Sixth candidate declares in the Donegal South West by-election

first_img WhatsApp Sixth candidate declares in the Donegal South West by-election Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By News Highland – November 11, 2010 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest A sixth candidate has declared in the Donegal South West by-election. Ann Sweeney from Dunfanaghy has submitted her nomination papers, and will run as an independent candidate.She is the founder of the “New Island Party”, which she describes as a concept rather than an organisation. She says she wants it to act as a forum for ideas and independent thinking, with no formal membership and no whip system.Speaking to Highland Radio News, Ms Sweeney says people want an alternative to all the established parties:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/aswee1pm.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleWhale carcasses will not be buried or towed out to seaNext articleMan found dead by neighbour in the Creggan News Highland Pinterest Facebook Newsx Adverts 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

How financial literacy education pays off

first_imgBecause consumers easily get overwhelmed with credit card debt, along with everyday bills, many financial organizations have stepped up financial literacy efforts.Consumers are encouraged to take courses in financial management, budgeting, and targeted savings. It appears to be paying off.The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has studied consumers who went through a credit counseling program and those who didn’t. An Ohio State study shows that those who received financial education did better in reducing levels of revolving and total debt, along with demonstrating better money management and financial confidence.Compelling evidence“Working together with financial institutions who support financial education, the NFCC Sharpen Your Financial Focus initiative has positively changed American consumers’ knowledge and behaviors related to personal finance,” Susan Keating, NFCC President and CEO, said in a statement. “The Ohio State University research team has provided the most compelling evidence that nonprofit financial education is a catalyst for specific changes that improve financial capability.” continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Utilising the Ryder Cup to drive golf betting

