Over 1,200 people killed themselves during 74 days of lockdown in Nepal

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown, enforced since March 24, are taking a toll on the mental health of people, triggering new issues while exacerbating existing ones, say public health experts.In a number of cases, these issues culminate in people taking their own lives, they say.During the first 74 days of the lockdown, 1,227 people (16.5 a day) across the country have ended their own lives compared to 5,785 (15.8 a day) in all of last year.Doctors say the lockdown has brought changes to the lives of people as they live in fear of contracting COVID-19. People are interacting with each other far less than usual, many have lost their jobs, and are struggling to repay their loans. An overall increase in economic burden is leading to a rise in anxiety, stress and depression, they say. Topics : On Saturday, 38-year-old Bhagwati attempted to kill herself at her home in Dolakha. Her children yelled for help. But by the time neighbors arrived, she was already unconscious. She was rushed to the district hospital, which referred her to Kathmandu as her condition was critical.”She was brought to our hospital on Sunday morning,” Dr Basudev Karki, a consultant psychiatrist at the Nepal Mental Hospital, told the Post. “Her condition remains critical.”Karki said Bhagwati had been under stress after her husband lost his job during the lockdown. The family was under pressure to repay their loan and Bhagwati was especially worried about being unable to provide for her children, according to relatives.center_img “This could be just the beginning as a lot of people are under a lot of stress,” said Dr Kamal Gautam, executive director at the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization, a mental health organization.In some cases, even minor issues have had serious consequences.Last week, a 12-year-old boy in Kirtipur attempted to kill himself following an argument with his father who was angry about him playing video games and watching television all the time, said doctors. The boy was rushed to the Nepal Mental Hospital.”The boy was in a critical condition. Doctors had to admit him into intensive care for four days,” said Karki, “He is recuperating now.”During high stress situations like pandemics, natural disasters, and wars, mental health problems are known to affect people, said Gautam. Cases of disorders such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and schizophrenia tend to increase significantly, sometimes at rates of three to five percent, he said.The issue of mental health during the pandemic has come to the forefront not just in Nepal, but also around the world. “The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is already extremely concerning,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general at the World Health Organization. “Social isolation, fear of contagion and loss of family members is compounded by distress caused by loss of income and often employment.”The UN health agency said that COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need to urgently increase investment in services for mental health or risk of a massive increase in mental health conditions in the coming months.The lockdown, which until recently prohibited all public movement, only contributed to aggravating mental health as people with pre-existing conditions were unable to receive counselling or medication, as many mental health doctors have asked patients not to visit health facilities, unless in case of an emergency.”This has meant that patients were unable to get new prescriptions and in most cases, pharmacies do not give out psychiatric medicine without a doctor’s prescription,” said Gautam.Government officials said that they were aware of the risks to mental health and were actively attempting to take countermeasures. Dr Phanindra Prasad Baral, chief of the mental health section at the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, said that the division has asked health facilities across the country to provide medicines for a minimum of 15 days to a month as patients are unable to visit health facilities frequently.There are also a number of helplines, run by both governmental and non-governmental agencies, that provide mental health counseling over the phone.The Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) suicide hotline (9840021600) and Patan Hospital crisis helpline for suicide prevention (9813476123) operate 24 hours. The Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (16600102005) provides helpline services between Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.last_img read more

Top Canada university says won’t call Taiwan part of China after complaint

first_imgA top Canadian university will stop referring in reports to Taiwan as part of China, following complaints from Taiwan’s government in a small diplomatic success for the Chinese-claimed island that faces growing Chinese pressure internationally.China has ramped up a campaign to get foreign companies and organizations to identify democratically ruled Taiwan as part of China, and often to directly name it as a Chinese province.Taiwan strongly objects to this, saying that it has never been part of the People’s Republic of China and that Beijing has no authority over the island. Taiwan’s foreign ministry said its de facto consulate in Vancouver had asked the University of British Columbia (UBC) not to “cave to Chinese pressure” and stop referring to the island as “Taiwan (Province of China)” on its website when listing the origin of overseas students.Kurt Heinrich, senior director of Media Relations at the university, said in an emailed statement to Reuters that they did not take a stand on political issues and were aware of political sensitivities about Taiwan-China relations.He said the university had adopted International Organization for Standardization (ISO) data standards for country codes, which “use United Nations sources to define the names of countries”.The United Nations considers Taiwan a Chinese province. Canada, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan. “Moving forward, UBC will only refer to Taiwan without any additional descriptors in future reports,” Heinrich said.”It is important to be clear that the utilization of ISO data standards is not indicative of the university taking a position regarding Taiwan.”Taiwan foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said on Tuesday they were pleased with the response, but that they were pressing the university to correct Taiwan’s name in the current student enrolment report.In March, Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University backed down on how it refers to Taiwan on a map detailing the spread of the new coronavirus after Taiwan protested at its inclusion of the island as part of China.Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery aims fresh swipe at former club Arsenal over sale of Aaron Ramsey

