Open consultation: The impact of tobacco laws introduced between 2010 and 2016

first_imgWe want your opinions and evidence on the legislation. Your views will help us to assess whether the legislation has achieved its objective and whether legislation is still the best way of achieving that objective. We are conducting a post-implementation review looking at the tobacco legislation introduced between 2010 and 2016.The review considers how effective tobacco legislation has been in: displaying tobacco products and prices in shops selling nicotine-inhaling products, including e-cigarettes, to under 18s buying nicotine-inhaling products on behalf of someone under 18 (proxy purchasing) smoking in cars containing children The legislation introduced during this time includes bans on: discouraging young people from taking up smoking and vaping encouraging existing smokers to quit protecting others from the harmful effects of cigarette smokelast_img read more

Remembering The Incredible “Concert For New York City” In The Wake Of 9/11 [Watch]

first_imgFollowing the tragic and horrific events of September 11th, 2001, New York City quickly galvanized in a way I had never witnessed. Everyone was searching for answers that would never be found, and we all realized that we had to return to our normal lives in one way or another. The grieving would have to stop, and, in lieu of that void, a celebration of life began.I was lucky to witness New York Mets superstar Mike Piazza and his towering home run against the Atlanta Braves on September 21st in person. It seemed like the first moment of true celebration since the towers came down. My family went home that night and stayed up late watching the America: A Tribute To Heroes telethon, which was broadcast on all of the major networks. Musical performances were provided by Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and more to help raise $200 Million in aide and relief efforts. It was incredible, however this was just a warm-up for the outpouring of love and positivity that would come with the expertly executed Concert for New York City.The Concert for New York City was, by all means, the night that we as a city (and as a country) howled into the night in jubilation and celebration. The show featured a ridiculous lineup of rock icons mixed in which speeches by major politicians, skits by comedians, and short-films by New York filmmakers. Paul McCartney organized the event, and made sure to bring a ton of his musical friends from the U.K. as a sign of solidarity. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, The Who, and Elton John all performed at the event, as did reclusive New York transplant David Bowie. McCartney made sure to include a ton of American talent as well, with James Taylor, Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Melissa Ethridge, Goo Goo Dolls, and Backstreet Boys all featured alongside the British icons. It was a truly impressive effort, and I remember being in complete awe of the lineup when it was announced. America had been attacked for our way of life, and our response was to showcase the brightest and most talented artists of our time. The event was slated to take place on October 20th at the mecca of American entertainment, NYC’s Madison Square Garden.While the show featured several standout performances, it was the night’s opener that immediately connected with the audience. David Bowie opened the night with a beautiful solo take on Simon and Garfunkel‘s “America”. Bowie followed up with a short speech: “Hi, friends. Hi, fellow New Yorkers. I’d particularly like to say hello to the folks from my local ladder, you know where you are. I must say, it’s an absolute privilege to play for you tonight.” Bowie then launched into a celebratory version of “Heroes”. It was at this point that the cameras showed the audience, filled with police officers, firefighters, first responders, and the families of those lost in the tragedy. An emotional reveal for sure, and a powerful moment for all in the room, as all of these heroes weren’t seen mourning; rather, they were smiling, cheering, and celebrating life with each other, waving American flags throughout the evening and going crazy for their favorite musicians.Watch David Bowie perform Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” and his own “Heroes” at the Concert For New