — home to 300 species of birds — have filled with wildlife, after having been reconnected to the network of lakes and streams in the area. “A lot of birds have migrated to the area, and one doesn’t need to travel long hours any more or go to other lakes to spot the birds,” Mahmudia Deputy Mayor Ion Meuta told Reuters.MORE: Farmer Returns 700 Acres of California Coast to Native American TribeThe area around Mahmudia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the third-most bio-diverse in the world, after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands, according to the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority.After groups used earth-moving equipment to restore the waterways, government officials moved to protect the area’s endangered wild sturgeon—a species more ancient than dinosaurs—by issuing a fishing ban over the next decade.WATCH: Boaters Shocked When Clever Seal Hops on Board to Escape OrcasOpen the Waterways of Good News: Click To Share – Photo by Kansas Poetry, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Amendments to the judicial rules dealing with requests for accommodations by the disabled

first_imgAmendments to the judicial rules dealing with requests for accommodations by the disabled October 1, 2009 Notices Amendments to the judicial rules dealing with requests for accommodations by the disabledcenter_img The Florida Bar’s Rules of Judicial Administration Committee (committee) has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court an out-of-cycle report proposing amendments to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.540, Notices to Persons With Disabilities. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before November 2, 2009, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, The Honorable Lisa Davidson, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida 32940-8006, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The certificate of service shall also verify that a copy has been served on the proponent of the amendment, the Equal Opportunities Law Section of The Florida Bar, c/o Matthew Dietz, 2990 Southwest 35th Ave., Miami, Florida 33133. The committee chair has until November 23, 2009, to file a response to any comments filed with the Court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO FLORIDA RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 2.540, CASE NO. SC09-1487 RULE 2.540. NOTICES TOREQUESTS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (a) Duties of Court. Qualified individuals with a disability will be provided, at the court’s expense, with accommodations, reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, in order to participate in programs or activities provided by the courts of this state. The court may deny a request only in accordance with subdivision (e). (b) Definitions. The definitions encompassed in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12201, et seq., are incorporated into this rule. (c) Notice Requirement. (1) All notices of court proceedings to be held in a public facility, and all process compelling appearance at such proceedings, shall include the following: “If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact [identify applicable court personnel by name, address, and telephone number] within 27 days of your receipt of this [describe notice]; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.” (2) Each trial and appellate court shall post on its respective website and in each court facility the procedures for obtaining an accommodation as well as the grievance procedure adopted by that court. (d) Process for Requesting Accommodations. The process for requesting accommodations is as follows: (1) Requests for accommodations under this rule may be presented on a form approved or substantially similar to one approved by the Office of the State Courts Administrator, in another written format, or orally. Requests must be forwarded to the ADA coordinator, or designee, within the time frame provided in subdivision (c). (2) Requests for accommodations must include a description of the accommodation sought, along with a statement of the impairment that necessitates the accommodation and the duration that the accommodation is to be provided. The court, in its discretion, may require the individual with a disability to provide additional information about the impairment. Requests for accommodation shall not include any information regarding the merits of the case. (3) Requests for accommodations must be made as far in advance as possible, and in any event must be made no fewer than 7 days before the requested implementation date. The court may, in its discretion, waive this requirement. (e) Response to Accommodation Request. The court must respond to a request for accommodation as follows: (1) The court must consider, but is not limited by, the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in determining whether to provide an accommodation or an appropriate alternative accommodation. (2) The court must inform the individual with a disability in writing, as may be appropriate, and if applicable, in an alternative format, of the following: (A) That the request for accommodation is granted or denied, in whole or in part, and if the request for accommodation is denied, the reason therefor; or that an alternative accommodation is granted; (B) The nature of the accommodation to be provided, if any; and (C) The duration of the accommodation to be provided. (3) If the court determines that a person is a qualified person with a disability and an accommodation is needed, a request for accommodation may be denied only when the court determines that the requested accommodation would create an undue financial or administrative burden on the court or would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity. (f) Grievance Procedure. (1) Each judicial circuit and appellate court shall establish and publish grievance procedures that allow for the resolution of complaints. Those procedures may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the Florida State Courts System. (2) If such grievance involves a matter that may affect the orderly administration of justice, it is within the discretion of the presiding judge to stay the proceeding and seek expedited resolution of the grievance.last_img read more

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Genes and the American Dream

first_imgScientific American:Nearly a century after James Truslow Adams coined the phrase, the “American dream” has become a staple of presidential campaign speeches. Kicking off her 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton told supporters that “we need to do a better job of getting our economy growing again and producing results and renewing the American dream.”…A study just published in Psychological Science by psychologists Elliot Tucker-Drob and Timothy Bates reveals that this version of the American dream is in serious trouble. Tucker-Drob and Bates set out to evaluate evidence for the influence of genetic factors on IQ-type measures (aptitude and achievement) that predict success in school, work, and everyday life. Their specific question was how the contribution of genes to these measures would compare at low versus high levels of socioeconomic status (or SES), and whether the results would differ across countries. The results reveal, ironically, that the American dream is more of a reality for other countries than it is for America: genetic influences on IQ were uniform across levels of SES in Western Europe and Australia, but, in the United States, were much higher for the rich than for the poor.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Are We the Only Animals That Understand Ignorance?

first_imgThe Atlantic:You’re holding a surprise party for a friend. The door opens, the lights flick on, everyone leaps out… and your friend stands there silent and unmoved. Now,you’re the one who’s surprised. You assumed she had no idea, and based on that, you made a (wrong) prediction about how she would react. You were counting on her ignorance. This ability to understand that someone else might be missing certain information about the world comes so naturally to us that describing it feels mundane and trite.And yet, according to two psychologists, it’s a skill that only humans have. “We think monkeys can’t do that,” says Alia Martin from Victoria University of Wellington.…Yes they do, say Martin and Laurie Santos from Yale University. But it’s different to ours in one crucial respect. The duo argue that other primates “have no concept of information that’s untrue or different [from] what they know.” That means, one, that they can’t conceive of states of the world that are decoupled from their current reality. And so, they can’t imagine other individuals thinking about the world in a different way. They can think about the minds of others, but only when those minds have the same contents as theirs.Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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A Study Encourages You to Have Fun First and Finish Your Work Later

first_imgNew York Magazine:It seems like the natural order of things: first work, then fun. If you finish your dinner, you can have dessert; if you finish your homework, you can play your video games. It’s what parents teach children, and it’s how adults typically run their own lives, too — you have to get your work done sometime, after all, and, anyway, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy your chosen leisure activity if some unfinished project was still hanging over your head.And yet the results of a recent set of experiments suggest that although people expect that they will enjoy goofing off more if they’ve finished their work first, that’s not exactly true. Fun stuff is just as fun even if you haven’t “earned” it. Ed O’Brien, a professor at the Chicago Booth School of Business, co-authored this new study, published in Psychological Science, and he wrote about his work this week for Harvard Business Review.Read the whole story: New York Magazine  More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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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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