Mental Health, Suicide Awareness Key During Holiday Season

first_imgPhoto Credit: By Dr. BUZZ MINGINThe holiday season is joyous for many, and what we see in the media and on TV commercials suggests warm family gatherings, loving interpersonal relationships and an optimistic view of the new year to come.Unfortunately, there is another side to the holidays. The pressures of everyday life, relationships, difficult financial situations, even the change in seasons can lead people to dark places mentally.  In some of the worst-case situations, people are overwhelmed and desperate and may have suicidal thoughts or even act on those thoughts.It’s important to understand the “why” of suicide, if we hope to prevent it.When people hear a tragic story of a person inflicting insult to themselves resulting in death, the perceptions of others is often incorrect as to “why” the deceased made such a drastic decision to no longer live.In neuroscience, we define Trauma as inescapable stress to the brain. In other words, when the brain is disturbed by constant, inescapable stress, that disallows the thinking part of the brain from strategizing through situations nor being able to see any possibilities of recovery. Sadly, death becomes the only means the non-thinking part of the brain can perceive as a way to not feel disturbed, depressed, scared, sad or paranoid.It’s important to know that the part of the brain that influences suicide is called the subcortical region, or the bottom part of the brain. Interestingly, this part of the brain has no thinking capacity. So, when the brain is ailing and won’t negotiate with the top part of the brain (the cortical/cerebrum or the thinking part of the brain) the stress that the brain experiences becomes exacerbated and desperate.Because there is no thinking capacity in the subcortical region of the brain (the bottom part of the brain that suicidal ideation resides), suicidal people are not able to think logically, plan, strategize, understand cause and effect nor use practical or sophisticated judgement as the cortex (thinking part of the brain) is unavailable to sufferers. Therefore, when people learn of someone who is suicidal, it is common for them to put blame on those who are suicidal for upsetting loved ones.Others may mistakenly compel suicidal individuals to feel guilty for being suicidal, and/or make unreasonable demands of suicidal people such as suggesting one needs to think more positive or be grateful of what one has. At the same time, the system of care finds it simply convenient to prescribe medication without regard to the precursor that could be causing the “inescapable stress to one’s brain.”Some of the precursors could include but not be limited to the following as witnessed by me at my clinical center in southern New Jersey: Trauma i.e. victims of abuse, Seasonal Affective Disorder, mental health disorders, i.e. Depression, Craniocervical Syndrome Junction Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Substance Abuse, chronic medical condition(s), chronic sleep conditions, hormonal conditions, toxicity to the brain i.e. mold, and many other undiscovered reasons.It’s important that the world recognizes that it is never the initial goal for one to take his or her own life. But, without resolution as to what is causing the impairment, the brain activates a “Flight Response” (responsible by Adrenal glands that produce Cortisol) in many suffering individuals that makes the sufferer feel, not think, that the only way to rid the pain and suffering is to end one’s life.Even more complicated, suicidal people often get a rush of energy developed by higher levels of cortisol (commonly called a cortisol burst/rush) that reinforces the idea that dying is a viable option. As a result, when a suicidal person entertains the idea, a false reality, that dying would feel better than suffering, the sufferer is highly “at risk.” This is called ideation, the process of entertaining the feeling of ending one’s own life, which results in the sufferer feeling a burst of positive energy coming from perceiving that the suffering can immediately end.Once the thought of dying is no longer creating an energy rush, the sufferer commonly adds to the perceived anticipated experience then by creating or adding to the plan. This now creates another Cortisol rush that gets the sufferer through the moment or through the day. To keep the rush, the sufferer may investigate ways to die. In other words, the sufferer is now most “at risk” for following through with the suicide attempt, which gives the sufferer a final boost of energy to actually now complete the act.This process happens even if the thinking part of the brain is suggesting to the suicidal person that this is not a good idea. This moment of conflict is called cognitive confusion, moral confusion, or spiritual confusion. These moments are when the thinking part of the brain doesn’t agree with the emotional impulse that is manipulating a suffering person’s behavior. Analogously, this is a similar feeling that a person experiences when one has the flu and perceives he will feel better if he simply takes medicine or escapes going to school or work that day.Another example could be a child who is physically hurt and feels his mother’s comfort is the only means to take away the pain. Therefore, he craves his mother’s attention at any expense. Another example could be a drug addict who can’t imagine going through another minute of the day without getting high and the more he feels he needs to get high, the more he will act on impulse.  Although tough to hear and impossible to imagine by most, this is how the brain works when one’s stress is inescapable to one’s brain.In summary, there are many reasons why people feel suicidal, entertain the thought of ending one’s own life, and actually following through with the plan to do so.Identifying the precursor that causes impairment is paramount. Otherwise, the sufferer may never get better. It’s critical that people recognize that the dysfunction of any suicidal person resides in the subcortical region of the brain. This realty and understanding is a must in order for supporters of the ill to not exacerbate their conditions by lecturing those who are suicidal, making suicidal people feel guilty for being suicidal, and simply trying to negotiate ill people out of making a poor decision when, in fact, the region of the brain that evaluates, decides, and makes logical choices is not even available to suicidal people.Understanding the brain parts, functions and chemistry are a first step in preventing suicides and reducing the number of successful suicide attempts in today’s society.It is hoped the “stigma” attached to mental illness and suicide can be erased with such understanding.If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.last_img read more

