A $1 million investment in African Nova Scotian learners will give students more opportunities to upgrade their skills and provide them with more support in school. The investment is part of government’s new plan for education, Learning for Life II: Brighter Futures Together. Education Minister Jamie Muir made the announcement today, July 20, during a leadership and management conference for African Nova Scotian educators in North Preston, Halifax Regional Municipality. “We’re focused on making investments that directly impact students,” said Mr. Muir. “We’re going to hire more student support workers, increase community college scholarships and work with the Nova Scotia Community College to provide more opportunities for students. All of these initiatives will contribute to a more equitable and accessible education system.” This year’s investment doubles the $500,000 government invested in 2004-05. It is part of a $4.1-million commitment to implement the operational recommendations of the Black Learners Advisory Committee Report on Education over four years. Many recommendations have already been implemented including the establishment of the Council on African Canadian Education and an elected seat on every school board for an African Nova Scotian representative. “This $1-million commitment will allow the Council on African Canadian Education and its partners to build on the work already started toward establishing an Africentric Learning Institute,” said Charles Sheppard, chair of the council. “The first africentric leadership and management training being offered for educators this week is an example of the innovative and unique programs the institute will offer.” Some of the initiatives being implemented in 2005-06 are: The Department of Education and the Council of African Canadian Education have also established a review committee to identify the needs of the Africentric Learning Institute. The committee will review the institute’s structure, role and function within the community, its sustainability and programming, as well as its capital requirements. In December, the committee will make recommendations about what is required to get the institute up and running. $156,000 to aid in the development and delivery of programs for the Africentric Learning Institute $310,000 for school boards to hire eight new student-support workers $90,000 to the Council of African Canadian Education to support its operations $50,000 to implement youth leadership and development programs $30,000 to increase parental involvement in the education system $49,000 to increase Community College Awards by 50 per cent, to $1,800 per student $50,000 for short-term, employment-related training for which students are not eligible to receive student loan support $80,000 to expand adult programming $100,000 to establish a program to enable African Nova Scotian youth to upgrade their skills with the goal of entering community college programs, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College $56,000 to continue implementing curriculum that represents a diverse population
Library users in the province will be pleased to know the popular Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere pilot program that allows users to borrow books at one location and return them at another is here to stay. For example, a book borrowed at the Kentville Library can be returned at any public, college or university library in the province. “This is great news for library users who enjoy the convenience of this service already,” said David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Nova Scotians work hard and, with a struggling economy, flexible, convenient and economical options for entertainment makes life better for families.” The program was developed by Libraries Nova Scotia, a collaboration of all public, college and university libraries. During the pilot phase, launched in October 2009, over 20,000 items were returned under the program. “We have seen how much our borrowers value and use this new service and the response from library users has been extremely positive,” said Donna Bourne Tyson, university librarian at Dalhousie University. “This program makes the most effective use of library collections provincewide and provides an added level of convenience to our borrowers. Library staff are proud of this service enhancement and pleased to support it.” To borrow items, simply bring identification or a public library card to get a free membership at any participating library. To return borrowed items, drop them off at the nearest library. Libraries Nova Scotia was formed by Nova Scotia’s university, college and public libraries to improve library services. More information on the Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere program is available at www.librariesns.ca .
