‘Unprecedented’ mental health issues seen in Hong Kong amid virus fears

first_imgAs Hong Kong tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak, medical experts say many in the Asian financial hub are reeling from increased anxiety and an unprecedented level of mental health issues.The SARS-CoV-2 epidemic came after months of tumultuous anti-government protests that had already led to a sharp increase in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they said.It also touches on fears of the 2003 SARS epidemic, which killed nearly 300 people in the city. “Hoarding tissue, bags of rice, are measures to cope with the anxiety rather than fulfilling needs of daily life. They are hoarding way beyond their only needs,” said Eliza Cheung, a clinical psychologist at Hong Kong Red Cross.Hong Kong has about 100 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and has reported two deaths.A mental health hotline the government opened in January has received about 25,000 calls, authorities said, while voluntary groups have sprung into action to help counsel people, particularly those quarantined at home.”We have everyone calling from the entire spectrum, elderly from the nursing home to teenagers. We are just trying to hang onto each day as it is at the moment,” said Karman Leung, chief executive of Samaritans Hong Kong, a local non-governmental organization that assists people in distress.Low-income residents have been particularly hurt by a deepening slowdown in Hong Kong’s economy, battered by protests and the Sino-US trade war.The Society for Community Organization (SoCO), a local organization that works on poverty alleviation, said 70 percent of poor families can’t afford masks and disinfectant.Authorities have pledged cash handouts to residents and tax breaks to businesses. Last week, the city’s finance secretary unveiled measures to allocate “sufficient resources” to help with mental health problems.Some residents remain optimistic.”This virus, I thought it came at a good time, where we are so divided. Hopefully it will bring us together again. Each one of us hopefully trying to fight this disease,” said Derek Au, 46, a Hong Kong resident. “Hong Kong is in a unique position, due to changes to our routine, previous months of social unrest and deep memories of SARS,” said Carol Liang, an executive at Mind Hong Kong, a mental health charity in the former British colony.A University of Hong Kong survey found that a third of adults in the special administrative region reported symptoms of PTSD, up from 2 percent in 2015, while 11 percent reported depression, up from 2 percent during the Occupy protests in 2014.Since January, tens of thousands have been working from home, many cooped up in tiny apartments, while the stockpiling of basic food and cleaning products has become common.Children stuck at home must grapple with online learning while many families, particularly the poor, are unable to get protective gear.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Czech court ups sentence for Kvitova knife attacker

first_img After suffering the cuts, Kvitova offered him money to leave the flat, which he accepted. Last March Zondra was sentenced to eight years in prison by a regional court while serving a prison term for another crime. Loading… A Czech court said Wednesday it had raised the prison term for the man who had attacked two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with a knife at her Czech home to 11 years from a previous eight. “We have changed the crime classification from serious battery to a serious case of burglary with a longer prison term,” Stanislav Cik, spokesman for the High Court in the eastern city of Olomouc, told AFP. A Czech court raises to the prison term from eight to 11 years for a man who launched a knife attack against tennis star Petra Kvitova. “The ruling is legitimate,” he added. The attacker and the prosecution had appealed against the original sentence. The 29-year-old world number seven Kvitova suffered career-threatening injuries to her playing left hand as she fought off the intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. Police said the attacker, identified as 34-year-old Radim Zondra, did not know whose flat he was entering after pretending to be a technician checking boilers.Advertisement Read Also:Nadal insists Federer Slam record not on his mind Kvitova, who has identified the attacker, is currently playing at Brisbane International tournament in the run-up to the Australian Open where she reached the finals last year. Despite grim forecasts by doctors, who even warned she might lose her fingers, the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon champion has recovered and continued her successful career. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature LookThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