first_img Submit Rightlander tackles non-compliant affiliates with Fast Track report April 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC: How important is it that affiliates utilise expertise and insight for their content with regards to the Ryder Cup?MM: Content is king and it is vital that affiliates treat their readers like the thoughtful, savvy punters they are. Long gone are the days of flimsy content stuffed with ads getting the job done. The major search engines have come a long way in improving their search results and low-quality content is worse than useless; it is usually damaging to affiliates in terms of trust and search rankings.Affiliates do not necessarily need to be experts in the Ryder Cup specifically in order to put their expertise and insight to good use. A part of being a smart affiliate is knowing where one’s strengths lie and leveraging those strengths to produce high-quality content.For example, if an affiliate isn’t an expert-level golf handicapper, that’s fine. There’s no need to write yet another article full of flimsy predictions and rehashed content from other websites. Plenty of other affiliates will already be producing similar content anyways.This ties back into what we discussed in the first question. Coming up with new ways to approach the Ryder Cup and give readers something interesting or useful is a winning strategy and will remain so for a long time to come. Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020center_img Share As a betting product, golf has grown exponentially in recent times and with the Ryder Cup nearing, there is no better time for betting operators to maximise the drive of the sport. Ahead of the eagerly anticipated start of the tournament, SBC spoke to Mike Murphy from OnlineBettingSites.com about how affiliates and sportsbook operators can work together to take advantage of the growing popularity of the Ryder Cup. SBC: As a betting product, how much has golf grown in recent times and how much does it lend itself to betting?Mike Murphy: Industry insiders have been talking up the growth of golf betting for quite some time now. Going back as far as 2012, one sportsbook manager told the New York Times that golf betting is “leaps and bounds ahead of where it was 10 or 15 years ago. The money coming in now doesn’t even compare.”This has been further driven, in part, by resurgence and return of Tiger Woods, but one player alone cannot move the needle to such a degree without a healthy betting industry all on its own. People are paying attention and betting on golf in greater numbers today than ever before.As far as golf lending itself to betting, the two go together hand-in-hand. Betting is an intrinsic part of the sport. Tales of golfers duking it out on the course with private bets between the players are as old as the sport itself.In the modern day, bookmakers have come up with all sorts of interesting ways to bet on golf despite it being a fairly straightforward, tournament-style form of competition. There are the usual wagers on who will win a tournament plus wagers on who will be up after a round, scoring totals, who will or won’t make the cut, top-10 finishes, head-to-head matchups, margin of victory, whether or not there will be a hole in one and much more.SBC: How can affiliates maximise both the casual and hardcore audience that the Ryder Cup attracts?MM: The Ryder Cup is a golden opportunity to relate to casual and hardcore fans alike – it may actually be one of the very best events for connecting with both types of fans.The Ryder Cup appeals to casuals with big name golfers who are known to the general public and big-name appeal is an easy way to connect with recreational fans. Simple writeups discussing how big-name players are likely to perform, what those players have been up to recently and their current betting odds is a reliable way to drum up interest.The resurgence of Tiger Woods and his unlikely return to form was tailor made to connect with casual golf fans. Even people who don’t watch golf know who Tiger Woods is. His recent comeback makes it easy to spin an intriguing narrative of the former great, plagued by injuries and personal troubles, returning now as the underdog and against all odds.Information and data have a place for serious punters, but it is the narrative that invokes emotion, provokes controversy, encourages discussion and generates page views. And as useful as it is for an affiliate to target specific topics in order to attract qualified website visitors who are interested in betting on golf right now, raw numbers in terms of pure traffic also generate backlinks and ad clicks.Something else affiliates should keep in mind with golf betting in general is hardcore betting analyses are great for establishing trust, but don’t necessarily convert new customers. How many people viewing an article about gaining a statistical betting edge already have funded accounts somewhere? Compare that to selling your more casual viewers on a free bet offer at your favourite bookmaker when they drop by to read about the big name of the day.With that in mind, the approach affiliates can take to maximise the casual and hardcore audience alike is as simple as this: produce content that engages the casual and hardcore punters. The trick is learning how to court both types of fans.SBC: How difficult is it for operators to construct bonuses for a sport like golf?MM: Constructing bonuses for golf is no more difficult than doing so for other sports. It all comes down to an operator’s creativity and priorities. Online bookmakers tend to offer standard welcome bonuses to all new customers regardless of which sports or events are in vogue at the moment.However, some operators do introduce more aggressive and specialized offers during the run-up to major events such as the Ryder Cup. These promotions can be offered to new customers as an incentive to sign up or presented as a means to reactivate former customers.As the Ryder Cup approaches, we can expect to see operators compete with enhanced odds, special payouts and featured bets centered around one player. For example, an operator may offer a free no-risk bet on a certain player in a particular match, or an enhanced payout for that player.Savvy operators can tap into fans’ sense of patriotism or their interest in particular players. There are also opportunities to take advantage of high-visibility matches that are almost guaranteed to boost interest in the Ryder Cup.What can hold operators back is a need to prioritise. The Ryder Cup is a fine event, but the major betting sites have a world full of sporting events that must be covered. Between the end of September and the beginning of October, operators will also be dealing with the much-anticipated boxing bout between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin, the Russian Grand Prix, the AFL Grand Final, NFL games and the final stretch of the MLB regular season.With so many events to cover, sports betting operators have to pick and choose what to promote with special offers so as not to overwhelm customers. 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MLB rapid rumor reaction: Yankees have ‘checked in’ on Gerrit Cole, but that’s not good enough

