News story: £15 million boost for local mental health crisis services

first_img The last place anyone experiencing a mental health crisis should be is in a busy A&E department let alone a police cell. We are funding a range of innovative local projects that will provide a safety net for those at risk of mental health crisis and make sure they receive the care they need in a safe and secure setting. This builds on our previous grant scheme and will strengthen essential services to help prevent people from reaching crisis point, whilst improving support for those who do. The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will fund clinics, crisis cafés and other community services designed to prevent people from reaching crisis point, as well as develop new approaches to support those who do.51 projects will receive a cash boost to improve support. They will do this by: Timely support will help relieve pressures on hospitals by reducing unnecessary visits to A&E for those experiencing a crisis. The projects also include measures to strengthen the long-term support available to those at risk of a mental health crisis and to help prevent relapse.Jackie Doyle-Price, Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities, said: The Beyond Places of Safety fund was launched last year by the Prime Minister and follows the success of a previous scheme that helped to develop hospital-based ‘places of safety’ for people experiencing a crisis to avoid them ending up in police cells. Since this scheme started, the number of detentions in police cells under the Mental Health Act has fallen by over 90%.As part of the Improving Places of Safety scheme, nearly 50 projects received funding, including:center_img integrating health and care support with other services such as housing advice, addiction services and counselling improving links with local voluntary and community sector partners providing safe and secure spaces in the community for those experiencing distress City of York – Safe Haven Humber NHS Foundation Trustlast_img read more

Growing strong

first_imgWhen Steven Wofsy began monitoring carbon dioxide uptake at the Harvard Forest in 1991, he expected to see it slowing down or leveling off entirely as the century-old forest reached maturity.But results from his measuring devices showed carbon dioxide uptake increasing rapidly. This not only surprised Wofsy, it also raised the prospect that forests were buffering human-caused climate change more than scientists understood, suggesting a significant gap in our knowledge of how forests function.Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at Harvard, and Andrew Richardson, assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, spoke about their research into forests and climate change Wednesday at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH). The talk, introduced and moderated by HMNH Interim Director David Ellis, was part of the museum’s lecture series on New England forests.Trees are an important player in climate change because they consume the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and lock it up for years in their woody tissue.Overall, the world’s forests are enormous carbon warehouses, Richardson said. They cover a third of the Earth’s land surface and their inhalations and exhalations are so large, they can be recorded on scientific measurements of global atmospheric carbon dioxide.Forests store about 100 billion more tons of carbon than is present in the atmosphere, about 850 billion tons’ worth, tucked away in wood, leaves, roots, and litter on the forest floor. That storage capacity is growing. Forests globally remove about 2.4 billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year. That is partially offset by deforestation, which releases 1.3 billion tons annually, resulting in a net uptake of about a billion tons a year.When compared with the amount released by human fossil fuel burning — about 8 billion tons a year — Richardson and Wofsy agreed that reducing deforestation could slow the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but by itself won’t solve the problem for humankind.“If we didn’t have forests to help us out, we’d be in a much worse situation,” Richardson said.Harvard Forest is fairly typical of New England’s regenerated woodlands in age and make-up—a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees whose large size combined with the forest’s closed canopy give the appearance of a mature forest.The measurements show otherwise, however. Wofsy’s instruments show that the forest is not only continuing to grow and take up carbon dioxide, but that the uptake is accelerating. Initial measurements in 1991 showed that each hectare of forest took up about 2 tons a year. Even that amount seemed high to researchers for a forest whose growth should have been slowing as it matured, Wofsy said.They thought they’d see a definite decline as the decades wore on, but the opposite happened. Through the 1990s and 2000s, carbon uptake continued to increase rapidly, reaching as high as 5 tons per hectare a year.“We figured it would decline with time,” Wofsy said. “Then it doubled.”Researchers had to face the fact that they really don’t know as much about the region’s forests as they thought they did. Instead of being a mature forest, it appears that the Harvard Forest and, by extension, many of the forests across New England, are middle aged and still growing. Carbon can continue to be stored as trees grow larger and litter accumulates on the forest floor. Even fallen trees can continue to store carbon, releasing it slowly as they decompose. Measurements of Harvard Forest’s trees, Wofsy said, show that oaks in particular are continuing to grow, increasing in girth rather than height.The growth may also result from climate change, Wofsy and Richardson said. Because trees and other plants take in carbon dioxide, it is possible that higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are acting to “fertilize” the forest, inducing it to grow more than it might otherwise. Though this effect is possible, Wofsy said it is difficult to isolate and document.That’s not the case with temperatures, however. Records show that the average annual temperature at Harvard Forest increased 1.5 degrees Celsius between 1964 and 2010, and both Wofsy and Richardson said there’s considerable evidence that warmer temperatures are extending the growing season.Richardson, who has established a network of cameras across the country to monitor forests’ annual cycles, said that trees are pushing out leaves earlier in the spring and dropping them later in the fall. By his count, Harvard Forest’s annual growing season has increased by about two weeks, beginning a week earlier and ending a week later.Wofsy measures the growing season a bit differently and his numbers show an even more dramatic change. By recording the forest’s daily intake and release of carbon dioxide, he can pinpoint the day each spring when new growth causes the forest to absorb more carbon dioxide than it releases and the day in the fall when the opposite happens as the forest shuts down for the winter. By that measure, Wofsy said, the growing season has increased not two weeks, but 50 days over the past 20 years, from 130 days in 1991 to 180 days today.“How big can Harvard Forest get? It turns out nobody actually knows the answer to that question,” Wofsy said.last_img read more