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Clippers land Morris for playoff push at NBA trade deadline

first_img Loading… The Los Angeles Clippers, pushing to improve at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, obtained power forward Marcus Morris from New York on a busy day of dealmaking for league clubs. Trade information was all from multiple media reports as clubs worked to make deals involving several teams or decided not to change the roster with just over two months remaining until the playoffs. New York reportedly traded forward Marcus Morris, one of the NBA’s top 3-point shooters, to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, one of several deals makde at the NBA trade deadline The Clippers, powered by 2019 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kawhi Leonard who left Toronto to join his hometown club, swung a three-team deal to land Morris, averaging a career-best 19.6 points with the Knicks this season. “They gotta dog in Hollyhood,” Morris tweeted. “LAClippers lets gets it.” Morris gives the Clippers the NBA’s fifth-ranked 3-point shooter, hitting 43.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, to add an outside threat alongside Leonard and Paul George. Under terms of the deal, as reported by ESPN and The Athletic websites, the Clippers obtained Morris and Isaiah Thomas from Washington, sent Moe Harkless and a first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft to New York and dealt guard Jerome Robinson to Washington. The Clippers are expected to release Thomas, making him a free agent. He averages 12.2 points and 3.7 assists a game with the Wizards. The Denver Nuggets, chasing the Clippers and the Western Conference leader Los Angeles Lakers, landed guard Jordan McRae from Washington for Shabazz Napier, according to the Washington Post. The Lakers, who didn’t make any deadline deals, are looking at free agent guards J.R. Smith and Darren Collison, according to the New York Times. Read Also: Howard returns to Slam Dunk event at NBA All-Star Game Andre Iguodala was sent from Memphis to Miami with Minnesota sending Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng to Memphis for James Johnson as part of the trade deal. Philadelphia reportedly landed guards Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III from Golden State and sent forward James Ennis to Orlando for a second-round NBA Draft selection. Haitian center Skal Labissiere was sent from Portland to Atlanta for cash, where he figures to back up newly obtained Clint Capela from Houston, which according to ESPN landed a reserve big man in Brazil’s Bruno Caboclo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldcenter_img The Clippers are also reportedly looking at Collison while the Lakers would reunite Smith with former Cleveland teammate LeBron James if they sign him. Smith and James were on the Cavaliers’ 2016 NBA championship squad. Detroit center Andre Drummond, the NBA’s top rebounder with 15.8 a game as well as 17.8 points a contest, is being sent to Cleveland, with the Detroit Free Press saying guard Brandon Knight, center John Henson and a second-round pick are going to the Pistons. D’Angelo Russell is being sent from Golden State to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins in a deal ESPN and the Star Tribune newspaper report, with two draft picks also going to Minnesota and Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman also going to the Warriors. Clippers land Morris for playoff push at NBA trade deadlinehttps://t.co/JarjPpBDhj#FastbreakNews@LAClippers@MookMorris2@AFP pic.twitter.com/pEKSaNzEIV— fastbreak (@FastBreakPHNews) February 7, 2020last_img read more

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FIFA vows to deliver carbon-neutral 2022 World Cup

