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News story: Matt Hancock calls for world to unite in responding to the challenge of mental health

first_img This summit is a landmark moment in changing the way mental illness is perceived and treated globally. The world must unite and take this opportunity to deliver parity for mental health so it is treated the same as physical health. Countries from across the world are in London today to agree action to tackle one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Whether it’s challenging discrimination, promoting wellbeing at work, adopting new technologies, or empowering young people to take steps to a healthier future, long-lasting commitments will be made at this summit which will be a step towards achieving better mental health care for all. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock will launch the government’s ambition to put mental health on an equal footing to physical health across the world, at the first ever annual ministerial mental health summit in London on Tuesday 9 October.Key political figures, innovators, experts, policy-makers and people with lived experience of mental health from around the world will come together at the 2-day summit to agree global action to tackle mental ill-health.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who spearheaded the Heads Together initiative, will join ministers and delegates from more than 50 countries at the summit. Together they will take part in a variety of discussions and expert panels, encouraging them to rethink their current attitudes towards mental health.The global ministerial mental health summit is hosted by the UK government in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with support from the World Health Organization (WHO).The event will also see the launch of a short film from Time to Change called ‘It’s time to talk (about mental health)’. The film features A-list American actress Glenn Close and contributors from Nigeria, India, Kenya and the UK.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: After generations of mental health being the poor relation to physical health, many of us hope that this first ever global mental health summit will be a tipping point that prioritises more action on mental health. We’ve made major progress on mental health stigma in England, and hope the Summit acts as a springboard for change across all countries and cultures, so that there is no shame attached to mental health anywhere in the world.center_img Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said:last_img read more

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Vast Renewable-Energy Potential Across U.S. Tribal Lands

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Abby Kessler for E&E:According to a report published by the Department of Energy, reservation lands have the potential to produce about 6 percent of the nation’s renewable energy, although reservations make up just 2 percent of total U.S. land.And despite the potential, Bob Gough, secretary of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, or ICOUP, said “next to nothing” is being harnessed.The resources aren’t being tapped due to many factors, including hefty upfront investments required, lack of knowledge about how to plan for such a project and connectivity issues to the nation’s power grid in rural areas.During a DOE presentation last month, John Steward, acting manager for the transmission business unit at the Western Area Power Administration, estimated a feasibility study for implementing renewables would cost an estimated $10,000. A system impact study and environmental assessment would also have to be conducted, preliminary steps that would push the price of potential projects even higher.Sean Esterly, project lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said funding is “definitely the biggest issue” tribes face when transitioning to renewable energy.Various financing programs are available for federally recognized tribes that provide funds and assistance to nations interested in assessing the potential for renewables on their land. DOE said that between 2002 and 2014, the agency invested $48 million in 183 tribal clean energy projects valued at about $93 million.But, Gough said, the government’s investment in renewables on tribal land is markedly smaller when dispersed among more than 500 federally recognized tribes.Funding shortages may be a concern, but Esterly said connecting tribes to those grants is an important step that is frequently overlooked. He said the tribes aren’t always aware that grant dollars are available to invest in such projects.“Unfortunately, due to capacity of some of the tribes and lack of knowledge of which of the resources they can take advantage, a lot of the opportunities are falling through the cracks,” he said.Another issue is access to the grid. Reservations typically are not well connected to the power grid, making transportation of generated energy an expensive endeavor.U.S. utilities “are operating off of 19th-century organization, 20th-century technology and 21st-century needs,” Gough said of the nation’s grid, noting the aging infrastructure is stymying the entire country’s conversion to cleaner power sources.He said the Great Plains region offers immense wind potential, while the Southwest offers ample possibilities for solar.A recent study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado, Boulder, said wind and sunshine could power most of the United States by 2030. Over large geographic regions, weather trends tend to average out, meaning spreading renewables over swaths of land could smooth highs and lows in electricity output (ClimateWire, Jan. 26).The issue is not intermittency, Gough said, rather the nation’s utility infrastructure.Full article: Renewables offer glimmer of hope for isolated reservations Vast Renewable-Energy Potential Across U.S. Tribal Landslast_img read more

