Healthy dose of religion

first_imgPeople who attended religious services at least once a week were significantly less likely to die from “deaths of despair,” including deaths related to suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study showed that the association between service attendance and lower risk of deaths from despair was somewhat stronger for women than for men.“Despair is something that can confront anyone dealing with severe difficulties or loss. While the term ‘deaths of despair’ was originally coined in the context of working class Americans struggling with unemployment, it is a phenomenon that is relevant more broadly, such as to the health care professionals in our study who may be struggling with excessive demands and burnout, or to anyone facing loss. As such, we need to look for important community resources that can protect against it,” said Tyler VanderWeele, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School. VanderWeele is also director of the Human Flourishing Program and co-director of the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality at Harvard University.The study was published online today in JAMA Psychiatry.Religion may be a social determinant of health, and previous research has shown that attending religious services may be associated with a lower risk of various factors related to despair, including heavy drinking, substance misuse, and suicidality.For this study, researchers analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study II on 66,492 women as well as data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study on 43,141 men. Among the women, there were 75 deaths from despair: 43 suicides, 20 deaths from poisoning, and 12 deaths from liver disease and cirrhosis. Among the men there were 306 deaths from despair: 197 suicides, 6 deaths from poisoning, and 103 deaths from liver diseases and cirrhosis. The study showed that women who attended services at least once per week had a 68 percent lower risk of death from despair compared to those never attending services. After adjusting for numerous variables, the study showed that women who attended services at least once per week had a 68 percent lower risk of death from despair compared to those never attending services. Men who attended services at least once per week had a 33 percent lower risk of death from despair.The study authors noted that religious participation may serve as an important antidote to despair and an asset for sustaining a sense of hope and meaning. They also wrote that religion may be associated with strengthened psychosocial resilience by fostering a sense of peace and positive outlook, and promoting social connectedness.“These results are perhaps especially striking amidst the present COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ying Chen, research associate and data scientist at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and first author of the paper. “They are striking in part because clinicians are facing such extreme work demands and difficult conditions, and in part because many religious services have been suspended. We need to think what might be done to extend help to those at risk for despair.”Other authors from Harvard Chan School include Howard Koh and Ichiro Kawachi. Michael Botticelli of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center was also a co-author.Funding for the study came from Templeton Foundation grants 52125 and 61075, and from National Institutes of Health grant CA222147. The Nurses’ Health Study II is supported by grants U01 CA176726 and R01 CA67262 from the NIH, and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study is supported by grants UM1 CA167552 and R01 HL35464 from the NIH.last_img read more

Medford Woman Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman was arrested for fleeing the scene of a crash that killed a 28-year-old man and injured three others in the suspect’s hometown of Medford over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Kathy HoranKathy Horan, 61, was driving her Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound on Granny Road when she struck Peter Quoma, of Selden, and his two passengers who were standing near his parked Nissan Maxima, as well as a 58-year-old Lake Grove woman who was standing next to her parked vehicle at 8:21 p.m. Friday, police said.Horan allegedly fled the scene. Quoma had hit the Lake Grove woman’s car moments earlier, police said. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.The other three victims were treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. Horan was not injured.Horan was charged with leaving the scene of an incident involving a fatality without reporting it and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious physical injury. Her bail was set at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash. She is due back in court Thursday.Suffolk County Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

How this couple retired in their 30s to travel the world

first_imgby: Laura ShinJeremy graduated from college on a Friday, started working on cell phone design at Motorola on a Monday and worked 80 hours a week for the next four or five years. What fueled his work ethic was $40,000 in debt — $35,000 from student loans and $5,000 in credit card debt for food and other essentials.But his desire to keep up with his peers led him, on his $40,000 salary, to buy a new car and a three-bedroom house, which turned his previous bike ride to work into a 40-minute commute. The added debt got him to focus on his finances, so he began making models of how he could pay it off, mapped out his trajectory to retirement at 65 and began investing. He then used credit card checks charging 0% interest for 12 months to pay big chunks of his mortgage, his student loan and car loan.When he started working at Microsoft and moved from Chicago to Seattle, getting a salary bump up to $85,000, he made many of the same decisions (which he now calls mistakes) again: buying a house, having a long commute, and not taking a vacation. Three years in, a girlfriend convinced him to take his first real, multi-week vacation — to the Philippines. He spent the first week thinking about work, checking email. But the scuba diving, mangoes and and tropical drinks began to have an effect, and by the third week, he was wondering how he could live like this every day.He sold his house, began renting close to work and biking to the office. With his costs slashed, he was able to save. At a conference in Beijing, he met his future wife, Winnie, who is from Taiwan and had been saving 50% of her salary in order to travel. Now, Jeremy, 40, and Winnie, 36, are financially independent, travel the world and blog about their envious lifestyle on GoCurryCracker.com. (The site is named for their rallying cry derived from their favorite snack on their honeymoon hiking Mt. Rainier in Washington, during which they endured bone-soaking rain and encountered mosquitoes as big as bats.)Here’s the story of how they saved enough to retire in their 30s — Jeremy at 38 and Winnie at 33 — and how they’ve been spending their money and time since. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

