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

Meet Tony-Nominated Hand to God Star Geneva Carr!

first_img Hand to God View Comments Age: 44Hometown: Jackson, MSCurrent Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut as Margery, a barely-keeping-it-together widowed mother whose son’s sock puppet might be possessed by the devil in Robert Askins’ Hand to God.Stage & Screen Cred: Carr has starred in Hand to God since the play’s first reading. She’s appeared off-Broadway in Rose’s Dilemma and The Vagina Monolgues and on screen in Love and Other Drugs, It’s Complicated, Younger and The Leftovers.”The Tony nomination is crazy! Talk about an underdog. The night before, I said to my husband, ‘These are gossip columns and wish lists. It’s not going to happen. Let’s go to bed. The dream is over.’ The next morning, we were watching and screaming!””I’ve lived in 11 states, but I’m not an Army brat. My father couldn’t hold a job, so every six months, we’d move. I’m sort of a Southerner because those are my roots, but my parents are from Iowa. So, I kind of sound Midwestern, but if I have a drink I sound southern.””My husband and I met on OKCupid. We went out on our little coffee date and I knew right away he was my husband. He’s a handsome, smarty-pants architect from Tokyo. On our first date, I said, ‘I wake up like this. I’m Pollyanna Sunshine and I’m not for everyone.’””I don’t come from an artistic family, so I didn’t know what theater was. I was working on Wall Street in the ’90s, and I went to see Appointment With a High-Wire Lady at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and it affected me so deeply. It changed everything I thought about the arts. I quit banking and became an actor.””The best thing about being the ‘Rollover Mom’ from the AT&T commercials is that no one recognizes me! I’ve been in a hundred commercials and no one ever recognizes me. Listen, I live in the apartment that AT&T built—let’s not lie.””I’ve had more sex with underage boys on stage and film in the last five years than most women do in a lifetime [laughs]. Rob [Askins] has let me run in this role and he’s written every secret fantasy I have. I get to be angry and speak my mind and go all out. Luckily, our teen is played by a 30-year-old.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

2 $1M Tickets Sold on LI as Powerball Jackpot Soars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Powerball jackpot soars to $475 millionThere could be worse second place prizes.Two Long Island convenience stores—one in Massapequa and the other in Southampton—sold the $1 million second place Powerball prize for Wednesday’s $360 million drawing, according to lottery officials. But the jackpot, which now stands at $475 million, is still up for grabs.The two local stores, Southampton Stationery on Hampton Road and Tutal Convenience on Broadway in Massapequa, were two of three locations in the state that sold the $1 million prize. The other was in Brooklyn. The state also had three third place winners, according to New York State Lottery’s website.The new members of LI’s millionaire club came painfully close to claiming the top prize. All second place winners matched the first five numbers but failed to collect the power ball. The $475 million jackpot, the second largest in the game’s history, could possibly top the previous record of $587 million in Nov. 2012 by Saturday’s drawing, a Lottery spokeswoman said.“It’s really exciting,” said Rosemary Jannsen, the wife of the owner of Southampton Stationery. “And we’re really happy it’s a local person.”The woman who purchased the lucky ticket is an occasional shopper who stopped by the store Wednesday and paid $2 for Quick Pick, Jannsen said. It was the store’s highest-selling ticket since last year when a customer won $250,000 playing Mega Millions.Jannsen’s store doesn’t get a cut of the winnings, she said, but she’s still basking in the excitement. Her customers have been calling the store all morning offering congratulations, she said.The jackpot is now sure to climb over the $500 million mark, which will only add to the hysteria surrounding the game.The next drawing is Saturday. The current cash payout is $302.4 million, according to Powerball’s website.last_img read more

Top 5 technology posts of 2017

first_imgWe had a great selection of technology posts this year, and we’ve compiled some of the best. Here’s our top 5 technology posts from 2017…Is this the death of the teller?By. Robert McGarvey, CULIANCE, @rjmcgarveyWhy does my credit union hate me?By. Denise Wymore, NACUSO, @NACUSOOut with skimming, in with shimming?By. Ashley McAlpine, CO-OP Financial Services, @COOPFS4 mobile apps every executive should download nowBy. Wendy Moody, CUInsight.com, @Wendy_CUInsightCredit union technology trends for 2017By. Kirk Drake, Ongoing Operations, @Ogo_Cuso 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to build your confidence as a leader