The recently concluded strike by West Bengal doctors had many unusual features to it. There is nothing new in irate relatives of patients attacking doctors. Such outbursts keep occurring regularly in different parts of the country. There is nothing new in the affected doctors going on strikes demanding better protection either. What is new this time is the larger political dimension the entire issue assumed in West Bengal. Even as the state was being rocked by post-poll violence with BJP being on the offensive, the ruling party at the Centre opened a new front. When the junior doctors in the state went on a flash strike to protest against serious attack on two of their colleagues by the unruly relatives of a patient who died at NRS Medical College and Hospital on 10 June 2019, BJP saw an opportunity to fish in the troubled waters. The ruling powers at the Centre swung into action. Also Read – A special kind of bondThen something hitherto unheard of happened. On June 13, 2019, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) called for a four-day nationwide protest including a one-day all-India solidarity strike on June 17. On the morning of June 14, meetings were arranged between Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and no less than half a dozen doctors’ associations in Delhi, where they complained to him about attacks on two of their colleagues in Kolkata. In a highly controversial move, on June 15, while writing a letter to all chief ministers about beefing up security to doctors, Harsh Vardhan also circulated an old 2017 Bill titled Draft Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017 as a model bill of sorts. The Bill, however, had been drafted by the IMA and not by the Union Health Ministry, and it prescribed ten years of rigorous punishment to those who assault doctors, almost considering them at par with murderers, and the Bill had not been vetted by the Union Law Ministry or approved by the Cabinet! Also Read – Insider threat managementIn another unusual gesture, the Union Home Ministry under BJP strongman Amit Shah sought reports from the West Bengal government not only about the general political violence in the state but also specifically on the attack on these two doctors. In an equally unusual gesture, on June 15, the AIIMS Doctors’ Association, known to be loyal to Harsh Vardhan, gave a two-day media “ultimatum” to the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee though they were at a loss to explain what the ultimatum was about. On June 17, from Ahmedabad to Hyderabad, and from Lucknow to Patna, and in Pondicherry and Chandigarh, tens of thousands of doctors went on a strike. In yet another surprise development, the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat stooped down to the level of a mofussil politician and criticised Mamata personally for the doctors’ strike while addressing the concluding session of a training programme for RSS volunteers at Nagpur on June 17. Are the assaults on doctors by patients’ relatives too widespread and is the entire medical community too incensed to go on a spontaneous strike in solidarity with the striking West Bengal doctors? Is the issue really so serious at all parts of the country that it was snowballing into a major all-India media and political issue? No, not at all! The local IMA chapters and BJP wings among the doctors took care to explain to doctors that there would be no action as the strike enjoyed the indirect support of BJP governments. In this sense, it was an engineered strike. But the dramatic anti-climax happened in Kolkata that day. Mamata Banerjee, sensing the BJP’s larger plan, invited doctors for talks on June 17. Being a consummate political communicator, she even accepted their precondition for live-streaming the meeting. On June 17, the day of the all-India strike, she met with an unusually large delegation of two representatives each from more than 30 hospitals, and in the meeting, she assured them of full protection and accepted almost all their demands. Meanwhile, pressure and public criticism were also mounting against doctors and one patient even died in Malda allegedly in the absence of timely medical attention. The young doctors were not carried away by the unexpected new-found all-India support from BJP but withdrew their strike. BJP, which had hoped to further rake up the issue against Mamata, ended up with egg on its face! The high-point of Mamata’s agreement with doctors was the establishment of complaint redressal cell in each hospital, a sensible institutional option which patients can use to take up their grievances instead of resorting to blind physical violence against doctors. Mamata also directed the police chief to appoint nodal officers to oversee security arrangements for doctors in each hospital, who would be answerable for that. These were the most practical and sensible solutions to the vexing issue. Regarding legislative protection to doctors, Tamil Nadu had already passed an act in 2018 called Tamil Nadu Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2008, that made any act of violence against any medical personnel or institution a cognizable non-bailable offence and prescribed imprisonment for a term not less than three years but which may extend to ten years with fine. This itself was called too stringent by rights groups which feared its misuse against poor people and nobody has been punished under it though and there has been no review of its functioning by the Centre either. Instead of proceeding in that direction and drafting a realistic Bill at the ministerial level after consulting the Law Ministry, Harsh Vardhan thought it fit to circulate an unofficial Bill prepared by the IMA that made a mockery of criminal jurisprudence and the principle of proportionality. The young doctors of Bengal remained stuck to their professional concerns and failed to walk into the trap of political manipulation. Mamata Banerjee also outsmarted the BJP in their own political gameplan. (The views expressed are strictly personal)
International Medical Corps Global Ambassador Sienna Miller is in Lebanon to raise awareness about the ongoing Syria crisis – now well into its fourth year – and the enormous impact the war is having on both Syrian refugees and the communities in Lebanon that are assisting them.The estimated 1.1 million Syrians in Lebanon now comprise more than one-fourth of the country’s total population, putting a huge strain on Lebanon’s scarce resources. Lebanon hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country.“These Syrian families have lost loved ones, their homes and livelihoods, and witnessed unspeakable horrors,” Miller said. “Throughout the crisis the true First Responders in Lebanon have been the host communities. It is the people of Lebanon who generously provided space, shared food and access to water, opened their health centers and their schools.”“The most vulnerable include pregnant women, and children under the age of five who have not received vaccinations for years during the war. There is also a severe risk of disease outbreaks in the settlements, where access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation is extremely challenging. Groups like International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission are achieving incredible things but it is important that the world does not forget about Syria’s refugees or their hosts in Lebanon.”Earlier this year, Miller joined European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva to launch the First Responders Campaign, a collaboration between International Medical Corps and the European Commission to celebrate humanitarian first responders in places like Lebanon who are saving lives every day.“International Medical Corps and donors such as the European Commission support local communities around the world in being their own best First Responders. I am doing all I can to stand behind these heroic individuals and raise awareness of the lifesaving work they are doing every day.”
