Time to celebrate unsung heroes amid COVID-19 crisis

first_imgOn the other hand, nurses have received more attention from the public during the pandemic, Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) chairman Harif Fadhillah said on Monday.“Nurses have been overlooked for the longest time,” Harif said. “But during the pandemic, nurses have been on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. We hope that this [awareness] continues.”Before COVID-19, nurses had complained about the lack of appreciation afforded to them, including low wages that are disproportionate to their workloads. There were just 113 nurses to care for every 100,000 people in the country in 2016, according to Health Ministry data, a far cry from the government’s target of 180 nurses per 100,000 people by 2019.PPNI data from 2017 also showed that around 82,000 out the country’s roughly 1 million nurses worked “voluntarily” in state-owned health facilities without any clear work contract or status. Many of these nurses also earn well below the provincial minimum wage at privately-owned health facilities. Last year, nurses took to the streets in Bandung, West Java and Gorontalo to demand fair pay and employment certainty. It took at least 27 protests before the government finally ratified the 2014 Nursing Law, which finally recognized the roles of nurses in the national healthcare system.Alongside International Nurses Day, Indonesia will also commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the May 1998 riots that cost so many lives and stoked fear among the Chinese-Indonesian community that saw hundreds of shops raided and many women allegedly raped.The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the May 1998 riots fact-finding team have respectively revealed their findings on the 1965 and 1998 tragedies, showing that gross human rights violations were committed, with military involvement in both cases. But there has been no punishment for the perpetrators nor any justice for the victims, survivors and their families.However, there in significant public support for resolving these cases. A 2019 poll conducted by Kompas daily for Komnas HAM found that 82.2 percent of respondents believed that cases of past human rights violations should be resolved; however, many did not believe the government would be able to do so.“We hope that with public pressure, the country can open its eyes and awaken the political will needed to bring those cases [to court], at least to the investigation phase,” said Dimas BA Saputra, the head of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence’s (Kontras) impunity watch division, on Monday.Since the incident 22 years ago, survivors and families of victims of past human rights abuses have regularly participated in weekly silent protests known as Aksi Kamisan, where they call on the government to take responsibility. The movement has since shifted to social media after the COVID-19 outbreak.The global community also celebrated Mother’s Day on May 10 – distinct from Indonesia’s own Hari Ibu – at a time when the pandemic has placed a greater burden on the shoulders of women in the country.The threat of domestic violence haunts women forced to shelter in place, with 33 of the 97 reports of violence against women received between March 16 and April 19 in Greater Jakarta by the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH Apik) concerning domestic abuse.The organization’s coordinator for legal reforms, Ratna B. Munti, said Monday that the figure was only the “tip of the iceberg”, with many cases going unreported.Women, including mothers, have long suffered from many of the country’s societal ills, with discrimination, systemic poverty and human rights abuses hitting them the hardest, activists have said.“More attention needs to be paid to how we treat mothers, who give birth to the next generation. We need to position them as full-fledged citizens who have rights, and those rights need to be protected and upheld by the state,” Ratna said.Topics : This week comes as a stark reminder for people to protect and uphold the rights of the country’s many unsung heroes amid the COVID-19 outbreak: nurses who are on the frontline treating patients, mothers who keep their households afloat and victims seeking justice after the 1998 May riots.The pandemic has cast a pall over International Nurses Day celebrations on May 12, with nurses dying of the disease while others continue to work overtime to treat COVID-19 patients despite inadequate personal protections.Additionally, nurses face public stigma for their constant contact with patients, with some even getting evicted by their landlords.last_img read more

More evidence against keeping electronics in kids’ bedrooms

first_imgInforum 5 January 2015Parents concerned about their children not getting enough sleep may want to remove televisions and other small electronics from the kids’ bedrooms, according to a new study.Children who slept with televisions or other small-screened devices in their bedrooms ended up getting less sleep than children without those electronics in the room, researchers found.“While more studies are needed to confirm our results, we know that too much screen time is bad for children’s health in multiple ways,” said Jennifer Falbe, the study’s lead author from the University of California, Berkley.Past studies found that having televisions in kids’ bedrooms is tied to less sleep (see Reuters Health story of April 14, 2014.) Less sleep is ultimately tied to other issues, including obesity and academic performance.But few studies have looked at the presence of other small electronics in bedrooms, the researchers write in the journal Pediatrics.For the new study, Falbe and colleagues used data from 2,048 fourth- and seventh-graders enrolled in an obesity study in Massachusetts.They found that kids with TVs in their rooms reported sleeping about 18 minutes less each night than kids without bedroom televisions.http://www.inforum.com/news/3648208-more-evidence-against-keeping-electronics-kids-bedroomslast_img read more

