Mc Hugh says parties on the left should be given time and space

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook As speculation about the make-up of the next government continues, Donegal Fine Gael TD and Acting Education Minister Joe McHugh today acknowledged that his party had come third in the election, and said those on the left should be given the time and space to see if they can form a government.However, he said that does not necessarily mean he and his colleagues would support or vote for such a government.He acknowledged that Fine Gael had made mistakes in the campaign, and warned those on the left that government is much more difficult than some seem to believe.Deputy McHugh was speaking during on today’s Nine til Noon Show, along with Independent Deputy Thomas Pringle.He began by discussing the mood at yesterday’s Parliamentary Party meeting…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/joetom.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Mc Hugh says parties on the left should be given time and space Twitter Twitter WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – February 18, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleLYIT sign up to online system for reporting of sexual assaultNext articleSF to meet with independent TDs tomorrow News Highland last_img read more

Mental Health Calls Spike in the Pandemic in AL, Experts Say

first_imgPhoto/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (c)2021 The Decatur Daily (Decatur, Ala.) Seventy-five percent of those reporting anxiety said COVID-19 was the major factor. Visit The Decatur Daily (Decatur, Ala.) at www.decaturdaily.com “We encourage people to stay connected to family and friends, especially when they are feeling lonely,” she said. “We want them to focus on positive things, follow a healthy diet and get exercise such as yoga. Take a break from television and social media, negative things that can increase your anxiety.” Mental health calls have increased across the Valley, and the root cause is likely COVID-19, according to crisis centers and emergency personnel. “COVID has forced people to stay home. Some are having sleep problems, feelings of anxiety and depression, excessive worrying, headaches, physical pain,” she said. ___ Kane said the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline office has provided her center’s phone and text-chat specialists with training on handling COVID-related calls, and has provided suggestions on how to calm callers’ anxieties about contracting the disease. “We try to make those people feel comfortable,” he said. “When we arrive we find they’re worried what’s going to happen to them. They’re fearful about going to the hospital, especially those people with underlying conditions. They say they’re afraid they’ll get put on a ventilator and not come back home.” Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. She offered tips help ease the stress. “I can’t say they all are mental-health related, but calls involving full cardiac arrest related to COVID-19 have increased pretty significantly,” he said. “This virus is causing blood clots to form and leading to cardiac arrest.” “We’ve seen more people this year,” said Lisa Coleman, executive director of the center. “Children not going to school because of COVID-19 have lost that structure in their lives. Some people feel socially isolated. Clients are afraid to get out. The Decatur Daily, Ala. “We are currently receiving a dozen or so calls daily,” said Lisa Turley, director of Alabama Apart Together. “The majority of calls are regarding access to testing, and when and where one can obtain a vaccine.” The program offers referral services; online support groups; educational materials for social distancing, quarantine and emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak; and techniques for managing anxiety and stress. (MCT) “We offer all callers the opportunity to have a local AAT team member to provide further assistance and follow-up,” Turley said. Officials with the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama in Decatur said they are fielding more calls dealing with isolation because of the changes in the callers’ everyday routines. Coleman said the center assists clients in connecting with crisis counselors who can help the clients build resiliency. She said the Alabama Department of Mental Health, with federal grant assistance for the Alabama Apart Together program, has established a crisis line to deal with just COVID-related mental health issues. The telephone number is 1-888-442-1793. According to a Brookings Institute report, the National EMS Information System saw a “sharp increase” in calls related to drug overdoses, mental health issues and in refusals to go to the hospitals by overdose victims in the past year. Michael Wetzel Moulton Fire Chief Ryan Jolly also said his department is encountering more residential emergency calls because of the pandemic. He said his department’s overall calls are up 50 to 75 this year, especially since June. Cathy Fleming, rehabilitative day program coordinator for Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama, said about half of their calls are COVID-related. She estimated about 70% of the callers mention the pandemic in relation to job loss, financial troubles and loneliness. “About 10% worry about catching COVID and complain about people not wearing masks in public,” she said. Related Since June, he said, the department is receiving about 10 more calls a month involving COVID-positive patients. Jeanie Pharis, director of the Morgan County 911 dispatch center, said there was a marked increase in medical calls in December involving a possible suicidal situation. She said those types of calls jumped 47.8%, from 23 in December 2019 to 34 this December. The November numbers were flat with 38 in 2019 and 39 this November, she said. He said his department has been fortunate to have only had one employee test positive for COVID-19 to date. “We’re definitely having more phone calls, sometimes from people just wanting to talk to somebody.” Nationally, a public opinion poll by the American Psychiatric Association in October showed 62% of Americans feel more anxious than they did in October 2019. APA officials said in the past three years the percentages of people who felt more anxious than they had the previous year ranged from 32% to 39%. “COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind and it is mentioned in many calls now,” said Connie Kane, clinical director at Crisis Services of North Alabama Inc. “We’re seeing an increase in calls because of isolation and loneliness, especially during the holidays, and COVID (played) a huge role this holiday season. Callers are expressing COVID fatigue. People are tired of wearing masks and being isolated. They’re ready for their world to return to normal.” She said the information line began Dec. 17. — [email protected] or 256-340-2442. Twitter @DD_Wetzel. Pharis said the calls related to possibly emotionally disturbed people also increased in December, from 174 in December 2019 to 191 this December, a jump of 9.8%. Recognizing and Supporting EMS Providers with Mental Health and Substance Use DisordersNew Mental Health Teams to Respond to Mental Health Crises in NYMobile Integrated Healthcare Program Changing How EMS Responds to Behavioral Health Criseslast_img read more