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.47 points to 15,042.52.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 26.16 points to 21,787.51.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 1.97 points to 2,441.08.The Nasdaq composite index was up 11.34 points to 6,276.99.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.06 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 80.05 cents US.
Brock University students have a lot to celebrate this month with a variety of events happening on and off campus.Homecoming, the opening of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, the unveiling of the new artificial turf field and the Niagara Wine Festival to name a few.Over the next two weekends, Brock students will be volunteering at the Niagara Wine Festival.It’s a tradition that started in 1997, said Barb Tatarnic, Manager of Outreach and Continuing Education.She said students from the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute will be in Montebello Park Sept. 19-20 and Sept. 26-27 helping winemakers show off their vintages during the wine and cheese seminars.“We are there to add an educational component and it’s a lot of fun – a chance to listen, learn and taste,” said Tatarnic.She said the students who volunteer have an excellent opportunity to work alongside some of the region’s premier winemakers and Brock alumni.Students will also be showing off their Badger pride during the annual Grape and Wine Parade on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to watch the parade roll through downtown St. Catharines.On Friday, Sept. 18, the entire Brock community celebrates a milestone seven years in the making. The opening of the $45.5-million MIWSFPA in downtown St. Catharines will include tours, performances and speeches.On Saturday, Sept. 19, it’s all about homecoming. Campus will be busy with alumni participating in reunions, tours and the weekend’s signature event – the Red Dinner. Brock alumni will gather in the field in front of Schmon Tower to reconnect and enjoy food truck eats.Also on Saturday, the opening of the new $1.5-million artificial turf field made possible through donations from alumni. After the ceremony, which will include revealing the field’s name, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will each play home games starting at 1 p.m.On Sunday, Sept. 20, a group of Brock students and staff will be participating in the annual Terry Fox Run. Brock cancer researchers will speak at the kick-off, sharing stories about how the Terry Fox Institute has helped them in the important work they do.For a full list of Homecoming events visit: http://brocku.ca/brock-news/2015/09/brock-university-celebrates-homecoming-weekend/For more information about the Niagara Wine Festival visit: http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/
by Tia Goldenberg, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2014 3:44 pm MDT Tourism to Israel drops dramatically as jittery tourists fearful after Gaza war with Hamas JERUSALEM – It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travellers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake.The summertime fighting delivered a serious hit to Israel’s thriving tourism industry, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and sparking concern that aftershocks may continue well after the war.“Our challenge is how to prevent more cancellations. Despite a month having passed since the war, there is still an image among tourists that it is not safe to travel here,” said Oded Grofman of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association.Israel’s war against Hamas came at the beginning of the peak tourist season, which includes July and August and runs through the Jewish High Holiday season and early winter.Israel launched the war July 8 in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and to destroy a network of tunnels used to attack Israelis. More than 2,100 Palestinians and 72 people on the Israeli side were killed. Israel and Hamas signed a cease-fire on Aug. 26.None of the casualties on the Israeli side occurred in the country’s tourist hubs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which endured rocket attacks but were largely protected by the Iron Dome missile defence system. Still, gruesome images of the war beamed around the world scared tourists away. One rocket that landed near Israel’s international airport spurred American and European airlines to suspend flights for 48 hours, sending a chill through the local tourism industry.Before the war, the country hoped for a record-breaking year for tourist visitors. Since the second Palestinian uprising subsided nearly a decade ago, Israel has enjoyed a tourism boom, with as many as 3.6 million foreign visitors to the country last year. Tourism is now an estimated $5 billion industry and provides more than 110,000 jobs in Israel.But the war caused a 31 per cent drop in foreign visitors to Israel during that period compared to 2013, with the decline in August reaching 36 per cent. The amount of visitors during that month was the lowest since February 2009, shortly after fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants. Israel’s Tourism Ministry estimates the losses to be upward of $544 million. A postwar influx of visitors for the Jewish holidays is expected to bring some relief, but not enough to salvage a miserable season.Merchants in Jerusalem’s Old City, a top tourist destination, say they are still feeling the sting. The area’s cobblestone streets are typically filled with tourists purchasing chintzy wares and cheeky T-shirts and visiting the holy sites. But they’ve been eerily empty over the summer.