Mentally ill have reduced life expectancy, study finds

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Mentally ill have reduced life expectancy, study finds by: – May 18, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet 20 Views   no discussions By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent,BBC NewsResearchers believe factors like social disadvantage and long-term drug use could be to blamePeople suffering from serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can have a life expectancy 10 to 15 years lower than the UK average.Researchers tracked the lives of more than 30,000 patients through the use of electronic medical records.They found that many were dying early from heart attack, stroke and cancer rather than suicide or violence.Mental health groups say vulnerable people need to be offered better care to prevent premature deaths.The research was carried out at the Biomedical Research Centre for mental health at the Maudsley Hospital in London and published in the online journal PLoS ONE.The study examined life expectancy for people suffering from specific mental illnesses like schizophrenia, serious depression and bipolar disorder, or those being treated for substance misuse.Life expectancy across all the illnesses studied was well below the UK average of 77.4 years for men and 81.6 years for women.Those most affected were women with schizoaffective disorder – problems with mood or sometimes abnormal thoughts – whose average life expectancy was reduced by 17.5 years, and men with schizophrenia whose lives were shortened by about 14.6 years.The researchers believe a combination of factors – higher-risk lifestyles, long-term anti-psychotic drug use and social disadvantage – could be to blame.‘Grim statistics’Dr Rob Stewart, of the Biomedical Research Centre, said people with serious mental health conditions tended not to look after themselves as well.“These results show the enormous impact mental health conditions can have on general health and survival,” he said. “The effects we see here are stronger than well-known risk factors like smoking, obesity or diabetes.“We need to improve the general health of people suffering from mental disorders by making sure they have access to healthcare of the same standard, quality and range as other people, and by developing effective screening programmes.”Jane Harris, from the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the physical health needs of people with mental illness had been ignored.“These grim statistics tell a depressingly familiar story. It is completely unacceptable that people with a mental illness are effectively living in the 1930s in terms of life expectancy.“Action must be taken; we cannot carry on tolerating the fact that people are dying from preventable illnesses, due to a health system which treats mental health patients as second class citizens.”‘Symptoms overlooked’The joint chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, Professor Bob Grove, said urgent action was needed to implement the government’s mental health strategy objective of improving the physical health of all people with mental health problems, and to address “the stark inequality in health as part of the NHS reform process”.Sophie Corlett, of the mental health charity Mind, said: “Doctors need to be more proactive in helping patients make informed choices about long-term medications that can sometimes have negative side effects for their physical health.“There is also a danger that preventable illnesses can be missed by doctors who sometimes overlook physical health complaints and focus their attention on the mental health problem.“It’s vital that people with mental health problems have access to routine physical health checks and that they are helped to make healthy lifestyle choices. We cannot allow this inequality to continue.”Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said: “Our strategy, ‘No health without mental health’, aims to improve the physical health of people with mental health problems, reduce premature deaths, and ensure evidence-based mental health therapies are available for all who need them.”last_img read more