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CLE hours now available online

first_img CLE hours now available online Florida Bar members may now log on to www.flabar.org to check their CLE hours and CLER reporting date information. New members can also verify reporting information for compliance with the basic skills course requirement.The on-line option will expand the information you now find on your News’ mailing label about the continuing legal education requirement. Credit hours on the News’ mailing label will continue to be displayed for a quick reference, with the online version providing more detail.Members also may continue to register for CLE courses and order CLE tapes on the Bar’s Web site as well.“The ability to access your CLE status online increases that information’s accessibility and is offered as another convenience to our members,” said Mike Tartaglia, director of the Bar’s Programs Division.Future plans include allowing members to post CLE hours and confirm compliance online.To access your personal CLE information, go to www.flabar.org, click on “StoreFront” in the left-hand blue column and then click on “CLE Status Inquiry.” Before being able to obtain personal CLE records, members will have to follow the prompts to register on the “Storefront” by using their user name (Bar number) and password.When registering online to take CLE courses or order CLE tapes, members may use the search menu to find CLE courses by city, course number, date, sponsor, or title. Once the appropriate course is found, members may register by logging into the secure site via user name (Bar number) and password. Members can use either Visa or MasterCard to pay registration fees online.Also available on The Florida Bar Web site is the 2004-05 Calendar of CLE Courses, as well as a searchable calendar. Members can also access a printable list of CLE audio/video tapes and order form. January 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img CLE hours now available onlinelast_img read more

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‘Lights on the River’ shines spotlight on local Owego businesses

first_imgOWEGO (WBNG) – Holiday lights shined brightly Friday night across downtown Owego during the annual Lights on the River event.Local business owners says it’s not just about the lights, it also gives their stores and small town a spotlight.Louise O’Neill, owner of Sincerely Yours cards and gift shop, says this year’s event will be the last time she is participating as a business owner.This comes after O’Neill announced her retirement, ultimately closing her popular store.”Everybody says when they come in here ‘I can’t believe you can’t find a buyer yet. This business is going to be missed.’ And I’m going to miss the people,” said O’Neill.Other businesses and non-profits like Animal Care Sanctuary says it’s a chance to be seen.”A lot of people don’t even know that we exist. Even though we are thirty minutes from here. It’s not so much about raising money for retail. It’s getting them to know what services are available to them… So it’s more about community engagement,” said Ellen Feldman from Animal Care Sanctuary.Participants enjoyed live music, food from local restaurants and live entertainment.”You know the fact that it’s started to snow a little bit adds to the cheer. You have Santa Clause, you have the marching band. It makes you feel like your home for the holidays,” said Feldman.”It’s good for sales tax, it helps the revenue in this town and it just makes people come and see the charm in it all,” said O’Neill. Lights on the river ended with a fireworks show behind the court street bridge. People also enjoyed food from local restaurants and even got to meet Santa Clause himself.last_img read more

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Steven Naismith says ‘all the small things’ in Scotland’s favour ahead of Serbia final | Football News

first_img Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr says the weight of the country is on counterpart Steve Clarke’s shoulders but he will not be distracted McLeish managed Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic while the pair were at Genk in Belgium and the former Rangers boss says Serbia have quality in the squad.“It is a tough one, it is not one that you can say ‘we will definitely beat them’,” he said.“We’ve all got to be optimistic and say this is now or never, although it is not now or never because there have been great signs over the past few weeks and a great result against the Czech Republic.“But that is a tough team and it is a tough place to go to, albeit no fans. That is still a very difficult game. They have guys like Aleksandar Mitrovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – a young guy I had at Genk – and he is in the form of his life as well, so very dangerous players.” Hearts forward Naismith, who won the most recent of his 51 caps for his country in the victory over Kazakhstan last November, knows the importance of the clash to the nation and thinks Scotland have a few advantages going into the game. Scotland manager Steve Clarke during a Scotland training session at the Oriam, on September 03, 2020, in Edinburgh, Scotland – Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Steven Naismith believes “all the small things” are going in Scotland’s favour ahead of their Euro 2020 play-off final against Serbia on Thursday.Steve Clarke’s side travel to Belgrade knowing that a win will see Scotland qualify for their first major tournament since the World Cup in France in 1998.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – 0:34 Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish is expecting a tough match in Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off against Serbia Kick off 7:45pm 1:19 Naismith sees talented players throughout the squad and believes their ability to win in different circumstances is key for Scotland.“The confidence that I get is that the backbone and spine of the squad are talented, talented players,” he said.“They have consistently improved but also come up with the goods. Whether, way back against Cyprus, we are going a goal down, we are getting back into the game and winning the game, whether we need to defend well to see out a game the boys have come up with the goods every time. That’s what gives me confidence.”Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish says the team have to be optimistic heading into the game but is well aware of the test in front of them. “We are on a run of good performances and good results and the players have bought into what the manager expects and I am very optimistic but I would guard that they are a very good team that we are coming up against.”Scotland are unbeaten in eight games heading into the final after recent impressive wins over the Czech Republic and Slovakia. “It’s massive, I’ve been involved in the national team for close to 15 years and I don’t think there is a bigger game, it’s as simple as that,” he said.“It is a one-off game, it is going to be a really tough game but all the small things I would say are going in our favour – there are no fans away from home, it is a one-off game and the Nations League has been good for us.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro says new COVID-19 test came back negative