BroadwayCon Has Officially Kicked Off! Get in on the Action with

first_img View Comments The second annual BroadwayCon has officially started! The “comic con for theater lovers” is taking place January 27 through January 29 at the Javits Center in New York City, and will be hanging there all weekend long. Come stop by our epic booth to snap a pic on our Wall of Winners and win prizes all weekend long from BroadwayBox. Going to BroadwayCon 2017? Be on the lookout for a slew of stars, including Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Chita Rivera, Brandon Victor Dixon, Darren Criss, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Gonzalez, Ben Platt, Alice Ripley, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Jackson, Lesli Margherita, Alex Brightman, Max von Essen and many more.On social media during your visit? Of course you are. Be sure to use #bwaycomatcon on your posts from the booth and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat all weekend long. We can’t wait to see you there!last_img read more

Rijiju warns NSFs of “acts” inviting suspension before Tokyo Olympics

first_img COMMENT 9 months ago Kiren Rijiju: ‘We will form a committee for Sports Code’  READ: Deontay Wilder unhappy with Mike Tyson post Luis Ortiz fightArchery Association of India was suspended The Archery Association of India was suspended due to fighting between two favtions and its failure to conduct free & fair election  forcing the country’s top archers to compete under the IOC flag. On Thursday, Deepika Kumari won a gold, while Ankita Bhakat bagged a silver at Asian Championships – the Continental Qualification Tournament held in Bangkok. With this, India is assured of at least one Olympic quota with top 3 archers qualifying with a maximum of one per NOC.READ: Policies, programmes brought us success, don’t change them before Olympics: Jaspal RanaREAD: Olympic chief says will “do everything” to ensure Russia at 2020 Games Session ID: 2020-09-09:96db8419f180496677d643b5 Player Element ID: video_player_5f58329593150 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Suman Ray Citing Archery Association of India’s suspension, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday urged all the other National Sports Federations from doing anything that may lead to a similar situation ahead of Tokyo Olympics next year.READ: UFC faces Eminem curse; fan creates compelling theory to prove it’It’s really sad’: Rijiju Last Updated: 29th November, 2019 00:16 IST Rijiju Warns NSFs Of “acts” Inviting Suspension Before Tokyo Olympics Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday urged all the other National Sports Federations from doing anything citing Archery Association of India’s suspension 9 months ago Bajrang Punia receives Khel Ratna from Rijiju; promises a surprise at Olympics 9 months ago Kiren Rijiju calls for Centre-State joint effort to promote Fit India Movement Written By SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND “Its really sad that archers Deepika Kumari and Ankita Bhakat were forced to compete under the IOC flag.We don’t want out athletes to compete under neutrala flag. The national sports federations must not do anything that leads to a suspension,” Sports Minister said on the sidelines of an award felicitation ceremony adding that “there should not be any factions. All the federations have to come together and we are willing to help all.” 9 months ago Kiren Rijiju: Fitness levels in the country not upto the mark First Published: 29th November, 2019 00:16 IST Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED 9 months ago Rijiju: Selection of sports persons clean, transparentlast_img read more