York City below: The other set that sticks out is the powerful, earth-shattering performance by veteran rockers The Who. Actor John Cusack, clearly a huge fan of the band, went absolutely wild when introducing them as he was surrounded by a sea of equally excited first responders. The band kicked off their set with a super-charged “Who Are You”, with Pete Townshend showcasing his wild guitar windmills all the while. The next track, “Baba O’Riley”, saw the audience bursting with energy, drowning out Roger Daltrey‘s vocals as they screamed the song’s “teenage wasteland” refrain. “Behind Blue Eyes” provided an emotional moment, before “Won’t Get Fooled Again” brought the roars back to MSG. The crowd ate up The Who’s passionate performance, and it served as the night’s greatest highlight. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” served as a rallying cry that evening, and it became the theme of the night, as well as the theme of an entire generation of Americans.Watch the entire powerful performance by The Who at the Concert for New York City, courtesy of Daily Motion’s IvorTheEngineDriver. The night contained plenty of other standout performances, almost too many to count. Many of the entertainers had close ties to New York City in one way or another; Billy Crystal performed a comedy routine; New Jersey hero Bon Jovi performed hits like “Living on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive”; Brooklyn-boy Jay-Z performed “Izzo” (H.O.V.A.)”; Adam Sandler reprised his role as Operaman from Saturday Night Live for a raucous, Osama Bin Laden-themed comedy bit that had the crowd doubled over with laughter.Billy Joel took the stage to a huge ovation, and he returned the energy in kind with energetic performances of “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” and a show-stopping version of “New York State of Mind”. Elton John delivered a standout version of “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” before his brother in keys, Billy Joel, returned to the stage to perform an excellent duet performance of “Your Song”. And, of course, the evening’s organizer, Paul McCartney, performed the show’s finale. He delivered a six-song set that included emotional takes on “Yesterday” and “Let It Be”, as well as the debut of his song “Freedom”, which had been written as a response to the attacks. He encouraged the crowd to clap along with the song’s beat, providing a true moment of togetherness between the audience and quite possibly the world’s most legendary living musician. He performed the new number while surrounded by giddy first responders form the NYPD and NYFD.The benefit concert, which was aired live on MTV sister network VH1, raised $35 Million over the course of its broadcast. The concert would go on to be considered one of the most important nights in modern musical history, and in the long and winding history of New York City. For one night, the entire city and country was aligned in celebration, in mourning, and in togetherness. It set the tone for all of us to finally move forward, with the entire city buying into the “won’t get fooled again” mantra that The Who had provided. It was an unbelievable night indeed, and all who witnessed it at MSG or on television at home saw something special, unique, and perfect.The Concert for New York City is available for viewing on YouTube for a ridiculously low price of $3.99, which you can access by clicking here. The run-time is just under five hours, and contains all of the night’s performances and short-films. It may be fifteen years later, but the raw emotion and feelings of unity feel just as strong today as they did all those years ago. It made a huge impression on me as a teenager, the impact of which I can still feel to this day. Music provided the ultimate moment of peace, release, togetherness, and relief. It was a remarkable, inspirational night that showcased the awesome power of artistic expression.Peace and love to everyone affected by the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Thanks to all of the first responders for their heroics, and thanks to my beloved New York City for turning such a tragedy into so much positivity and togetherness.Listen to Paul McCartney’s 9/11-inspired anthem “Freedom”, performed live at the Concert for New York City, courtesy of YouTube user nowhereman113.last_img read more