first_imgStill, there seems to be some sort of reluctance on New York’s part to go all-in on free agency now. While the team should have eyes toward the future and wanting to keep its core around — Aaron Judge, Gary Sánchez, Gleyber Torres are the big three who have yet to be paid big bucks — the window to win a title is now.If Gerrit Cole gets the Photoshop and dinner treatment, then the team shouldn’t let him leave the restaurant without signing a contract. At 29 years old, even an eight-year deal shouldn’t scare the Yankees away. The same can be said about any of the starting pitchers on the market, including Strasburg and Wheeler. If the Yanks are serious about winning like they once were, then payroll flexibility and the excuse of future contracts shouldn’t get in the way.Cashman at the GM meetings said, yes, he will be talking to Scott Boras this winter about Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. But he also mentioned the heavy payroll commitments for next season and opportunities that could become available via the trade market. Very, very early…— Erik Boland (@eboland11) November 12, 2019Starting pitching wasn’t the reason they lost in the ALCS, but when you’re throwing together a bullpen day in an elimination game on the road, maybe it should be a priority. The Yankees have “checked in” regarding Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler so far, among others, GM Brian Cashman said.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) November 14, 2019While the Yankees’ starting pitching wasn’t the reason they were ousted in the ALCS, starting pitching has been something of an unsolvable equation for the Yankees in prior seasons. The franchise has seemed more preoccupied with finding controllable starters on cheap deals over the past three or four seasons (Sonny Gray, James Paxton).The recruitment of Cole begin with now-former Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia, who said on his podcast that he and Cole have talked extensively about pitching in New York.”If you offer that motherf—er enough money, he’s gonna want to come here (to New York),” Sabathia said with a laugh. “I’m speaking from experience.”Rapid reaction: “Checking in” shouldn’t be good enough for the Yankees — or their fans.While the Yankees used to go big-game hunting, recent years have revealed the Bombers and their front office have been more willing to go the “creative” route than the big-money route. The last few times the Yankees opened up the checkbook for a free-agent starting pitcher, it worked out pretty well — CC Sabathia helped bring the Yankees their 28th championship ring, while Masahiro Tanaka has been one of the best postseason pitchers they’ve had, despite being up and down during the regular season.MORE: How the Yankees need to attack their offseason The Yankees are going big-game hunting. Maybe.General manager Brian Cashman reportedly says the Yankees have “checked in” on free agent starting pitchers Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler and Stephen Strasburg.last_img read more

Dusi champ Zondi wants Non-Stop title as well

first_img21 February 2014With less than two weeks’ turnaround time between this year’s Dusi and Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathons, aches and pains have gotten the better of half of the 2014 Dusi winning combination, forcing Andy Birkett to opt out of this year’s Non-Stop Dusi and leave his partner, Sbonelo Zondi, to tackle the challenge alone.Like the Dusi, the Non-Stop takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, but instead of it being a three-day race it is a one-day event on a route that is one of the toughest in the world of canoeing.Birkett and Zondi’s partnership started at last year’s Non-Stop Dusi, which the pair used as a test of their compatibility ahead of the 2014 Dusi.After racing to victory in record time in the 2013 Non-Stop Dusi, the pair went on to claim a convincing victory at the 2014 Dusi last weekend and, while extremely excited by the thought of their recent feat, Zondi was desperate to continue his journey with Birkett as early as Friday 28 February’s “Dusi in a day”.‘Would have been amazing’“I can’t even express how happy I am to have won Dusi,” Zondi said in a statementn on Wednesday. “But to try to win both this year’ Dusi and Non-Stop with Andy (Birkett) would have been amazing.”It isn’t to be, though, as Birkett confirmed a he needs some time to rest a niggling foot injury, especially with a busy few months awaiting him.“Sbonelo has been trying to persuade me to do Non-Stop with him ever since we got together to celebrate our Dusi win on Sunday after the race,” Birkett smiled. “Our goal was to win Dusi, though, and I am really satisfied having achieved that.“Also, when I told him on the morning of day three of Dusi that my foot was fine, it actually wasn’t, and so I need to take some time off to rest it now.“It’s the same injury that put me out of training for a bit in December and with ligaments you can’t really rush them.“I also want to give marathon a full go again this year. I really enjoyed it last year and so doing Non-Stop would just set me back a little in my preparations for that, so unfortunately Non-Stop just isn’t going to happen this year,” he added.Chasing fourth win in five yearsDespite the defending champion partnership having been broken temporarily, Zondi confirmed he will still take to the Msunduzi and Mngeni Rivers to chase his fourth Non-Stop title in five years and his maiden K1 victory.“If Andy can’t do Non-Stop then I will do it in my K1 for the first time!” said the EuroSteel/Computershare-sponsored Change a Life Academy star.“I would like to paddle with Andy, and it would be a lot easier with him in a K2 than in my K1” he laughed. “I love Non-Stop even more than Dusi, though, so either way I will definitely race Non-Stop this year.”“In the Dusi you have to just push as hard as you can all the time, but the pace in Non-Stop is a lot slower because everyone knows it’s a long way from the start to Blue Lagoon, and so you get to chill a little bit more than in Dusi and have some fun.”The routeWhile some of the traditional Dusi route is cut out from the gruelling Non-Stop course, shortening the journey slightly, the task of paddling and running from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in one day remains a challenge littered with difficulties.Participants are required to be completely self-sufficient and, with only the help of their seconders, must ensure they keep themselves hydrated and nourished throughout with the first boat across the finish line, regardless of whether it is a K1 or K2, being crowned the winner.‘One of the most difficult parts’“One of the most difficult parts of Non-Stop is eating whilst you’re racing,” Zondo explained. “I will often eat things like potatoes and pieces of banana because you need proper food when you’re racing for such a long time and something that you can eat on the run.“I’ll usually eat at the Yellow Rock portage [shortly before the Dusi first stage overnight stop] and then on every portage after that until Burma Road.”Zondi estimates the amount of running on the Non-Stop route to be around thirty- five percent mark of the total distance knows that tackling the challenge alone with be an exhausting one.‘It will be very, very difficult’“It’s hard enough in a K2, but in my K1 it will be very, very difficult,” he said.“I will decide on the day as to whether I run over Burma or paddle around. Andy and I went over Burma in 25 minutes and 20 seconds in Dusi. If I go over in Non-Stop, I think it would be in about 28 or 29 minutes, but it will still be very difficult!Hot favouriteDespite not being with him on his adventure, EuroSteel’s Birkett has full confidence in his Dusi partner and believe there is only one candidate for this year’s Non-Stop Dusi title.“No matter who shows up, with the form (Sbonelo) is in at the moment, I reckon he will ‘klap’ everyone in Non-Stop,” said Birkett who clinched the title in a K1 in 2012 himself before racing to victory with Zondi in 2013.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Gordhan anchors Budget on economic growth