Alexander: Clippers bolstered their roster, but gritty culture hasn’t changed

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The T-shirts draped over the backs of Staples Center seats Tuesday night, courtesy of the Clippers, were a reflection of how L.A.’s upstart franchise – and in the eyes of many observers, the NBA’s next champion – sees itself.“Driven over given,” they said. Or “We over me,” “Squad over self,” and “Streetlights over spotlights.”It’s gritty and at the same time, subtly slick marketing, based on the “L.A. Our Way” mantra the Clippers introduced last season. Set yourself apart from the legacy franchise, emphasize keeping it real, create a contrast between the other team’s Hollywood image and your own blacktop mentality.One problem Tuesday night: How many of those Clippers T-shirts were tossed aside by Laker fans assuming their seats for the season opener? From the moment the Clippers hype video on the scoreboard was booed – heck, from the moment the guy in the 300 seats yelled “Go Lakers!” during the National Anthem – the pro-Lakers spectators for what was technically their road game just reinforced an underdog mentality that fueled the Clippers’ 48-win season in 2018-19 and could take them much further this season, if the pundits and oddsmakers and, yes, the league’s general managers are correct.Then again, the Clippers fans in the announced crowd of 19,068 made themselves heard as the game, ultimately a 112-102 victory for their team, continued. An example: Just one game in, Kawhi Leonard is already hearing “M-V-P” chants from the faithful.Those championship predictions may be based on this: In adding Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers bolstered their talent level without appreciably messing with their already existing culture.“The way we played last year, and then you went out and targeted two free agents to kind of be the poster child of how we play, I don’t think we could have picked two better people than the two guys we ended up getting,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“… It’s probably great for the young guys more. I mean, our rookies, they get called upon a lot (by the veterans) when they don’t do right. And from the coach’s standpoint, I love it. I don’t have to do it. It’s nice.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img “There are a few guys that can affect a practice with their temperament,” Rivers said. “Surprisingly, J.J. was one of them. When he didn’t practice, our practice was bad. The pace was different. Obviously, KG was one you can name. There’s a group of guys (where) it’s business time.”Rivers also told a story of a pro golfer, whom he declined to name, during Tiger Woods’ heyday who groused about how Woods worked harder than anyone else.“And I was thinking, ‘OK, he’s No. 1 in the world and he works harder than you,’” Rivers said. “Odds are you’re not going to beat him, you know.“LeBron, Kawhi, they all do (carry that work ethic). It’s what they have in them. In Kawhi’s case, he definitely carries this on the practice floor.”But it is early.“It’s game one,” Leonard said. “That’s where we are. It’s hard to say until right about 20-30 games in, and once we get to that point, we’ll pretty much see who we are and we’ll keep building. Like Doc said, we haven’t played too much together in practice and this is our first game, so there’s a lot to grow from, a lot to build from.”Maybe it all will lead to a championship. Maybe it won’t. But the underdog mentality, and the unspoiled culture that goes with it, certainly won’t [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter It is not a total carbon copy of last year’s roster. Maurice Harkless was acquired from Portland, Rodney McGruder (who didn’t play Tuesday with an ankle sprain) and Patrick Patterson were signed as free agents, and Terance Mann, Mfiondu Kabengele, Derrick Walton and Amir Coffey are the aforementioned rookies.Counting Leonard and George, who will be inactive for a while as he recovers from shoulder surgery, that’s nine new faces on a 17-man unit including the two-way contracts of Coffey and Jonathan Motley. When you add the players who came over at midseason in trades, Landry Shamet, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac, that’s 12 of 17.“It’s really different,” Shamet said. “I mean, we have a new team, new players, new (actually remodeled) practice facility. It’s not the same at all. The same culture, the same mindset, same core guys. But you can’t compare this year and last year too much.”Yet the key pieces that are the beating heart of that culture are still around: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.And the highest-profile new guy has set a tone in his own way.Kawhi “is a great communicator, a great talker defensively, offensively,” Shamet said. “He’s very open. I think from the outside looking in, everybody views him as a quiet guy who doesn’t talk and doesn’t have any personality or whatever, however people view him.“But he’s a great guy, a really good teammate so far. And I’m glad he’s with us.”It’s a work in progress. Rivers said that Kawhi’s efficiency while on the floor with Williams and Harrell is about 10 percent of what it’s going to be, adding, “It’s going to get way better.”And while different combinations might need time to build familiarity, Beverley said the basics remain the same.“We’re so used to closing out games and fighting for whatever, especially the group that was here last year,” he said. “Of course, with the addition of Kawhi, it made it a lot easier tonight also.”Rivers has coached other guys, like Leonard, who have set a tone on the practice floor while demonstrating a serious approach to their craft. He rattled off some names Tuesday evening: Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and J.J. Redick, a guy you might not immediately think of in that vein.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Man Utd inflict first Spurs defeat on Mourinho as Liverpool romp clear

