College students faced upsurge in anxiety, stress, and poor sleep the day after the 2016 election

first_imgEmail The researchers had 85 university students take a daily survey regarding their mood, stress, and mental health before and after the 2016 election. “We tracked daily psychological health for two weeks, starting a few days before the election, and concluding a few weeks after the election,” Roche explained.He and his colleague, Nicholas C. Jacobson, observed a spike in negative emotions and stress along with a drop in sleep quality the day after the election. The participants also reported an upsurge of race, gender, or age discrimination.“The main result was that students reported signs of negative emotions (anxiety, anger, fear) and other aspects of worsening psychological health (stress, poor sleep quality, marginalization, experiencing discrimination) on the day following the election,” Roche told PsyPost. “Some of these reactions only lasted for a day, while others appeared to be longer lasting (anger, fear, marginalization).”“This information can help counseling centers provide help for students, directing resources to address the difficulties that appear longer lasting. It may also help universities better understand their students so they can assist students in having productive reactions to the election (whether their candidate won or lost). This is especially important as many college students will be first time voters.”A similar study, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, found an overall increase in negative moods among university students in the run-up to the election, which peaked on Election Day.But Roche admitted his study has some limitations.“The small sample size (less than 100 students) limits generalizability, and we also didn’t know political affiliation which may have had a role to play in student reactions,” he said. “These results apply to the 2016 presidential election, but it is possible that one would find these same results for any presidential election. Future research is needed to see if these reactions were typical or unique to the 2016 presidential election.”“This research is innovative because most political research we are aware of does not directly measure change over time within a person. For instance, most polls sample new people each day, rather than asking someone’s opinion across multiple occasions,” Roche added.“This is important because if an approval rating moves from 40% to 30%, we have no idea whether people are changing their minds, or if the people who agreed to respond to a poll that day happened to have a less approving view of the elected official. The potential of our research design (sampling individuals over time) can allow us to answer questions about change more directly. This has the potential to improve the predictive power of polling data, which has been recently questioned for its validity.”The study was titled: “Elections Have Consequences for Student Mental Health: An Accidental Daily Diary Study”. Share University students experienced a significant increase in anger, fear, marginalization, and stress on the day after the 2016 election, according to a new study published in Psychological Reports. Their sleep quality also suffered.“I first became interested in this topic after hearing how strongly students were reacting to the 2016 presidential election results in the classes I teach (some positive, some negative),” said Michael J. Roche of Penn State Altoona, the corresponding author of the study.“I realized that my research study (which tracked daily psychological health for two weeks) happened to begin just before the election, giving us an opportunity to explore the impact to psychological health in a way that had never been done before.” LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Saudi Arabia, UAE report more MERS cases

first_imgSaudi Arabia’s health ministry said today the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has sickened one more person and that another patient has died from the disease, a day after neighboring United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced sparse details about two more cases there.Saudi Arabian casesThe latest patient to fall ill with the virus in Saudi Arabia is a 49-year-old man, a Saudi citizen from Hafoof, according to a health ministry (MOH) statement. It said he is not a health worker, has an underlying medical condition, and showed symptoms from his infection. He is receiving care in a regular hospital ward.The city of Hafoof is in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province.Meanwhile, the patient who died is a 70-year-old man from Taif, a city located in western Saudi Arabia, about 46 miles east of Mecca. His illness appears to have been first announced on Jul 7. A case-patient matching the man’s description was hospitalized in an intensive care unit.The latest developments boost the number of MERS-CoV infections in Saudi Arabia to 721 and its death toll to 295. Currently, 39 people are being treated for their illnesses.Sketchy details from UAEYesterday, the UAE’s health ministry announced two new MERS-CoV cases but shared few details other than that they were detected in Abu Dhabi and the case-patients are in stable condition and receiving care.They are the first cases to be announced by the UAE since the middle of June. If confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), they would lift the country’s case count to 71, according to a list kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. The country has reported at least 7 deaths.WHO clarification on risk of disease spreadIn other developments, the WHO today e-mailed a statement to journalists clarifying a news portrayal of the MERS-CoV risk to Asia. WHO said it met with a group of journalists in Manila earlier today to discuss ongoing infectious disease issues, during which it fielded a question about the risk of MERS-CoV spread in Asia.One widely circulated story said MERS-CoV virus was unlikely to spread to the Asia region.The WHO said in its e-mail statement that the WHO can’t predict how MERS-CoV will spread, because it’s still not known how the virus spreads to people. “Therefore, it is important that health authorities stay vigilant,” it said, noting that at least 10 countries have reported infections in returning travelers.WHO said global understanding of the disease continues to evolve and that all countries should be alert for acute respiratory infections and investigate any unusual patterns.So far the WHO has received reports of 827 lab-confirmed cases, along with 287 deaths, according to the statement.See also:Jul 10 MOH statementJul 9 UAE health authority statementFluTrackers MERS-CoV human case listlast_img read more