first_img26 February 2014 Despite sluggish local economic growth caused by the 2008-09 global financial crisis recession, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has not gone back on his 2013 projections for the growth of South Africa’s economy. Tabling his 2014 Budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan projected that South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth would increase from 2.7% in 2014 to 3.4% in 2016. Over the next five years, Gordhan said, the government would focus its efforts on economic growth, backed up by increased investment in electricity and transport infrastructure. With the South African economy performing below its potential – growth declined from 3.6% in 2011 to 2.5% in 2012 and 1.9% in 2013 – the minister said that bold decisions were needed going forward. Increased spending on public infrastructure would encourage private investment, while stronger employment growth would contribute to increased household consumption, he said. “Potential domestic risks to the outlook include further delays to the introduction of new infrastructure, particularly additional electricity capacity, higher inflation due to the weakness of the rand, and protracted labour disputes which could depress consumer and business confidence.”Economy ‘successfully stabilised following global crisis’ When President Jacob Zuma took office in 2009, the economy had just shed almost one-million jobs following the global financial crisis, the country’s revenue levels had declined notably, its debt levels had increased, and the budget deficit had widened. At that point, the National Treasury had decided to take bold steps to ensure that the bleeding economy recovered. “We stabilised the economy and ensured a recovery,” Gordhan said. “Our response was to implement an aggressive fiscal adjustment. When global trade went into reverse, we took steps to improve competitiveness of businesses within the framework of the Industrial Policy Action Plan. “We accelerated infrastructure investment and we expanded financial assistance to businesses in distress.” He said the response to the crisis had been founded on the principle of government, business, labour and communities working together under the facilitation by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). “And so, although the great waves of financial turbulence and the slow growth in the developed economies have constrained our economic recovery, we have recorded positive growth since 2010. “We have more than recovered the jobs that were lost. And we have initiated a coordinated infrastructure investment programme, organised into 17 Strategic Integrated Projects, to catalyse opportunities in mining, industry, agriculture and services across the country. We have saved this country from the worst.”Tackling unemployment South Africa’s unemployment rate remains at an average of 24%, which Gordhan said was unsustainable. To counter unemployment levels, especially among young people, the government aims to create six-million work opportunities over the next five years. He said the government’s job-creation plans included: Gordhan said skills development and Further Education and Training (FET) programmes had been ramped up, while the government had stepped up its support for small and medium enterprises, and fostered partnerships between the private sector and public sector development agencies through the Jobs Fund.Deficit to be decreased, inflation to stabilise Gordhan said that despite slower growth, South Africa’s 2013/14 budget deficit was projected to be 4% of GDP, lower than projected in October. He said the deficit would narrow to 2.8% of GDP over the next three years, with net debt stabilising at about 45% of GDP in 2016/17. “Investment is forecast to increase by about 5% a year, and the current account deficit will average 5.8% of GDP over the medium term, while consumer price inflation will return to levels within the target band between 2015 and 2016.” He said consumer inflation in the country was expected to breach the upper band of the target in 2014, reaching 6.2%, before declining to 5.5% by 2016.Measures to boost growth Gordhan said that over the next three years, the government’s motto would be inclusive growth, as envisaged by the National Development Plan (NDP). To boost growth, several measures and investments would be undertaken, including: Stepping up the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme;Implementing the Community Work Programme in every municipality by 2017;Last month’s introduction of the Youth Employment Tax Incentive, which has already recorded 56 000 beneficiaries; andEstablishing Special