first_imgFIFA and the State of Qatar have jointly launched a sustainability strategy for the 2022 World Cup, headlined by a commitment to deliver carbon-neutrality across the event’s operations. FIFA President Gianni Infantino The 22-point strategy states that carbon-neutrality will be reached “before the tournament kicks off” and that FIFA will apply for ISO 20121:2012 and the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard certifications ahead of time. It commits FIFA and its partners across Qatar to design and construct sites in ways which minimise their energy, resource and carbon impact across both operations and embodied materials. While it stops short of committing to any certification for sites, it binds all constructors to sourcing local materials and talent. As for operational emissions from the tournament itself, FIFA and the State of Qatar have pledged to “measure, mitigate and offset” all emissions related to match-day events. This includes energy-related emissions for sites as well as team transport emissions. The bodies have not confirmed the extent of their plans for offsetting or provided details about their plans to “mitigate” emissions, such as which technologies and systems they will invest in to decarbonise the event’s most-emitting activities, and when emissions benefits of these investments will be realised. FIFA first promised a carbon-neutral World Cup for the 2006 tournament. Since then, the event’s footprint has grown considerably – the 2018 World Cup in Russia generated 2.17 million tonnes of emissions, of which 98.6% were classed within Scope 3 (indirect) emissions. At every iteration since 2006, international travel has accounted for the greatest proportion of the World Cup’s Scope 3 emissions. In 2018, the proportion stood at 57%. In 2014, the Brazilian Government’s launch of an offsetting scheme to reduce emissions from travel using a voluntary cancellation of carbon credits drew much excitement. But it was later denounced as “hot air” by the Environmental Defense Fund. In a bid to address the challenge differently, FIFA began offering free carbon offsetting to ticket holders for the 2018 event, incentivising uptake with a prize draw for tickets to the final. While this ultimately generated more impact than the 2014 project, the scheme was capped at 34,500 fans out of the three million who attended. Away from carbon, the sustainability strategy for the tournament outlines environmental targets across air pollution, waste generation and water use. On air pollution, the strategy promises training sites for staff, which will offer practical advice on minimising the air pollution impacts of construction and site operation. It also binds FIFA to working with local public transport providers in order to maximise efficiencies and reduce particulate emissions. The waste pledge is somewhat less concrete – it simply states that event operators will “minimise waste sent to landfill”, without setting a percentage target or outlining where and how diverted waste will be processed. The water pledge is similarly non-numerical and not time-bound. “[We will] minimise water use during the construction and operation of FIFA World Cup 2022 sites and promote water conservation in related sectors,” it states. Environmental targets form one pillar of a wider five-pronged approach, also covering social sustainability, human impact, governance and economic targets. “The FIFA World Cup offers us a unique opportunity to bring about positive change – one that FIFA and Qatar cannot, and will not, let slip away,” FIFA’s secretary-general Fatma Samoura said. FIFA and the State of Qatar claim the strategy, in its entirety, is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Targets are matched up to one or more of the SDGs on the strategy document, with the exception of SDGs 1, No Poverty; 2, Zero Hunger; 5, Gender Equality and 14, Life Below Water. With recent research revealing that as much as $12trn and 380 million jobs could be generated by 2030 if the SDGs are placed at the heart of global economic strategies, FIFA is not alone in using the Global Goals as a framework. As of May 2019, 193 countries, more than 10,000 companies and investors with more than $4trn in assets have pledged their support to the SDGs. 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State Road 56 chip & seal planned for Monday

first_imgMadison, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to chip seal the 7¼-mile segment of State Road 56 from just beyond Madison’s east limits to Shirks Hollow Road at Brooksburg, weather permitting, on Monday, July 2. Flaggers will direct traffic around pavement preservation operations on the scenic highway between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.INDOT’s current schedule calls for a fog seal to be applied on Thursday, July 12.Chip seals coat the existing pavement with liquid asphalt—sealing cracks and protecting the roadbed from harmful ultraviolet rays.  This extends service life and lowers maintenance costs.  Small chips of limestone are used to cover the asphalt—choking it from spraying vehicles or sticking to tires.  The aggregate chips also restore surface friction for improved skid resistance and driver safety.Fog seals are light sprays of liquid asphalt that lock in the stone and further overcoat the highway with sealant protection.These chip and fog seals are extremely cost-effective.  Experience shows that every $1 spent on these kinds of surface treatments saves $6 to $14 in taxpayer expenditures “down the road”.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Defeated By Lady Trojans

first_imgFC was not able to pull out a Conference win tonight against EC 25-6, 25-13, 25-12. The team is working hard but I see a few changes coming. They are wanting to get back on track and it’s time we make those tough decisons to get there. Anna Sacksteder had 2 blocks and Kaitlyn Obert had 1 block. Jalynn Rogers lead the team with 9 digs. Rachel Bischoff added 4 digs. Layne Steele and Meredith Bohman each had 1 kill. The Lady Cats will host Rushville at 5 PM on Wednesday. We are FC!!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.Tonight was a huge win for the Freshman Wildcats! We beat East Central in 3 hard fought sets 23-25, 25-18, 15-10 and are currently undefeated in the EIAC! All of the girls played an awesome game and played so well as a team! Saige Mergenthal led the team in kills with 3, with Alex Gillman, Kaitlynn Brunemann, and Jenna Bruns each with 2. Saige also had 2 blocks, with Meredith Hoff and Jenna with 1. Kylie Lea and Saige each had 3 aces, and in total the team had 14! I’m so proud of how well they all played and fought hard for the win! Keep up the good work ladies!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jessica Baker.last_img read more

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Lady Pirates Blanked By Lady Tigers

first_imgLady Pirates traveled to Lawrenceburg for another loss. The final score was 7-0 with the Tigers on top.Keepers Elle Lowe and Emilee Ernstes shared the role when Lowe had to come out just into the second half. The pirates had no shots on goal and were forced to play aggressive defense to keep the sore at 7. This brings the Pirates to 1-8-3 and they travel to South Dearborn on Wednesday (10/2).Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img