A rise through the ranks

first_img Annual dinner welcomes the University’s newest Americans Related Bridge Program gave campus leaders an early boost Harvard’s hand across the bridge to citizenship When Becky Ward walked through the airy cafeteria spanning Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Goldenson and Armenise buildings, she noticed cashier Calixto Sáenz taking a break, a textbook open on the table in front of him.As she passed, Ward asked Sáenz what he was studying.“Biopolymers,” he replied.The answer got the attention of Ward, executive director of the Department of Systems Biology. She told Sáenz about a new facility being developed at HMS — a microfluidics core. The shared facility was intended to connect researchers at the School and affiliated hospitals with new techniques making their way into labs across the country.Microfluidics allows scientists to conduct microscale research, cutting costs by reducing the volume of chemicals needed, freeing up space so that several experiments can run at once, and even accelerating results. A director had been hired for the initiative, Ward told Sáenz, and the School was considering adding a paid intern to help. Did he want to apply?Sáenz wasn’t sure — not because he was blind to the opportunity. The problem was time.A native of Colombia, Sáenz had come to Boston months earlier for a polymer plastics engineering graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. With no family in the area, he was sharing an East Boston apartment with a friend and taking the T to HMS for his 6 a.m.–3:30 p.m. shift at the Greenhouse Cafe, then boarding a Lowell-bound train for his evening classes. He did homework until 1 a.m. Two or three hours’ sleep a night was routine.To cap it off, Sáenz already had an internship, albeit unpaid, in the Medical School’s IT department, a post he had landed months earlier with the help of Harvard’s Bridge Program. For some people, the decision to exchange an unpaid internship for a paid one would be simple. But Sáenz’s loyalty to the IT director, Aun Em, who had coached him in English, added to his hesitation.“He didn’t want to abandon Aun,” said Carol Kolenik, the Bridge Program’s founder and former director. “She said, ‘Take it.’ ”Sáenz did, and he hasn’t looked back. In the past decade, he’s been promoted from intern to research associate to manager and ultimately to director.“It’s always a goal to look for people who have a lot of potential but haven’t had a lot of opportunities, so I took a chance on him,” Ward said.Sáenz’s success — and the personal drive behind it — hasn’t gone unnoticed. Last year, he was selected to represent Harvard’s 18,000 staff members with remarks at President Larry Bacow’s October installation. The moment proved memorable for more than just Sáenz.“It was spectacular,” said Laura Lamp, a friend and onetime colleague who guided him through his speech prep. “It blew my mind.”,Colombia to CambridgeSáenz grew up outside of Cartagena, Colombia. His parents worked hard to give him and his sister an education, he said. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees — in electrical and electronic engineering and industrial automation of processes — from Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar.While working in industry after graduation, he had a chance to visit Boston and was impressed with the resources devoted to research in the region. He had found the place where he’d continue his education.