Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national…

first_img Previous articleIreland Munster headline : Sport TV Listings for the weekendNext articleGardai investigating discovery of man’s body at Limerick city apartment Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Twitter NewsHealthLimerickInstitute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictionsBy Sarah Carr – February 26, 2021 100 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash THE Institute of Public Health has addressed loneliness as a ‘key health challenge’ facing the public as a result of pandemic restrictions.Yesterday’s nationwide webinar, hosted by The Institute of Public Health in Ireland and Northern Ireland, was attended by over 1,000  individuals involved in public health, community and research to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on loneliness.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Webinar was opened by the Minister for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler and Siobhan O’Neill, professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University.  The event brought together “key experts in the areas of loneliness and isolation” to tackle the issue of loneliness during Covid.In a press release issued yesterday Mary Butler said “The Government is acutely aware of the impact the pandemic has had on all our lives, including individuals’ experiences of loneliness and social isolation.“The Government is working, together with our partners in the community and voluntary sector, to mitigate these negative impacts. The Government’s “In This Together” and “Keep Well” campaigns have aimed to support health and wellbeing during COVID-19, including supporting and resourcing the Community Call to assist vulnerable people in our communities.”The latest figures from The Central Statistics Office found that the number of people who experience loneliness ‘all or most of the time’ increased from 6.3% to 13.7% between April and November of 2020.It revealed that ‘younger people, those aged 18-34, were most likely to feel lonely all or most of the time, with one in four feeling this way’. This age group reported a decrease in ‘overall life satisfaction’ of almost 80% from 2018 to April 2020.‘The 18-34 year-old age group were most likely to feel nervous (51.2%), downhearted or depressed (45.2%) or lonely (41.5%), At least some of the time in the four-week period prior to interview. Respondents aged 70 and over reported much lower rates, at 13.0%, 14.5% and 17.2% respectively.’In terms of ‘overall life satisfaction’ individuals in the age category of 70 and over were found to be the least affected.“The corresponding decrease for respondents aged 70 and over was just over 60%, from 44.6% to 17.6%.When asked to rate their levels of ‘overall life satisfaction’ on a scale of 0 (not at all satisfied) to 10 ( completely satisfied) the figures were lowest in the age category of 70 and over for whom it dropped from 8.1 to 7.0.The survey reported ‘People living in rented accommodation were twice as likely to report feeling lonely all or most of the time in November 2020, than those in owned occupied homes (22.3% v 11%)’Roger O’Sullivan from The Institute of Public health explained  “Our understanding and approach to loneliness is often stereotypical. The reality is that some people with lots of friends can still feel lonely and those who live alone may not.“Early evidence shows that younger people are disproportionately impacted by loneliness during the pandemic. Although loneliness is a very personal experience, addressing loneliness is not simply a matter for individuals but is also an issue for public health and society as a whole.” he said.The conference follows the release of the HSE’s National Service Plan 2021, outlining the HSE’s proposals for the €20.623 bn it has received in funding. This figure represents a 21% budget increase on the 2020 National Service Plan.Fianna Fáil’s Mary Butler stated that  “significant investment was made in mental health in the National Service Plan 2021 with the highest recorded budget in recent years.”She explained “A key priority outlined in the National Service Plan is the development of a sustainable costed plan for– Sharing the Vision –, the national mental health policy and the commencement of implementation of priority actions of Sharing the Vision in 2021.“Also outlined in the Plan is the priority to continue implementation of the national suicide reduction strategy Connecting for Life, following its extension from 2020 to 2024. There is a clear commitment within the National Service Plan to recruit 123 new mental health staff in addition to 30 IPS employment specialists this year.“Of the 123 staff, 29 new posts will be appointed in child and adolescent mental health services to enhance capacity across services. The transition to the new national forensic mental health service, increasing capacity on a phased basis, is also a priority action for 2021.” she added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisementcenter_img Email Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSCovid 19Institute of Public HealthKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post last_img read more