In Dubrovnik, conducted inspections against illegal foreign tourist guides

first_imgWith the support of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association, the competent inspections of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Tourism carried out coordinated actions to supervise tourist guide activities in the protected Vodice site of the Dubrovnik monument in the period from August 21 to 23.Inspections of foreign national guides were conducted by inspectors of the Dubrovnik Customs Office and the Tourist Inspection Sector of the Ministry of Tourism, Dubrovnik Branch, accompanied by police officers from the Dubrovnik Police Station and in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association and the City of Dubrovnik. from Zagreb.It was done in total 20 inspections of foreigners found in the provision of tour guide or tour guide services to groups of guests from other countries, mainly from South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, and in which it was found that in 19 cases no irregularities, that is, that groups of guests represent foreigners in cooperation with legal tourist guides of the Republic of Croatia hired by the tourist agency of which they are guests.In one inspection, it was determined that a citizen of the Republic of Korea provides the tourist service of a tourist guide illegally. A misdemeanor order was filed under the Law on Prohibition and Prevention of Unregistered Activity, a fine was collected and a decision on the prohibition of unregistered activity in the Republic of Croatia was issued. In addition, the police officers canceled the short-term stay of the party in the administrative proceedings because she did not use it for the intended purpose. Furthermore, a Taiwanese citizen who refused to provide police officers with a travel document or any other public document containing a photograph was issued is a misdemeanor order for the committed misdemeanor described in Art. 139. st.1. Of the Aliens Act.The City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Guides Association welcome the conduct of inspections, which, they believe, will have a repressive and preventive effect because illegal guiding is a big problem in the tourist guide, but also in the entire destination, and for additional reasons that illegal and thus often unprofessional guidance impairs the best experience of Dubrovnik for visitors.”The action is the result of cooperation between the Tourist Inspectorate of the Ministry of Tourism, Customs, MUP, the Association of Tourist Guides and the Guild of Guides at the Association of Craftsmen, the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik and the City, which helped implement the initiative by hiring the necessary professional translator. After all, these ongoing actions are part of the package of measures of the “Let’s Respect the City” program, said the Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepšić and added that the City of Dubrovnik is part of the project “Respect the City!” (Respect the City), launched a campaign against the activities of illegal “bookers”, which warns guests not to buy trips from illegal sellers and not to sponsor people who work against the law.The Society of Guides also appeals to its members to display their ID cards during each guided tour, and to have a printed or electronic guidance order at hand. If they have information about unauthorized guides, the time and place of the start of the tour, they are asked to inform the competent inspection services or the Guide Society without delay.last_img read more

Opioid surcharge has many pitfalls

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAm I the only one who feels it’s truly wrong for the governor to propose making money on the opioid crisis? His proposed surcharge of 2 cents per milligram of prescribed opioids could generate $125 million. (That’s a lot of pills.) That $125 million would be used to “support ongoing efforts to address the opioid crisis,” but it could well just end up in the general fund. The opioid addiction crisis is getting worse all the time, so we need to take very different, possibly drastic, steps instead of “supporting ongoing efforts.”How do we get physicians to strictly limit (or eliminate) the number of hydrocodone pills prescribed for surgical recovery? This seems to me to be the gateway, especially for young athletes. There have been studies showing that non-prescription anti-inflammatory drugs combined with icing work just as well. As Sara Foss says [Jan 23 “Is opioid surcharge a good idea?”], the surcharge will simply be passed along. I don’t believe it will decrease the number of prescriptions written. While there are some chronic medical conditions that require opioids, I think doctors have gotten in the habit of prescribing them unnecessarily, perhaps due to marketing by pharmaceutical companies. A surcharge on opioids is another state revenue source that just seems wrong on so many levels.  Judith D. BreitensteinDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Queensland renovation boom as spending hits just under $1.5 billion