first_imgUnai Emery aims fresh swipe at former club Arsenal over sale of Aaron Ramsey Comment Advertisement Emery was sacked by Arsenal in November after a string of poor results (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery has aimed another dig at his old side, saying Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey left the Gunners to ‘join a big club’.This isn’t the first time the Spaniard has hit back at the north London outfit since he was relieved of his duties in November.Less than three months after his departure, Emery questioned the attitude of the squad, saying some players ‘asked for more than what they were giving back’.Gunners legend Ian Wright branded the former Sevilla manager as ‘delusional’ for suggesting that Arsenal were on a downward slope until he arrived and turned things around.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNow, the 47-year-old coach has bitten back again, he told TuttoJuve: ‘Ramsey decided to leave [Arsenal] and he joined a big club. Aaron will be very important for Juventus, as he shares their ambition. ‘I complimented him on his choice, because he picked a club where he can win a great deal. It’s an interesting challenge for him.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement Ramsey left Arsenal for Juventus in 2019 (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal defender David Luiz has spoken only about how football is more fun under new boss Mikel Arteta.The former Manchester City coach has enjoyed a promising start to his career at the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners the only Premier League side yet to lose in 2020.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery is still searching for a new club since leaving north London, but suggests he is leaning towards a role in Italy.He added: ‘I won’t rule out any country: England, France, Spain, where I already worked, or Italy, which I’ve never worked in before.‘I did have some contact with several Italian clubs, but for one reason or another, it was not possible to work here. I am open to everything and keep a very close eye on Serie A.’MORE: Liverpool begin talks to sign Eduardo Camavinga ahead of Man Utd and ArsenalMORE: Arsenal make Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer decision as Manchester United prepare £50m bidFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Mar 2020 4:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShareslast_img read more

Mercer enters agreement to acquire SCM Strategic Capital Management

first_imgStefan Hepp, founder and chief executive at SCM, said: “By maintaining SCM’s platform in Switzerland and its seasoned investment team, we will continue to partner with our clients to deliver superior returns and the high level of service that are hallmarks of our reputation.“The combination of SCM and Mercer will result in a truly global platform with a substantial increase in manager research and investment management capabilities and will allow us to integrate ESG ratings in the due diligence process.”The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, subject to conditions in the purchase agreement and regulatory approvals.The intention is that the entire SCM investment team will join Mercer, with Hepp becoming global business leader for private markets at Mercer, and Ralph Aerni, CIO at SCM, becoming global co-CIO for private markets at Mercer alongside Mike Forestner, who is currently director of private markets at Mercer.It is also intended that Hepp and Aerni will join the alternatives investment committee of Mercer. Mercer has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SCM Strategic Capital Management, the Switzerland-based specialist private markets adviser.Julio Portalatin, president and chief executive at the consultancy, said: “Mercer’s investment business has achieved excellent revenue growth, and SCM gives us an opportunity to build upon our outstanding global reputation.“We are prepared to invest in areas where we see an opportunity to anticipate client needs and to strengthen our advisory and investment management capability.”Phil de Cristo, president at Mercer Investments, said: “Increasingly, our investment clients are seeking advice regarding alternatives investment strategy, either through a custom portfolio or a delegated solution, and SCM is an excellent addition to Mercer’s already well-regarded alternatives capabilities.”last_img read more

Fifteen-minute Ebola test approved

first_imgHealthLifestyle Fifteen-minute Ebola test approved by: By James Gallagher, BBC News – February 20, 2015 105 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet The first rapid blood test for Ebola has been approved for use by the World Health Organization.It should allow patients to be identified, isolated and cared for as quickly as possible in an attempt to bring an end to the outbreak that has killed more than 9,300 people.It is less accurate than conventional tests, but takes minutes rather than hours to get a result.The test also works without electricity so it can be used in remote regions.Current Ebola testing requires a laboratory to analyse the blood for fragments of the virus’s genetic material.It can take between 12 and 24 hours to get a definitive answer.The ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test, developed by US company Corgenix, searches the blood for a different part of the virus.Trials in West Africa suggest it correctly identifies about 92% of people who have Ebola.Remote locationsThe World Health Organization said: “While less accurate, the antigen test is rapid, easy to perform and does not require electricity.“It can therefore be used at lower health care facilities or in mobile units for patients in remote settings.”It added that, where possible, the results from the rapid test should be confirmed by the more precise conventional testing.There were 128 new cases of Ebola in the three affected countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – last week.More than 23,250 people have been infected in the outbreak and 9,380 have died.Dr Ben Neuman, a lecturer in virology at the University of Reading, said: “The new test could help to quickly confirm outbreaks in remote areas without the need to send samples to a testing clinic and wait for results.“The new test isn’t about saving the lives of infected people, but it can help in the long run by making it easier and quicker to detect Ebola outbreaks.”last_img read more

Calypso Finals 2012 set!