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Details I’ve heard about the benefits of meditation for years, and about seven years ago, I bought a book on how to meditate. It sat on my bookshelf for several more years as I accumulated additional books on meditation and mindfulness. Eventually, I started reading a few of these books, becoming more knowledgeable on meditation techniques and practices. But I still wasn’t meditating! It wasn’t until two years ago that I finally took action and enrolled in a meditation course. Once I started actually doing meditation, I started to experience the benefits and now I meditate (almost) daily. All those years of learning, studying, and contemplating meditation didn’t bring results; it was taking action that was important.One of the most important characteristics of successful people is that they have a bias for action. What holds many professionals back from success is spending too much time planning, preparing, thinking, organizing, analyzing and procrastinating, and not taking action. Action is required for success. This doesn’t mean that successful people don’t plan and organize, but once they have a plan in place, they don’t wait for things to be perfect to move into action.Leadership is an action. Leadership is not a title or a position. It’s not a hat you put on every day when you come into the office. True, exceptional leadership requires you to do something. It requires stepping out of your comfort zone and making your vision and goals a reality.What does leadership in action look like?Providing meaningful feedback to your employees—both positive and constructive.Coaching your employees to bring out their best performance.Challenging that employee who tries to upward delegate a task to you, instead of doing the task yourself.Walking around and connecting with each individual.Building relationships with your colleagues.Modeling the behaviors and actions you expect of others.Communicating clarity about goals and sharing what the success factors are.Following up and following through—doing what you say you will do.Being accountable and taking ownership.Mentoring and sharing knowledge to develop your staff.Being approachable and supportive.Prioritizing people—scheduling coaching sessions and check-ins with your staff.Leadership is not sitting in an office and creating a strategy and business plan. While that’s an important first step, it is not what brings results. A great vision on paper does nothing. A great vision communicated clearly and repeatedly through multiple channels inspires collaboration and results. Great leadership requires action.I am often asked by participants in my leadership programs how you can build confidence. Whether you are new in a management position, or a seasoned executive, the best way to build your confidence is to take action. To succeed at anything in life, you have to first do something. If you stand on the sidelines and play it safe, you will not learn anything. In order to get feedback and learn from mistakes, you must make mistakes. You can read hundreds of books on leadership and attend classes on how to be a good manager. But if you don’t put that knowledge into action, you will not see the results. Leadership requires effort.One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Rohn, “What is easy to do is also easy not to do. That is the difference between success and failure.”It’s not hard to schedule coaching sessions, model great behaviors, take ownership, and connect with your employees. But it’s easy to not do these things. Successful people don’t have more time in the day than anyone else. They understand that an essential skill for success is to prioritize and take action on what is important. That is how you build your knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and ultimately your confidence.Instead of reading this blog and closing your browser, take two minutes right now to take action on an important task that will lead you to the results you want. You will be one step closer to success.last_img read more

WHO: Mystery fever killed three in South Africa

first_img So far, multiple tests on the other patients have been negative for Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and Rift Valley fever viruses, according to the NICD. Serologic tests have excluded hantaviruses. “The final results for viral culture in animal and cell cultures are pending,” the statement said. The WHO said the victims so far have tested negative for several VHFs and other infectious diseases, and no new cases have emerged since the latest death on Oct 5. A fourth case was linked to the three reported by the WHO, but that patient was found to have “an alternative diagnosis,” which was not named, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a bulletin. The statement gave no details about that patient. Oct 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today said a mysterious febrile disease that bears some resemblance to a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) has killed three people in Johannesburg, South Africa. See also: The first victim was a woman from Zambia who fell ill while on a safari and died in a Johannesburg hospital on Sep 14, the WHO said. Subsequently, a paramedic who cared for the woman during her evacuation got sick on Sep 27 and died Oct 2, and a nurse who cared for the first patient in South Africa died Oct 5. The index patient had close contact with horses and a history of a possible tick bite, and was given a diagnosis of “tick bite fever,” the NICD said. But she died shortly after arriving in South Africa, and no samples were available for testing, the agency said. Oct 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_10_10/en/index.html There is no indication of a need for restrictions on travel to or from South Africa or Zambia, and no special measures are needed for passengers arriving from the two countries, the WHO said. The WHO said epidemiologists from the agency’s African Regional Office have gone to South Africa and Zambia to support the investigations. With no other cases identified so far, the NICD said, “It seems likely that this is an isolated case with secondary transmission in the nosocomial setting. Given the high mortality, nosocomial transmission, and clinical presentation, a viral haemorrhagic fever remains possible.” “Clinical features common to the three patients initially include fever, headache, diarrhoea, and myalgia developing into rash and hepatic dysfunction, followed by rapid deterioration and death,” the WHO said. “Bleeding was not a marked clinical feature.” The negative findings so far could be explained by the fact that samples were taken late in the illness (day 10)—or by the presence of virus variants not detectable with current molecular and serologic tests, the NICD said.last_img read more