Merry and bright?

first_imgAccording to the song, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for many, it’s the time of year filled with added pressures, demands, and unrealistic expectations that leave them feeling decidedly less than wonderful.To better understand how the holiday season can trigger the blues ­— and how to avoid them ­— the Gazette spoke with Natalie Dattilo, director of psychology in the psychiatry department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety.Q&ANatalie DattiloGAZETTE: This is supposed to be a happy, joyous time of year, so why do so many end up feeling down around the holidays?DATTILO: With my patients I talk about stress being something we experience when the real and/or perceived demands of a situation outweigh our real or perceived resources. That’s one way to frame any sort of problem for which we are experiencing an overwhelming amount of stress or pressure or even burnout — in other words, what’s being asked of us is more than we have to offer.So what are our resources that we bring to a situation? We have our time, energy, money, in some cases, effort, and interest. Sometimes there’s just an imbalance when those resources are being depleted. And I think the holiday season is a good example of a time in which there’s an imbalance, that what’s being asked of us is more than what’s usually being asked of us, and that can be pretty stressful at baseline.And what’s being asked of us around the holidays? Well, we’re working hard to finish tasks and projects so that we can go enjoy some time with family and friends. So that time crunch is a real experience for people. There are social activities, and events, and people, and wrapping presents, and cooking meals, an entire additional list of things to do that are all really important, or supposed to be important, which I think is another perceived demand of the situation that can exacerbate our feelings of stress. So there are real demands, and then there are things that we put on top of that, like the expectation that it should be fun, and joyful, and everybody should be getting along, and feeling merry. Those expectations are all just adding more pressure to the situation because we might not be able to match them.Natalie Dattilo specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety.GAZETTE: Do you draw a distinction between stress and depression around the holidays?DATTILO: I do make a distinction, although it’s a fine distinction. For those of us who may be prone to experience bouts of depression, our risk for that is elevated during times of stress. If that is something that you know about yourself, that you are prone to bouts of depression, this time of year you could be particularly vulnerable simply because the stress at baseline is elevated and that’s a risk factor for episodes of depressive relapse.The connection for me between periods of prolonged stress and depression is when we begin to feel ineffective in our ability to meet the demands of a situation and really helpless in our ability to do well under such circumstances. Around the holidays we often feel we can’t perform well, be happy all the time, buy great presents, remember everybody, wrap all the presents. When that gap feels really wide, we can feel really helpless and powerless to the demands of the situation and that can be enough to trigger a state of dysphoria or depression for some people because it feels helpless, but it can also feel hopeless. Some people feel there is no way they can ever participate in the way that is being asked of them.GAZETTE: Do you have any sense if men and women suffer differently or in greater numbers, or if children are particularly at risk?DATTILO: I think one of the things about the holidays that might be a unique feature for people is the emphasis on family, and if you have lost loved ones, I think the same would hold true for men, women, or children when the holidays serve as an anniversary or as a reminder of people who are no longer with us. If that is an area that is sensitive for people, that might be one factor that is a little bit different this time of year. There are also just difficult family dynamics. To me that speaks to the expectation about how families ought to function and if you are not in one of those “happy” situations you can feel particularly vulnerable this time of year.GAZETTE: Do you relate the holiday blues to seasonal affective disorder?DATTILO: The timing of the holidays as it relates to seasonal affective disorder is unfortunate because I think people can experience seasonal affective disorder and struggle during the winter months, and that may affect their ability to engage in the holidays in a way that they would enjoy. It’s a little bit again the chicken and the egg. I don’t know if the seasonal affective disorder would be triggered by the holidays, but the holidays certainly don’t help some people who are suffering with the shorter days and fewer hours of sunlight. But I would also suggest that for some people who do suffer with seasonal affective disorder that the holidays might actually be helpful. The holidays might give them a boost in their mood if they are able to experience them in an uplifting way and bring them some relief, as opposed to the other way around.GAZETTE: The holidays are so often overrun with food. Is the tendency to overeat connected to how we might be feeling?DATTILO: One hundred percent. It’s cause and effect. It’s hard to know which of those is affecting the other. Do we feel more stressed and so we are eating more, or is it the other way around?GAZETTE: What are your suggestions for how people can cope with the stress of the season?DATTILO: One of the things that is important for people to keep in mind is self-care. We don’t take a break from self-care during the holidays. It might be a bit more challenging, especially if we are operating outside our normal routine and traveling, or visiting family, but making self-care a priority can be an important antidote.Sleep is key. Often during the holidays your sleep schedule can be thrown off, so remembering to get enough sleep is important.Alcohol use can go up around the holidays, so being mindful of that is important.Monitoring your expectations and the mindset that you bring to either events or the holiday season itself is critical. Sometimes we talk about the holidays being stressful, and as a result we then expect them to be stressful. And when we expect things to be stressful, that can in turn become the reality. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you can adjust your mindset in such a way to remind yourself that while it may be stressful, it’s also a time to practice gratitude, and connection. And even if you are not doing that with other people, you can still use the holidays as a time for self-reflection, for self-appreciation and joy.If you find that this is a time of year that you struggle, I recommend that you take a minute to sit down and make a list of the things about this time of year that are important to you and that you value, and then make sure the things that you are doing are in line with those things that are on that list. When science meets mindfulness Lower risk of depression with elevated exercise Smartphones, teens, and unhappiness 35 minutes a day of physical activity may protect against new episodes, even in the genetically vulnerable Researchers study how it seems to change the brain in depressed patients Spike in depression led psychologist to find a link Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