Lenexa cancels 39th Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, citing health concerns during COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgLenexa this week decided to cancel the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle due to health and safety concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.Originally planned for June 26-27 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, the event attracts thousands of barbecue enthusiasts with more than 185 pitmasters, chefs and teams from the region, as well as more than 250 volunteers.“Unfortunately, we’ve reached the determination that it is necessary at this time to cancel the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle,” said City Manager Beccy Yocham to the city council Tuesday evening. “With so many of the decisions that we make, there’s no way to know what the state of the world is going to be when late June rolls around, but I think as long as we keep public health and safety in the forefront and… err on the side of caution in that regard, that’s the right decision.”This year would have marked the 39th annual Great Lenexa BBQ Battle.City staff are primarily concerned with health and safety issues related to large public gatherings and anticipate that large gatherings will be prohibited through at least early summer, Yocham said.Adding to complications is the fact the event is food based, and staff are concerned about having ample access to supplies from vendors whose businesses may be on shaky ground during the shutdown. Staff was also concerned about the safety of judges and volunteers who may be older or at risk.Yocham said the city has not yet spent any money on the event this year, but those deadlines are approaching. Making the decision now avoids any upcoming expenditures for an event that the city could possibly have to cancel anyway.Early cancellation also gives the city time to notify teams, sponsors and vendors, ideally with enough notice before they spend any funds to prepare for the event, she added.The council unanimously supported city’s staff decision, though it did not formally vote on it.“I regret the recommendation, but I think it’s the right one,” said Councilmember Bill Nicks. “I think you’re on absolutely the right path of worrying about our volunteers, the judges, the teams themselves, our staff.”After hearing supportive remarks from the council, city staff began taking steps to cancel on Wednesday morning, including notifying stakeholders.last_img read more

For my dad

first_img26 years ago this month, my dad went from alcoholic to recovering alcoholic. And has stayed that way ever since.For 9,490 days, he’s made the simple and profound decision to not drink today. And just for today, he’ll stick to it. Tomorrow? He’ll worry about it when it comes.He kicked a decades-long drinking problem literally overnight, the coldest of turkey because he wanted to hold the hand of his wife of 47 years and walk side-by-side into their golden years.To hang out with his son and see his daughter grow into an amazing woman.To play with his grandchildren.To guide the steps of other anonymous alcoholics toward sobriety.He’s never made these decisions for fame, followers, favorites, or any of the other narcissistic rot that defines this digital generation. He’s not on Facebook or “the Twitter”. He’s a social media ghost. That’s his way. He seeks neither applause nor accolades. He just never wants to go back to the man he was.Non-Hodgkins lymphoma tried to finish him off a few years ago. So did a botched spinal fusion surgery that left him minutes away from paralysis or worse. He laughed off both. Macular degeneration is slowly taking his sight but not his vision. And while Alzheimer’s has been a most patient hunter, that cowardly killer will never touch what springs from his heart.I live in a world too full of experts who tell me how to swim blue oceans, be more effective, go from good to great, and become a servant leader who wins friends and influences people. They’re helpful, to be sure, but their sales and page views shrivel next to the quiet strength of a humble man in northern Kentucky who pours out only himself and prays the only things he’ll drink too much of today will be coffee and Sprite Zero.You’ll probably never meet him, and that’s a shame. I want you to know him nonetheless and share a measure of the inspiration I’ve been so blessed to receive.Thanks for being my teacher, my role model, my mentor, and my friend. I love you, Dad. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andy Janning Andy Janning is a popular keynote speaker at events across the country, a national award-winning expert in talent development, the host of NCUF’s Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, and a … Web: https://www.andyjanningphoto.com Detailslast_img read more