Economic Zones, industrial incentives, and support for small agriculture and labour-intensive sectors. Allocating R10.3-billion towards manufacturing development incentives, in addition to tax relief offered through incentive programmes;Injecting 15.2-billion from the Economic Competitiveness and Support Programme to help businesses upgrade their machinery and increase productivity over the next three years;Channelling R3.6-billion to special economic zones to promote value-added exports and create jobs in economically disadvantaged parts of the country;Allocating R620-million to the digital broadcast migration programme; andSpending R7-billion on conditional grants to 435 000 subsistence farmers and 54 500 smallholder farmers, in order to create one-million new jobs in agriculture by 2030. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Crop insurance deferral considerations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsBy Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA, Partner at Holbrook & Manter, CPAsAs I have stated in other articles, weather here in Ohio can be quite fickle and the 2019 planting has taken the cake. While certain areas may still flourish, other areas will have poor (or no) production or be deemed disaster areas. Those not so lucky may be receiving crop insurance proceeds later in 2019. If you believe you may receive crop insurance proceeds this year , before you file your tax return, you might want to consider the following.Deferral of certain crop insurance and disaster income proceeds Typically, most farmers are cash basis taxpayers and proceeds from the destruction or damage of crops is included in income in the year of receipt; however, federal law allows certain insurance proceeds to be deferred one year, if certain requirement are met.Under a special provision, a farmer may elect to include crop insurance and disaster in income in the taxable year after the year of the crop loss if it’s the farmer’s practice to report income from the sale of the crop in a later year.   When the claim is related to crop loss, then the claim can be deferred if:The farmer uses cash method of accounting,The claim is received in the year of loss (if received in the next year, you cannot defer),The loss is from damage/destruction to crops or the inability to plant crops (and includes federal payments received for flood, drought, or any other natural disaster), andThe farmer’s normal business practice is to sell more than 50% of the crop in the year following the harvest. (The possible crop insurance deferral is the aggregate of all crops, even if one crop such as soybeans is normally sold at harvest, and corn is usually sold the following year).The fourth rule is the one that trips up most farmers. If this is the case, you will want to work with your crop insurance company and make sure the claim is paid after the end of the year (assuming from a tax planning perspective the maneuver makes sense).Here’s the beauty of the tax laws provision, the election to defer crop insurance as disaster income may also be made via an amended return. For example, if a farmer reported crop insurance income in the year of receipt for 2019, and met all the above criteria for deferral, and finds later that a lower tax rate applies in 2020, the 2019 return can be amended to defer the crop insurance income to 2020. Farmers will want to keep this in mind as a year-end planning tool and do lookback is significant insurance proceeds have been receive in recent years.Revenue based types of crop insurance proceeds If a farmer receives crop insurance proceeds that are not directly associated with an actual loss from destruction or damage of crops, but is instead paid based on low yields and/or low prices, the farmer will not be eligible to defer the income.Sometimes a farmer sets an insurance contract to guarantee a certain level of revenue from the crop, and any shortfall is reimbursed regardless of the event causing the loss. This type of insurance is known as Crop Revenue Coverage, and in addition to covering losses caused by weather related destruction or casualty events, the insurance covers revenue losses caused by low price or low yield. Many times, insurance claims cover both damage or destruction and a revenue guarantee. Often these payments to the farmers are reported together on a year- end Form 1099. The farmer will need to determine how much of the payment was based on the crop loss (which is deferrable) and how much was based on low prices (which is not deferrable).As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about this topic.Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.comlast_img read more

