The trauma of Puerto Rico’s ‘Maria Generation’

first_imgiStock/BackyardProduction(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — It has been over a year since Hurricane Maria first made landfall on Puerto Rico.As the island slowly rebuilds, first responders, healthcare providers and scientists on the island have been left to deal with the emotional toll on their communities and their own families as members of the “Maria Generation.” Though 64 people died as a direct result of the storm, an estimated 2,975 died as a result of its aftermath, according to Puerto Rico’s most recent official counts based on a study published in August of 2018, conducted by George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico.There has been disagreement about the exact death toll. For example, President Donald Trump tweeted in September of last year that it was as low as six to 18 people. Regardless, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that 100 percent of the Puerto Rican population was affected by the storm in some way.As a result of the storm, children on the island were particularly hard-hit, missing an average of 78 days of school, some with no school to return to, and one in four have suffered anxiety, according to a recent report from Instituto Desarrollo Juventud, a group that seeks to advance public policies for the welfare of children.Such “adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) [are] especially detrimental for children, with long-term negative effects on learning, behavior and health,” Victoria Brown, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(RWJF), the largest public health philanthropy in the U.S., told ABC News.Of the estimated 175 million children impacted by natural disasters every year in the last decade, those who survive ACEs, like parental separation, may be at an increased risk of chronic disease and premature death later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“For three weeks I thought my kid was dead,” Alexia Suarez, psychological program manager for Americares Puerto Rico Mental Health Services, told ABC News. “And that is devastating.” She added that healing is “an ongoing process because he developed a lot of mistrust.”Children are not alone in coping with ongoing mental health effects.Nerdys Nives, an employee of the Department of Human Resources at Ryder Hospital, told ABC news that 35 hospital employees lost their homes, and three lost family members to the storm. Her hospital is in the town of Humacao, near where the hurricane first hit the island. Nives’ home was destroyed.“I had depression and would cry every time I thought of what I lost in the hurricane,” she said.Aid beyond FEMAPuerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S., and Puerto Ricans have partial voting rights and pay U.S. federal employment taxes, but only pay federal income taxes in some cases.Although the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helped respond to Hurricane Maria, the agency has acknowledged its own shortcomings in its response to this disaster.The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s government-funded medical research agency, has since stepped in to support research around to rebuild and recover.Because Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, the country is eligible to apply for NIH funding, according to Dr. Karen Martinez, associate professor and director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Fear and Anxiety at the University of Puerto Rico. She said that after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, a division of the NIH, gave out small grants to study the health effects of the hurricanes. Martinez is part of a team that has grant funding from the NIH to study the biological effects that occur in the babies of pregnant women affected by the hurricane.Since fiscal year of 2018, the NIH has allocated $33,106,284 to the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences, and additional money to other institutions.ResilienceIn Puerto Rico, 31 percent of families suffered a deterioration of their socioeconomic status after Hurricane Maria, according to a recent public policy report from the Instituto Desarrollo Juventud. The island is still covered in “an ocean of tarps on the roofs of many houses,” Suarez said.But beyond physical needs, the need for social and psychological services continues to be a problem, according to Suarez.The RWJF — which promotes resilience building education, advocacy and private grant funding — recently gave $800,000 to Americares to help provide such services.“The [RWJ] Foundation’s response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria have been focused toward supporting behavioral health interventions, especially those aimed at vulnerable children and families. The intent is that these interventions, support and trauma-informed responses can mitigate the impact of this traumatic life event,” said Brown.Suarez explained that Americares provides workshops for healthcare and first-responder organizations to teach “how to recognize trauma related symptoms in themselves as well as the people they serve.”Nerdys Nives said that after working with Americares, she no longer suffers from depression.Americares will also work with the Puerto Rico Pediatric Society to provide services for children.“The literature is clear that the best way to address mental health in children and adolescents is in schools, and we lack a school mental health program,” said Martinez.Evaluation and sustainabilityThough programs like Americares have an important mission, some have voiced concerns over their staying power, and whether their approaches are evidence-based.“What I am most worried about is the long-term sustainability of these programs,” Martinez warned.Nives, however, said that the program aims for longevity.“After [employees] receive the training, they can go out to loved ones and people they know that are also going through these difficult situations and spread that help to get better and learn how to cope,” explained Nives.Americares evaluates all participants before and after involvement with the program to measure its benefits, with NIH funding to analyze and improve program outcomes, according to Suarez.Despite the challenges of community-based programs like Americares, Nives says she wishes everyone had such an opportunity.“Americares was the blessing that came to this hospital to help lift us up!”Dr. Robin Ortiz is an internist and pediatrician and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit. 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PREMIERE: Umphrey’s McGee Releases “Upward” Music Video With Summer Camp Live Footage

