WW Commentary: People with disabilities fight to be counted in the battle vs. COVID-19 and depression

first_imgFebruary 2000 protest at the State Capitol building in Sacramento by Calif. Network for Mental Health Clients to protest proposed legislation Assembly Bill 1800 to expand the criteria, lengthen involuntary inpatient commitment. During pandemic, involuntary psychiatric commitment is a death sentence! [Credit: antipsychiatry.org]“When the able-bodied community gets the sniffles, we get pneumonia. … The difficulties are multiplied tenfold,” said Damien Gregory, an African-American wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. (“Coronavirus Strains Safety Net for People with Disabilities,” Wall Street Journal, April 19)When asked about the numbers and statistics on how the COVID-19 coronavirus has affected people with disabilities, Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for the Independence of the Disabled New York  (CIDNY), told the interviewer: “People with disabilities are not being counted!” (Metrofocus, PBS, April 16)Dooha warned that people with disabilities are at higher risk for this pandemic due to the chronic conditions they face, the disparately more overcrowded facilities in which they live, their ages and the prevalence of living in poverty — all of which are dramatically increased for disabled people of color. Miscounting people with disabilities is nothing new in U.S. history! 2020, the year of the pandemic, is also a U.S. census year. However, racist, ableist and sexist methods of miscounting have also been used as weapons against the oppressed. The original Constitution of the U.S. counted enslaved African Americans as three-fifths of a person. In the U.S. censuses from 1840 through 1890, people considered “mentally ill” or “mentally re****ed” were counted in those categories. These data were used to facilitate forced institutionalization of people with emotional, mental, psychological and neurodivergent disabilities in prisons and asylums, as well as to perpetuate racist stereotypes with falsified statistics regarding African Americans and Indigenous peoples. (“A Disability History of the United States” by Kim E. Nielsen) It is significant that many of the people at the greatest risk for COVID-19 today in the U.S. are housed in nursing homes, so-called mental institutions and prisons.The U.S. Immigration Act of 1882 also “miscounted” disabled people by prohibiting people from entering the U.S. if they were “unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” These restrictions on the right of a disabled person to immigrate to the U.S. were made even more restrictive in 1891, 1903, 1907 and 1924. All these draconian laws were also racist in excluding Asian Americans, especially Chinese people.At Ellis Island in New York harbor during the peak years of U.S. immigration from 1870 to 1924,  when potential immigrants were screened, interviewed and examined, U.S. officials marked those with any form of disability with a chalked letter on their backs containing a different code for each disability, so it would be easier to exclude them. “X” was the mark given to people with “possible mental illness” and “X” with a circle for “definite mental illness.” (“More than Passenger Lists: The Other Records at Ellis Island” by Rhonda McClure, Ancestry.com, March 2006) This reporter’s mother, aunts and uncles entered the U.S. after going through Ellis Island.COVID-19 pandemic unleashes perfect storm of depression risksEmotional, mental, psychological and neurodivergent disabilities is a category of disability profoundly impacted by this pandemic.In an article titled “COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression, and the health care system isn’t ready for that, either,” clinical psychology scientists Jonathan Kanter and Katherine Manbeck at the University of Washington’s Center for the Science of Social Connection sounded the alarm: “Isolation, social distancing and extreme changes in daily life are hard now, but the United States also needs to be prepared for what may be an epidemic of clinical depression because of COVID-19. … We do not wish to be the bearers of bad news. But this crisis, and our response to it, will have psychological consequences.” (conversation.com, April 1)They elaborated on what they called a perfect storm of depression risks. They classified stress, loss, grief and catastrophic financial difficulties as robust predictors of depression, warning that loneliness breeds depression.  Kanter and Manbeck’s practice is in the state of Washington, the first U.S. COVID-19 epicenter.This reporter has experience with depression. I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia in 1975 and was improperly medicated for five years. Finally, a psychiatrist corrected the diagnosis, after first encouraging me to visit the library and study for myself what was then called manic depressive disorder (now called bipolar). My psychiatrist and I collaborated to match my symptoms more closely to manic depression in order to prove the first diagnosis wrong. This psychiatrist gradually weaned me off extremely addictive psychotropic medications which had caused serious side effects, including drowsiness, disorientation, uncontrollable shaking, inability to sleep and unusual and dangerous sensitivity to heat.In 1993, my 83-year-old mother was medicated against her will with some of these same antipsychotic drugs. After she refused to take her meds, a relative and a psychiatrist signed her into Hillside Psychiatric Hospital Strauss Cottage, where she was held for three weeks until she would agree to take her meds and comply with an Elder Care plan of seven days a week home care, for which my father would have to pay. My mother was forced to wear an ankle bracelet so she wouldn’t run away. When I visited her, a Jewish friend of hers, a Nazi Holocaust survivor, was being given electric shock treatment for her nightmares about the Nazi concentration camps. My mother died two years later.In 1990, the Supreme Court ruled that prisoners, who are disproportionately people of color, do not have the same rights as nonprisoners to refuse antipsychotic medications. Many now fear that they will be involuntarily forced to take unproven medications for COVID-19, which can be a death sentence — especially for those with cardiovascular and respiratory afflictions.This reporter recognizes that people with and without disabilities have been helped by the treatment of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. But the capitalist system, which puts profits before people, encourages and promotes abuse of patients and discourages nurturing, scientifically sound patient care.In 1981, when I first identified myself as a person with an emotional disability, I joined with comrade Betsy Gimbel in Workers World Party’s People with Disabilities Caucus at the All Peoples Congress in Detroit. The APC was the grandparent of today’s Peoples Power Assemblies. Betsy had been secretary of the great civil rights group Disabled in Action and helped lead the fight for wheelchair lifts on New York City buses. Betsy stressed that the most important thing about people with disabilities is our abilities.  I have traveled with scooter-user Mary Kaessinger in her struggles to navigate the 80 percent inaccessible New York subway system, when several people had to lift her and her scooter into a subway car because it is not at the same level as the platform. Sometimes she had to change her route and travel long distances to find a station with an elevator. She often enlightened me with the remark: “Welcome to my world.”COVID-19 has now “welcomed” the entire world to what disabled people have endured and known in our bones for centuries.All disabilities can be considered to constitute a rainbow in which the independent struggle of each disabled person for equal access, justice and health care enhances the overall struggles of all peoples with disabilities and of all the world’s workers and oppressed. Just as a pebble at the top of a snowcapped mountain can grow to be a huge boulder, we can create a world where everyone is counted and can contribute according to their abilities and receive according to their needs.Edward Yudelovich, a Workers World Party People with Disabilities Caucus organizer with emotional and hearing loss disabilities, dedicates this article to the memory of Rosemary Neidenberg, whose encouragement helped fuel his activism for the past half century.         FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Minor injuries reported in rollover crash