Duterte: Stranded people may go to military camps

first_imgDuterte said the situation may bedifficult now for the people from Luzon, but placing the entire island underenhanced community quarantine is the only way to step up the government’sbattle against the virus. Commuters scramble for a ride at the southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, the 1st work day in Metro Manila after the imposition of a “community quarantine” that will last until April 14. Thousands of workers are expected to cross the border of the region as authorities moved to halt the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. ABS-CBN NEWS “We are not alone. But let our countrylead the way in imposing a lockdown (that) is strict enough to effectively killCOVID-19, liberal enough so that our people will not die of hunger, and orderlyenough so that our country will not be driven towards chaos during thisdifficult time,” he said. “Kungwala ka nang mauwian, kung wala na kayong matulugan, I am asking themilitary commanders of the different camps all over the country that you can gothere and ask for accommodation at pagkain and they will only be toowilling to help you,” according to Duterte in an address to the nation onFriday. Following the imposition of the enhancedcommunity quarantine that aimed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), several people were denied entry to various cities across Luzon asuniformed personnel enforce a strict lockdown.center_img MANILA – People who are stranded due tothe enforcement of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine can seek refugethrough the military camps, President Rodrigo Duterte said. He also noted that those living in Luzoncould still enjoy their freedom because one member of each household is allowedto go outside of their homes when they need to buy basic necessities. “We are in a critical time,” he added.“By its nature, it severely restricts the freedom of movement of ourcountrymen, and thus deprives many people of the ability to earn a living forthe coming weeks.”/PNlast_img read more

Osgood man sentenced for Domestic Battery

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — Jason Ell, 35, of Osgood, has been sentenced for his convictions of Domestic Battery in the Presence of Children and Criminal Confinement, both level 6 felonies.Ell was convicted on February 28. According to Ripley County Prosecuting Attorney, Ric Hertal, after considering the evidence, Judge Sharp sentenced Ell to 910 days, which is the maximum sentence for a level 6 felony.Deputy Prosecutor Marshall argued that Ell’s injury to his victim, combined with his long history of bad conduct merited the maximum sentence.Aside from a lengthy criminal record, Marshall noted that Ell was discharged from the Marine Corps after intentionally failing a drug test for marijuana and that he had been kicked out of a substance abuse program while serving a previous sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections.last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Place 2nd At EIAC Tennis Meet

first_imgThe Franklin County girls tennis team had a good showing at the EIAC tournament this past weekend. The girls finished 2nd in the conference as a team, but they had one conference champion (Megan Routh), two all-conference winners (Megan Routh and Lilli Stewart), and two runner-ups in conference (Lilli Stewart and Grace Moster/Meredith Bohman).Team Results.  Batesville 1st with 7 points, Franklin County 2nd with 6, East Central was 3rd with 4, and Connersville 4th with 1.Final results:   #1 Singles.QF- Lilli Stewart (FC) defeated Maddie Davidson (EC): 6-1, 6-2.SF- Lilli Stewart (FC) defeated Averi McMillen (LB): 6-0, 6-1.F- Lilli Stewart (FC) fell to Maddison Fentress (SD): 3-6, 3-6.Lilli Stewart wins All-Conference.#2 Singles.QF- Megan Routh (FC) defeated Shaina Laughlin (CV): 6-0, 6-1.SF- Megan Routh (FC) defeated Payton Brower (RV): 6-1, 6-1.F- Megan Routh (FC) defeated Audrey Weigel (BV): 7-6(7-5), 6-2.Megan Routh wins All-Conference.#3 Singles.QF- Tori Volk (FC) falls to Ellie Acra (GB): 2-6, 3-6.#1 Doubles.QF- Kesley Ball/Lauren Klei (FC) defeated Olivia Lamb/Salina Couch (LB): 6-1, 6-1.SF- Kesley Ball/Lauren Klei (FC) fell to Julia Hunter/Anna Kick (BV): 2-6, 5-7.#2 Doubles.QF- Grace Moster/Meredith Bohman (FC) defeated Lauren Karsteter/Destiny Golden (LB): 6-0, 6-4.SF- Grace Moster/Meredith Bohman (FC) defeated Kirsten Fong/Claudia Westhafer (GB): 1-6, 6-3, 10-8.F- Grace Moster/Meredith Bohman (FC) fell to Baylee Rohlfing/Corinne Stone (BV): 6-7(9-11), 6-4, 3-7.last_img read more