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has released a brand-new music video for their it’s you track “Upward”. Filmed over four days at the 2018 Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois, the video features plenty of live footage from the gathering, including some glorious slow-motion shots of the band’s members on stage (so prepare to see some top-notch guitar face).Umphrey’s McGee – “Upward” <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“Upward’s evolution took a very interesting path,” says keyboardist Joel Cummins. “The arrangement that we’ve played live for the past five years (originating from UMBowl’s ‘Onward & Upward’) arrived via an improvisational section Jake [Cinninger] started that Brendan [Bayliss] sang over. The new studio arrangement of Upward from it’s you is actually a hybrid of an acoustic demo Brendan made years ago and the UMBowl version. We combined our favorite elements of both to create a more dynamic studio arrangement of ‘Upward’, now with acoustic guitars, Moog bass, and, of course, a spectacularly powerful apex. To me, it’s the perfect way to close out an album.”“The words and melody to ‘Upward’ were very much stumbled into by accident,” adds guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss. “Both were the first thing that came to the surface after listening over and over to the two chords from the intro. Literally, the first pass on the demo was 90% improvised… and subsequently, there were a few touchups (for the sake of rhyme and reason).”While “Upward” first got the studio treatment when Umphrey’s McGee’s surprise album it’s you dropped earlier this year, the song has been in the live rotation since it debuted at the 2014 Summer Camp Music Festival. Considering this history, it’s fitting that the band decided to team up with photographer/music video director C.J. Strehlow to turn their video into a tribute to the beloved event. (The video was also produced by longtime manager Kevin Browning and co-shot by Strehlow and Rahm Carrington).2018 has been quite the prolific year for Umphrey’s McGee. In addition to multiple music videos, the jam titans have also released two full-length albums, the complementary it’s not us and it’s you. With Summer Camp now behind them, the band is gearing up for a few Northeast shows before they head to Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a three-night run from July 5th to 7th. You can check out a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates via their website, and their newest album, it’s you, can be streamed here.last_img read more

WNY Region Officially Moves To Phase Two Of Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Please open nail salons & massage. Owners are suffering WNY News Now Stock Graphic.MAYVILLE – During his press conference Tuesday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Western New York Region has entered phase two of reopening. The Western New York Region includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties.“I am excited that we have entered Phase 2 of Reopening,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “This gives small businesses the opportunities they need to get back on their feet. I urge everyone to support our local businesses as together we are CHQ Strong.”In addition to the previously designated businesses, phase two allows the following businesses to reopen: All office-based jobs (professional services, administrative support, and information technology);Retail (in-store shopping; and rental, repair and cleaning);Real estate services (building and property management; and leasing, rental and sales services);Barbershops and hair salons (limited to hair services only with no massages, hair removal, facial and nail services), andMotor vehicle leasing, rental and sales.Before Phase two businesses reopen, they must complete New York State’s guidance documents available at forward.ny.gov. guidance includes summary guidelines for employers and employees; detailed guidelines, which contain a business affirmation component; and a business safety plan template, which must be completed and posted at the premises.Local businesses with questions about the guidance and reopening are asked to contact the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) at (716) 661-8900.Meanwhile, the Chautauqua County Health Department announced one new case of COVID-19 Tuesday.Officials say the case involves a man in his 80s. There are now 15 active cases, down three from Monday. So far 69 people have recovered from COVID-19, with 88 cases total in Chautauqua County.last_img read more