first_imgAll but one of the goals came in a frantic first half at Anfield as Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, who replaced the rested Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, put Liverpool 2-0 up inside 17 minutes.Michael Keane pulled a goal back for Everton before Origi got his second and Sadio Mane finished off a blistering counter-attack to make it 4-1.The scoring did not stop there as Richarlison cut the deficit once more, but Georginio Wijnaldum hammered the final nail in the Everton coffin as an eighth defeat in 11 league games sees the Toffees slip into the bottom three.“All the goals were incredible, outstanding,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “Wonderful goals, sensational passes, super pieces of football. I loved it a lot.on“We needed fresh legs and I had to show my respect to the boys in the squad, that’s all. They proved it. It is much more fun making changes, all of the boys are ready to deliver performances like this.”Leicester moved back above City as Liverpool’s closest challengers.Brendan Rodgers’ side were awarded a penalty after the break when Jonny Evans went down clutching his face inside the area and Jamie Vardy made no mistake, scoring for the seventh straight game.James Maddison sealed the points deep into stoppage time.Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, who was prolific during a loan spell at Aston Villa last season, proved the difference against Villa, heading in Reece James’s cross to open the scoring.Trezeguet bundled home to bring the visitors level before the break, but Abraham then turned provider by chesting down for Mason Mount to brilliant volley high past Tom Heaton.Wolves, in fifth place, remain unbeaten in the league since September and goals from Leander Dendoncker and Patrick Cutrone either side of half-time gave them a 2-0 win against a disappointing West Ham at Molineux.Southampton moved out of the bottom three with a 2-1 win against fellow strugglers Norwich.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho endured an unhappy return to Manchester United as Marcus Rashford struck twice in a 2-1 defeat for Tottenham while Liverpool maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, putting five goals past Everton.Second-placed Leicester equalled their top-flight league record of seven consecutive wins with a 2-0 victory against bottom side Watford while Chelsea bounced back from two consecutive league defeats to beat Aston Villa 2-1.Mourinho’s first loss since taking charge of Spurs eases the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United moved above Tottenham, up to sixth in the table.Rashford smashed United into an early lead with the help of some poor goalkeeping by Paulo Gazzaniga, the England international’s powerful shot creeping in at the near post and he had chances to extend the lead.Yet for all United’s dominance in the first 45 minutes, one moment of brilliance from Dele Alli pulled Mourinho’s men level before the break.Alli plucked the ball out of the air and skipped beyond two United defenders with one touch before slotting home his fourth goal in as many games since Mourinho took charge.United were handed the chance to retake the lead when Rashford went down under Moussa Sissoko’s challenge in the penalty area early in the second half and he put his recent spot-kick woes behind him to send Gazzaniga the wrong way.“The three points are massive for us,” said Solskjaer.“We’ve had too many draws this season and given too many points away from winning positions. It’s a great lesson the last two games (Sheffield United and Aston Villa) and we came back in a great manner.”Mourinho, sacked by United last December, described his reception at Old Trafford as “nice and polite”.“It’s a step back against a team that is playing with the same objective as us, trying to get up the table and reach the top six,” he said. “We need to keep going. We made mistakes but it’s not good to be crying about them now.”– Origi double –Liverpool emphatically restated their title credentials by thrashing their city rivals 5-2, surging eight points clear of Leicester after their 14th win in 15 games. Manchester City, in third place, are 11 behind the leaders.last_img read more