Neeper: The Complexity Of COVID

first_imgBy DON NEEPERFormerly of Los AlamosCOVID-19 shocked the complex system that is our society. Our collective reactions to COVID might be as dangerous as the virus itself.Society is one example of what scientists call a complex system—many actors (in this case people and institutions) altering individual moves based on responses of the other actors. Complex systems can have emergent system-wide patterns, like the schooling of fish or the fluctuations of the stock market.Systems become complex as the number of contacts between actors increases. Within two human generations, the number of each person’s contacts increased by ten- to a hundred-fold. The resulting complexity increased by a factor a hundred to ten thousand. That’s why older folks say life isn’t simple any more.The Santa Fe Institute gathers experts and students to study how a complex society reacts to events—such as social distancing as a reaction to COVID-19. The scientific knowledge of complex systems could enable more effective social decisions, including responses to pandemic—if that knowledge were used.The COVID epidemic proceeds by transmission between individuals. The transmission is simple. The social responses are complex. Reducing the transmission of COVID also reduces the transmission of goods and services, otherwise known as the economy. Which services can we reduce? And then what happens?Wearing of masks reduces the transmission of COVID, but mask-wearing became a political statement. Proponents of the bare face claim that masks and social distancing are contrary to constitutional freedoms. However, the term “freedom” appears in the Constitution only once, where it relates to speech, religion, the press, peaceable assembly, and the petition for redress from grievances. The Constitution does not promise freedom from grievances, only the right to petition. If the mask is required by law, you have a right to petition against it—while wearing it.Without firm leadership, the arguments bring COVID transmission into the complexity of politics. Mixing the pandemic into politics can emerge as wider social conflict.Conflict occurs when two actors presume different social rules for the same behavior. America doesn’t need another conflict. Our different sub-cultures have different grammar, different expectations, and different rules of behavior. This results in great disparities of opportunity, income, and social justice. These disparities can amplify a local conflict, as when police question a person of different culture, or an usher requests a patron to wear a mask.Political conflict prevents development of common-sense logic while two sides blame each other. Blame is a method of being right by making someone else wrong, a process that generates dictatorships, justifies oppression, and starts wars.The facts of COVID transmission are simple. The politics of the transmission are complex, divisive, and dangerous.Editor’s note: Don Neeper worked on weapon theory, solar buildings and environmental restoration at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Visit his website at www.neeper.net.last_img read more

Going places

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Immigration advocates strongly opposed to pending Florida immigration measures

first_imgFor the second consecutive year, the Florida Legislature is attempting to enforce harsh actions against undocumented immigrants in the state, And, for the second consecutive year, the state’s immigration advocates are firmly pushing back against laws that could harshly affect undocumented immigrants.There are currently three bills in the House which, if they advance to law, would add to difficulties faced by undocumented immigrants resulting from the escalated enforcement of federal immigration laws.Similar bills in the Florida House and Senate, HB 697 and SB 786, proposes to make it illegal for any Florida city to provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. This proposal is similar to a recent White House executive order that prohibits sanctuary cities in the nation.Two other similar bills (HB 83 and SB 120) proposes more severe penalties for crimes perpetuated by undocumented immigrants, compared to other residents.Immigration advocates across the state, including the Florida Immigration Coalition led by Francesca Menes, consider the bills before the Legislature as unconstitutional. A crowd of these advocates travelled to State Capitol in Tallahassee to make known their protest over any pending legislation.  Earlier this week the protestors, joined by Democrats who are members of the Florida Legislature, held a press conference to state more clearly the reason for their protest and presence in Tallahassee.Menes speaking at the press conference said the advocates are tired for the immigrant community in Florida as if “we make no contribution to the state of Florida” when in fact the state’s large immigrant community play a vital role in building Florida’s economy. She and other advocates were emphatic in their statements that immigrants in Florida are here to stay.”The advocates demanded that the legislature stop the progress of the respective bills as immigrants are “sick and tired of being threatened.”Despite the protests and the opposition coming from Democrats in the House and the Senate, Republican lawmakers have not given any indication they will pull the bills, as they argue by being in the state without the required immigration documents, these immigrants have broken the law and should punished.last_img read more

Clubs at receiving end

first_imgBy REBECCA BILLS PONY Club members are saying “enough is enough” after years of damages weigh up. Cockatoo and District…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Four arrested: power tools, vehicles and computers recovered

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Three men and a woman were arrested on Friday 1 June in connection to aggravated burglaries, thefts…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img