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EPL: Moyes’s West Ham battle Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp West Ham vs. Everton Venue: London Stadium Kick off: 4PMDavid Moyes will be looking to get one over on one of his former clubs this afternoon when West Ham United welcome Everton to the London Stadium in the Premier League. The Hammers will enter the match in 16th spot in the table, just one point outside of the relegation zone, while Everton occupy 11th position having shown improvement under Carlo Ancelotti. Moyes started his second spell in charge of West Ham with back-to-back wins as the Hammers overcame Bournemouth and Gillingham in the Premier League and FA Cup respectively. The capital side suffered a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United last time out, though, and are still in an extremely vulnerable position in the table during a key stage of the season. Indeed, just 22 points from 21 matches has left West Ham in 16th spot, just one point clear of the relegation zone. That said, the capital outfit do have a game in hand over 18 of the other teams in the division as their clash with runaway leaders Liverpool had to be postponed. The Hammers have lost four of their last five Premier League games on home soil, though, while they suffered a 2-0 defeat in the corresponding match with Everton during the 2018-19 campaign. Everton, meanwhile, will enter Saturday’s clash off the back of a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend. The Toffees have won three of their four Premier League games since Ancelotti’s arrival, meaning that they have moved clear of the relegation zone after a tough start to the season. The Merseyside giants are currently 11th in the table, just three points off seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, which is an indication of just how quickly things can change, even at the top level. There are obviously still problems for the club’s new manager to address, particularly when considering that the Toffees suffered a 1-0 loss to a second-string Liverpool in the FA Cup earlier this month. The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have been in impressive form in recent weeks, though, and the visitors will certainly feel that they can harm West Ham in Saturday afternoon’s contest. As mentioned, Everton ran out 2-0 winners in the corresponding clash last season, while they also recorded a 2-0 victory when the pair locked horns at Goodison Park in October. West Ham possible XI: Randolph, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Cresswell, Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Lanzini, Haller. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Sidibe, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.Tags: Carlo AncellotiDavid MoyesEvertonWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

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Florida AG Moody Launches Investigation of Vaping Industry

first_imgFlorida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced on Wednesday that her office is launching an investigation into more than 20 companies that market and sell electronic cigarettes.Moody says in a video, “It’s illegal under Florida law to sell these products to anyone under 18, yet vaping among our youth is out of control.”Her office released the names of 22 companies, including JUUL Labs, that will be part of the investigation.A report released last April by the Florida Department of Health stated that nearly 25 percent of high school students last year said they vaped.Five years ago, state lawmakers and then-Governor Rick Scott approved a law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.Moody says the investigation will focus on whether companies are marketing their products to teens.She adds, “Our investigation will focus on the marketing practices and online sales strategies of these companies to determine if they have intentionally targeted minors, tempting them to vape. We will seek information to determine if the companies can support their marketing and health claims”San Francisco-based JUUL announced efforts earlier this year to keep young people from vaping. The company released a plan in August pledging to work with retailers on tightening practices for verifying customers’ ages, and on limiting the amount of products that adult customers may purchase.According to the Florida Department of Health, the state had 68 reported vaping-related illnesses as of last Saturday, an increase of 16 cases from the previous week. In addition, one death linked to vaping has been reported in the state.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that vaping products which contain THC, “particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.” THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the euphoria-causing chemical found in marijuana.last_img read more

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Football News Indian Super League 2019-20 Fixtures: Kerala Blasters to face ATK in opening game

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The sixth season of Indian Super League (ISL) to commence from October 20, 2019. The two-time finalists Kerala Blasters to host two-time champions ATK at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.Defending champions Bengaluru FC to kick off their tournament against Northeast United FC which will be a replay of last season’s semi-final.The league matches to continue for five months and will conclude on February 23 with Delhi Dynamos facing Kerala Blasters. It will be followed by semi-finals and finals but their dates are yet to be revealed.The season to feature regular football until 10 November (Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC) when there is a break for international football. At this juncture, India to play Afghanistan (14 November) and Oman (19 November) in away games as part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.The season games to again resume on November 23 with Bengaluru FC facing Kerala Blasters at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.last_img read more

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