first_imgVersailles, Ind. —A rollover crash blocked one lane of traffic on U.S. 421 Monday morning at 7:15.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says a truck driven by Jacob Kessler, 29, of Paris, Texas, rolled near the Decatur County line. Kessler was removed from the wreckage by first responders from the Napoleon Fire Department and treated for minor injuries. Traffic was reduced to one lane for about two hours.last_img

CMU head coach John Bonamego reaches out to Scott Shafer about Dungey

first_img Published on September 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said he’s spoken to Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego about the targeting penalty that injured quarterback Eric Dungey, and said SU has “moved beyond it.”Chippewas defensive lineman Mitch Stanitzek told the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun that he wanted to apologize to Dungey after the helmet-to-helmet contact with him on Saturday sidelined SU’s quarterback for the second half and likely the game on Saturday against No. 8 Louisiana State (2-0, 2-0 Southeastern).Stanitzek was ejected from the game, a 30-27 in overtime win for the Orange (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast).And while Shafer didn’t say whether he had heard from Stanitzek or not, the conversation with Bonamego after the game and the subsequent text he sent the day after put the situation to rest.“I really appreciated that,” Shafer said. “He’s a first class guy … We’re focused in on LSU.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentscenter_img Related Stories Scott Shafer: Eric Dungey ‘probably doubtful’ for LSU gameSyracuse OC Tim Lester: Zack Mahoney is ‘the guy’last_img read more

