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first_imgIn fact, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available, November was the lowest month in average daily suicide deaths, and December was the next to lowest during that year. While the rate typically starts to rebound after the holidays, January 2015 was still the ninth lowest month in the average daily suicide rate.Since 1999, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, of which I am the research director, has been gathering and analyzing stories that appear in newspapers at the end of the year suggesting that the holidays are a time of rising suicide. We have done this because there is the risk that such information might have harmful effects on people who are actually contemplating suicide.News stories continue to support the mythEvery year since that first report, we have attempted to correct people’s beliefs about the holiday period by releasing the most recent monthly suicide data and citing the CDC as supporting the conclusion that there is no rise in suicide during the holidays. This release has regularly drawn wide coverage in the press.Despite having done this for 18 years, we still see that for most of the years in the study period, there have been more newspaper stories each year that support the myth than debunk it. A search of stories on the internet during the 2016-17 holiday period confirmed the same pattern: more stories that repeated the myth than debunked it.In supporting the myth, news organizations are not only publishing information that runs counter to the evidence – it is contrary to recommendations for press reporting about suicide, which discourages speculating about trends in suicide that are either unsubstantiated or false.During the 2016-2017 holiday season, we found that nearly two-thirds of newspaper stories connecting the holidays with suicide supported the myth. A number of these stories included quotes from well-meaning local officials speculating about the myth or extrapolating from their own experience, like a chamber of commerce official in Florida asserting that “there is a higher suicide rate during the holidays because people who live alone or are far away from family feel forgotten” or a former Air Force official in Ohio saying that during this season a lot of the younger troops get depressed and the suicide rate increases.Suicide contagionOne might wonder why it is so important to debunk this idea.Considerable research shows that exposure to stories about persons dying by suicide in the press can have adverse effects on those vulnerable to suicide.For example, in a 2006 study we conducted, we found that over a four-month period in 1993, stories about persons dying by suicide in six metro areas in the United States predicted a rise in subsequent suicide deaths over the next nine days. The effect was particularly strong among young people ages 15 to 24 and among people over the age of 44.Findings such as this support the concern that learning about suicide in the news can push some people to take their lives. And when journalists tell people that suicides rise over the holidays, this might also have an adverse effect among those who are already contemplating the act.All of this raises the question of why some journalists and those they interview continue to believe this myth. I think it is safe to hypothesize that some ideas have a certain plausibility that makes them particularly susceptible to continued transmission.For example, the end-of-year holidays in the Northern Hemisphere occur during days that increasingly become shorter and produce a phenomenon known as seasonal affective disorder. In addition, there is a phenomenon known as the holiday blues that also affects some people if they have lost a family member during the year or are unable to gather with friends and family during the holidays.Finally, there is a certain irony in contemplating suicide during the time of the year when celebration seems to rule the day. This irony has been memorialized in influential stories and films, including the 18th-century novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” and the 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. When these stories proliferate, they can become cultural truisms that are difficult to eradicate.Our research is unique in that we have actually intervened to try to change such a belief and have watched to see what happens. And we have had quite a bit of success. The number of stories that supported the myth was highest during the first holiday period we cataloged in the 18-year study period.It also occurred during the end of the millennium, when lots of stories of potential catastrophe circulated. So, there may have been a spike that year in any case. But what we have learned is that ideas that have a modicum of plausibility and that are interesting to contemplate are very difficult to eradicate.We are increasingly learning about the influence of fake news stories that permeate social media, major news outlets and even scientific reports. We also hear calls for ways to combat those sources of misinformation. But what if there are some forms of misinformation that will always be with us no matter how hard we try to stamp them out? A recent meta-analysis conducted by my colleagues shows how this seems to be true even for apparently innocuous claims.In keeping with recommendations for reporting on