first_imgBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that he has tested negative for the novel coronavirus after weeks quarantined in his residence due to an infection.In a photo posted to social media, Bolsonaro appeared with a box of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug he credited for his recovery despite a lack of scientific evidence about its effectiveness. In an accompanying text, he said his RT-PCR test for Sars-Cov 2 was negative.He did not say when he took the test nor did he provide any further details. Topics : Bolsonaro reported testing positive three times this month, including an initial diagnosis on July 7 for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.Since then he has been in partial isolation at the presidential residence, filling his official agenda with videoconferences. He was spotted outdoors occasionally, including at a rally where he greeted supporters, removing his mask occasionally when at a distance of a few meters.Bolsonaro’s coronavírus infection was one of more than 2.3 million cases in Brazil, second only to the United States. The pandemic has killed more than 85,000 people in Brazil.Bolsonaro has played down the risks of the virus he called “a little flu” and defied public health experts and fought against governors and mayors imposing lockdowns to fight the pandemic. The right-wing populist has warned such policies are worse than the virus itself and urged businesses to reopen quickly.Bolsonaro has said he would start traveling around the country after recovering from his illness.last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta reveals what ‘surprised’ him about Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta reveals what ‘surprised’ him about Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli Mikel Arteta admits he was ‘surprised’ by Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta admits he was ‘surprised’ by the ability of Gabriel Martinelli after returning to Arsenal as manager.Arteta left his role as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City assistant to return to the Emirates in December and says he heard rumours about the talent of Brazilian teenage forward Martinelli.But the Gunners boss says only after seeing the 18-year-old on the training ground and playing against Arsenal’s top Premier League rivals did he fully comprehend his ability.‘I heard a lot of things about Gabby before I joined and the moment I saw him training it confirmed all the things I was told,’ Arteta said.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:01FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Mikel Arteta preview press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-mikel-arteta-preview-press-conference-2095088/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I was told, “You will see this kid, how he goes for every ball, his fighting spirit and the quality that every time he is in front of goal he’s a threat”.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I was told I would be surprised how prepared he is to compete with every player in the squad.‘I just thought, “Yes, but he’s 18”. But when you see him in big games, how he goes about everything, it’s surprising.‘The way he competes, how brave he is with every decision he makes on the field is very unusual for an 18-year-old.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMartinelli made his Arsenal first-team debut last season and has established himself as a key member of Arteta’s squad during the 2019-20 campaign.The teenager scored his tenth goal of the season on Tuesday night as Arsenal came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw at London rivals Chelsea.‘He competed against one of the best defenders in the league, Azpilicueta, and he got at him every time he had a chance,’ Arteta added.‘His fighting spirit is incredible and then he is a threat for goals every time. I would like to talk about his potential more than what he is at the moment. Arteta has been impressed by the Brazilian teenager (Picture: Getty)‘For this club to give him the responsibility to do that every time is not fair on him, we have to bring him down. The risk is expecting too much too soon – but not just for the fans.‘We cannot give him the licence to think he has to put himself under that pressure. He needs to play with the freedom that he has.’Arsenal, who are currently just tenth in the Premier League, face Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Monday evening.MORE: Pablo Mari confirms Arsenal move after touching down in LondonMORE: Arsenal close in on Thomas Lemar transfer as Atletico Madrid sanction moveMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Jan 2020 11:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link929Shareslast_img read more