first_imgAFTER: Morningside residence designed by Kieron Gait Architects took out the 2018 Houses Award for House Alteration & Addition over 200 sqm. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.“At a time when Brisbane is losing significant numbers of its historic housing stock to demolition or unsympathetic makeovers, the Morningside Residence provides an enduring alternative that is more true to culture and place,” the judges’ citation said.Zuzana Kovar, who along with partner Nicholas Skepper, saw their firm become Australia’s best emerging architecture practice, said it was not hard to believe that Queensland had reached almost $1.5b in renovation spending annually. BEFORE: The space underneath the cottage was virtually dead space before renovation. Architects Zuzana Kovar and Nicholas Skepper at their home business where 95 per cent of their work was renovations now. Picture: Mark Cranitch.The most popular renovations Queenslanders wanted, she said, were adding space, opening up homes for indoor-outdoor living or reworking internal space to suit growing families. “People want more space than when these houses were built 100 years ago.” sophie.foster@news.com.au Follow Sophie Foster on Facebook AFTER: Terrarium house by architecture firm John Ellway reimagined the undercroft in an award-winning fashion. Picture: Toby ScottJudges commended John Ellway for exploiting the natural fall in the site to insert living spaces into the once unused undercroft of the home.“The compactness of the house is its triumph; circulation flows seamlessly from one space to another and not one inch is wasted, with notable Japanese influences.”Morningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects in Brisbane’s inner-city suburb of Morningside was Australia’s best house alteration and addition over 200 sqm, with the judges calling the renovation “a quiet, respectful and poetic addition to a 1920s Queenslander”. Monash Road House in Tarragindi by Zuzana and Nicholas was highly commended by judges in the House Alteration & Addition under 200 sqm category. Picture: Toby Scott.”In inner-city areas where you don’t have the option to demolish the house, you have to keep it and work with it, then the only option is to invest in renovation or extension. A lot of people are interested in retaining the character as well. It becomes sentimental to them.”Ms Kovar expected spending on upgrades to continue to rise — pushed along by older building stock hitting a century and strict limits on demolition in character areas. BEFORE: The worker’s cottage before John Ellway redesigned it into Australia’s best renovation under 200sq m. Picture: realestate.com.au BEFORE: The veranda area came straight off the pavement on the right before John Ellway’s redesign. AFTER: The veranda area was converted into an open air green space with stairs leading down into the undercroft living space. Picture: Toby ScottAustralia’s best house alteration and addition under 200sq m was a worker’s cottage, Terrarium House in Highgate Hill designed by John Ellway, which was transformed “into a luscious, planted oasis”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago AFTER: The back of the cottage now: Terrarium House in Highgate Hill, architect John Ellway. Picture: Toby ScottThis as Queenslanders celebrated scooping national renovation gongs on Friday at the 2018 Houses Awards — with a worker’s cottage and a Queenslander emerging as the top renovated properties in Australia.Add to that a small Brisbane firm, Red Hill-based Zuzana and Nicholas, was named the country’s best emerging architecture practice, with 95 per cent of their work now focused on renovations and one of their renovation projects Monash Road House in Tarragindi highly commended by judges. Architects Zuzana Kovar and Nicholas Skepper ’s home-based business, Zuzana and Nicholas, has been named Australia’s best emerging architecture practice. Picture: Mark Cranitch.QUEENSLANDERS are officially the best renovators in the country, scooping top national awards as latest data showed spending on upgrades has hit record levels here.Just shy of $1.5 billion ($1.435b) was spent tweaking Queensland homes via alterations, additions and conversions in latest annual figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.The renovation spend was a rise of just over $13.4 million in the four quarters to March compared to the same period the previous year. ABS figures released this month said. AFTER: Morningside Residence designed by Kieron Gait Architects was praised for its “respectful” redesign. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesShe said there were some homeowners in Brisbane spending half a million dollars on renovation work, with much of the spending involving building underneath a home, sometimes on sloping sites, with significant excavation, restumping and structural work.”Average spend varies depending on how much they want to add and depending on the state of the existing house. Sometimes they could be not adding much but the house is in such a bad state it goes to that. Sometimes it’s minor things and repainting then most of the budget is given to adding new spaces. It can vary from $100-150,000 all the way up to $500,000,” she told The Courier-Mail. BEFORE: This is how the back of the Morningside property looked before it underwent renovations. BEFORE: The Morningside property was solid but needed updating for modern family life.last_img read more

Can couples recover from an affair?