World Cup 2018: After 20 summers, history awaits Didier Deschamps

first_imgDidier Deschamps will be a satisfied coach as France reached the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 after beating Belgium 1-0 in the first semi-final at Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute goal separated the two sides until the final whistle as France entered their third World Cup final after 1998 and 2006.The 24-year-old became the third defender after Rafael Varane and Benjamin Pavard to score a goal for France in this edition.The win also saw Deschamps become the first French coach to reach the final of two major tournaments – Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIf France manage to lift their second World Cup trophy on July 15, then Deschamps, who was captain of the triumphant team in 1998, will join a super-exclusive club as he will become only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach.Brazil legend Mario Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Also read – World Cup 2018: Umtiti’s celebratory moves go viral as France reach finalGermany great Franz Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.The French players danced on the field after the final whistle and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium’s assistant coach.advertisementMATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSFrance goalkeeper Hugo Lloris produced a great save in each half, denying the potent Belgian attack of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku the chance to advance the country to its first major final. Belgium reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016 but has yet to fulfil its lofty expectations.The world now gets to see France’s luxury squad, collectively valued in excess of $1 billion and headlined by teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, in another major final.Two years ago at home, the French surprisingly lost to Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2016 title match. In 2006, they were beaten in a penalty shootout by Italy in a World Cup final that was overshadowed by Zidane headbutting opposing player Marco Materazzi in the chest in extra time. Zidane was sent off in what was his final match.Also read – France reach 3rd World Cup final, Belgium’s unbeaten streak ends: Key statsIn a tournament dominated by goals from set pieces, France’s took the lead from a corner. Antoine Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in his header at the near post.Up in the corporate seats, French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the goal by shaking the hand of King Philippe of Belgium as FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched on between them.Also read- World Cup 2018: Samuel Umtiti proud of Les Bleus as France storm into finalThe goal capped an impressive display by Umtiti, who helped to shut out the most productive attack in the World Cup with 14 goals, and meant three defenders have now scored on France’s route to the final. Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane scored in previous matches.last_img read more

Trend Alert Crop it

first_imgReplay the Lucky Song by Madonna that caused a controversy about ‘crop tops’; newly known as the midriff exposure, is simply rewinding the 80s style. From pop artists to television celebs to super stars, all are in saga with showing off their taut tummies. Some of the artists sporting the crop top look include Rihanna, Frieda Pinto, Sonam Kapoor and Hilary Rhod.For Indian’s, crop top is the next step forward from the typical traditional wear ‘choli’. A few ways to style the crop top right are: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Team the crop top with high-waist jeans, shorts or skirts, so you reveal less but still look stylish.  Go flirty with tying a shirt up at the front with a high waist skirt or jeans.  For those chicas who like to play safe, team your crop top with a fitted tank underneath andgo trendy. You can also go formal by teaming the midriff with snazzy pants and a groovy jacket. Beat the heat with these and add the gaga to your daily parade. As the crop top is topping the field all the way, a few curated pieces can be found at a clothing website called Miss Chase (http://www.misschase.com). A UK fashion brand made affordable for the first time ever.  Just flaunt it if you have it! Now’s a good time to tone that tummy and pick a colour and cut that works for you – and you will be all set to make heads turn.last_img read more

Going back in time

first_imgDo you have thoughts popping up in your head– Am I happy? Why can’t I feel the happiness from within? Why there is constant pain in my leg or any other part of the body? Why my relationships don’t work? Why am I constantly fighting with my parents? Why am I not able to earn enough money? These are few questions that often come to our mind but we really don’t know the reasons behind them. The reason can be the memories that one is carrying from their past lives. Past life Regression therapy takes a person back to one of his/her past lives while being in a hypnotised state and lets them experience it once again to resolve the problem that he/she facing in the present. It helps us to get into the root cause of the problem to resolve it at physical, mental and emotional level. Past Life Regression Therapy is based on the principles of cause and effect which is commonly known as ‘Karma’ and this is catching up in our country as well through the process of holistic healing. People choose to explore their past lives for many reasons. It can be a source of self discovery and clarity, to find life’s direction and purpose. It may be to understand relationships; an intense attraction or aversion; the origin of fears, guilt and anger. There is insight into health and emotional issues; one may gain an increase in confidence by re-experiencing a happy, successful lifetime. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, including past life regression. It is a voluntary state of mind with a very relaxed, focused concentration and a heightened sense of recall. During the hypnosis or past life regression session one is actively aware and always in control. None can ‘program’ you or make you do or say anything that goes against your desires or beliefs. Before a session, one should discuss thoughts and goals with the hypnotist to find areas of exploration for your hypnosis or past life regression session or the session can be left open to one’s inner guidance to bring forth memories and lives pertinent to your current life. As your guide, the hypnotist assists you on this journey so you may discover and re-experience significant events, situations, relationships and skills, both in this life and past lives. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMore than half the world’s population believe in reincarnation (past lives) – that we have all lived, died and lived again many times. A great sense of serenity comes from knowing that the deepest parts of ourselves, the soul consciousness, survives physical death and will always exist. Through this process, we are given many opportunities to learn and master the lessons of life on Earth – what many call Karma.Where to go : Dr. Kumar’s Homeopathy & Mental Health ClinicAdd. 585, GF, J. P. Complex, Bank Street, Munirka, New DelhiDr.Rashmi Joshi Psychologist Psychological Aura, Quality Wellness Clinic Delhilast_img read more

