Suicides rise at a startling rate

first_imgSuicide rates in the U.S. have increased 24 percent since 1999, with nearly 43,000 suicides in 2014, and the pace of the increase is rising, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Factors examined by various studies and media reports have linked suicide increases with rising debt and unemployment, depression due to economic and social issues, mental health issues, discrimination, poverty and social isolation.  Teenage suicide “clusters” reported in the media have been linked to a rise in social media and cyberbullying.Fred Goldstein describes how capitalists drive up profits at the expense of the workers in his Workers World article “Slowdown, unemployment plague world capitalism.” He identifies ways workers are becoming increasingly distressed: more work in less time for lower wages, below subsistence wages, burgeoning unemployment and exporting of jobs to oppressed countries where workers are paid even less. (April 23, 2015)In her April 28 WW article “Verizon Workers Fight Back,” Kathy Durkin illustrates this current trend: “In the last decade, Verizon has cut its labor force by 40 percent. Workers hired after 2003 don’t have job security and now the company aims to eliminate the ‘no layoff’ clause for workers hired before then.” Verizon is outsourcing more jobs and attempting to reduce health care and disability benefits and freeze pensions.  More than 14,000 of the suicides in 2014 involved middle-aged whites. Searching for a link between suicide in that group and financial insecurity and unemployment, a study by Katherine Hempstead at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concluded: “Efforts that target employers and workplaces as important stakeholders in the prevention of suicide and link the unemployed to mental health resources are warranted.” She found there was a sharp escalation in 2007 when the economic repression began. (pubmed.gov, May 2015)A study called “Impact of business cycles on US suicide rates, 1928-2007” found “overall suicide rates generally rose during recessions and fell during expansions.” (pubmed.gov., June 2011) The steepest increase among women was among the middle-aged, at 63 percent, says the CDC. Women face many economic hardships: They make only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men, and in middle age, they have a greater wage gap than that among younger workers. Also, single mothers make up one-quarter of U.S. households.Suicide highest among Native AmericansThe sharpest rise in the suicide rate was found among Indigenous people, an already very oppressed group. There was an 89 percent increase among Native women and a 38 percent rise among Native men. Last April seven teens on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation committed suicide; this tragedy followed four suicides in the Navajo Nation in Utah. The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute says the suicide rate is double the national average among Native youth ages 15-24. They have the highest rate of suicide of any U.S. population group, and that rate is growing. (Indian Country Today, Oct. 13)During a United National Indian Tribal Youth conference, Native youth blamed  “poverty entangled with a lack of jobs or access to mental health care for the high suicide rates, and federal government’s policies in the American Indian community made these conditions worse.” One youth said, “It’s kind of numbing, when there’s one every week. How do you address it?” (PBS Newshour, Sept. 30)Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly, WW presidential candidates, wrote, “The economic crisis has exacerbated Native workers’ unemployment, and high jobless rates continue. With bleak futures, one-half of Native youth drop out of high school. … At least one-third of Native people are impoverished.” Also, “Indigenous women and men, 1 percent of the population, make up nearly 2 percent of those killed by police.” (WW, Nov. 25)Suicide and young peopleThe CDC study showed that the suicide rate tripled for 10- to 14-year-old females; there were 150 suicides in that group in 2014. That is the second highest cause of death among adolescents, with the greatest increases found among girls in this age group.The Cyberbullying Research Summary found that 20 percent of middle-school students reported that they seriously thought of attempting suicide and that all forms of bullying led to increases in suicide. (Hinduja & Patchin, 2010)The vast majority of LGBTQ youth face harassment and bullying, including   physical violence, because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. They are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide than other teens, says the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.  High school students face a bleak future, with fewer job opportunities, low wages, exorbitant college tuition and increased student debt. Since 1990, debt on student loans has increased to 74.3 percent of graduates’ annual earnings.  Veterans’ suicideThe U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs says there is a daily average of 22 suicides among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Thousands of  veterans suffer from untreated post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. “People need to understand that the impact of war is significant on the human psyche,” wrote Carl Lewis in the Feb. 18 issue of WW. High costs, lack of insurance and cutbacks in public mental health programs keep people in desperate need from accessing essential services, treatment and medications. Between 2009 and 2012, states cut $4.35 billion in public mental health funding. That 19 states still refuse to expand Medicaid is another barrier to accessing care. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Wendy’s eyes possible breach; NAFCU pushes data standards