suicide, if one is contemplating suicide or knows someone who might be, please use the national suicide helpline at: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). They can connect to someone locally who can intervene if necessary or provide other support as needed.They can be debunked to a degree, but a residue of belief will remain for some. Along these lines, a 2016 poll found that an astounding 41 percent of Republicans do not agree that “Barack Obama was born in the United States,” when in fact, he was. All of which suggests that in our hyper-connected world of social media, it will be all the harder to stop the transmission of ideas that are intriguing but false.By Dan Romer, Research Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of PennsylvaniaThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Emailcenter_img Pinterest Share on Facebook For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time.Many of these stories, no doubt, are meant to help people cope with the melancholy and nostalgia that some people experience at this time. Some of them include the voices of professionals, such as police or mental health providers, who claim to have experienced a rise in suicide deaths during the holidays.What is notable about these claims is that, if anything, the last two months of the year in the United States are typically among the lowest in average daily suicide deaths during the year.last_img read more

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first_imgSkyvalley Rovers or St Peters FC v Maree/Oranmore A  Cloonfad Utd v Tuam Celtic    Gort Utd v Conn Rangers        Cliffoney Celtic v Westport Utd         Ballyglass v Swinford or Corrib Celtic         Manor Rangers v Athenry FC A        Partry Ath or Ballyhaunis Town v Ballinasloe Town      St Bernards FC v Corrib Rangers A   Boyle Celtic v Castlebar Celtic Cartron Utd v Strand Celtic      Cois Fharraige FC or Moore Utd v Castlerea Celtic  Ballina Town v Salthill Devon West Utd B v Manulla FC 16th FebruaryEast Utd v Carbury FC   Claremorris FC v Galway Hibs West Utd v Ballyheane   print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The draw is… The draws for the fourth round of the TP Brennan Connacht Cup has been made this morning. With the games taking place on Sunday the 9th of February.last_img read more

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first_imgThere has been no organised sport in Ireland for 10 weeks. The stark reality is that the knock-on effects of Covid-19 financially for all sports organisations in the country are devastating. Within the last week, we have seen a number of our major team sports talk publicly of losses up to 70% of their turnover. Unfortunately, we are also seeing these type of percentages in revenue losses right across the sporting landscape in Ireland. All sports have been impacted.While we welcome the setting up of the Return to Sport Expert Group, its remit is very specific which is to assess the consistency of the various protocols being prepared by NGBs to return to sport in Ireland. The Federation believes however that in addition to this Group, that sport needs a separate Task Force similar to the one Government has set up for the Tourism Industry. We need innovative thinking, swift action, and investment at local and national level providing business and administrative supports to Irish Sport to help sustain it through this unprecedented emergency and the recovery.The fact is that many of our 13,000 clubs and sporting organisations may not survive the financial impact of Covid-19 without financial assistance now. We are calling on the Government to introduce a Resilience Fund for sport immediately.While the government are to be commended not alone on their support for the charitable sector but also for the €250 million fund set up for small business, the reality is that sport needs similar support. Sports clubs across all sports are in most cases small businesses as well as social enterprises – in some cases not that small either!  It is all too easy to forget that sport in Ireland is today an industry that employs some 40,000 people (supported by some 500,000 volunteers) and which also accounts for €2.7 billion in consumer spending. It also is worth €500 million to our tourism industry.The Covid-19 Irish Sport Resilience Fund needs to be established by Government as a matter of urgency. Similar funds were introduced by Sport England and Sport New Zealand a number of weeks ago.  As is the case in both those countries, support will be needed for club and community sports organisations as well as sports organisations funded through Sport Ireland. This financial assistance must help sports organisations facing particular financial difficulty and support organisations in getting back to business and adapting to the new reality as restrictions lift. There has been a significant fall off in income, as the normal revenue sources such as subscriptions, gate receipts, sponsorship, summer camp and coach education income have dried up. At the same time, running costs including insurance and facilities maintenance all continue to be incurred. Most sports clubs are not-for-profit organisations with minimal reserves, and they are now also facing substantial costs to be able to implement return to sport protocols in accordance with public health guidelines.This at a time when physical activity and exercise has never been as