Social support and sense of belonging may protect against the psychological impact of COVID-19

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn Findings from the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 scale revealed that around 19% of the sample met qualifications for a depressive disorder. The Generalized Anxiety Disorder-2 scale showed that 22% met the threshold for anxiety. Furthermore, on the civilian version of the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-Reduced version, 16% of respondents displayed scores corresponding to “moderate to extreme post-traumatic symptoms.”Results revealed certain factors affecting the likelihood of experiencing adverse mental health outcomes. First, women showed significantly more symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD than men. The study authors acknowledge that rates of anxiety and PTSD are typically higher in women under normal circumstances. They also reason that “women generally tend to assume a caregiving role, having to balance it with work and, usually household tasks” making them “at risk and more vulnerable in this situation of overload.”Next, younger subjects showed more symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD than older subjects. Researchers suggest that this finding might reflect the younger group’s lower level of maturity and lack of resources to deal with the unprecedented situation.Interestingly, participants who reported receiving too much information related to the virus showed increased anxiety, while those reporting “sufficient” information had fewer anxiety symptoms. The authors express that “information can be a double-edged sword if received in excess.”Finally, loneliness was associated with heightened psychological impact, while social support, sense of belonging, and self-compassion were all protective factors. Regression models revealed that loneliness was the strongest predictor for anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Conversely, the strongest protective factor was spiritual well-being.The authors address the limitation that their sample may not be representative of the Spanish population. Furthermore, the elderly and men were two underrepresented groups. Since their study took place just two weeks into the quarantine, the researchers suggest future prospective studies look at the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak over a longer period of time.The study, “Mental Health Consequences during the Initial Stage of the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) in Spain”, was authored by Clara González-Sanguino, Berta Ausín, Miguel ÁngelCastellanos, Jesús Saiz, Aída López-Gómez, Carolina Ugidos, and Manuel Muñoz. Share on Twittercenter_img Share Rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety were high in a recent study on the mental health impact of COVID-19. Loneliness predicted all three of these outcomes, while social support and sense of belonging served as protective factors. The study, published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, was the first to examine the mental health effects of COVID-19 in the Spanish population.Several studies have uncovered significant psychological burden in the general population when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Little research has focused on European countries, despite the fact that these communities remain some of the hardest hit. Researchers set out to examine Spain, a country that, at the time of study, had 72,248 cases of COVID-19 and the second-highest number of related deaths.The study was conducted between March 21 to 28, 2020, during the second week of a declared state of emergency in Spain. A total of 3,480 residents of Spain between the ages of 18-80 completed an online survey that measured symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Three-quarters of the sample were women and most (57%) were between the ages of 18-39. Assessments of loneliness, spirituality, intersectional discrimination, perceived social support, self-compassion, and sense of belonging were additionally collected. Emaillast_img read more

Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Awards 2020 Scholarships

first_imgSarah Crotzer is winner of the Jane Gerheart Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASOLASO News:Each year the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) awards scholarships to students who have shown achievement in music in the past with an expectation of continuing with music in their lives.The awards are usually presented at the final LASO concert of the year – its Spring Concert. Of course this year, with the pandemic, that concert never happened. However, four scholarships were awarded.Allison Peterson was awarded the Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Scholarship of $400. O’Connor was one of the original LASO members and continued playing violin with the orchestra into her 90’s. Peterson plays cello and has studied with Dana Vinograd.In 2018, Peterson was principal cellist for both the LA Symphonic Orchestra and the Santa  Fe Youth Symphony. She also played in the All State Orchestra for her junior and senior years.Peterson plans to study biomedical science/pre-med with a minor in cello performance at Brigham Young University.Sarah Crotzer was awarded the Jane Gerheart Memorial Scholarship of $400. Gerheart was an oboist with LASO for many decades, served on the board of directors as president, and was a band teacher in the Los Alamos public schools. Crotzer has played violin for nine years and was the concert mistress of the LAHS Symphonic Orchestra, soloing in its 2019 Winter Concert. She also won the Rotary leadership award. Crotzer will attend New Mexico Tech and plans to major in biomedical science.Esther Wermer was awarded a Los Alamos Symphony Scholarship of $200. She has studied violin with Kay Newnam and played in the LAHS Symphonic Orchestra during her high school years. Esther  plans to continue playing violin in the Boyce College orchestra where she will be studying philosophy/politics/economics next year.Sarah Worley was awarded a Los Alamos Symphony Scholarship of $100. Sarah has played horn in the Santa Fe Youth Symphony for two years and plans to continue studying horn with private lessons while in college. She has been involved in choir, jazz choir and musical theater.About The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1947 and today, 73 years later, it still provides an outlet for musicians in the community. The 60 plus member group draws  people from the lab, schools, business sector, home environment and retirement to name a few.  It also gives high school students a chance to play with a full symphony orchestra – something that they cannot do in the school program.  Many of these students go on to make music an important and ongoing part of their adult lives. A few even follow music as a career. Allison Peterson is winner of the Rosemary O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. Courtesy/LASOlast_img read more