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Paul Davis Does Pechefsky

first_imgThe latest of Paul Davis’s iconic posters is a rendering of congressional candidate David Pechefsky.David Pechefsky’s campaign poster is already a winner; all that’s left for the candidate to do is win a seat in the U.S. Congress.Pechefsky is one of five Democrats locked in a primary battle for the right to take on the incumbent Lee Zeldin.The renowned artist Paul Davis, who has created iconic images of some of the most prominent political and cultural figures of our time, was recently inspired to support the candidacy of Pechefsky, and donated a campaign poster to the cause.“I think he’s the best guy,” Davis said in an interview this week. “He’s got a lot of work to do, but it helps with name recognition.”Davis’s work is legendary, featured on iconic posters of Kevin Kline as Hamlet, Meryl Streep, and his art was also used for the play For Colored Girls — his art was used for the record and the movie as well as the play. Other enduring classic theater posters include those for The Goodbye Girl and The Threepenny Opera.He’s done political posters before, dating back to George McGovern.“After getting to know David, it became clear that he is a candidate who stands apart. I wanted to create a poster to express the sense of hope he inspires in me and others, especially the many young people who have been energized by his campaign,” Davis said. “They seem to sense, as I do, that as a congressman David would represent all the people of this community, especially working families whose needs are so often overlooked.”Pechefsky said he was surprised and honored when Davis offered to create a poster for his campaign. “I can think of no more profound endorsement than having Paul Davis express his support for me through his art,” he added.“I believe the work captures the shared aspiration Paul and I have for a better, fairer country, where all are treated with dignity and respect, and where we do what is needed to preserve our planet for future generations. I hope, as a candidate and as a member of Congress, to repay, at least in some measure, Paul’s faith in me,” the candidate said.Pechefsky was raised in Patchogue and has devoted his life to public service, both at home and abroad. As a longtime staffer for the NYC Council, he helped secure millions of dollars for youth, health, senior, and housing programs. As a consultant for the National Democratic Institute, he worked from 2010 to 2013 on projects designed to build democratic institutions in war torn nations, including Somalia, Liberia, and Iraq.Pechefsky returned home to Long Island to use that wide-ranging experience for the people of this district, he said. The candidate said he is committed to the vision of an inclusive, equal, and just society, where every person has a chance for a decent life. If elected to Congress, he said he will fight for a bold agenda, addressing income inequality, universal health care, affordable housing, rebuilding our infrastructure, and the challenges of climate change.The other congressional candidates include Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning of Shirley; Elaine DiMasi of Ronkonkoma, who worked as a Brookhaven National Laboratory physicist; Perry Gershon, a businessman who has worked in commercial real estate finance and lives in East Hampton; and Vivian Viloria-Fisher of Setauket, who served as a county legislator until she reached her term limit in 2011.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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South Fork News