Bajadera’s WaterBus in Vukovar became the first fully electro-solar ship in this part of Europe and on the entire course of the Danube

first_imgOne of the best tourist stories in Croatia, the electric panoramic tourist ship WaterBus Bajadera in Vukovar has rounded off its green story as a sustainable and developmental tourist product that uses renewable energy sources and is fully in line with the preservation of nature and the environment.Thus, on the roof of the electric tourist ship WaterBus Bajadera, the company Solvis from Varaždin mounted a photovoltaic system with a power of 3,30 kw and a solar charging regulator, and I am the greenest tourist story on the Danube proud holder of the Green Mark label and ambassador of alternative fuels.”As the Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the Institute for Tourism, adopted the Action Plan for the Development of “Green Tourism” in July last year, it also defines the term “Green Tourism”, which means that this tourist product meets the above criteria. Thank you to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure and the Croatian Register of Shipping for following and supporting us in this project. We are proud Green Mark holders as well as Alternative Fuel Ambassadors”Points out Zrinka Šesto from Danubiumtours and the only woman shipowner on rivers in Croatia.A ride on the beautiful blue Danube in the panoramic tourist boat Waterbus Bajadera is certainly one of the unavoidable tourist tours in Vukovar that offers a special and unforgettable experience.Related news: HOTEL SLAVONIJA IN VINKOVCI AFTER RENOVATION CATEGORIZED WITH THREE STARS, ANNOUNCED AND NEW MILLION INVESTMENTSlast_img read more

New face on SocGen team

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Gold Coast golden girl Liz Cantor selling Miami beach pad

first_imgTV personality Liz Cantor is selling her Miami home. Picture: John GassGOLD Coast golden girl Liz Cantor is selling her Miami beach pad.The popular Channel 7 television personality shares the duplex with husband Ryan Lysaught, their eight-month-old son Kit, and Yorkshire terrier Bear Grylls.TV personality Liz Cantor at home. Picture: John GassThe property hit the market earlier this week — two days after Cantor and baby Kit flew to Italy.“As much as we love our home in Miami, my dream is for a house walking distance from the beach, with a pool, so that I can swim with Kit through the summer months,” she told the Bulletin.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe Miami beach pad has a great outdoor area.The double-storey duplex has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and high-vaulted ceilings.It also includes an alfresco deck complete with built in barbecue, fridge and outdoor kitchen space.Inside/out living perfection.“I’m torn as we love our spot in Miami so much — walking distance to Miami Marketta, an off leash dog park, the golf course, the beach, the best coffee shop on the coast Hide and Seek,” she said.“It has lovely light and beautiful sunsets of the hinterland ranges from the main bedroom balcony.“It’s so hard to let go of a home, but hopefully this will be a step in the right direction to upsizing into family memories we won’t outgrow for years and years.”Liz Cantor with baby bub Kit Lysaught when he was four months old. Picture: Jerad WilliamsProperty records show Cantor paid $560,000 for the property in 2014.LJ Hooker Palm Beach agents David Lonie and Mishy Canning are taking the property to auction on September 17.CoreLogic data reveal the median house price in Miami is $760,000 in the year to May, 2017, up 33 per cent over three years.TV personality Liz Cantor at home with husband Ryan Lysaught and Bear Grylls the dog. Picture: John Gasslast_img read more