PCN pair completes trailer move

first_imgThe duo arranged pre-carriage, handling, surveys and sea freight for the Goldhofer trailers. Alexander Global Logistics is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) representing Germany, Mongolia and Russia. C.H. Robinson Project Logistics is a PCN member representing Canada.www.alexander-logistics.comwww.chrprojectlogistics.comwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img

Scania will appeal EC fine

first_imgLast week the EC said that Scania had broken EU antitrust rules and colluded with five other truck manufacturers on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of new technologies to meet stricter emission rules.In an official statement Scania said it has reviewed the decision by the EC concerning inappropriate exchange of information during the period of 1997-2011. It added that it strongly contests all the findings and allegations made by the EC, and will appeal against the decision in its entirety.Scania also emphasised that it has cooperated fully with the EC by providing it with requested information and explanations throughout the entire investigation period.Collectively, the EC has now levied penalties of around EUR3.8 billion (USD4.7 billion) against Europe’s major truck manufacturers, with several manufacturers including Volvo Group, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Iveco and DAF being fined EUR2.9 billion (USD3.4 billion) last year. MAN was found guilty of breaking EU antitrust rules also but was spared a fine due to its status as whistle-blower.  www.scania.comlast_img read more

SBB challenges long-distance concession split

first_imgSWITZERLAND: Insisting that ‘legal clarification is necessary’, on July 16 Swiss Federal Railways lodged a formal challenge with the Federal Administrative Court against the decision to split the concession to operate long-distance passenger services. According to SBB, the decision by the Federal Office of Transport to award two inter-regional routes to BLS from December 2019 ‘is a systemic change in transport policy with far-reaching consequences for Switzerland’s proven public transport system’. Claiming that the legal basis for this change and the long-term effects on customers, cantons and the federal government were ‘unclear’, SBB said it had filed its complaint ‘in order to create legal certainty’. As well as questioning the legal basis for BAV’s decision, the state-owned incumbent also suggested that the change in policy would not deliver any added value for customers. While insisting that it ‘does not oppose competition’, SBB argued that ‘uniform national tariffs and the existing timetable concepts leave little room for real competition’. ‘In the past, politicians have supported the idea of having multiple operators for regional rail services, but not for long-distance transport’, it said. ‘The allocation of long-distance routes to several operators must therefore be decided first by the legislature.’ SBB says that having a single long-distance concession has been ‘a successful model for passengers, organising authorities and the federal government’, resulting in a safe and punctual service and high levels of customer satisfaction. It argues that the long-distance network ‘connects Switzerland’, with profitable and unprofitable routes balancing each other within the overall concession. It insists that any profits from long-distance services are ‘fully reinvested in the expansion of supply’. To this end, it has recently spent SFr800m on new rolling stock and ordered more with a total value of SFr3bn to replace older trains ‘step by step’. SBB also points out that it is currently spending around SFr300m on the modernisation of 341 double-deck coaches for long-distance services, and plans to invest SFr250m in the expansion of maintenance facilities to protect industrial jobs in Switzerland. It also returns more than SFr30m to customers each year through discounted tickets. Despite the legal challenge, SBB says it will continue to prepare to operate the routes as awarded by BAV from December 2019.last_img read more