Implement an API Designfirst approach for building APIs Tutorial

first_imgThe Monster Records & Associates (MRA) –a fictional music records company, having realised that its biggest asset is in fact its data, embarked on a digital transformation with the aim to offer its product and offerings completely online and via APIs. This article is an excerpt taken from the book Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, written  by Andy Bell, Sander Rensen, Luis Weir, Phil Wilkins. In this post we are is going to take  you through an interesting MRA case study who adopted an API design-first approach for building its APIs. We will go through the process and steps performed by MRA for this implementation. The Problem Scenario MRA had embarked on a digital transformation journey with the objective to become a digital organisation capable of offering tailored (à la carte) offerings to artists such as handling of an artist’s online presence to on-demand distribution of an artist’s digital media to Music Streaming Services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Deezer to name a few. Having fully acknowledged that their most valuable asset is in fact their media data, MRA wanted to materialise in such assets and determined that the quickest and most effective way to achieve this was by exposing a public API capable of providing access, on-demand, to MRA’s Media Catalogue assets such as artists, songs and albums. Figure 1: MRA’s Media Catalogue API The idea being, once such assets became accessible via an API, streaming services could, on-demand and 24×7, explore MRA’s repertoire, purchase rights-to-use and start streaming. In addition, the API could also open the door to a brand new global audience: millions of app developers constantly innovating. If only a fraction of such a huge audience leveraged MRA’s Media Catalogue API, it would still represent a considerable success for MRA. However, as with everything, there is a challenge to realise such vision. MRA like many other organizations, had a level of experience with systems integrations and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). One of the lessons learnt from SOA however was that the cycles for designing, building, prototyping, and testing SOAP-based Web Services could be quite lengthy and expensive. An API differentiates from a service in that the former represents the RESTful interface a consumer application interacts with, whereas the latter is the actual implementation (the code) behind an API. A HTTP endpoint exposed by a service is defined as an unmanaged API. When a service endpoint is accessed via an API Gateway where policies such as app-key validation, authentication/authorization and other policies are enforced, then it becomes a managed API. The book, Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service, refers to managed APIs as simply APIs and unmanaged APIs as simply service endpoints. Especially when it came to capturing and accommodating the feedback from Client Application Developers (API consumers), MRA had very bad experiences as in the majority of occasions they came to realize very late in the software lifecycle that the Web Service developed did not meet the expectations of its consumers. Figure 2: feedback-loops in traditional web service design Refactoring web services in this approach wasn’t just time consuming but also an expensive exercise as both the Service design (WSDL) and code had to be refactored and re-tested in order to accommodate the feedback received and before application developers could try a service again. Naturally service designers and developers avoided as much as possible making changes, thus challenging feedback received from application developers, which in turn created friction amongst both teams but in some occasions meant application developers finding alternative routes to solve their needs rather than using the web service. This was the worst possible scenario as it meant that the investments made in implementing a web service could’ve been wasted. API design-first process Learning from experiences and acknowledging the challenges that such waterfall like process imposed to a digital transformation initiative, MRA were quite keen to adopt a more agile, interactive but also quicker way to deliver modern RESTful based APIs. The idea was clear. By engaging application developers (API consumers) in the initial stages of the design process, feedback would be captured and reflected back in the interface design (API) early as well. Not only this would shorten feedback loops, but ensure that once the underlying services are implemented, it would expose an interface already endorsed and tested by its consumers, as opposed to risk building a service that won’t satisfy the client expectations and needs late in the process. Figure 3: API design-first approach vs traditional service design The implication of this approach though, is that the tooling and notation to define the API, had to be both simple, yet rich in capability such as the task of designing and mocking API endpoints is