Three Things Helping Professionals Can Do to Improve Health Equity for Those Living with Serious Mental Illness

first_imgReferences:National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2018) Mental Health by the Numbers.National Institute of Mental Health. (2015).National Institutes of Health. (2010). NIH Announces Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.Olfson M, Gerhard T, Huang C, Crystal S, Stroup TS. Premature Mortality Among Adults With Schizophrenia in the United States. JAMA Psychiatry. (2015) 72(12):1172–1181. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1737Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). (2017) Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. HHS Publication No. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52.Veterans Health Administration. (2016) National Veterans Health Equity Report FY2013. (123 – 147). Written by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Program Development SpecialistA large and growing body of research documents the sobering reality that individuals living with serious mental illness (SMI) die at rates between 14 and 30 years earlier than others as the result of natural, preventable conditions (JAMA Psychiatry 2015, Veterans Health Administration 2016, NIMH 2015). Two general categories can be used to describe the severity of mental health conditions. Any Mental Illness (AMI) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI).The first category, AMI encompasses all recognized mental illnesses. AMI is common among adults in the U.S. In fact, nearly 20% of U.S. adults (44.7 million) live with some type of mental illness. SMI represents a much smaller subset of AMI. SMI is defined as mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in significant functional impairment, and limiting at least with one area of major life activity. In the united States 4.2% of all U.S. adults, 10.4 million, live with SMI (SAMSHA, 2017). The reduced life expectancy for those living with SMI represents a significant area of health disparity which, according to the National Institutes of Health, can be defined as,a difference in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of disease and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States (NIH, 2010).The fact that individuals living with SMI face such greatly reduced life expectancy is disconcerting. Perhaps more frustrating is the evidence that deaths among those living with SMI tend to be attributable, in great measure, to preventable illness and disease. In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, individuals with Schizophrenia were documented as dying more than 28 years earlier than others. These individuals lost,28.5 years of life, primarily because of natural causes. Eighty-five percent of the premature deaths were due to largely preventable conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease (JAMA Psychiatry, 2015).Similar patterns are documented in the National Veterans Health Equity Report. Individuals living with SMI and treated in VA facilities experienced reduced life expectancy resulting from preventable illness and disease like coronary artery disease. The overall reduction in life expectancy for members of the Veteran SMI population treated at VA facilities was documented on the lower end of the overall mortality gap at 14-18 years shorter life expectancy. Members of the Veteran SMI population treated at VA facilities exhibited high rates of hypertension, lipid disorders, and tobacco use, all factors which serve to increase the risk for coronary artery disease. Along with cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease has consistently been shown to be leading causes of death among individuals living with SMI. The report also documented higher rates of dental disorders and housing insufficiency for the Veteran SMI population as compared to the Veteran population as a whole (Veterans Health Administration, 2016).Helping professionals can play an important role in reducing health disparities among individuals living with SMI. Three steps helping professionals can take to improve health outcomes:1. Spread the WordShare information about mental health disparities with colleagues, individuals living with SMI, family members, and those providing social support and treatment services.2. Include Health and Wellness Goals in Treatment and Service Plans Support clients living with SMI in prioritizing and planning around health and wellness goals to include exercise, maintenance of healthy diet and weight, participation in regular preventative medical and dental care, and the avoidance of tobacco.3. Learn More About SMI and Health Equity Excellent resources and information can be found via the National Alliance on Mental Illness web page.last_img read more