SMC elects, appoints new senate members

first_imgWhile the United States celebrated the 226th anniversary of its Constitution on Sept. 17, Saint Mary’s students worked on amending theirs.  Kat Sullivan, Saint Mary’s student body president, said the Student Government Association (SGA) is set to modify the student senate this year in the interest of transparency. Sullivan said the senate will include nine senators, who will represent each student class, and the Belles Connect scholars, which is a group of students otherwise underrepresented for socioeconomic reasons. “There are two members from each class either elected or appointed and one Belles Connect representative that will sit on the Senate and vote,” Sullivan said.  The Saint Mary’s senate, which has been in existence for only one year, is responsible for making sure SGA spending reflects students’ needs. Maddy Martin, vice president of SGA, said the senate decides how best to allot the budget. “The goal of the senate is to be cost-effective and beneficial to SMC as a whole,” said Martin. “The senate is the single voting body in student government. They act as sort of a checks and balances for the rest of the interest groups on campus.” On Tuesday, SGA announced the newly elected freshman and senior senators. Mary Clair Burchett will represent the first years, while Chelsea Fordon and Hannah Mudd will vote on behalf of the seniors.  The second freshman seat currently remains vacant, and no one ran for the sophomore and junior class positions this year. Sullivan said the freshman seat will be filled by appointment after a formal application process that is open to interested first years. Junior class president Nicole O’Toole said she attributes the absence of senators from these classes to a lack of understanding of the relatively new student government body. “I don’t think it’s a lack of interest, it’s just the second year of this program,” O’Toole said. “No one knew what it meant to be a senator.” Sullivan said she believes uncertainty about the restructuring of the senate is discouraging students from participating in it. “People are still unsure about how the structure works. A lot of girls expect it to be like last year,” Sullivan said. “We’ve reformatted it but we’re still improving and adjusting.” Stephanie Bridges, the director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS), advised the boards of the classes lacking senators to appoint someone from within their board, Martin said. Bridges’ familiarity with the administration’s guidelines makes her a perfect guide during the upcoming year’s ‘trial run,’ Sullivan said. Martin said she and Sullivan rely on Bridges when it comes to questions of the College’s policies. “Stephanie acts as an advisor,” Martin said. “Kat and I will go to her for anything and with everything because she is aware of policies and procedures of the college.” Sullivan said the appointment of senators to fill the empty positions will hopefully be carried out at the first senate meeting. “Since no one ran in the senator elections for the classes of 2015 and 2016, Maddy and I have reached out to the 2015 and 2016 Class Boards. They will appoint senators within their Class Board,” Sullivan said. “We will have a motion to include the appointed senators at the first senate meeting. If this is approved by all voting members, then we will move forward.” Sullivan said once the leadership roles are filled, senators should continue to reach out to the student body to engage their peers in the senate’s work. The meetings themselves are organized in a town hall-like fashion to encourage inclusiveness, she said. “We want the Senate to be more approachable so they can contribute to issues more closely related to the concerns of the students,” Sullivan said. “We want to communicate with everyone very openly, we want to be as transparent on campus as possible.” She said, overall, communication between the student government and the body it represents should extend both ways.  “We want students to be more aware of what each board does,” Sullivan said. “Even the all school formal – RHA [Residence Hall Association] is responsible for its production but people think SGA hosts that.” Echoing this sentiment, Martin said SGA leaders want students to recognize the purpose of student government. “Collectively we want people to understand the role of SGA,” Martin said.  Sullivan said her executive, non-voting role involves ensuring people carry out their designated responsibilities. She said this aspect of her job as SGA president essential during the current time of transition and shifting responsibilities.  She also said the responsibilities of all members of student government are greater relative to their counterparts at other schools due to the size of Saint Mary’s. “Because our school is so small, we have a lot more responsibility compared to other students,” Sullivan said.  Martin said senate members have opportunities to work with high-level administrators at the College. “Administrators trust us,” Martin said. “I find it so cool that members of our Senate are on boards that hear the intimate details of the highest level of the College’s administration.”  Sullivan said the senate has many responsibilities around campus beyond simply allocating funds. “There are so many different aspects that the [senate] focuses on throughout campus, like the Sophia program which specializes in academics,” Sullivan said. “The new constitution even addresses changes within a senate, so if this happens again how we will handle it.” Sullivan said that for those interested in pursuing a senate position in the future, the role requires a minimum of two hours a week between the senate meeting and class board meetings. “We added more non-voting members in addition to the executive members already sitting on the senate. The purpose of the senate is to have an outside body [to] voice student needs.” To read the student constitution online, visit the SGA Portal on Orgsync.last_img read more

