Finance Minister Off to Haiti as Jamaica Attempts to Weather the Economic Crisis…PM Golding

first_imgFinance Minister Off to Haiti as Jamaica Attempts to Weather the Economic Crisis…PM Golding Finance & Public ServiceJuly 16, 2009 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As Jamaica continues its efforts to weather the economic crisis, Finance Minister Hon. Audley Shaw will leave the island today for a meeting in Haiti with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank. The bank will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and all the senior officers will be in attendance.Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding says the function will provide an opportunity for Minister Shaw to sit down with the head of the IDB, Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno and discuss commitments that are important to Jamaica.“We have to keep the dialogue going, because when we are passing through this kind of fire storm, we need every friend that we can find who is prepared to offer assistance”, Mr. Golding told hundreds of Jamaicans attending the Ocho Rios St. Ann leg of his Town Hall meetings last night.He noted that two weeks ago he had told Parliament that the IMF discussions would continue at the technical level and that towards the end of the month the Minister of Finance would take a report to Cabinet with his recommendations as to how the country going to face this crisis in terms of our external fund. That submission will be going to Cabinet on Monday (July 20).“When cabinet makes that decision, Minister Shaw may well be authorised to make a formal application to the IMF. When that is done this is when you start to negotiate with the fund. We have been engaging them in discussions up to now because we want to know what the terms and conditions are likely to be.”“Those are the things we want to find out, which is why we have been in constant dialogue so that when we get to the stage where we have to decide whether to formally apply for a standby facility, we know the terms on which this is being done,” Mr. Golding told the meeting. RelatedFinance Minister Off to Haiti as Jamaica Attempts to Weather the Economic Crisis…PM Goldingcenter_img RelatedFinance Minister Off to Haiti as Jamaica Attempts to Weather the Economic Crisis…PM Golding RelatedFinance Minister Off to Haiti as Jamaica Attempts to Weather the Economic Crisis…PM Goldinglast_img read more

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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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