Canning class

first_imgLearning how to preserve homegrown produce will be the focus of the next Saturday at the Rock workshop set for June 8 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.The class is set for 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and will be led by Denise Everson, a family and consumer sciences agent with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Everson will share research-based recipes and provide instructions on safe methods for food preservation. The cost of the program is $10 per person. Advanced registration is required by calling (706) 484-2862 or emailing [email protected] Participants must be 11 years of age or older.Saturday at the Rock programs are held the third Saturday of each month, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html.last_img read more

HMNZS Manawanui-Whitianga Plan Includes Dredging

first_imgThames-Coromandel District Council said in their latest announcement that the HMNZS Manawanui will pay a final visit to Whitianga from 30 January to 5 February for ceremonies and parades ahead of its official decommissioning on 23 February at Devonport.The ship will be berthed at the wharf for most of its visit and minor disruption is expected to wharf users during her stay. This is being managed with assistance from the crew and in discussion with commercial operators, said the council.To allow the ship to berth some wharf dredging will take place on the week of the 22 January to accommodate Manawanui’s 4.0m draft.Manawanui is the Royal New Zealand Navy’s diving and mine counter-measures ship and was commissioned into the Navy in 1988. She was built in the UK in 1979 as a diving support vessel, the Star Perseus, for North Sea oil rig operations.Manawanui is the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy. The name translates as “Big Heart”.[mappress mapid=”24747″]last_img read more

14 days ago​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs loss

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guardiola told Man City players to eat f***ing s*** after Spurs lossby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola spoke passionately to players after their Champions League defeat against Tottenham last season – in a bid to inspire them onto domestic glory.City felt hard done by when they went out on away goals in the quarter finals of the European competition to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs last term.They went out in heartbreaking fashion when what seemed like a late winning goal was ruled out by VAR.The Sun reports that Pep said the following to his players after the game: “I’m proud of you. I know you feel like s*** and you think it’s not fair.”Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Eat this f****** s*** that we have to eat.”Because we did everything to eliminate Spurs and they f****** beat us, we’re out on our f****** a*****.”Now we just have to fight for everything we have left, stand up and fight for what we can still win.” last_img read more

Amazon emerges as most valuable US firm amid market turmoil

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Amazon has eclipsed Microsoft as the most valuable publicly traded company in the U.S. as a see-sawing stock market continues to reshuffle corporate America’s pecking order.The shift occurred Monday after Amazon’s shares rose 3 per cent to close at $1,629.51 and lifted the e-commerce leader’s market value to $797 billion. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s stock edged up by less than 1 per cent to finish at $102.06, leaving the computer software maker’s value at $784 billion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Northern Rockies gearing up to host NCLGA Annual General Meeting next week

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality says it is gearing up to host the 2018 North Central Local Government Association’s Annual General Meeting and Convention. The NCLGA, as the advocacy body for all local government officials in north central BC, has been “the Elected Voice of North & Central British Columbia” for 63 years. Members include cities, towns, Aboriginal communities, villages and regional districts. “As a non-partisan, non-profit association, we work specifically for the benefit of our members – communities whose voices are often left unheard because of their size or location,” said NCLGA president Shaely Wilbur, who is also a councillor for the City of Dawson Creek.  The Northern Rockies Regional Council said it was delighted at the chance to host 180 delegates from 41 member local governments when it bid to host the AGM last year. “The Road Ahead” is the theme for this year’s convention, signifying the growing amount of planning that local governments are undertaking, as they strive to become more efficient and responsive to the public. From May 7th – 10th, attendees will participate in tours such as “the Alaska Highway Experience” and “the Innovative Agriculture Tour”. The Fort Nelson First Nation will also be hosting and coordinating the “First Nations Cultural Experience”, where participants will be introduced to a way of life that is specific to this region’s indigenous peoples. Among the major topics due to be discussed at this year’s NCLGA meeting are: asset management, emergency management, the possibilities of tech and innovation, and the legalization of cannabis.“Hosting the NCLGA AGM is a welcome occasion to showcase the Northern Rockies and all that we have to offer, in our world-class recreation centre, and I’d like to give a warm welcome to everyone attending” said mayor Bill Streeper.last_img read more