Are you asking the right questions?

first_imgWhen leaders ask questions, they usually have one of four main objectives in mind: to understand, assess, innovate or motivate. That’s according to The L Group co-founder Lee Colan. But the way we ask purposeful questions can affect whether we gain understanding or walk away empty-handed.Colan puts it this way: “There is rarely a right answer to a wrong question.”In a recent post, he suggests asking questions that will help you better understand your employees, rather than just a project or process. For example: continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Binghamton University offers resources to help students adjust to virtual classes

first_imgJulia Milewski, the Assistant Director for Student Transition and Success, and Success Coach, says the center is there for all types of students’ needs like time management, study skills, and tutoring, just to name a few. Milewski also stressed the importance of staying engaged, especially at a time when continuously being online and on zoom conference calls can be fatiguing. VESTAL (WBNG) — As college students continue to navigate through the fall semester, Binghamton University is reminding its students that the school has many resources available to help with the transitions.center_img She also highlighted other initiatives the University is offering to connect students both from off and on campus, and stresses the importance of using the University’s resources.last_img read more

Maersk Signs Compliant Fuel Deal with PBF Logistics

first_imgDanish shipping major Maersk has signed an agreement with PBF Logistics, which would deliver 10% of its annual fuel demand ahead of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 global sulphur regulation.Under the deal, Maersk would source and PBFX would process crude oil at CPI Operations LLC, a PBF Logistics LP terminal facility in New Jersey, United States. This would enable Maersk Oil Trading to supply IMO 2020-compliant 0.5% marine fuel to its customers on the US East Coast.Annual production will be around 1.25 million metric tonnes (mt), the equivalent of around 10% of A.P. Moller – Maersk’s annual fuel demand.“This processing agreement forms a cornerstone in Maersk’s fuel sourcing strategy for the IMO 2020 sulphur cap,” Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, said.“The vast majority of our fleet will comply with the regulation through use of compliant low sulfur fuels. With the capability to produce and store compliant low sulfur fuel on the U.S. East Coast we take control of the fuel supply in a key maritime hub for us. We will continue our drive to ensure compliance in all geographies come 2020.”In August 2018, Maersk and Vopak signed a leasing agreement for storage of 2.3 million mt 0.5% compliant fuel, equivalent of around 20% of Maersk’s annual fuel demand, at the Vopak Europoort Terminal in Rotterdam.last_img read more

Umpiring Baseball

first_imgThe other day I was watching a Youth League baseball championship game.  It was a great contest between two very good young baseball teams.  Unfortunately, the game ended on a sour note.I have umpired many ball games in the past and know how tough it is to make calls on the field.  One thing I learned–unless it is very obvious, you never change a call.  You make a decision quickly and stand by it.  When you hesitate and then reverse a call, you let yourself open for criticism.In this game, the call was perceived as the 3rd out in the final inning and the young men on the field started their celebration.  Later they found out that the decision had been reversed and the player was called safe.  After this, the other team tied the game and won in extra innings.Again, I don’t think there would have been any controversy had the call stood and the game ended.  After all, there is no replay in amateur baseball.last_img read more