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In light of a possible data breach at the fast-food chain Wendy’s, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler on Wednesday urged House and Senate leaders again to support national data security standards for merchants.“Americans’ sensitive financial and personally identifiable information will only be as safe as the weakest link in the security chain,” Thaler wrote in a letter to House and Senate leaders. Thaler pointed out that financial institutions are already subject to data security standards under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, but merchants are not.Wendy’s has some 6,500 restaurants worldwide. It is investigating claims of a possible data breach at some of its locations that likely occurred late last year, though the details are still unknown, KrebsOnSecurity reported Wednesday.Bob Bertini, spokesman for Wendy’s, told Krebs the company started receiving reports earlier this month from its payment industry contacts about a potential breach and that Wendy’s has a security firm looking into the claims. continue reading »last_img read more

How relatable is your brand?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A blonde 20-something working at her quintessential office desk is interrupted with a heap of folders dropped onto her desk. She stares at the colossus with despair in her eyes: “Is this it? Is this all there is? Spreadsheets and paperwork. I’m gonna die some day, and I’ll be sitting here just wasting away at this…..job.”We’ve all been there.What better way to connect with your millennial audience than to reassure them that they aren’t the only ones experiencing these first-world millennial problems.Samantha Jayne, a millennial and freelance art director in LA, is receiving quite a bit of press for her very relatable YouTube series that she stars in to promote her book, “Quarter Life Poetry”.Engaging with a generation of short attention spans has the marketing industry facing a series of challenges that are far from foreign: “How can we get them to finish our one-minute HELOC ad? Scratch that… We’ll be thrilled with 10 seconds!”Apparently Jayne knows her peers quite well.I saw this short and naturally shared it with everyone in the office. Why? The majority can relate to these nonsensical first world problems that we face in our every day lives – Including a phone call to my mom asking for reassurance that the benign mole on my toe that has existed my entire life, is still, not cancerous.It feels good to laugh at entirely irrational but relatable angst. continue reading »last_img read more

Rangers Seal Multi-million Naira Kitting Deal with Lotto

first_imgThe management of CAF Confederation Cup 2019/20 hopefuls,Rangers International Football Club of Enugu on Tuesday signed a five-year multi million Naira contract deal with Lotto SPA Italia to produce and brand all thefootball kits for the club. Speaking during the signing of the contract at Rangers Secretariat in Enugu, Rangers’ General Manager, Davidson Owumi said the contract was between the club and Desgraf & Mart’s Ltd, Lotto agent in Nigeria.He said that the essence of the contract was to be a sort of relief in the funding of the club by the government, stressing, “This is really a land mark occasion and we are indeed very glad to be associated with this. I strongly believe that it will go a long way towards letting our teaming fans have our spots kits and as well generate income for the club.”Owumi said that the contract is a landmark achievement in the history of Nigeria club football, adding that “it is the first time a club in country is attracting such a deal in Nigeria.”The Lotto representative, Mr. Ositadimma Agu said that his company is a world brand and they decided to partner with a world brand like Rangers International FC.Owumi and Barrister Emeka Ugwuarua, Rangers Admin Secretary signed for the Flying Antelopes while Ositadinma Agu of D&M and Barrister Nkem Iloeje signed for the Lotto SPA Italia, the kits manufacturer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tomorrowland featured at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: Tomorrowland (Trailer below)Schedule: Friday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour 47 minutes.Movie Synopsis: From Disney comes two-time Oscar (R) winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award (R) winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.(C) Walt DisneyRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 50%. Audience review: 57% approval. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Movies ahead at Regent Theater:June 19 – San Andreas.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Sea Bright Taxes To Rise By Two Cents

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Borough residents will be facing a more than two-cent increase in the municipal portion of their tax bill.The Borough Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to adopt its 2012 municipal which contains a 2.6 cent increase for every $100 of assessed property value, with the municipal tax rate going to .765 cents.For the average $300,000 home in the borough, that translates to a $78 annual increase in the tax bill, according to Michael Bascomb, the borough’s chief financial officer.The largest expenses associated with the approximately $3.9 million budget, are police salaries and pensions, debt service for substantial capital projects and employee health insurance costs. Bascomb said.“We’re working to stay within our range,” of expenses, with the budget coming in under the state mandated 2 percent levy cap, he said.The borough utilized $520,000 of its approximately $793,000 surplus to help offset costs, he said.Officials were forced to enact an $11,000 emergency expenditure last year to address damage to the borough’s beaches from Hurri cane Irene. But the beach utility, which operates the borough resource, is self-sustaining, Bascomb said.When the budget was introduced on March 20, Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman William Keeler blamed the loss of state aid for contributing to the tax hike, saying the borough stood to lose $135,000 this year.Much of that money, Bascomb explained, is the loss from the state’s administering the energy tax.Municipalities are complaining that the energy tax was established to provide some local property tax relief, Bascomb said. However, he continued, the state does the collecting and hasn’t provided all that was promised, in essence, shortchanging the towns.The borough tax rate is actually about $1,000 less than the state average, he said.last_img read more