Dominica to receive first shipment of banana plants

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica to receive first shipment of banana plants by: Dominica Vibes News – April 1, 2015 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share The ministry of agriculture with support from the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) is seeking to increase its banana production by 100 acres during 2015/2016. On Tuesday, stakeholders met to prepare for the first shipment of 20,000 banana plantlets from France which will arrive here on 7 April 2015, in an effort to revive the sector. Head of the Plant Protection & Quarantine Unit, Ryan Anselm said over 25 stakeholders participated in the training on Tuesday 31 March at the conference room at the Fisheries Division. “What we have done is to set up together with National Fair Trade Organization and DAPEX’s system of production where we want to increase the production by about a hundred acres in the first year which is 2015 – 2016 that will provide production for Fair Trade and that will allow them to continue to export to the international market, one would hear about the suspension of Fair Trade; and presently we are not shipping banana’s to the UK,” he said. The program,which is funded by the BAM and supported by the ministry of agriculture, will bring in approximately 60,000 plants and these plantlets will be brought by batches of 20,000. Anselm said 25 people working closely with the ministry participated at Tuesday’s workshop to review the protocols and procedures in handling the plants. “So part of the preparedness of these plants we held a training at the fisheries complex on the Bayfront to train persons involved in the weaning of the plants”.“We had about 25 participants and basically going through the procedures involved in taking the plants from the jar, which is 25 or 30 plants in that jar with nutrient agar and washing it, sorting it and planting in a sifting tray. So we went over the protocols with the people involved, we wanted ever body prepared,” he said. He said the division is also working with the Agricultural Chinese mission stationed at One Mile, Portsmouth at the Chinese Dominica Modern Agricultural Station. “They are providing space for weaning of the plants; the Chinese are also supporting with labour and are giving us all the seedling trees for the winning of the plants. So the process would be winning of the plants for 4 – 6 weeks and then and then harvest 4 – 6 weeks so one can say the farmers getting planting materials let’s say the second week of June,” Anselm noted. Meanwhile, Mr. Anselm said the recipients of the plants are now participating in an assessment program to broaden their skills. “Now the farmers we have an assessment program going on validating the farmers that we are going to give the plants cause we cannot give anybody the plants the person need to have a capability and knowledge for growing green bananas and can take care of the plants so under the BAM, the BAM will provide all the imputes and necessary technical assistance that will come from the ministry,” he added. 292 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Teenage girl missing

first_imgLocalNews Teenage girl missing by: – January 16, 2019 420 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! One female of St. Joseph has been reported missing.Reported missing is 15  year old Carmen Christa Hilaire of St Joseph.She is a student of the Seventh Day Adventist School in Portsmouth.Carmen was last seen leaving for school at 7:00 am on Monday 14th January, 2019.She is described as 5 foot and 6 inches tall with brown eyes and black hair.Family members of the missing teen are seeking assistance from the public to locate her.Anyone with information on the where about of Carmen Hilaire is asked to contact the nearest police station or family members on 615-5968 or 613-2497.center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

UWF Women’s Soccer Ranked No. 5

first_img#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version USC RANKINGSKANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team have been ranked fifth in the most recent national rankings released by United Soccer Coaches. The Argonauts were previously ranked No. 6 by USC and move up one spot in the national rankings after remaining unbeaten.The Argonauts beat both West Alabama and Alabama Huntsville over the weekend. West Florida topped West Alabama 3-2 on Friday and came out strong both defensively and offensively overwhelming Alabama Huntsville 4-0. In the 2017 season the Argonauts have not struggled for goals.The Argonauts have averaged 3.8 goals per game ranking fifth in the nation for goals per game. The dangerous offense for UWF has been difficult for opponents to shut down with goals coming from 10 different players over the first five games displaying an astonishing amount of depth.Fellow GSC member North Alabama is ranked No. 16 in the USC poll.The Argonauts will continue GSC play against Mississippi College (4-1-1) at home on Friday at 7:30pm at the UWF Soccer Complex. The Argonauts will battle Delta State (1-5) at home on Sunday at 3:00pm.last_img read more