“When the Gaza war started it just went down,” said Kevork Kahvedjian, whose family has run a shop selling old photos in the Old City since 1949. “There were no people at all, none. It was as if there was a curfew or something.” Kahvedjian said his sales declined as much as 90 per cent.Beyond tourists, the war also drove away foreign acts, with many artists slated to perform this summer — among them Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys and Lana Del Rey — pulling out. Singer Lady Gaga did end up performing in front of a crowd of 20,000 people in Tel Aviv, however.The slump in tourism comes amid a wider economic slowdown in Israel, which emerged intact from the 2008 global financial crisis though is now suffering from timid growth. The Bank of Israel has taken measures to stimulate the economy, dropping interest rate levels to 0.25 per cent — the lowest ever — but some economists fear the country may be headed toward a recession. The Gaza war and its side effects may compound the sluggish growth.Mirit Craven Schneider was among the droves of tourists who cancelled trips to Israel because of the war. She was set to spend two weeks touring the country with her husband and three young children in what would have been their first trip to Israel.“Once everything started happening, it was very concerning,” said Craven Schneider, a first grade teacher from Houston, Texas. “We didn’t want to be there with air raid sirens going off, and the kids having to spend time in bomb shelters.”The industry is hoping to bounce back. Israel’s Tourism Ministry is set to launch new campaigns in markets in the U.S., Germany and Russia meant to target niche travellers, including Jewish and Christian communities. This year is largely unsalvageable, but officials hope that the numbers will rise again.“People abroad might feel that things here are unsafe but this is a very, very safe country,” Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said. “This is exactly the kind of perception that we would like to share with all of our potential visitors.”___Follow Tia Goldenberg on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tgoldenberg . 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On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen ambushed a vehicle about 40 kilometres from Geneina in Kreinik locality which was carrying two health ministry staff and a doctor from the World Health Organization (WHO). The three health workers were unharmed, but the driver and a security official were killed in the attack. The assailants then stole the vehicle and fled the scene. “Insecurity continues to hamper the operations of courageous humanitarian workers in Darfur, as demonstrated by Tuesday’s violent act,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Marta Ruedas, as she condemned the attack. “Over 2.5 million vulnerable people in Darfur need some form of humanitarian assistance, yet humanitarian workers are confronted by danger on a daily basis,” she added in a news release.Also deploring the attack was Dr. Naeema Hassan al-Gaseer, WHO Representative in Sudan. “Health services are a pivotal part of all humanitarian work, and we will continue to work tirelessly to provide this basic right to the most vulnerable people in Sudan,” she stated. The health ministry and WHO representatives were working on an ongoing assessment throughout Darfur to ascertain whether guinea-worm disease (dracunculiasis) is still present in Sudan. WHO is currently carrying out random sampling at health facilities and in villages to assess the presence of the parasitic disease, with a view to certifying Sudan as dracunculiasis-free. WHO is the only organization mandated to certify countries as free of the disease.Kreinik locality hosts about 80,000 displaced people, in three main camps. It is one of the localities in West Darfur with the greatest humanitarian needs and many humanitarian organisations travel frequently to the area.Since January 2015 there have been 131 security incidents in Darfur that have affected humanitarian workers and peacekeepers, including abductions, armed attacks, carjackings and crime.
The above video is very confusing to me. Apparently the world blew up yesterday because Obama went on an “aeroplane” to visit India. There’s different types of aliens. Some reptilians. Nazis are in there somewhere. The Pope. The tsunami in Indonesia is involved somehow. A space archangel is due to arrive in February. And I think the devil is behind it all–but so is Syria.Yup.But, for me, that’s not even the most confusing part. These are the visions of the mother of the universe Colleen Thomas who is coming to warn us all of impending space slavery. She has a YouTube channel. She also has a radio show and wants you to call her.I was hesitant to even post what seems like the ramblings of an ill woman. But it’s already bouncing around the internet, people are talking about it. But, is this a big joke? Colleen seems pretty put together and in a nice house. Can you go that far off the rails and hold up like that? Also, from a production stand point, this video is a step above the paranoid ramblings you’ll find elsewhere on the YouTubes and Public Access Channels of the world. Just saying–this all seems a little too watchable.OR is Colleen in on the conspiracy and telling us all a little bit of truth slobbered in a whole bunch of wackiness? That way, the powers that be (reptilians, The Pope, bankers, etc.) can remain covered in a shroud of plausible deniability. “You believe we want to harvest your bodies for food? Oh sure, that’s what we want to do. I guess I’ll go ask the Pleidians and Syrians all about it!” Eh?!? Think about it. But which is real and which is foolery? Now we’re back to square-friggin’-one. OR am I in on this whole conspiracy? Are you?Like I said, confusing.