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share First the question of why the person cheated needs to be answered? If the cheating is part of a sexual addiction, recovery is difficult.  People also need to recognize the health dangers of this behavior. Some couples are known to have agreements that condone multiple sexual partners.  This raises the question about why they are a committed couple in the first place. Some couples proceed through life “trolling” while others like to “chum” for sharks.  In either case these behaviors not only carry a health risk, but they also carry the risk of a chemical bond being created with another person. Studies on brain chemistry and hormonal responses support the notion that the early courtship period, years 1-3, are bolstered with the ignition of heated biochemical reactions.  These reactions, much like the brain’s response to chocolate, create a biochemical glue that supports a couple’s early years. After several years, the relationship needs more than just chemistry to survive.  If no mutual respect has developed, or the relationship doesn’t have any other dimensions,  the relationship will most likely fail.  Without a strong respect and common ground, then no “glue” exists, except common history, to hold the relationship together while work is done to repair it. And be assured this repair  takes focus and hard work. However, if a person has an addiction to the biochemical reactions, then it is a good bet that further acts of cheating will follow. Recovering a relationship from infidelity, or simply recovering from being victimized by a cheater takes time.  If a couple decides to repair their relationship then the single most important thing to focus on is a persons actions.  If a person has been cheated on, and they are willing to move past it and repair the relationship, then the real test of a  person is their credibility.  Credibility never developed out of talking.  It only develops out of actions that support one’s verbal intentions.  If the cheater is unable to overcompensate for a period of time, by being overly accountable for their actions, then the credibility that is necessary to repair the broken trust will not develop. Without this trust, no respect develops, and the “glue” necessary fails to lend itself to the repair of the relationship.  SAVVY Male 60 Views   one commentcenter_img LifestyleRelationships Can couples recover from an affair? by: – July 13, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Enyimba chase consolidation points against Agadir

first_img With only Pyramids picking a spot, seven more quarter final spots are up for grabs and Sunday matches will make a huge difference. Full list of fixtures: FC ESAE vs RS Berkane Zanaco vs DC Motema Pembe Enyimba vs Hassania Agadir Horoya AC vs Bidvest Wits Pyramids FC vs Enugu Rangers Djoliba vs Al Nasr El Masry vs FC Nouadhibou Paradou vs FC San Pedro Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentRevealed: 6 Hidden Secrets Of The Great Wall Of ChinaBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day? Confederation Cup campaigners Enyimba have a good chance of pushing closer to the next round as the host Hassania Agadir of Morocco on Sunday. The Peoples Elephant occupy the second position in Group D with leaders Agadir having 10 points in the kitty as against Enyimba’s six points. Should Enyimba earn maximum three points at the Aba Township Stadium they would be heading into the next match against San Pedro with nine points in the  kitty. Only Pyramids of Egypt have sealed a quarter final spot with 12 points in the kitty even as they hosts Rangers international who are already out of the competition with only two points in the kitty. Battle of Aba Township stadium can Enyimba repeat the result against Paradou? The Pyramids are sure to consolidate against visiting Rangers on Sunday as  they aim to take their points to 15.  Hopeful Enyimba will not only put all the arsenals in the armory into Sunday’s match but will also watch out against rampaging Karim El Berkaoui who scored a hat-trick in the course of Agadir’s 10 points accumulation. Karim El Berkaoui who currently leads top goal scorer chat in the competition this season with four goals to his credit will be seeking opportunity to further extend his goal scoring lead. Read Also CCC: Enyimba make progress, after 4-1 victory over Paradou AC Two Nigerians Stanley Dimgba who now doubt will be hoping to increase his three goals tally on Sunday to the glory of Enyimba, and Austin Amatu who plays for El Masry are in contention for highest goal scorer gong.last_img read more

Barcelona offering Martinez €49m deal to quit Inter

first_img Inter have resigned themselves to the loss of the in-demand striker this summer, with his agent Alberto Yaqué admitting that he is in contact with other clubs. Inter won’t just hand Lautaro away and his minimum release clause of €111m can only be activated until the middle of July. read also:Italian press unveils Barça’s offer for Lautaro Martinez Inter won’t budge on that valuation but Barça fancy they can sweeten the deal by offering a few players as makeweights, with Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembélé, Philippe Coutinho and Nelson Semedo all potential candidates. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona are willing to offer Lautaro Martinez a massive contract to tempt him from Inter Milan. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Incredibly Looking Albino Animals7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To InvadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look IrresistibleTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Tuttosport reports Barça are willing to offer Argentina international Lautaro, who has been given the thumbs up from his Albiceleste teammate Leo Messi, a seven-year deal with an annual wage of €7m – €3m more than the renewal offer he has on the table from Inter. The contract will consist of a five-year fixed arrangement with the option of two additional seasons until 2027.Advertisementlast_img read more

Greensburg woman arrested after altercation

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman has been arrested after a physical altercation.According to police, Theresa Noblitt, 24, was arrested on the charge of battery resulting in a moderate bodily injury.Police say, Noblitt was visiting a neighbor to borrow tools, but a fight broke out from gossiping.An argument began with her neighbor’s wife, and when Noblitt was asked to leave, she began to swing her fists at the wife.Police say Noblitt broke the nose of the wife.Noblitt told police the punches were in self-defense, but according to police, there was no visible evidence that she was defending herself.last_img read more