Bundesliga stars get coronavirus tests results same-day

first_img Loading… Several Bundesliga players are being tested daily and receiving same day results after coronavirus cases were discovered in their squad. Cologne have ramped up their player checks following the three positive tests revealed on Friday, a development that will alert the Premier League as they monitor how Germany are attempting to resume football amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cologne have announced that three members of their staff have tested positive for Covid-19 The trio of players were put in a 14-day quarantine though training was able to continue. The remaining members of the training group the infected players were part of are currently being checked every 24 hours. Testing every three days remains in place for the rest of the squad. None of the players in the affected group have returned positive results since Friday along with the rest of Markus Gisdol’s squad, who were working in groups of eight or nine. But the news casts fresh doubts over hopes that the Bundesliga will restart later this month German clubs have been back in training since last month with restrictions ahead of a planned return to full training this week and then games this month. May 16 and May 23 are the two resumption dates under consideration. Though those comeback hopes may be hit by confirmation yesterday from the DFL, organisers of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, that a further 10 positive cases have been discovered from a total of 1724 carried out on players and staff from cubs in the two divisions. A second wave of tests will now take place this week. Cologne, 10th in the Bundesliga, have been able to fast-track results of those in the daily testing group by effectively pushing players’ to the front of the queue to get their tests checked at a laboratory in the city. Clubs across the Bundesliga will be able to replicate a similar process at their local labs should they need to though whether footballers should be given that privilege has split opinion in Germany. Jordan Torunarigha from Hertha BSC is seen taking a coronavirus test while at his club Read Also: Ronaldo enters 14-day quarantine after returning to Juventus That will form a central part of the discussions when Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 regional state premiers meet on Wednesday to discuss Germany’s lockdown measures. The outcome of the talks, which football authorities here will be keeping a close eye on with Germany ahead of England in the process, will be decisive in whether football is given the go-ahead to return or not. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooUse Your Zodiac Signs To Find A Perfect JobThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more

When MS Dhoni bats, it is difficult for bowlers: Ajinkya Rahane

first_imgChennai: The Rajasthan Royals (RR) first had the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on the mat at 27/3 and again had the upper hand when they needed 25 off the last 12 balls. But the end result was an 8-run win for the CSK in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Chepauk Stadium here. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane made his displeasure known at the end of the game.“As a batting unit we need to take the responsibility for this. We win as a team and we lose as a team. If we win the smaller moments in T20s we will do well. We have played well in the last three games and hopefully with some luck we’ll be able to turn it around,” he said after the match on Sunday.Rahane was all praise for his counterpart as MS Dhoni player a match winning knock of 75 to guide CSK to 175 in their 20 overs on a wicket that was by no stretch of imagination a batting paradise. “When MS bats, it is very difficult for the bowlers. It was very hard for the bowlers to grip the ball after six overs, even the fast bowlers. But CSK bowled really well, they kept taking wickets,” he acknowledged. The Royals skipper felt that RR lost the game in the last five overs. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Dornsife program offers classes to local inmates