“I don’t regret a single step, even that first year,” Sáenz said of his grueling schedule after arriving. “I learned so much.”Once he started working in the microfluidics core, Sáenz channeled his efforts into mastering the field. Taking the reins at the facility, he expanded its offerings to include consulting services for those who lacked the knowledge or time to use the equipment themselves.“He’s one of the most driven people I know. It makes me feel lazy — which I don’t appreciate,” joked Lamp, who worked with Sáenz at HMS but has since moved to the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “It’s a beautiful thing to be around someone who has a goal and it’s an actual action item.”Today, the core has some 190 to 200 clients from the School, affiliated hospitals, nearby institutions, and even regional companies. A pathway to success From one dreamer to another Allston-Brighton coalition combines groups’ talents to help local residents improve their lives and prospects A bridge to the futureSáenz credited the Bridge Program with boosting his Harvard career. The 18-year-old program provides language, career, and job readiness assistance for Harvard staff. Sáenz’s three classes improved his English, introduced him to American workplace culture, and helped prepare him for job interviews.When organizers of Bacow’s installation were looking for candidates to speak on behalf of University staff, Kolenik suggested Sáenz, who almost missed his opportunity because he dismissed the email as a scam and moved it to his junk folder.The next day, a nagging voice in his head asked, “What if it’s real?” So he took a second look, eventually convincing himself that the invitation was authentic. Once he said yes, Sáenz leaned on his friends for help, bouncing ideas and drafts off them. He came up with a short speech describing his own Harvard journey and his gratitude for the assistance he found on campus.On the day of installation, Sáenz was so nervous he couldn’t bring himself to eat before taking his place on the Tercentenary Theatre stage along with Gov. Charlie Baker, MIT President L. Rafael Reif, and four previous Harvard presidents. But when his moment came, he delivered his message loud and clear.“If someone had told me 15 years ago that I would be on this stage, I simply wouldn’t have believed them — at that time I was still struggling to get a quality education in a new country and a new culture and not even in my native language,” Sáenz told the audience that included his family in Colombia, who watched the livestream with an enthusiasm, he said, normally reserved for soccer games.“But here I stand. And I stand here not only because of my family — gracias, mami y papi— but also because Harvard values commitment, perseverance — and works to provide opportunities to further the careers and professional development of its members.”Sáenz said he was honored by the opportunity to speak for all of Harvard’s staff and that the experience is one he’ll never forget, even as he continues on his path of self-improvement — he’s currently on his fifth biotechnology class at the Harvard Extension School.Today, among his other duties at the microfluidics facility, Sáenz mentors interns in a program he created for students from local community college — two of whom have gone on to UMass Lowell, and another one to Boston University.As he told Kolenik: “I’m paying it forward. I would never have gotten out of food service without the internship.”last_img read more

Mikel Arteta sends class message to Pep Guardiola after Arsenal beat Chelsea in FA Cup final