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 28 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Calypso Finals 2012 set! by: – February 16, 2012center_img Share Share Some of the CalypsoniansMany say the best performance for the season is yet to come as ten Calypsonians including the reigning 2011 Calypso Monarch Tasha “Tasha P” Peltier will vie for the coveted title of the 2012 Calypso Monarch.With all the controversy surrounding the Finals leg of the competition; threat of an injunction on newcomer Abel “Checko” Jno. Baptiste’s second song “Bug” and Victor “Comforter” Bique who threatened to file a lawsuit against the Dominica Calypso Association claiming that he tied with another Calypsonian who made it through to the finals when he did not.This Thursday morning all 10 Calypsonians gathered at LIME’s press conference on Thursday to select a number which they will sing on the night of the Finals scheduled for this Saturday at the Festival City in Pottersville. Joey “Explosion” Loyd will start off the competition, followed by Raymond “Vigilante” Vigilant who is competing in the finals in the first time.Daryl “Bobb” Bobb is expected to sing at number three, Dave “Soul Puss” Pascal number four and four time calypso king Dennison “Dice” Joseph at number five.The number six Calypsonian for Saturday night’s show will be Webster “Webb” Marie followed by Gregory “Karessah” Riviere at number seven and new comer reigning Stardom Monarch of the Tent 2012 Abel “Checko” Jno. Baptiste.The reigning calypso Monarch Tasha “Tasha P” Peltier will sing at number nine, while Murphy “Sye” Jno. Jules will close the competition at number ten.President of the Dominica Calypso Association Kelly “The Ghost” Williams took the opportunity to advise the Calypsonians to use the coming days to rest and practice their song to ensure that they give patrons a great show without any glitches and forgetting of lyrics.The show will be held at the Festival City from 8:30pm, tickets cost $70 regular and $160.00 VIP. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Search begins for outstanding Ilongga leaders

first_imgThe Junior Chamber International (JCI)Iloilo Ilang Ilang is now accepting nominees. The nomination forms can be downloadedfrom Ang Ilongga Awards Facebook page and should reach the organization’se-mail address iloiloilangilang@gmail.com with the nominee’s name as heading onor before March 31, 2020./PN Ang Ilongga Committee will screen allthe nomination forms received and will determine the Top 5. After the panelinterview, the Top 3 will be determined and will already be called thefinalists. Nominees should be Filipinos who areat least 18 years old, bona fide residents of Iloilo province and emergingcommunity leaders who may or may not be working with people’s group or civilsociety organization. Different aspects of the nomineesshall be looked into such as leadership (30 percent), women empowerment (20percent), community and civic involvement (20 percent), and social impact (30percent). This is the fifth edition of the AngIlongga Awards: The Search for the Outstanding Woman Community Leader. It aimsto recognize the efforts of women leaders in effecting positive change insociety. Ang Ilongga Awards started in 2014. Itcovers the following sectors: justice, peace and order, health and wellness,education, culture and the arts, entrepreneurship, agriculture, fisheries andforestry, and disaster risk reduction and management. ILOILO – The search is on for the 2020outstanding women community leaders. These three will then be ranked afteran on-site validation to be conducted by the committee in-charge.last_img read more

Heitinga hints at Goodison exit

first_imgEverton defender John Heitinga has hinted he may be on his way out of the club this summer with no talks over a contract extension planned. Press Association The centre-back, who is 30 in November, is entering the final 12 months of the five-year deal he signed when he joined from Atletico Madrid for £6million in 2009. Having had a poor season and been behind Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin in terms of selection for central defence the Dutchman thinks now is maybe the time for the club to move him on. “If they want to earn something for me, this is the moment,” he told Voetbal International. center_img “I have made no arrangement with the club about that. I will just wait and see what happens.” Heitinga found himself in a similar position last summer only for interest from Fenerbahce to disappear after he claims the Toffees priced them out of the transfer. “Everton asked too much and the deal collapsed,” he added. last_img read more