Public vs. Private: Zinke Proposes Privatizing National Park Campsites

first_imgSecretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is proposing outsourcing park functions to private companies. The intention is to address the $11 billion backlog of deferred maintenance projects within the National Park Service. Many fear that even more privatization within parks would significantly increase campsite prices and deter tourists. While many private companies already own and maintain campgrounds throughout the U.S. park system, if widespread privatization were to happen, recreation and camping outings could fall victim to a mean price tag. The majority of camping on public, federally owned land costs under $15 a day and most camping on U.S. Forest Service property is free.The future of the campsites and their prices in our national parks is up in the air as it is being debated whether the actual land the campsites are on would be privately owned or if just the services and maintenance required would be outsourced like trash removal and bathroom cleaning.A pay station at the Juniper Family Campground in the Bandelier National Monument.Photo by Clyde MuellerSupporters of privatizing camping believe it would save taxpayer dollars while improving upon the maintenance issues that have gone unchecked due to a lack of funding. Environmentalists believe it would increase costs, making outdoor vacations and adventure less attainable and desirable. With growing concerns of more private ownership rather than federal ownership, some are even concerned that oil and gas drilling could be happening on the doorsteps of more of our national parks. Already, some national park units are being opened to oil and gas drilling.The U.S. Interior Department budget for 2018 calls for a 10.9 percent cut in funding, including decreasing funding to park maintenance by 15 percent and cutting funding for national parks by 23 percent. This proposal has drawn criticism in Congress from members of both parties.last_img read more

Denmark OKs legal gender change on demand

first_imgLifeSiteNews 25 June 2014Europe’s largest homosexual activist organization, ILGA Europe, has praised Denmark’s Parliament for allowing citizens to change their sex on identification documents on request.Last week, Danish parliamentarians passed a measure allowing a legal sex change without, as previously required, a diagnosis of gender identity disorder and sterilization. The new law will take effect September 1 and will allow any citizen over the age of 18 to legally change their gender following a six-month waiting period.“Today we have dropped the requirement of sterilization when transgendered people need a new personal identification number as part of a legal sex change,” Minister for Economics and the Interior Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.“It will make life easier and more dignified for the individual, for example when you are asked for ID in shops,” she added.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/denmark-oks-legal-gender-change-on-demandlast_img read more

‘PLEASE HELP ME, MR. PRESIDENT’