Forget match fixing, BCCI continues its private battle against CBI

first_imgSLOW COACH: Even after K. Madhavan (right) gave his report, A.C. Muthiah delayed punishmentSuccessful businessman, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), leading citizen of Chennai, A.C. Muthiah is a man of many identities.In Calcutta on Wednesday, November 29, he indicated a new interest: jurisprudence. The,SLOW COACH: Even after K. Madhavan (right) gave his report, A.C. Muthiah delayed punishmentSuccessful businessman, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), leading citizen of Chennai, A.C. Muthiah is a man of many identities.In Calcutta on Wednesday, November 29, he indicated a new interest: jurisprudence. The cricketers indicted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the match-fixing scandal would certainly be punished but, said the BCCI chief, a “30 per cent weightage” would be given to their performances on the field.Legal theorists would have liked to question Muthiah, who had just finished with the special general body meeting of the BCCI, attended by its 30 affiliates, on what he thought of old-fashioned equality before the law. The ever-smiling cricket official’s compulsions were different though.He had just emerged from a gruelling session and his colleagues in the BCCI were in no mood to accept the CBI’s report. This despite the fact that the CBI’s analyses had been largely corroborated by K. Madhavan, the BCCI’s commissioner and a former CBI man himself. There were three reasons for the BCCI’s intransigence:Aside from studying the mechanics of the bookmaker-player nexus, the CBI had accused the BCCI of being nepotistic, greedy and unprofessional.The upcoming CBI report on the TV-rights scandal is already giving some senior BCCI officials sleepless nights.Muthiah had been under severe pressure from at least one senior politician as well as a princely former BCCI president to be lenient towards Ajay Jadeja.A few days before the Calcutta conclave, the aristocratic official had told a friend at the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai, “Ajay is only a boy, we shouldn’t be harsh on him.” On the other hand Madhavan’s assessment of the CBI findings had held that “Ajay Jadeja was not at all speaking the truth before me”, had “convoluted explanations” and was “guilty of unbecoming conduct”.The BCCI’s printed refutation of the CBI’s attack was less sublime. The board argued it had got more guarantee money and TV rights fees for specific tournaments than the CBI had alleged. It also denied the CBI charge that “it is difficult to become a member or an office-bearer for any person even with good cricket credentials”. The BCCI listed cricketers from Vizzy to Manmohan Sood who had served as officials. So had many umpires, among whom the BCCI took care to refer to J.Y. Lele.In something of an irony patently lost on the participants the BCCI meeting that dismissed the CBI’s work was attended by the Rungta family and by Jagmohan Dalmiya. The Rungtas’ control of the Rajasthan Cricket Association was singled out for criticism by the CBI; on his part Dalmiya is in the eye of the telecast-rights storm. Conflict of interest anyone?advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli on ball-tampering allegation: I heard about it and laughed at it

first_imgAfter certain sections of the foreign media hinted at possible ball tampering by Virat Kohli during the Rajkot Test against England, the Indian Test captain brushed aside the claims and said the allegations were made to take the focus away from the five-match series. (Kumble rubbishes ball-tampering allegations against Kohli)South African captain Faf du Plessis was found guilty of ball tampering during the Hobart Test against Australia and consequently, he was fined 100 per cent of his match fee. Following the uproar, footage emerged of Kohli applying saliva to the ball while he had a chewing gum in his mouth. But there was nothing incriminating in the video to suggest Kohli had cheated.On the eve of India’s third Test against England which gets underway in Mohali, Kohli, addressing the media said that the allegations were levelled in an attempt to distract attention.”This is just to take focus away from the series. To me, a newspaper article doesn’t matter over the ICC’s decision. We as cricketers, respect only that,” Kohli said. (Nasser Hussain defends Virat Kohli)”I don’t read newspapers. I was told five days later that such things happened and I just laughed it off because I don’t pay attention to these things,” he said.Kohli has been in phenomenal form this year across all formats. In nine Tests so far, the 28-year-old has amassed 897 runs including two double hundreds. He also smashed 167 and 81 in India’s 246-run victory over England in Vizag.The first match in Rajkot was drawn.advertisementlast_img read more