important to maintain both physical and mental well-being. Irish Sport is supporting the Government call in this regard with sports organisations of all types being innovative in their use of digital channels to encourage activity and maintain a sense of community.How Our Sport is FaringMany of our member NGBs have serious concerns about the financial impact that Covid-19 has had, and will continue to have, on sport and the return to sport in Ireland. After consulting a number of our member sports, it is clear from the comments below that the financial outlook is stark for many.Sarah Keane, CEO, Swim Ireland“Whilst we have been operating at full speed providing different engagement opportunities for our members (over 2,000 people will have undergone some form of training/learning with us in May alone), we are very concerned about our clubs and getting our members back into the water. We are particularly concerned about the ability of swimming pools to open and be viable whilst adhering to physical distancing protocols. Many are facing a scenario of retaining 80-100% of the running costs whilst operating at only 30-40% of capacity. The impact of this on swimming, leisure centres and hotels, and therefore our sport and physical activity, is potentially catastrophic.”Hamish Adams, CEO, Athletics Ireland“The financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been extremely severe on our business. We are an NGB that prides itself in terms of revenue generation through our recreation, competition and sponsorship ability. In a normal year, we generate approximately 60% of our income from these sources and 40% is granted by Sport Ireland. However, this year we are forecasting a decrease in total revenue in the area of 30% of turnover. This represents over €1.5 million loss to our organisation. Additionally, our clubs, county boards and provinces are also hurting financially due to significant losses, as no recreational events or competitions are taking place. As an organisation, we are under severe financial stress at this time and we greatly appreciate the government Wage Subsidy Scheme and any future support packages.”Ciaran Gallagher, CEO, Gymnastics Ireland“Gymnastics Ireland membership consists of a network of clubs that operate as Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with turnovers ranging from €50k p/a to over €1million p/a and catering for 36,000 individual members. We recently surveyed our clubs and the findings show the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on them. For instance, each month our clubs are not trading – this equates to a loss of €2.4million within the club network. We have approximately 1,500 people employed in the sport nationally and, at present, 88% of club network staff have either been laid-off or furloughed. Only 4% of our clubs believe they can make it through the next 3-6 months under current conditions, with many having concerns about their ability to start back up from a financial perspective.”Bernard O’Byrne, CEO, Basketball Ireland“The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght has been closed since March 13th, with all income immediately ceased and bookings over the coming months cancelled. This represents a huge hit on the income of Basketball Ireland and to exacerbate things further, our insurance company insists that the ‘Business Disruption’ clause in our policy does not cover this loss of earnings. At club level, we have surveyed our 48 National League clubs and almost universally, the feedback is that clubs will struggle to re-start financially. Gate receipts will be down due to expected restrictions and the late start of the season, but the major impact will be to sponsorships. Local businesses especially are signalling great difficulty in honouring agreements. It is highly likely that some clubs will cease to operate, and this will cause great disappointment in local communities. Overall, urgent meaningful government financial assistance for sport is crucial. Otherwise, the fabric of sport, and indeed society, will be fractured and may crumble in many cases.”Matt McKerrow, CEO, Cycling Ireland“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact on Cycling Ireland, with the cancellation of events nationwide, and the cessation of all club activities. In 2019, Cycling Ireland’s total income was €4.5 million, with almost one-third coming from membership. The restrictions have resulted in a decrease in the number of members – in particular racing members – for March and April, by 33% and 84% respectively. Cycling Ireland continues to be supported with grant income from a number of agencies including Sport Ireland, Sport NI and DTTAS. Cycling Ireland operates on a not-for-profit basis, with all membership invested into the development of the sport, getting more people on bikes and delivering success on the world stage.”Harry Hermon, CEO, Sailing Ireland“As with other sports, many Sailing Clubs and watersports activity centres across the country have been severely impacted financially by the efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Although our coastline and inland waterways qualify as an ‘outdoor amenity’, allowed to resume in Phase 1 today, it is unfortunate that as a result of continued overheads that have needed to be paid through the restrictions without an income to support them, and with the limitations around social distancing and travel restrictions