first_img“Sanapo matulungan naman kami ng Presidente. Kung may kasalanan kami, ilaban nila ngpatas,” said an emotional Camacho whom Treñasdescribed during the midterm election campaign as a mayordoma of his rival and estranged brother-in-law, then mayorJose Espinosa III. “The experience left me in constantanxiety, deep depression, shame, sleepless nights,” Camacho lamented. A Special Operations Officer III atthe city government’s Office of Senior Citizens Affairs, Camacho toldPresidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo that she and othercity government employees were told to take a leave of absence for six monthsor they would be facing charges. Treñas also pooh-poohed Camacho’scrying on television. Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo interviews Iloilo City government employee Rosita Camacho who is seeking President Rodrigo Duterte’s help. She has accused Mayor Jerry Treñas before the Office of the Ombudsman of grave coercion, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, grave misconduct, oppression, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. SCREEN GRAB FROM PEPLE’S TELEVISION NETWORK Panelo told Camacho to put hercomplaint in writing addressed to him so he could refer it to Secretary EduardoAño of the Department of Interior and Local Government and to the Office of theOmbudsman. “I haven’t talked to her. I have notmet her since nag-election. I am verysurprised sang iya ginpanghambal,” saidTreñas yesterday. He would also be getting in touch withTreñas, said Panelo. He added: “Ako ‘ya kon ano gusto nila atubangay man kami. My conscience isclear.”/PN On Thursday night, Oct. 24, city hallemployee Rosita Camacho appeared in the government-owned People’s TelevisionNetwork’s Digong 8888 Hotline program accusing Treñas of coercion andoppression. On Aug. 23, according to Camacho,Panaguiton told her, “Ros, Mayor Jerry is firm in his decision, everything isready if you don’t comply, NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), CIDG(Criminal Investigation and Detection Group), lawyers, and even funds for thecases against you.” But certain people at city hall shouldbe held accountable for, among others, electioneering, he stressed. The city mayor assured the public thatthe city government would continue to function as it should. Camacho was the third employee at cityhall to file administrative and criminal charges against Treñas and severalother city government officials before the Ombudsman. The two others were BookBinder II Joe Mari Esteral under the civil registry office and Dr. BernardCaspe, chief of the City Health Office. * July 11 to July 31 (with leavecredits) The city mayor was unfazed butexpressed surprise that Camacho appeared on government television. Meanwhile, Caspe claimed Treñassuspected him of campaigning for Espinosa in the May midterm elections andsubsequently pressured him to resign. “Paramabigyan din naman natin ng pagkakataon si Mayor Treñas na maipaliwanag angkanyang ginawa kung ginawa nya man ‘yun,”Panelo told Camacho. “If they think they can disrupt ourwork, I am sorry to say they have a big problem,” Treñas told city hallreporters. FAMAS is the Filipino Academyof Movie Arts and Sciences Awards, one of the foremost award-giving bodies inthe Philippine movie industry. He also gave her time to make atelevised appeal to the President. Esteral, on the other hand, complainedhe was reassigned to the city’s dumpsite and that he was being pressured toturn against his immediate superior, City Civil Registrar Romeo Caesar ManikanJr. who faces investigation for alleged irregularities in the civil registryoffice such as registration of “fake” marriages. * Aug. 19 to Aug. 30 (leave creditsused up already, thus no pay) Treñas previously said the criminaland administrative charges filed against him and several ranking city hallofficials were attempts to disrupt city government services.center_img Camacho claimed that her applicationfor leave from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 was prepared, signed and approved by Agudo,Elevencione and Treñas. APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT. “Sa mahal naming Presidente, humingihi po ako ng tulong…na masabihan po ang aming mayor (Jerry Treñas)…ordinaryong empleyado lang ako…natatakot ako sa buhay ko kung ano ang mangyari sa akin…Ikaw nga e, hinamon ka n’ya noon ng suntukan, ano pa kaya ang mangyari sa akin,” say beleaguered Iloilo City government employee Rosita Camacho on government-owned People’s Television Network. She has accused Treñas before the Office of the Ombudsman of grave coercion, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, grave misconduct, oppression, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. SCREEN GRAB FROM PEOPLE’S TELEVISION NETWORK “Some people are born actors. Pwede na ina sya FAMAS,” he said. ILOILO City – Who’s afraid ofPresident Rodrigo Duterte? Mayor Jerry Treñas isn’t. He is ready to answer thecomplaint coursed through Digong 8888 Hotline, a government television programthe President designed to receive complaints from the public. “Duhaka bagay ang indi ko gid mapatawad –electioneering in so far as regular employees are concerned, and corruption,”said Treñas. TREÑASUNFAZED On July 3, 2019, according to Camacho,she was summoned by Tan and was told to take a six-month leave or charges wouldbe filed against her. In the weeks leading to the May 13midterm elections, according to Camacho, Treñas kept bringing up her name inderogatory and embarrassing terms. Treñas belied the complaints. She reluctantly complied, she said, onthe following dates: * Aug. 5 to Aug. 16 (with leave credits) He again reiterated that Camacho was amayordoma or yaya of his sister-in-law Gina, wife of former mayor Espinosa andsister of his wife Rosalie. GRIEVANCES * Sept.  1 to Dec. 31, 2019 (122days without pay) “Samahal naming Presidente, humingihi po ako ng tulong…na masabihan po ang aming mayor…ordinaryong empleyadolang ako…natatakot ako sa buhay ko kung ano ang mangyari sa akin…Ikaw nga e,hinamon ka n’ya noon ng suntukan, ano pa kaya ang mangyari sa akin,” saidCamacho. He won’t let that happen, he stressed. But the mayor said he knew that the CityLegal Office is investigating Camacho for alleged electioneering. She also included in her complaintCity Administrator Melchor Tan, Assistant City Administrator and ExecutiveAssistant Noel Panaguiton, Assistant Department Head II Josephine Agudo, andHuman Resource Management Officer Leo Elevencione. “Waayko ya kabalo kon ano iya gusto nga away kay waay man ko gaaway sa iya. Ang iyaya may gina atubang sya nga kaso. Alatubangon ya na,” Treñas added. Early this month, Camacho filedcharges against Treñas before the Ombudsman for alleged grave coercion,violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, grave misconduct,oppression, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service. “Sin-omapwersa? Ano pagpwersa mo? Magsiling ka pwersa, ginapilit ka magpirma. Sin-onagpilit sa ila magpirma,” said Treñas. The President’s spokesperson toldCamacho to encourage other city hall employees with gripes to come out andcomplain against Treñas through the Digong 8888 Hotline.last_img read more