Each year, a list comes out of the most ethical companies in the world, and there’s a surprising amount of tech companies you’d expect to find on it that are missing. The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes companies that actually demonstrate “real and sustained ethical leadership within their industry.” So which companies made it? Microsoft was on there, but big names like Facebook, Google, and Apple are not.More than 3,000 companies apply to the Ethisphere Institute’s annual list. Ethisphere ranks them based on factors like history of regulatory infractions, sustainable business practices, and peer nominations. There’s no set number of companies that make the list each year. Thirty-six of this year’s companies are new to the list, and 26 dropped off of the list. “Drop-offs” usually occur due to litigation and ethics violations, as well as increased competition from their industry.In Microsoft’s case, the company started making something they call “Corporate Citizenship” a priority, which honors non-profit organizations to work on strengthening economies, addressing societal challenges, and promoting a healthy online ecosystem, among other things. This helped to follow the negative fallout from its antitrust trials. Microsoft has since donated millions of dollars to non-profits. It also doesn’t hurt that Bill Gates is quite the philanthropist, evidenced after his loss of his position as Fortune’s World’s Richest Man because he donated a chunk of his wealth to charity.As mentioned above, any company that has had significant legal trouble in the last five years are out of the running, which eliminates Google due to the European Union’s antitrust investigation.Besides Microsoft, who else made the list? Tech companies on there include Cisco, eBay, Salesforce, Symantec, Hitachi, Adobe, Teradata, Xerox, GE, and Avaya. Surprisingly, Zappos is listed under the “Internet” category, even though it was bought by Amazon in 2009. Best Buy is listed under “Specialty Retail,” but seems to be the only tech-centric retail store on the list. T-Mobile is listed as a telecom service.Read more at Ethisphere and Business Insider
30 years in the making, Hillcrest Promenade Project passes Posted: March 5, 2019 Ashlie Rodriguez, Ashlie Rodriguez March 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – They’ve been asking for a public gathering space for three decades, and tonight was the last vote Hillcrest residents needed to make their long-awaited goal a reality on Normal Street.Hillcrest, a hub for hot new restaurants, a bustling farmers market, and San Diego’s Pride Festival, attracts hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists year round.All the business has made it a bit cramped, along with limited meter parking, but it seems all those quarters may have lead to change.1.8 million dollars will redesign Normal Street, allowing the farmers market and pride festival to expand. There will also be a bike lane and pride plaza expansion, with 60 additional parking spaces, full-time security, and a special events program.They say adding these features will give eastern Hillcrest the first transit-oriented pedestrian promenade in San Diego.After waiting hours Tuesday night to find out the results, residents were overjoyed their fight finally coming to fruition. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Fayetteville, N.C., will use a $300,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to assess the economic impact of downsizing at Fort Bragg as the Army shrinks its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018.Fort Bragg — home to more than 53,000 personnel — is slated to experience a net loss of 842 soldiers as a result of the Army’s latest round of restructuring.The study will look at the economic impact of troop losses on Fayetteville and Cumberland, Harnett and Hoke counties, Rochelle Small-Toney, a deputy city manager, told the Fayetteville Observer. The grant does not require a match of city funds. The city plans to hire a temporary project manager and a consultant who would work through its Economic and Business Development Department, Small-Toney said.The project is scheduled to be completed by March 2017.