quick and easy, given that if the process becomes cumbersome it would defeat its purpose. We elaborate on the different steps undertaken by MRA when designing its Media Catalogue API using Apiary and related tools in the book, Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Here are the steps: Defining the API type Defining the API’s domain semantics Creating the API definition with its main resources Trying the API mock Defining MSON Data Structures Pushing the API Blueprint to GitHub Publishing the API mock in Oracle API Platform CS Setting up Dredd for continuous testing of API endpoints against the API blueprint Defining the API type: A fundamental step when designing any API is to first define what the type is. This is important as it will determine the guiding principles to consider when doing the design. We have three types of APIs: Single-Purpose APIs: These are APIs that serve a unique and specific purpose, typically derived from an unambiguous need associated with a user journey or use case. Multi-Purpose APIs: These APIs are more generic in nature and are meant to satisfy not just one but multiple use cases and scenarios. They are not bound (coupled) to a specific user journey or system of engagement (for example, a mobile app) therefore ideal for reuse enterprise-wide. MRA’s Media Catalogue API: MRA’s Media Catalogue API was specifically targeted at two main audiences: Music Streaming Services and Application Developers in general. Therefore, the API had to be both Public and Multi-Purpose. Defining the API’s domain semantics: This step elaborates proper understanding of the API’s bounded context, Media Catalogue. To do so, entities, key attributes, and relationships within the bounded context itself were identified and also defined using semantics appropriate for the purpose of the API. Creating the API definition with its main resources: This step shows how to create an API and define its main resources, parameters, and sample payloads.It involves steps followed by MRA when creating the Media Catalogue API definition and its associated API mock. Trying the API mock: This part describes how Apiary’s automatically generated API mocks can be used to satisfy one of the most important steps in API design-first: try an API early in the lifecycle, before the API is actually implemented. This is a critical step as collecting feedback from API consumers early can potentially save numerous hours in code refactoring later in the project. Defining MSON Data Structures: The Markdown Syntax for Object Notation (MSON) is a plain-text syntax for the description and validation of Data Structures in API Blueprint. It provides a way to represent objects (for example, an artist) in a human-readable plain text form. This part involves steps to define the Artist, Album and Song objects using the MSON notation. Pushing the API Blueprint to GitHub: API Blueprints can be pushed into GitHub repositories, so they can be version controlled but most importantly it can follow a similar GitHub cycle as any other code asset. This step is also required in order to configure Dredd to validate API endpoints against API blueprint definitions. Publishing the API mock in Oracle API Platform CS: Although Apiary provides an API mock URL that can be can be accessed directly, it is recommended that instead, the API mock is published and accessed via the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Setting up Dredd for continuous testing of API endpoints against the API blueprint: The last step of the API design-first process is to configure Dredd to continuously validate that an API endpoint exposed through the API Gateway is always compliant with its corresponding API Blueprint definition. The idea is to ensure that Client Application code is not broken once an API Policy is changed to point to a Backend Service once it has been built and deployed. We discussed the API design-first approach for building its APIs. MRA’s business scenario demanded the need for more efficient and leaner process for implementing APIs. We saw how an API design-first process could effectively help organizations such as MRA gain greater speed, agility, and efficiencies. Here’s a summary of the basic steps to realize such process. Choose your API type: We introduced the conceptual concepts such as Single Purpose and Multi-Purpose APIs to decide on what type of API to adopt. Define your APIs: The need for creating an API definition and an API mock in Apiary based on API Blueprints and the Markdown Syntax for Object Notation (MSON). Create & publish API: Creation and publication of an API using the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Continuously test: Finally, the configuration of Dredd to verify API endpoints compliance with the API definition. You just enjoyed an excerpt from the book Implementing Oracle API Platform Cloud Services. Grab the latest edition of this book to work with the newest Oracle APIs, and interface with an increasingly complex array of services your clients want. 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