first_img“You’ve got undergraduate students and students who are incarcerated, learning materials together and working through materials together,” said De Dominic, who taught a creative writing class for the program last semester. “It’s much like your own coursework, but just in a very different kind of environment.” The program, which is part of a larger nonprofit composed of student volunteers, aims to expand educational opportunities for inmates by offering faculty-led classes across a variety of academic disciplines. The program began in 2011 at Cal Poly Pomona and has since expanded to 20 other universities, including USC Pitzer College and UCLA.  Faculty volunteers develop a curriculum for an eight-week course to teach a group of 15 to 20 inmates. Students act as teaching assistants for instructors, leading small group discussions and helping participants with the coursework. A group of more than 30 students and faculty spend their Saturday mornings in makeshift classrooms at prisons across Southern California. The volunteers facilitate discussions on topics ranging from inmates’ opinions on Oscar-nominated films to theories behind the existence of the universe as part of Dornsife’s Prison Education Project.  USC’s teaching is based primarily at two medium-security facilities: the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco and the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program in Santa Fe Springs.  “It’s in everyone’s best interest for us to move towards rehabilitation rather than a punitive approach,” Mangasarian said.  “It’s really important to me, to see [students] come away with a deeper, more meaningful, and frankly, more accurate understanding of how the world works,” Levin said. “I think having this experience can facilitate that.” The program also grants inmates the opportunity to grapple with the reasons for their incarceration through writing, Petersdorf said.  “Being inside the prison facility and working alongside students that are incarcerated, there’s an entirely new outlook on life, an entirely new amalgamation of life experiences that you don’t get when speaking with USC peers,” Culbreath said.  The Prison Education Project emphasizes the importance of prison education in decreasing rates of recidivism, or a person’s relapse into criminal behavior. A 2013 Research and Development Corporation study revealed that participation in prison education programs reduces the risk of recidivism by 13%.  “This is not service work primarily,” Levin said. “This is an educational experience for all involved, whether it’s the students who are incarcerated or the students who are traditionally enrolled.” “We don’t only want to do writing classes,” Culbreath said. “We want students to have access to different types of education while they are in the facilities.” “[The stories] were so moving, the students’ experiences with incarceration and with themselves and fighting those demons and trying to push forward — it was so, so incredibly powerful,” Petersdorf said.  Faculty co-directors Kate Levin and Nik De Dominic launched USC’s chapter in 2018 after students in the Levan Institute for the Humanities expressed interest in volunteering for the  program. Levin, who also serves as a faculty member in the Writing Program, said the experience of teaching inmates allows students to deconstruct their preconceptions of criminality and mass incarceration.  Mangasarian has also spoken as a guest lecturer about prison education, or the “prison-to-college pipeline.” A play on the phrase “school-to-prison pipeline,” where students from marginalized communities become disproportionally incarcerated, the “prison-to-college pipeline” aims to funnel inmates into higher education after release. During the seminar at the facilities, he reflected on earning his GED in prison and his efforts toward continuing education. center_img Aris Mangasarian, a senior majoring in psychology who started Underground Trojans, USC’s post-prison advocacy group, serves as the project’s outreach coordinator. Mangasarian, who spent time in prison as a young adult, emphasized the importance of expanding educational opportunities for incarcerated people. He said that education is a critical part of integrating former inmates into society. Prison Education Project student co-directors Colin Petersdorf (left) and Hadiya Culbreath (right) helped with the logistics of the program and with student-led discussions that range from Oscar-nominated films to inmates’ existential theories. (Courtesy of Dornsife Prison Project) Petersdorf modeled the course after the “Introduction to Screenwriting” class at USC, which teaches students how to write a short film. Petersdorf took the course for his screenwriting minor in Fall 2017. Technological devices are prohibited inside the facilities, so inmates wrote their screenplays in notebooks that Petersdorf transcribed using the screenwriting software Final Draft. He said participants wrote primarily about their lives as incarcerated people.  “One man had a very touching piece about his first interaction with his family once he gets out,” Petersdorf said.  Hadiya Culbreath, a sophomore majoring in health and human sciences, acts as one of the student directors of the project. She helps organize the weekly transportation to the facilities and manages the application process for students who want to volunteer.  Dornsife’s Prison Education Project offers five courses for inmates this semester, including film studies and creative writing, led by faculty and student volunteers and aims to provide diverse educational opportunities. (Courtesy of Dornsife Prison Education Project) “It’s extremely rewarding, especially because I didn’t really have that [resource] when I was in their position,” Mangasarian said. “Granted, I was able to earn a GED … but I never really knew what I was going to do with that GED, and I never actually thought about college.”  The program primarily offers humanities courses, but Culbreath hopes to increase the number of STEM classes offered in the future.  Culbreath said she joined the program to broaden her perspective on the criminal justice system and gain exposure to life experiences different from her own.  The classes offered each semester vary depending on which professors participate in the program. Five courses are being taught this semester, including film studies and creative writing.  While faculty typically lead classes, co-director Colin Petersdorf, a senior majoring in biological sciences, taught a screenwriting class last semester at the California Rehabilitation Center. Petersdorf organized the class after a shortage of faculty volunteers from the School of Cinematic Arts.  Levin said she sees the project as a powerful opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of the factors that lead to incarceration and to humanize the experiences of inmates. last_img read more

It’s game day again for Ireland.

first_imgAhead of tonight’s Euro 2016 warm up with Slovakia, Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says that Shay Given’s chances of making the Euro’s will increase if he gets a run of games with Stoke.Given is expected to get game time as the Potters regular stopper Jack Butland is out injured and could miss the rest of the season.O’Neill says a run of games will help the 38 year olds cause. Ahead of tonight’s game Newcastle’s Rob Elliot is expected to start while James McLean may partner Tipperary’s Shane Long up front as Robbie Keane, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters and Kevin Doyle are all out injured.Another game has been added to Ireland’s preparations- the game against Belarus will be played at Turners Cross in Cork on May 31st.last_img