first_imgProject MOSTProject MOST has opened registration for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for children of all ages every Tuesday in March from 4 to 5 PM. The five sessions will cost $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Advance registration is required.Also, registration is now open for 3D Pen Creations, which will be held on Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6, from 4 to 5:30 PM for children ages 9-13. The two sessions are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Both classes will be held at the Project MOST Community Learning Center in East Hampton. Advance registration is necessary. To register or for more information, visit www.projectmost.org.Community Health FairThe East Hampton Healthcare Foundation and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital will co-host a free community health fair at the Most Holy Trinity Parish in East Hampton on Friday, March 6, from 11 AM to 2 PM.Some of the highlights include health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and HIV, applications for colorectal screenings, and appointments for no-cost mammogram and Pap tests for uninsured women over the age of 40.Representatives will be on-hand from health insurance organizations, Medicare, HRHCare Community Health (Hudson River Health Care), the Town of East Hampton’s Human Services Department, The Retreat, and others with information for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with a nutrition educator.Healthy refreshments will be served. For more information, call 631-329-2425 or visit www.easthamptonhealthcare.org.Southampton DemocratsThe Southampton Town Democratic Club’s monthly breakfast called “The Resistance and Me” will feature author Barbara Weber-Floyd. The meeting will be held at Buckley’s Inn Between in Hampton Bays on Saturday, March 7, from 10 AM to noon. The event is open to all those who would like to attend. For more information, visitwww.shdems.org.Northwest Woods HikeThe East Hampton Trails Preservation Society will explore the Northwest Woods with its sublime and beautiful white pine forest. Enjoy many surprises along the way on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 10 AM. For more information, visit www.ehtps.org.Free Qigong ClassesThere will be free spring Qigong classes beginning on Sunday, March 8, at noon at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork on Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Find healing and balance as well as gentle, powerful exercises and massage techniques. For more information, visit www.uusf.org.Battle Of The BrainiacsBob DeStefano will host a “Battle of the Brains” trivia night on Monday, March 9, at 5:30 PM at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton. The contest will consist of 50 general-knowledge questions to be answered by the entire team. Bring your smartest friends or come alone. Register online at www.myrml.org.Volunteer For BideaweeBideawee, an animal shelter in Westhampton, is looking for volunteers.According to President and CEO Leslie Granger, 20 percent of the organization’s volunteers are senior citizens, who walk dogs, socialize kittens and puppies, do office work, and become foster parents for homeless animals.“Volunteers are a vital part of the Bideawee family,” Granger said. “They devote their time, energy, and talents providing love, compassion, and support to the vulnerable pets in our care who need forever homes. If you love animals and have a couple of spare hours a week, Bideawee would welcome you into our volunteer family.”Volunteers of all ages are welcome. To apply, visit www.bideawee.org. Sharelast_img read more

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ABB launches new safety PLC technology

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Smith Flow Control appoints new president

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Hydrogenics in $4m Chinese fuel cell deal

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Dana Petroleum to Finance Growth with New $1.5 B Credit Facility

first_imgDana Petroleum has secured a new US$1.5 billion credit facility to help finance the future growth of the company.The facility is made up of an initial committed US$1 billion together with a further US$0.5 billion that can be made available in the future for investment opportunities. This facility refinances Dana’s existing US$870 million facility.The syndicate is led by BNP Paribas and Commonwealth Bank of Australia who are joined by eight additional banks made up of existing and new relationship banks. Given the success of the syndication process all banks were scaled back from their initial commitments.Dana’s Chief Financial Officer David Crawford said: “I am delighted to close an over-subscribed refinancing process with such a high quality banking group, and to be delivering improved terms. This is a major vote of confidence in the company and our future growth plans.”Dana’s acting Chief Executive Graham Scotton said: “This marks the end of a successful year for Dana. We welcomed the appraisal work on the Tolmount well in which we have a 50 per cent equity stake with E.on which showed much higher gas volumes than originally anticipated. We have also had a number of exploration successes in the North Sea through our Pharos and Liberator wells during 2013.“We have also recently acquired operating licenses in Denmark and Germany. This will give us the ability to develop a new Central European hub.“Our $1.6 billion Western Isles project, in partnership with Cieco, is also well underway with drilling on schedule and the FPSO build moving ahead in China. This project is developing two discovered oil fields in the Northern North Sea and will bring 40,000 boepd onstream.“We are in a strong position to move the company forward and grow our production in the years ahead.”[mappress]Press Release, December 20, 2013last_img read more

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Adjudication: Galliford Try Building Limited vs Estura Limited