Pittsburgh has another breakdown in NCAAs

first_imgONE AND DONE–Wichita State Chadrack Lufile, left, fights for the ball with Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City, Thursday, March 21. (AP Photo/George Frey)by Lynn BeBruinAP Sports WriterSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — This was supposed to be a comeback season for Pittsburgh after failing to make the NCAA tournament last year.But a quarterfinal loss to Syracuse in the Big East tourney and a 73-55 thumping at the hands of Wichita State on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament had coach Jamie Dixon feeling bad for his players.“I’m sorry for our seniors to go out this way. They had great careers, and won a lot of games for us,” Dixon said of Dante Taylor and Tray Woodall, who wept during postgame interviews.Dixon, the subject of speculation surrounding the head coaching job at Southern California, said “Well, yes,” when asked whether he expected to be back at Pitt (24-9).“I just had my point guard break down here,” he added quickly. “That’s the farthest thing from my mind.”Woodall was leading No. 8 seed Pitt in scoring entering Thursday’s second-round game. He finished with two points on 1-of-12 shooting, including 0 of 5 from 3-point range, with five turnovers.“They played great and seemed to be far more aggressive,” Dixon said of the ninth-seeded Shockers. “Extremely disappointed in the loss. I know we’re a better team that what we played today.”The Panthers will go forward with 7-footer Steven Adams, forward Lamar Patterson and freshman Durand Johnson.Adams led Pitt (24-9) with 13 points and 11 rebounds in his first NCAA action, hardly overwhelmed at the big stage, something that could be a springboard for next year.“Well, it has to be,” Dixon said. “That’s what I told our returning guys … it’s something we’ve got to learn from and for Steve, he kept battling and kept going and was active around the glass.”Malcolm Armstead led Wichita State with 22 points and Cleanthony Early added 21. Carl Hall added 11 points for the Shockers (27-8), who face the winner of the No. 1-ranked Gonzaga-Southern game.The Shockers forced Pitt into 15 turnovers and held the Panthers to 35 percent shooting, including 1 of 17 from 3-point range.Woodall missed his first four shots and it didn’t get much better from there.Plenty of credit went to Tekele Cotton, who had the task of guarding Woodall.“Tray missed three layups there in a row at one point,” Dixon said. “It’s just one of those days for us. We talked about him being their best defender. … Our balance has been our key, but when you don’t have anybody shoot it well and you go 1 of 17 from the 3, there are not a lot of things you can point to.”The Shockers scored 21 points off turnovers and took advantage at the free throw line, making 33 of 41 attempts.Wichita State led 26-21 at the break but nearly doubled its offensive output in the second half.Early’s layup and two free throws by Armstead pushed Wichita State’s lead to 30-21 early in the second half. Johnson’s 3-pointer cut it to 30-26, and the Panthers were within 35-31 following a three-point play by James Robinson. Cotton answered with a 3-pointer to bump the Shockers’ lead to 38-31 with 12:44 remaining.Hall’s three-point play with under 12 minutes left gave the Shockers a 10-point lead, 41-31. Pitt pulled within six after four free throws but the Shockers went on a 6-0 run, fueled by a pair of steals, a dunk by Cotton and two more free throws by Early for a 47-35 advantage with 10:13 left.The Panthers wouldn’t get any closer than eight the rest of the way.The game was expected to be a defensive struggle, with Pitt allowing just 55.4 points and the Shockers known for dominating the glass with 38 rebounds a game.As expected, it was physical.When Adams went in strong for a dunk in the first half, he was fouled hard by Early.“We weren’t surprised at all,” Woodall said. “Coming into this game, coach emphasized to us that they were real physical. These guys were real tough.”last_img read more