The Two River Times Wins 6 Top Awards in Newspaper Contest

first_imgRED BANK – The Two River Times won several awards in the New Jersey Press Associations 2017 Better Newspaper Contest, the trade association announced Wednesday.In the Editorial contest for weekly papers with circulation under 6,500, reporter Jay Cook won the first place, Responsible Journalism – First Amendment Award for his coverage of how government transparency was reinforced by a recent Open Public Records Act decision. His story also highlighted the efforts of local citizen activists in Middletown and Holmdel who regularly attend government meetings, film the proceedings and share on social media.Cook also won a second place feature writing award for his photos and story about a Middletown equine therapy program that pairs horses and military veterans suffering from PTSD, and another second place feature award for his article about the retirement of Rumson’s popular mail carrier, photographed by Tina Colella.His story about the threat to the state’s fluke fishing industry, as felt in the Atlantic Highlands and Belford fishing communities, won third place in the business and economics writing category.Senior reporter John Burton was honored for his coverage of elections and politics for his body of work, as exemplified by articles about former state Sen. Jennifer Beck’s reflection on her 2017 election loss, local Republican energy heading into the 2017 elections and an interview with the county Democrats’ new chairman, David Brown.Writer Mary Ann Bourbeau won a first place award for a feature about the relationship of Fair Haven illustrator Mike Quon and his 103-year-old father, Milton Quon, one of Disney’s original animators. Both Quons hosted an art exhibit in Red Bank last year.News editor Christina Johnson won first place for a portfolio of headline writing, for titles such as “Red Bank Merchants Circle Round, Looking for a Way Out of Parking Problems.”In the Advertising category of the contest, production manager Chris Draper won three first place awards in the weekly under 6,500 division for Best Real Estate Ad (Public Open House), Best Ad for Retail Business (Holiday Gift Certificate) and Best Community Service or Shared Ad (Fair Haven Holiday).Draper also took second place awards for Best Use of Small Space-Black and White (One of a Kind Gift Boxes) and Best Large Space Ad-Color (Does Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer?)last_img read more

ROOD & RIDDLE BREEDERS’ CUP POST-POSITION DRAW TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON BREEDERSCUP.COM ON MONDAY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (October 30, 2016) – The Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw for the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be streamed live on www.breederscup.com on Monday, October 31 beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held at Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.The live stream, which also be shown on www.santaanita.com , www.drf.com, and the Breeders’ Cup Facebook page, will be hosted by Laffit Pincay III of NBC Sports Group.The Rood & Riddle Post-Position Draw will be conducted in two sessions. The first session, starting at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, will be held at Top O’ The Stretch at Santa Anita Park. The following 11 races will be drawn: $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup  Dirt Mile; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf; $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf; $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint; $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf; $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.The second session of the Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw will commence at 4 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita with the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512About Breeders’ Cup last_img read more

Jardin du Tripot — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Basse-Normandie, FranceN 49° 25.128 E 000° 13.967 Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5 Image by CarPat – 2009, “4 oies crachant de l’eau”If you follow the young boy’s gaze, just beyond the pedestrian streets lined with half-timbered houses, you will easily locate the second converted fountain. Try not to ogle too long at this gaggle! The water is pumped to gracefully exit each beak of the four geese in a steady arc and returned to the river below. They decide to avoid eye contact with any geocacher so as to not give away ground zero.Image by piot57 – 2011, “fresque représentant des teinturiers,” length 10 m (32.8 ft) TraditionalGC5G0BHby scrouny Placed in December 2013, artist Annick Leroy supplied two special sculptures meant to interact with the drainage system of the nearby stream. The first depicts a young boy perched under an umbrella. When water is routed to the pipe directly overhead, it gently cascades over the edges of the boy’s cover as he gazes with a dry smile to the opposite side of the garden. Behind his eyes, there is a secret…perhaps it has something to do with the cache hidden close by? Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Luckily, the cache does not incorporate an active water feature to retrieve and tries hard to stay dry in its surroundings! Once the cache is located, the finder can appreciate the mosaic fresco nearby, depicting six focused men and women. The scene is in tribute to the hardworking tanners and dyers that inspired the preservation of the vestiges of the old tanneries in the area, one of which is located adjacent to the garden, and an integrated part of Honfleur’s past. In the heart of Normandy, overlooking the southern bank of the Seine, lies the small medieval town of Honfleur. Its history can be traced back to 1027 in a letter from Richard III, Duke of Normandy. The past has been preserved with the landmarks of its rich history, including a converted garden atop a retired tannery with commissioned art pieces and a hidden logbook for this Geocache of the Week!Le Jardin du Tripot is not just any other garden. The location is serene, with the waters of La Claire routed carefully in stair-stepping troughs on their way to La Morelle. However, the water element serves another purpose: it makes the bronze statues in the courtyard come alive on the hunt for a geocache.Image by familiatableto – 2011, “Sous la pluie” Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. SharePrint RelatedWho’s Watching You!!! GC15KNG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 30, 2012January 30, 2012In “Community””GR34 – Pointe de la Vicomté” GC1Q0VM GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 8/23/2010August 19, 2010In “Community”Der Turm – La Torre — Geocache of the WeekJune 26, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