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Alexandre Lacazette insists he is happy at Arsenal after victory over Fulham

first_imgAdvertisement About Connatix V67539 Coral BarrySaturday 12 Sep 2020 3:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.7kShares PLAY Video Settings Alexandre Lacazette insists he is happy at Arsenal after victory over Fulham Full Screen Advertisementcenter_img Arteta wants to keep Lacazette (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has reiterated he is happy at Arsenal after scoring in his side’s opening day win over Fulham, but Mikel Arteta has warned the striker his place isn’t guaranteed. The Gunners smashed Fulham 3-0 in their first Premier League game of the new season, with Lacazette sending Arsenal on their way with a goal after just eight minutes.Lacazette has been mentioned as a potential makeweight in Arsenal’s efforts to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, but the Frenchman rubbished those rumours after the game against Fulham.Asked by BT Sport if he was happy at Arsenal, he replied: ‘Yeah, I’m really happy. It’s only the press and people who say I am not happy and want to leave. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT ‘I want to play and win titles. That’s all. I’m happy at Arsenal.’Summer signing Gabriel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on the scoresheet in convincing win for Arsenal at Craven Cottage.Centre-back Gabriel was making his debut, while former Chelsea attacker Willian provided three assists in his first appearance for Arsenal. “He wants us to be perfect, we have respect for what he wants.”“It’s only the press that say I’m not happy, I’m really happy at Arsenal.”Alex Lacazette opened the goalscoring this afternoon and spoke to @TheDesKelly at full-time. pic.twitter.com/wtI2vL4tHz— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020 Comment 1 min. story Arteta was pleased with his side’s performance and was quizzed about Lacazette’s future after the match.The Arsenal manager insisted he was planning for a future with Lacazette, but warned the goalscorer his starting place was not safe with the likes of Eddie Nketiah also in the squad. ‘Yes he is in my plans,’ Arteta said of Lacazette. ‘A player that I like a lot, he knows that. He has Eddie (Nketiah) next to him, he’s going to push him. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And whoever is in the better shape is going to play, the same for every position.’Arsenal have another London derby to contend with in their next game when they welcome West Ham to the Emirates next weekend.MORE: Gabriel impresses Rio Ferdinand and Martin Keown in goalscoring Arsenal debutMORE: Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs FulhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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PGGM enters €2.3bn risk-sharing deal with Banco Santander

first_imgPGGM spokesman Maurice Wilbrink said the asset manager had invested more than €5bn in such deals to date, and that annual net returns, through illiquidity premiums, had been 10% on average.He added that the Santander deal was the third of its kind, and that, out of a total of 30 transactions so far, five had been done in 2014 and eight in 2015. “As part of the deal, the asset manager is to take the first loss,” he said.“But, because the synthetic portfolio remains on the bank’s balance sheet, the bank has a large stake in managing the credit risk, which adds to the security of the investment.”Wilbrink declined to specify the amount agreed for the first loss, or the duration of the contract.He said, however, that several prior transactions had been extended.Mascha Canio, PGGM’s head of credit and insurance-linked investments, said the Santander deal showed how a Dutch pension fund could co-operate with banks to stimulate SME business investments in the European economy.She added that, in light of the European Commission’s legislative proposal on securitisations, where it calls for preferential regulatory treatment of simple, transparent and standardised (STS) securitisations as part of the introduction of the Capital Markets Union, “this transaction supports the relevance of synthetic securitisations next to true sale securitisations”.Pablo Roig, CFO at Santander Spain, said the deal would help the bank manage its exposure in the SME sector and “recycle the freed-up assets in new lending to this strategically important client base in Spain”. PGGM, the €182bn asset manager, has entered into a risk-sharing deal with Spain’s Banco Santander related to a €2.3bn portfolio of small-business loans.PGGM said the deal, made on behalf of the €161bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, provided access to a credit-risk portfolio, further diversifying the scheme’s asset mix.It said the deal – involving a portfolio of more than 6,000 loans to Santander’s clients in Spain – would generate a “stable and robust” return.Since 2006, the asset manager has made similar risk-sharing deals with a number of banks on several continents, including Rabobank, Citibank and Credit Suisse.last_img read more

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Two local 4-H members earn Indiana State Fair honors

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Two local 4-Hers won big at the Indiana State Fair.Hope Flaspholder earned the “Supreme Livestock Showman” honor. She and her sheep competed against five other division winners. Hope is a nine year 4-H member.Ten-year member, Luke Hass won the Indiana State Fair Public Speaking Trip Award. Hass is now eligible for a leadership trip to Washington D.C. later this year.last_img