Port Commission Approves Waterfront Project to Honor Late Billy Frank Jr.

first_imgFacebook122Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Port of Olympia Commission has approved a proposal to rename its East Bay Trail and NorthPoint Park in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr., in partnership with the Squaxin Island Tribe and the Frank Family.  After receiving a petition to rename a portion of Marine Drive in honor of the local leader, Port staff consulted with the family and conducted a broader public review process to determine how best to proceed.  This dialogue resulted in a modified proposal to celebrate the life and messages of Frank by directly linking them to the Puget Sound.The Port plans on renaming its East Bay Trail and NorthPoint Park in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr. Photo courtesy: Port of OlympiaAs currently envisioned, several educational kiosks and interpretive signs would be installed along the trail and in the park terminus, each highlighting a unique aspect of Frank, the Squaxin Island Tribe and the life-cycle of salmon. Signage would also be added to provide education about the native plants already lining the trail, and to commemorate two previous Canoe Landings (Squaxin, 2012 and Nisqually, 2016).The full project is estimated to cost approximately $80,000.  The Port Commission has agreed to provide up to $25,000 to support development and implementation costs, while the Squaxin Island Tribe and Salmon Defense will secure the remaining funds. A Dedication and Blessing Ceremony will take place on March 9 (Billy Frank Jr’s birthday) and project construction will begin shortly thereafter.“This is a great opportunity to educate people on the History of Billy Frank Jr.  He spent his life working to protect the environment and salmon. My Dad realized, after being arrested over 50 times for exercising his Treaty Right, that we all need to come together for the health of the salmon and Puget Sound,” stated Willie Frank.The plan includes several educational kiosks and interpretive signs. Photo courtesy: Port of OlympiaSquaxin Island Tribe Chairman Arnold Cooper stated, “The Squaxin Island Tribe is honored to be working with the Port of Olympia and the Frank family on the dedication of the Billy Frank Jr. Trail and Park. This is a great opportunity to honor Billy’s legacy while educating the community on our history and culture.”For information about the waterfront project including presentations, and information on project public outreach and participation, please visit the Port’s website at read more

Giants winning ways end at home against Cardinals

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The magic that led to a four-game winning streak on the road for the Giants evaporated Friday night in a 9-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park.The Cardinals started quickly with a pair of tape measure home runs by Jose Martinez (his eighth) and Paul Goldschmidt (his 14th) against Giants starter and loser Drew Pomeranz (2-9). Before the night was over, the Cardinals added on two triples, a double and a ninth-inning home run by Dexter Fowler (his 10th) before a …last_img

Debt on Downward Trajectory

first_img Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said the report from the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) Commission of Enquiry into the collapse of the financial sector in the 1990s is expected to be completed by November.  Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has informed that the debt trajectory under the Government’s economic programme is expected to fall to 108.6 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year.Currently, the debt trajectory stands at 115 per cent of GDP.Speaking at a press conference at his National Heroes Circle office in Kingston, on August 25, Mr. Shaw noted that “we’re on a pretty aggressive downward trajectory in terms of our debt as a percentage of gross domestic product”.“As a result of the latest debt operation, total debt will decline by US$58.5 million,” the Minister pointed out.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said the report from the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) Commission of Enquiry into the collapse of the financial sector in the 1990s is expected to be completed by November.The Minister attributed the delay to the volume of documents that had to be examined.“The volume of information that had to be sorted is much more extensive than was originally estimated. We’re talking about thousands and thousands of pages of testimonies from the various people of the Enquiry, so it’s taking longer,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that when completed, the report is expected to shed light on the collapse of the banking and business sectors and will provide certain lessons to “ensure that measures are put in place to prevent this from ever happening again in Jamaica”.The FINSAC Commission was set up in 2008, and more than $120 million has been spent to complete the report. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has informed that the debt trajectory under the Government’s economic programme is expected to fall to 108.6 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year. The FINSAC Commission was set up in 2008, and more than $120 million has been spent to complete the report. Story Highlightslast_img read more