The Rise of Mobile Search Engine Optimization

first_imgguest author 1 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The mobile Web is growing at a tremendous rate and it’s likely that mobile usage will take over desktop usage in the next decade. Mobile users don’t just expect rich, optimized mobile experiences, they also want to execute searches on their mobile device and receive fast, relevant results to their queries. To meet this demand, marketers and publishers have had to explore the brave new world of mobile search engine optimization. The Relationship Between Mobile Sites and SearchGuest author Gregg Wyland is the SEO Practice Manager of Siteworx, Inc. in Reston, VA. Gregg helps companies align their content management processes with proven best practices for improved organic search results, and has over 11 years of experience in all areas of the Web, including search engine optimization, product management, project management, email marketing and graphic design.Understanding how users interact with mobile sites can influence a finely tuned mobile search approach. Location is given more priority in mobile search results. Most mobile users will search based on location (where they are) and a need to find a person, place or thing. Their searches could look like, “I need to find a restaurant, school, gas station, etc.” or some landmark which is nearby. Users will likely look for maps, directions and a phone number on a mobile site and here you could take advantage of a device feature like click-to-call by ensuring phone numbers are linked. That said, location is a huge factor in mobile search and location-based features will get more sophisticated as the devices evolve. Search Engines Treat Mobile Sites DifferentlyIt’s important to understand that there are unique indexes geared toward mobile users, like Google Mobile, Taptu, Yahoo Mobile and Bing Mobile just to name a few. Like all search engines, these strive to produce the most relevant search results. Many times, the most relevant result is not a mobile website (at least not yet). Search engines may show non-mobile pages, and may actually format a desktop Web pages to “look” mobile. Developers can avoid this by inserting an “alternate” tag on your website pages to direct Google to your actual mobile pages (for example: ).But make sure to redirect mobile visitors to relevant mobile-optimized pages. It’s the content on the page that counts. Having a redirect to irrelevant content won’t make your users any happier, and Google won’t like it either. Also note that even though Google Mobile will return desktop sites in search results, it prefers mobile-optimized sites. As more mobile-optimized sites are indexed, there will be less of a need for Google to include desktop results.Keep in mind that limited screen real estate on a mobile device means fewer search results are displayed per page. So identifying concise and relevant keywords for a mobile site becomes even more important to help push a site higher in search results. To ensure that content is relevant, conduct mobile-specific keyword research to identify content that is of primary interest to mobile users. Google has a mobile keyword tool within Google AdWords that offers keyword suggestions.Mobile SEO Best Practices Generally, search engine optimization for a mobile website is similar to optimizing a desktop website. Relevant and fresh content will keep users interested. Be sure to use unique, descriptive and readable titles. Meta descriptions should be unique and have a strong call to action.In addition to all of the above recommendations, there are some baseline tips for mobile SEO best practices that may seem obvious, but often are forgotten:Make sure your mobile site doesn’t limit access to just mobile devices (because search bots are not mobile devices).Create and submit a mobile sitemap.Be sure to optimize your site’s performance to render fast results for users and search engines.Make sure your mobile URLs are viewable on a mobile device (Google will not deliver them in results unless they are compatible with published mobile markup standards such as XHTML Basic 1.1, XHTML MP 1.2 and WML 1.3).Register your mobile site on Google Places, which recently unveiled a location-based recommendation engine called Hotpot.Assessment Tools For Mobile SitesKnowing how a site actually looks to users is the best way to find issues. There are several free mobile phone emulators that show how a website looks from a mobile device, including dotMobi, i-mode, and XHTML Mobile Profile (Firefox plug-in). Although these tools are good, nothing can take the place of viewing how a site renders through as many different devices as possible. There are also validation tools such as the Mobile-friendly W3C XHTML Validator and the TAW mobileOK Basic Checker. These validators will perform various tests on a site to determine its level of mobile-friendliness and identify errors and suggested changes by category and level of severity. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more