first_imgAdvertisement Arteta was delighted after the final whistle (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has thanked Pep Guardiola for his part in moulding him as a manager after the Spaniard led Arsenal to a 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea.Arteta was under Guardiola’s wing at Manchester City for three years, learning from one of the top coaches in world football, before replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates in December.That vital experience under Pep looks to have played a pivotal role in the 38-year-old’s development as he claimed his first piece of silverware as a manager with the win against Frank Lampard’s side at Wembley.Speaking after the final whistle, Arteta was quick to give thanks to his former mentor.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I miss my family so much they have been all the way with me,’ Arteta told BT Sport.‘Thank you as well I have to thank you Pep in a very big way because I am a manager in a big part to him so I think I have to consider that as well.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Aug 2020 8:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Mikel Arteta sends class message to Pep Guardiola after Arsenal beat Chelsea in FA Cup final Comment Guardiola was Arteta’s mentor at City (Picture: Getty Images)After Christian Pulisic’s opener on the five-minute mark, a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sunk the Blues in an action-packed game in which Lampard’s side suffered three major injuries and a red card.Both Cesar Azpilicueta and Pulisic went off with hamstring injuries, while Pedro had to be stretchered away after seemingly dislocating his shoulder in the dying embers of the match.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMateo Kovacic was given a second yellow card and sent off in the second half for an innocuous looking challenge on Granit Xhaka.The Blues couldn’t muster a comeback as Arsenal hung on to extend their record number of FA Cup wins to 14.MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspires Arsenal FA Cup win over ChelseaMORE: Chris Sutton accuses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of ‘cheating’ in FA Cup final vs ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Andre Ayew’s goals won 16 points for Swansea to help them qualify for Championship playoffs

first_imgGhana captain, Andre Ayew, has been a major factor in Swansea making it into the Championship playoffs this season.While his impressive overall performances have constantly earned him praise from his teammates, fans and manager – who made him vice-captain – it’s his goals that have really made a difference for his side.Ayew netted 15 goals for Swansea and set up seven more for his teammates as they edged Nottingham Forrest out of the final playoff place by one goal.His goals came at crucial points for the Swans as they ensured that they made away with 16 points from those matches.More from Citi Sports Five times this season, Andre Ayew’s goals have ensured that Swansea have finished games with all three points.In October 2019, Ayew’s goal against Charlton proved to be the decider in Swansea’s 2-1 win.He then scored a brace in his side’s 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in December, before scoring an 82nd-minute winner against Luton Town days later.Ayew scored the winner when Swansea took on Wigan in the new year and then netted the second in the Welsh club’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday earlier in July.He also netted the leveller for Swansea in their 1-1 draw with Blackburn earlier in the season.Although not all the goals have directly been responsible for Swansea securing points, he has also scored in games in which they picked up crucial points.He found early goals in draws with Barnsley, Blackburn (in February) and crucially against Nottingham Forest as well.See all of Andre Ayew’s goals had ever scored for Swansea prior to the break belowlast_img read more

Absentee ballots now available for November city, school elections

first_imgMASON CITY — Absentee ballots are now available in Cerro Gordo County for the November general election for city offices and school board elections. The Cerro Gordo County Auditor’s office says an eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot at their office during regular weekday courthouse hours, or a voter may submit a written request for a ballot to be mailed to them. Written requests must include: the voter’s name; date of birth; the number on their driver’s license, non-operator identification, or voter ID PIN number; as well as their address, signature, and the name or date of the election. Those written requests should be addressed to the Cerro Gordo County Auditor’s office at 220 North Washington in Mason City. Anybody with questions about the city and school election may call the Auditor’s office at 421-3041 or consult the county’s website at www.cgcounty.org .last_img read more

Chelsea pledge action after anti-Semitic chants

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea have promised to take the “strongest possible action” against any supporters found to have sung an anti-Semitic chant in Budapest, just days after four fans were suspended for abusing Raheem Sterling.Minutes into Thursday’s Europa League clash with Vidi in Budapest’s Groupama Arena, which ended 2-2, a vocal minority of Chelsea fans were heard singing a derogatory chant about Tottenham supporters, featuring anti-Semitic language.Chelsea in January launched a campaign to raise awareness and educate about anti-Semitism in football and the club, including owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, have expressed disgust at the latest incident.“Anti-Semitism and any other kind of race-related or religious hatred is abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our fans,” said a Chelsea spokesman. “It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our communities.“We have stated this loud and clear on many occasions from the owner, the board, coaches and players. “Any individuals that can’t summon the brainpower to comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by used using anti-Semitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club.”Chelsea and police opened investigations after alleged racist abuse was directed at Manchester City’s Sterling by a section of home supporters during last week’s match at Stamford Bridge.That overshadowed Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over last season’s champions City and the latest incident is sure to be investigated by European governing body UEFA, which said it is awaiting the referee’s report.Chelsea topped Group L in the Europa League to qualify for the knockout stages.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Son hails Spurs’ strength in depth after downing Dortmund