Brilliant Liverpool hammer Everton

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored two and missed a penalty but it was captain Steven Gerrard who dictated the tone of the 222nd Merseyside derby as Everton were blown away in a scintillating first half. The England skipper had endured a miserable 45 minutes on his last appearance on this ground against Aston Villa 10 days ago but he rarely does not turn up for a cross-city clash. He duly led from the front and his influence plus Liverpool’s superior firepower meant the Toffees never stood a chance. Liverpool’s deadly strikeforce only allow you so many chances but the all-important breakthrough came from the captain in the 21st minute. Suarez whipped in a corner and the England midfielder cleverly lost marker Gareth Barry to power home a near-post header which James McCarthy on the line could not keep out. Gerrard wheeled away to celebrate with Suarez and that prompted some items to be thrown from the section of visiting fans in the Anfield Road end. It was to prove a double blow for Everton as Barry’s attempts to re-engage with Gerrard at the corner saw him clatter into team-mate Romelu Lukaku, resulting in the striker being carried off on a stretcher. Phil Jagielka forced Simon Mignolet into a good save and Kevin Mirallas fired wide but the momentum was all with the hosts and Coutinho’s diagonal pass sent Sturridge sprinting from the halfway line and his pace took him well clear to clip past Howard. If that was clinical his second, less than three minutes later, was brilliant as from Kolo Toure’s long ball forward he hooked a lob almost over his shoulder to easily beat Howard. For all the talk of Liverpool’s creaking backline – with four first-choice defenders out injured – they coped easily with an Everton attack now missing Lukaku although Toure had to produce a great recovering tackle to force Mirallas wide and Mignolet saved at his near post. Everton needed a positive start to the second half but, having replaced Steven Pienaar with Leon Osman, blew it five minutes in. Jagielka’s misjudgement on the halfway line gave Suarez the minimal opening he required and the Uruguay international raced 50 yards with both Everton centre-backs trailing in his wake to slot past Howard. Gerrard generously gave Sturridge the chance to complete his hat-trick when Sterling was brought down by the goalkeeper but the England striker ballooned his penalty into the Kop. To compound his error his greed in front of goal ignited the anger of Suarez, well-placed for the easiest of chances, but there is no doubt this is a partnership which delivers more often than not. Gerrard’s header opened the scoring in the 21st minute and was followed by Sturridge’s two in quick succession with Luis Suarez scoring his 23rd of the season just after half-time. Suarez and Sturridge now have 36 Premier League goals between them and remain the most crucial factor in Liverpool regaining their place among Europe’s elite. They helped lift some of the gathering gloom over the club’s failure to strengthen in the January transfer window with exactly the sort of performance to give a much-needed shot in the arm to their Champions League qualification challenge. It was not supposed to be like this for Everton as, following the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park in November and with their rivals in the top four by only a point, this was billed as the closest derby for years and the Toffees’ best chance of ending their 14-year run without a win at Anfield. Everton manager Roberto Martinez had taken his team to Old Trafford and won for the first time in 21 years last month but facing the old enemy on their own turf proved a different prospect. They came with the idea of imposing themselves and Ross Barkley, back 24 days after breaking a toe, blasted wide after just 64 seconds. Everton dominated the early possession but it was the hosts creating the chances with Jordan Henderson, Sturridge and Suarez, twice, denied by goalkeeper Tim Howard. The less prolific of the trio – Raheem Sterling – should have put his side ahead when Sturridge’s brilliant ball juggle and lobbed pass put him through but finishing is still an area the teenager needs to work on and Howard saved with his legs. Press Associationlast_img read more

Barcelona sack coach Setien following Bayern drubbing, call elections

first_imgBARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona have sacked coach Quique Setien and brought presidential elections forward to March 2021, the club said on Monday, three days after the Spanish side were hammered 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.Setien, 61, was appointed in January after the club sacked two-time league winner Ernesto Valverde despite his side sitting top of the La Liga standings on goal difference.But after Barca were condemned to their heaviest defeat in European competition on Friday, Setien was also sacked after only seven months in charge, after overseeing the club’s first trophy-less season in 12 years.Barca finished second in La Liga behind champions Real Madrid and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage by Athletic Bilbao. “This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days,” added Barca’s statement on Setien.According to widespread Spanish media reports, Netherlands coach and former Barca defender Ronald Koeman is set to be named as Setien’s successor. The statement, which was released more than nine hours after president Josep Maria Bartomeu and directors had begun a board meeting, also said the club’s hierarchy had decided against calling an election imminently in the wake of the Bayern defeat, as many fans and influential voices had demanded.“The board understand that an immediate call for elections is not feasible, given that the league season will begin on the weekend of September 12, 2020, and the situation arising from the COVID-19 crisis – both economically and socially,” added the statement.“Consequently, the club will continue to implement the plan to reverse the sporting and economic situation, based on profound changes to the first team, plus a redefined budget to deal with the new situation caused by COVID-19, before the end of the current mandate.” As at Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna, Barcelona presidents are voted for by club members.Bartomeu won the last election, held in 2015, but is barred from running in the next round of elections as he has already served two consecutive mandates, having been named president in 2014 after the resignation of Sandro Rosell.Victor Font is the front-runner for the election, while former president Joan Laporta has also declared his intention to run.last_img read more