Share Waller Co. Sheriff talks about new recommendations for police & jail as result of #sandrabland death pic.twitter.com/pWxXTbOcsG— Florian Martin (@Florian_News887) April 12, 2016HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A panel reviewing the jail where Sandra Bland died last summer after being taken into custody has called for a major overhaul of its procedures and facilities.The panel issued its recommendations Tuesday. It says a new jail is needed because the current one is inadequate. The panel also called for improving digital access to information about inmates and purchasing body cameras for staff.One panelist, Craig Washington, said inmates are “entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.”Bland, who was black and from the Chicago area, died in the Waller County jail three days after her arrest. Authorities ruled it a suicide.Dashcam video captured a confrontation between Bland and Brian Encinia, the trooper who arrested her. Encinia was later fired and has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Committee releases recommendations for Waller Co. Sheriff to improve jail standards after #sandrabland death pic.twitter.com/4IfnJsWRpU— Florian Martin (@Florian_News887) April 12, 2016
Facing trauma in childhood can significantly change the structure of the brain, which may result in severe depression which could even be recurrent in adulthood, say researchers. The results from MRI scan images suggest that both childhood maltreatment and recurring depression are associated with similar reductions in the surface area of the insular cortex, part of the brain that regulates emotion and self-awareness. This reduction could make a future relapse more likely, said the study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, which found childhood maltreatment one of the strongest risk factors for major depression in adulthood. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Given the impact of the insular cortex on brain functions such as emotional awareness, it’s possible that the changes we saw make patients less responsive to conventional treatments,” said lead researcher Nils Opel from the University of Munster in Germany. The study included 110 patients aged 18 to 60 years. Of the 75 patients who experienced a relapse, 48 had experienced one additional episode, seven reported two episodes, and six experienced three episodes. Fourteen had a remission period of less than two months and could therefore be regarded as having chronic depression. The findings are to develop or improve risk-adapted interventions for people susceptible to a worse long-term clinical outcome. Future research should therefore explore how the findings could be translated into care and treatment that could improve patient outcomes.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of key roads are closed in Derbyshire – including several linked to Staffordshire and Cheshire, as the snow storm known as the ‘Beast from the East’ continues to batter the East Midlands and much of the UK Derbyshire County Council says roads including the A53 from Buxton to Leek, the A54 from Buxton to Bosley Crossroads and the A537 Cat and Fiddle from Buxton to Macclesfield are closed in the county on Tuesday night. A Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for Snow is in force in Derbyshire until 11.55pm on Wednesday evening, with much of the Staffordshire Moorlands now covered by the same weather warning after it was extended by the Met Office at around 5am on Wednesday morning. Other roads in Derbyshire are also closed tonight – with motorists advised to avoid making unnecessary journeys. Speaking just after 6am on Wednesday morning a Derbyshire County Council spokesman confirmed the roads were still closed. He said: “Major disruption is expected on roads in some areas of the county this morning with extremely low temperatures causing treacherous conditions. “Temperatures plummeted to -9 degrees Celsius overnight − meaning grit fails to stop working fully to melt snow and ice. Read MoreWeather warning extended into North Staffordshire as ‘Beast from the East’ continues on Wednesday “Gritters and ploughs have been out throughout the night, and farmer contractors will be working to help clear routes this morning. “Conditions are particularly bad in the High Peak, where a number of routes remain closed: A57 Snake Pass, A6024 Holme Moss, A53 Leek Road, A537 Cat & Fiddle, Monks Road between Chunal and Charlesworth. “There is a strong possibility of ice – even on surfaces which have been repeatedly treated over the last couple of days in readiness for the so-called “Beast from the East”. “Please, only travel if essential in the affected areas.” Cheshire East Council’s Highways Department, which manages the other end of the A54 and A537, confirmed the two roads were still shut at 4am on Wednesday morning. A spokesman said: “The A54 and A537 Cat and Fiddle roads remain closed this morning due to ice and snow conditions, please use alternative routes. “We’re gritting all the primary gritting routes this morning, please drive with extreme caution this morning even on treated roads.” It is unclear when the affected roads will reopen at this stage. The A623 at Tideswell is still passable, the council spokesman added. Highways England closed the A628 at Woodhead Pass following an accident involving a lorry and a car but the westbound route had now reopened by 10pm on Tuesday night. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A628 Woodhead Pass is now passable westbound between the A616 and the A57 near Woodhead following a collision between a car and an HGV. “Weather conditions are challenging in the area, so please only travel if necessary.” Read MoreUpdate: Armed man arrested was carrying ‘garden stake’ The A537 Cat and Fiddle shortly after 10pm on Tuesday evening (Image: Cheshire East Council) Buxton Weather Watch, a social media page which forecasts and reports on weather conditions around the Peak District town said further snow showers were expected late on Tuesday night. The page said: “More persistent snow showers now approaching from the north east, some nasty conditions in the next couple hours, dry one minute then heavy snow the next.” As of writing there are no reported ongoing traffic issues in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire or South Cheshire. Read MoreFirefighters spend hours working on a chimney fire No weather warnings are in place in North Staffordshire tomorrow with the exception of the area of the Moorlands covered by the one which affects Derbyshire, with the next one expected on Friday. Elsewhere in the county the South West has seen considerable travel disruption today, while Yellow and Amber Weather Warnings are in place for much of the UK over the coming days. The A623 in Tideswell near Buxton last night (Image: Derbyshire County Council) What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.