Jelang Pengoperasian Komersial, Haramain Express Belum Tentukan Tarif

first_imgSumber: Setelah melakukan serangkaian persiapan guna melancarkan peluncuran dari kereta cepat yang menghubungkan Mekkah dan Madinah, Saudi Public Transport Authority (PTA) mengaku pihaknya belum menentukan harga yang akan dikenakan kepada para penumpang Haramain Express. Kendati demikian, otoritas transportasi tersebut mengatakan tengah melakukan penjajakan untuk menemukan harga tiket yang tepat.Baca Juga: Kereta Cepat Nan Mewah Siap Layani Jamaah Haji dan Umroh di Rute Jeddah – MakkahSeperti yang dilansir dari laman (6/2/2018), PTA menekankan bahwa pihaknya akan memberlakukan harga yang sesuai dengan layanan yang tersedia di dalamnya. Seorang juru bicara PTA, Abdullah Sail mengatakan bahwa pihaknya akan melanjutkan pembahasan tentang kereta cepat Haramain dalam beberapa bulan ke depan. Lebih lanjut, Abdullah memaparkan bahwa jajarannya akan mengajak beberapa orang penumpang untuk melakukan perjalanan menggunakan kereta cepat ini dan merasakan secara langsung layanan yang tersedia di dalam Haramain Express. Namun, uji coba perjalanan Haramain Express ini hanya berlaku selama akhir pekan dan beberapa perjalanan khusus saja.“Perjalanan ini direncanakan akan meningkat secara bertahap hingga suatu saat nanti layanan komersial dari Haramain Express akan dibuka secara menyeluruh,” tukas Abdullah. Haramain Express sendiri rencananya akan mulai mengular secara komersial pada pertengahan tahun 2018 ini. Pengoperasian komersial dari kereta cepat pertama di Arab Saudi ini akan dimulai seiring dengan rampungnya stasiun yang ada di bandara Jeddah dan King Abdul Aziz.Seperti yang sudah diberitakan sebelumnya, para penumpang dapat merasakan layanan Wifi OnBoard dan tempat duduk yang sangat nyaman. Tidak hanya itu, para Tamu Allah ini juga dapat menikmati beragam teknologi canggih yang terpasang di dalam kereta Haramain Express.“Dari bandara, jamaah haji dan umrah dapat langsung menuju stasiun kereta api di Jeddah yang mewah pula dengan fasilitas yang disediakan untuk mereka yang akan menikmati pelayanan serba elektronik dengan teknologi mutakhir,” ungkap Manajer Proyek stasiun kereta api Jeddah, Faisal Alghamdi. “Perjalanan sepanjang kurang lebih 450 kilometer dari Jeddah ke Makkah ini akan memakan waktu sekitar satu setengah jam,” tandasnya.Baca Juga: Kereta Cepat Haramain Siap Layani Tamu Allah Akhir Tahun IniJalur kereta listrik tersebut didesain untuk melayani 60 juta penumpang setiap tahunnya dengan menggunakan 35 kereta. Untuk melancarkan proyek kereta cepat tersebut, otoritas setempat membangun 138 jembatan layang yang difungsikan sebagai jalur kereta, hingga 12 perlintasan mandiri untuk lalu lintas unta di berbagai kawasan gurun.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedOperator Kereta Cepat Arab Saudi (Kembali) Revisi Jadwal Peluncuran07/05/2018In “Darat”Kereta Cepat Haramain Siap Layani Tamu Allah Akhir Tahun Ini04/10/2017In “Darat”Mengular 25 September 2018, Inilah Rincian Tarif Kereta Cepat Haramain Express!28/09/2018In “Darat”last_img read more

Johnson feels squad growing in strength

first_imgKorey Smith is now back from long-term injuries, defenders Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva are getting ever closer to their respective returns and with the demands of the season in full swing, the importance of the squad game is clear to see.“I feel we are getting stronger absolutely, as players come back to fitness, as players integrate back into the squad,” the Robins head coach said.“[There are] still a couple out with the likes of [Tomas] Kalas and Jay Dasilva and obviously they make us even stronger. It’s not easy, it’s not easy to pick the bench actually. The team (starting 11) feels easier to pick but the bench feels very difficult to select because naturally you don’t want to leave people out of the squad.“Sometimes you need to change the bench depending on the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent. Yes you want the consistency and hopefully by winning football matches that 11 can stay consistent and obviously it’s up to the players not in that starting XI to force their way on.“In one sense, it’s really healthy competition but of course players want that carrot at the end of the week to go and perform and execute the work that has been done in training.”After a solid week’s work off the back of a confidence-boosting 5-2 win over Huddersfield Town, City get set to take on another side to have recently dropped down from the Premier League in Scott Parker’s Fulham.“It’s a really big test. You look at Fulham as one of the fancied sides given the riches and qualities of the squad,” Johnson continued.“It didn’t quite work for them last year in the Premier League but at Championship level they are very experienced and have got real quality players. It’s a good test for us away from home, we have had a decent record against Fulham in recent years and the fans always enjoy a match in West London.”And the Robins will head to Craven Cottage on Saturday (December 7th, 3pm KO) where they have sold out the away end.“I know there is a bit of ground work being done but at the same time [that is] even more reason for us to be the noise!” Johnson said.last_img read more