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “I don’t have any words for the second half. Tottenham were the better team,” said Sancho.“The first half we played really well. In the second half we just dropped a bit and lost focus.”The sides will meet again in Germany on March 5 and Pochettino warned Spurs not to take their place in the quarter-finals for granted after a host of dramatic comebacks in the Champions League in recent seasons.“Always when you play in this type of competition against a very good side like Dortmund it is difficult,” said the Argentine.“3-0 is a very good result but at the same time we have to think that we have to finish the job.” Son started a brilliant second-half display in the last-16 first leg at Wembley by opening the scoring from Jan Vertonghen’s excellent cross, before Vertonghen and substitute Fernando Llorente put Mauricio Pochettino’s men on course for the last eight in the final seven minutes.“Harry or Dele are very important for us but we have players who can come in and do well. We showed that, Fernando came on too and scored an important goal,” said Son, who hailed the impact of Vertonghen from an unfamiliar left wing-back role.“Jan is technically unbelievable and can play in any position. I am very happy for him, he deserved it.“One goal and an assist! The timing of the first goal was very important, the cross was unreal. I didn’t have to do anything, just touch the ball.”Dortmund had the better of the game before half-time, but failed to make the most of their supremacy despite some dangerous runs from Jadon Sancho on his return to England.center_img FILE PHOTO: Son Heung-minLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | In-form forward Son Heung-min said Tottenham are showing they have the squad to cope without the injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli after a comprehensive 3-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.last_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: Marvin Road (SR 510) Overpass Closure in Lacey

first_imgFacebook370Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationTravelers in Lacey have a little more time left to make plans for a weekend-long closure of the Marvin Road (State Route 510) overpass.Overpass closure schedule 10:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, until 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 3, the Marvin Road overpass and northbound exit to Marvin Road will close. The northbound I-5 exit to Quinault Drive will remain open.People traveling through the area should plan for lengthy delays as drivers detour around the overpass closure. Drivers are encouraged to adjust their weekend trips by traveling earlier or later in the day to avoid peak-periods, carpool or take transit.After the weekend work is complete, crews will remove a temporary Marvin Road detour to Hogum Bay Road and restore all lanes on the overpass.The work is part of continuing efforts to convert the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app and the WSDOT regional Twitter account.last_img read more

Mandela returns to his inauguration site

first_img11 December 2013 Nelson Mandela’s body has returned to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where he was sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected president almost 20 years ago. In 1994, the Union Buildings played host to his inauguration, heralding the beginning of a new era in South Africa’s history. On Tuesday, Mandela’s body arrived in a glass-sided hearse just before 8am from 1 Military Hospital in Thaba Thswane with his coffin draped in the South African flag. He will lie in state at the newly renamed Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, where the public will have an opportunity to view the body of the father of the nation. His grandson, Ndaba Mandela, welcomed Madiba’s body at the amphitheatre. The public will be able to view the body from noon until 5:30pm. No cameras or mobile phones will be permitted. The public viewing will be preceded by a viewing by the Mandela family and several heads of state. There will also be a parade with a gun carriage drawn by soldiers, a 21-gun salute, and a moment of silence. There will be a constant vigil at Mandela’s coffin and a funeral procession led by the military’s national ceremonial guard. Officials announced on Monday that access to the Union Buildings for viewing the body would be restricted – only those in buses provided by the City of Tshwane would be allowed in. Members of the public have been asked use the park-and-ride facilities at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria West, the LC De Villiers Sports Facility in Hatfield, and Fountains Valley Park. The buses will drop people off at the Union Buildings where they will be allowed to walk past and look inside the glass-topped coffin. On Thursday and Friday, the public will have access to the amphitheatre from 8am until 5.30pm. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more