of the early phases of reopening, there are significant numbers whose doors still remain closed. Those that have managed to open for watersports activities, have done so in a very limited capacity, and we hope they will still be operational when restrictions are fully lifted. Matt English, CEO, Special Olympics Ireland“Special Olympics is grateful for both the core financial support received from Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland and the more recent Covid-19 schemes announced like wages subsidy and some other schemes announced by the Department of Rural Community Development. However, the cancellation of our Collection Day in April and countless other community-based fundraising events will be very damaging and will significantly dent our hard-fought-for reserves. Sport will play a huge part in improving the physical and mental well-being of the nation. Any stimulus funding would be hugely welcomed.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Federation calls for a Resilience Fund for Sport and a task force to specifically focus on the survival and reignition of sport organisations nationwide   Issued on behalf of our members the 81 National Governing Bodies and 29 Local Sports Partnerships that organise Sport and Physical Activity in Irelandlast_img read more

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first_imgThe programme will be implemented over a period of three years in the Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Skills development Kloppenburg said that the financial contribution would be used exclusively for refurbishments, construction, equipment and extensions of community care centres. “We will equip them with life skills and ensure access to improved services offered by refurbished and adequately equipped community care centres,” Madonsela said. “We really appreciate the generosity of KfW, and hope to see our relationship grow further.” Partnership It will also be used to benefit recipients through skills development programmes, he said. The agreement was signed on Wednesday by the department’s director-general, Vusi Madonsela, and Norbert Kloppenburg, an executive of the German Development Bank, known as the KfW Banking Group. Madonsela said the department had entered into the partnership with KfW for the implementation of a care and support project for child- and youth-headed households. The agreement follows a relationship between the two parties that began in 2007 with the commissioning of a study on child-headed households in South Africa. The Department of Social Development and the German Development Bank have signed a R76-million deal to improve the living conditions of child- and youth-headed households in South Africa. 13 November 2009 The purpose of the study was to assess the needs of child-headed households and to identify services and additional resources that might be used to support them. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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first_imgIf the Olympic Games have become the victims of international political intrigue, domestic political manoeuvres may kill the Asian Games-a Rs 42-crore sports extravaganza scheduled for October 1982. The recent moves by the 21-member Asian Games Organising Committee headed by Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP could disqualify India from hosting,If the Olympic Games have become the victims of international political intrigue, domestic political manoeuvres may kill the Asian Games-a Rs 42-crore sports extravaganza scheduled for October 1982. The recent moves by the 21-member Asian Games Organising Committee headed by Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP could disqualify India from hosting the games.MalhotraAlthough the Asian Games have never been free from controversy, the Government’s decision to entrust the job of organising the games to a new 24-member Steering Committee headed by Education Minister Shankaranand has caused much furore in the sports world. A government notification issued on August 7 said: “The Steering Committee will be responsible for taking all decisions in connection with the Asian Games and also give necessary sanctions including expenditure sanctions.” The new committee has four Union ministers, one chief minister, the Lt-Governor of Delhi and 16 secretaries.–by Prabhu Chawlalast_img read more

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first_imgSania and Hingis were trailing 2-5 in the opening set but regrouped and turned the tables on their fierce opponents by reeling off eight games in a row. Photo: TwitterIndia’s ace tennis player Sania Mirza achieved yet another career milestone by capturing her 25th WTA doubles title as she continued her dream start with Martina Hingis to win the Miami Open trophy on Sunday.The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair overcame a sluggish start to take the title with a 7-5 6-1 scoreline against second seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.Sania and Hingis were trailing 2-5 in the opening set but regrouped and turned the tables on their fierce opponents by reeling off eight games in a row.They had the beaten the same Russian team to win the Indian Wells to win their first title together.It has been an absolute dream start for Sania and Hingis as they are yet to lose a set since they began their partnership.”We just tried to keep telling each other to enjoy the struggle. Last week everything came very, very easily to us – we didn’t lose more than four games in a set. Over here we were down, and we were panicking. It was like, ‘Oh my God, we’re not playing well.’ We just weren’t used to that,” Sania said after the match.Hingis credited the win to tips provided by Sania’s farther Imran Mirza during the match.”Today the coaching really turned it around – your dad came on court,” Hingis said to Sania.advertisement”The most important thing is that we never stopped believing we’re a great team. They played a great set to get us to that position, 5-2 down. Then we just tried to stay in there and get our chances. We just built on every point, which is what we did well last week too,” the Swiss great, who now has 43 doubles title, said.With this win, Sania and Hingis now will move to number three from nine in the Road To Singapore doubles leaderboard.In individual doubles rankings, Sania is now only 145 points away from becoming world number one.last_img read more

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first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) are seeking suitably qualified applicants for the unique key leadership position of State Operations Manager – Tasmania, to be based in Hobart.TFA’s mission is to lead Touch Football and develop the dynamic sport to the position of Australia’s leading community sport. Rugby League is the Greatest Game of All with a vision to be the most entertaining, most engaging and most respected sport.  With dual reporting lines to the TFA General Manager, Regional Operations and NRL Affiliated States Manager, the successful candidate will be employed by TFA, yet actively represent both organisations across Tasmania. The successful candidate will capitalise on the first joint opportunity following the TFA and NRL strategic alliance. Crucial to this role will be the ability to manage and drive the delivery and expansion of TFA and NRL programs throughout Tasmania.Key responsibilities range from implementing strategies, policies and procedures to efficiently manage competitions and events, building key stakeholder relationships, as well as budget management and reporting. The ideal candidate for the role will have the following knowledge, skills and qualifications:·         Tertiary qualifications in sport management or related field are desirable ·         Demonstrated success in sports program delivery and competition management·         Excellent written and oral communication skills supported by interpersonal skills of a high order·         Proven experience working with volunteers in a non-profit environment·         Demonstrated experience and skills to work within a specific budget, operational plans and strategic plans·         Experience in working in a diverse team to achieve planned outcomes·         Demonstrated ability to consistently display customer services principles, practices and attributes·         Sound understanding of the structures and needs of the NRL and TFA communities·         Demonstrated computer literacy and competence in particular excel and database tools·         Demonstrated initiative and self-managementFor further information or to lodge your application (CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria), please email [email protected] If you have a Rugby League specific questions relating to this role, please email Graham McNaney at [email protected] will close Friday, 12 September 2014 at 5.00pm EST.Related Filespd_sops_som_tfa_nrl_tas-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe: Hyndman improved from Scotland stintby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe is happy at the progress he has seen from Emerson Hyndman.The 22-year-old was on loan at Hibernian for six months.It was his second spell in Scotland, having previously been loaned out to Rangers. Now he is back with the team, adding to the competition for places in midfield.Howe said to reporters: “Emerson has done well in Scotland. We are really pleased with the progress he has made.””From the perspective of dealing with the media, big crowds and high expectations, Scottish football is excellent.”The football is high-tempo. It’s very similar to football in this country where it is blood and thunder and the games matter so much. The supporters are really passionate at every club.”It has been beneficial for him.” last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – A United Nations body that assesses science relating to climate change is meeting in Montreal to outline its next set of reports to help guide policy-makers.The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opened today and will run until Sunday.Among the topics to be discussed are various reports in the works, including the outline for its sixth assessment report.The assessment of climate change research by scientists, guided by government decision-makers, helps the panel’s 195 member countries develop their own climate policies.Notably, the input in the voluminous fifth such report helped bring about global acceptance for the ambitious 2015 Paris Accord.Canada’s associate deputy minister of the environment and climate change says decisions made this week will be important to the world.Dr. Martine Dubuc says they will also help with Canada’s own plans for climate change.last_img read more

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