Mass production of Apple ARproduct by Q2 2020 Report

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first_imgSan Francisco: Apple’s first Augmented Reality (AR)-based product could go into mass production by the second quarter of 2020, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes. “The analyst says that the AR glasses will essentially act as a display only with the actual computing, rendering, internet connectivity and location services coming from the iPhone in the user’s pocket. It is assumed that the pairing will work wirelessly,” 9To5Mac reported on Friday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Earlier in March, media had reported that the iPhone-maker published an update titled, “Systems, methods and graphical user interfaces for interacting with Augmented and Virtual Reality environments” as part of an existing patent filed in August 2018. The patent hints at Apple’s plans of developing an AR-based headset that would work alongside an iPhone to enable users experience an environment where computer images are overlaid on the real world. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The patent suggests that the headset would wirelessly communicate with a separate device powered by a custom Apple processing brain. The company also wishes to add a “touch-sensitive surface” as a way to interact with that environment. “Apple is clearly betting big on it being a hit. If manufacturing is indeed ramping up at the end of 2019, a 2020 public product launch is seemingly on the cards,” the report added.last_img read more

The Big Five in North American Pro Sports

Yesterday, Ritchie King and I ran the numbers on the most popular teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the English Premier League, according to the number of Google searches they generate.The rankings compared teams within each league. But we can also make cross-sport comparisons. What’s the most popular North American professional team in any sport, as judged by Google search frequency globally?It’s either the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. Each generates about 30 percent more Google searches worldwide than the most popular NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, and almost 40 percent more than the most popular NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers. You can skip down to the giant chart at the end of this blog post to see how all teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB compare to one another.The Montreal Canadiens, the most popular NHL team, aren’t particularly close to the most-searched teams in other leagues. Does that mean there’s really a “Big Three” rather than a “Big Four”? (Disclosure: ESPN doesn’t broadcast NHL games, and the league isn’t the subject of all that much focus at the network.)I’d say that the NHL’s status as a major league isn’t in question. The average NHL team generates about two-thirds as much Google search traffic as the average NBA team. There’s a gap there, but it’s no larger than the one separating the NBA and MLB. Furthermore, there’s a lot of overlap in the rankings. The 60th-percentile NHL team (roughly speaking, the Washington Capitals) is about as popular as the 40th percentile NBA team (the Philadelphia 76ers).Keep in mind that these figures are based on global search traffic, so that includes traffic in Canada. Canada — despite its much smaller population — generates almost as much revenue and fan interest for the NHL as the United States.But if we’ve included the NHL, what about Major League Soccer, the Canadian Football League and the WNBA?We have bad news for fans of women’s basketball. The most popular WNBA team, the Seattle Storm, generates only about one-quarter as much search traffic as the least popular Big Four team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.MLS has a better argument. Its most popular teams, the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders, generate more search traffic than the Blue Jackets. The Galaxy and Sounders also earn about as much search traffic as the least popular NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks.If MLS has a case, the CFL probably does, too. Two of its teams, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos, also surpass the Blue Jackets in search popularity.But we’ve neglected the league that has the strongest case for inclusion alongside the Big Four. You may have heard of Mexico. It has the 11th-largest population and the 14th-largest economy in the world. It’s a part of North America. And soccer is awfully popular there.In fact, Mexico’s top professional soccer league, Liga MX, is comparable to the NHL in terms of global popularity. Liga MX’s most popular team on Google, C.D. Guadalajara, produces about as much search traffic as the Canadiens, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Bulls.So, if we’re talking North America — not just the U.S. — there’s really a “Big Five”: the NFL, the MLB, the NBA, the NHL and Liga MX. The most popular teams in MLS and the CFL are more popular than the least popular teams in the Big Five, but their inclusion is debatable, especially because they are surpassed by other leagues playing the same sport on the same continent.In the spirit of inclusivity, we’ve ranked the teams in all seven North American leagues in the humongous chart below. (Rankings are taken relative to the average team across all seven leagues, which works out to be roughly the Buffalo Bills or the Cincinnati Reds.) We haven’t included the English Premier League. The top teams in the EPL swamp everybody else in global search traffic; even the Yankees are no match for Man U. read more

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