first_imgThe FactsEstura Limited (Estura) engaged Galliford Try Building Limited (Galliford Try) under a JCT Design and Build Contract 2011, to carry out certain works at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Devon. The contract contained payment terms that complied with the amended Construction Act requiring payment notices and, if necessary, payless notices.As a special purpose company set up solely for the project Estura had few assets and was funded by others.Towards the end of the works Galliford Try submitted its Interim Application 60 (“IA 60”), which was described as an “Indicative Final Account and Valuation Summary”. The sum claimed in IA 60, over £12.5m, was almost £5m more than the contract value and only about £4,000 less than the amount of Galliford Try’s anticipated final account.Where Estura failed to serve a payment notice or a payless notice then in accordance with the amended Construction Act the sum claimed by Galliford Try became the notified sum due for payment by the final date for payment. Estura failed to make the payment and Galliford Try referred the dispute to adjudication. The adjudicator found that as Estura had failed to serve either notice Galliford Try was entitled to the sum claimed in IA 60; nearly £4m, plus VAT and interest.Estura refused to pay and attempted to redress the balance by commencing a second adjudication seeking a declaration as to the true value of the works. The second adjudicator resigned saying he lacked jurisdiction and Galliford Try commenced enforcement proceedings in respect of the sum awarded in the first adjudication.The IssuesEstura submitted that as a result of the Judge’s earlier decision in ISG Construction Limited vs Seevic College, it was not able to ask another adjudicator to correct the payment position between the parties. In ISG it was held that a paying party was not able to frustrate the effect of an adjudication awarding the sum applied for following the failure to issue a payment notice or a payless notice by commencing an adjudication on the true value of the works at the time of the interim application. (The judge clarified that in ISG he found that the true value of the works could however be established at a later date.)Estura argued that given the “exceptional circumstances” the adjudicator’s decision should not be enforced in the usual way by summary judgment or, if it was, enforcement should be stayed where there was a risk of “manifest injustice”. The exceptional circumstances relied upon arose out of the substantial windfall obtained by Galliford Try in the first adjudication. As IA 60 had claimed a valuation very close to the anticipated final account Estura argued that Galliford Try had no incentive to invoke the final account process to allow the true value of the works to be established and a balancing payment ordered.Estura’s overriding concern was the impact of the first adjudicator’s decision on cash flow. Compliance with the final account process in the contract would preclude any payment to Estura until after the end of the 12 month rectification period, at the earliest. Estura would be kept out of its money for a considerable period of time which would cause serious financial difficulties and give rise to “manifest injustice”.Galliford Try argued that staying enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision because the decision might be wrong or unjust would be inconsistent with the previous robust policy of the Court to require compliance with adjudicators’ decisions, right or wrong.The DecisionThe judge ordered summary judgment for Galliford Try in the sum claimed but noted that the Court had two alternatives as regards the stay: to take a robust approach and refuse to grant a stay on the grounds that to do otherwise would be contrary to the policy of the court to enforce the decisions of adjudicators, or to stay enforcement of part of the amount. The Judge concluded that in the “very unusual circumstances” of this case, the robust approach would not be fair to Estura.Having found it would not be fair to enforce the judgment in full or correct to stay the full amount of the judgment, the judge stayed enforcement of the judgment above the sum of £1.5m, which was to be paid to Galliford Try, subject to certain conditions.CommentaryThe judge was sympathetic to Estura’s submission that Galliford Try’s substantial windfall in the first adjudication gave it little incentive to risk determining a potentially reduced valuation via the final account process. Estura could only have commenced the final account process after a substantial delay which would have adversely affected its financial position. Further, litigation to seek to reverse the adjudicator’s decision was not an option for Estura due to the costs involved.The judge specifically warned that his decision arose from the “very unusual” circumstances of the case. However, it might be said that an application to enforce an adjudicator’s award requiring an employer (in financially difficulty) to pay sums properly applied for in full due to the absence of notices is more familiar than “very unusual”.Galliford Try was awarded £1.5m when it could reasonably be expected to have been awarded nearly £4m. It will be interesting to see how many other employers claim “very unusual” circumstances and “manifest injustice” in order to avoid the consequences of their own failures to follow contract mechanisms.Andrew DaviesFenwick Elliott LLPlast_img read more

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High five for SHL

first_imgSHL mobilised its crane vessel, Oleg Strashnov, to complete the works in the Bay of Campeche. The final three topside structures were installed in just one week, with the final unit put into place on January 28, 2015. Peter de Bree, SHL’s chief operating officer, commented: “I am very pleased with our swift and safe performance during these five installations in the Gulf of Mexico with perfect cooperation between Protexa (Permaducto), Pemex and Seaway Heavy Lifting. Our Oleg Strashnov crew performed extremely well.” Arjan van der Laan, SHL’s chief financial officer, added: “I am proud of the relationship with our Mexican partners and that has been further strengthened by our performance. We have proven our value during the second period that the Oleg Strashnov was in Mexico.” www.seawayheavylifting.com.cylast_img read more

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