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The new normal? Addressing gun violence in America

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook Share LinkedIn Mass shootings have a significant impact on our individual and collective psyche, especially when they happen at schools. Despite the fact that children die every day from gun violence, school shootings upset us in ways that are difficult to comprehend. In our minds, schools serve as safe havens for children. When that image is shattered, the unpredictability and randomness of such heinous acts leave us wondering if anywhere is safe anymore. Thus, the shock and horror expressed following these events is not surprising.Unfortunately, our individual and communal response to such events is often knee-jerk. We react out of fear rather than thoughtful consideration of why such events occur and how our responses may prevent or accelerate re-occurrence. Without such understanding, we cannot develop effective solutions.The May issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry includes a set of commentaries that seek to help us better understand responses to gun violence, challenge some of the typical policy responses to such events, and offer constructive strategies for preventing gun violence.center_img Email Share on Twitter In the first commentary, Kristin A. Goss (2015) highlights an exception to the old adage that when it comes to guns, legislators are incapable of action: at the federal and state levels, laws have been enacted that were designed to regulate access to guns by people with mental illness and to support programs to reduce gun violence within that population. Heath J. Hodges and Mario J. Scalora (2015) further challenge the presumption that mental illness is causally tied to gun violence. Building on existing research, Hodges and Scalora offer scientifically grounded and practical policy- and practice-oriented strategies for preventing firearm violence. They offer government solutions (e.g., basing prohibitions on dangerousness instead of mental illness and extending regulation of firearm acquisition to private transactions and Internet sales) and clinical interventions, such as employing threat assessment strategies.Dewey Cornell (2015) expounds upon the threat assessment strategy and provides a strong argument for the use of such an approach in schools. Cornell describes how the strategy of behavioral threat assessments – a process of evaluating individuals who threaten to harm others to determine whether their behavior demonstrates a serious intent to carry out a violent act – promotes the consideration of the context and meaning of the student’s behavior. Indeed, it re-focuses the conversation on creating supportive environments for children and youth.Carol W. Runyan, Talia Brown, and Ashley Brooks-Russell (2015) also draw attention to the need for more proactive and preventive approaches to gun violence. They discuss how the debate on gun violence resulting from mass shootings in schools frequently omits the role of firearms in suicide, despite the fact that mass shootings usually involve suicidal behaviors. After discussing the myths and biases that play into the inadequate attention afforded to suicide as a preventable public health issue, Runyan and colleagues propose a framework for the prevention of firearm suicides and call for greater recognition of behavioral health as part of health care.In the final commentary, David Hargrove and Roland Perdue (2015) argue that to address gun violence, we must address the fear and distrust that permeates society. Their commentary suggests that we need to invest in approaches that are preventive and that seek to build community, instead of policies and practices that further exclude and isolate individuals from communities.The editors and authors hope that this set of commentaries will provide a strong basis for having a well-reasoned conversation about our civic and moral obligation to ensure “a new normal” whereby neighbors look out for one another, institutions promote relationships and belonging, and resources are available to individuals during times of distress and isolation. Indeed, once we begin to address the fear that is guiding the development of misinformed policy and weakening connections among individuals and communities, we begin to chip away at the culture of violence in our society.last_img read more

East Pattaya Sunday Pool League

first_imgResults & Standings March 19 (week 23)Results: Blue Moonies 2 – 11 Brass Monkey, Flintstones 7 – 6 Honey Pot B, Honey Pot A 8 – 5 Khao Noi Sports Bar, Lucky Time 4 – 9 Queen Vic, One Step Beyond 4 – 9 Beaver Boozers, The Pride 3 – 10 Moonies Alast_img

Kmart on hold

first_imgThe Kmart convocation will be without answers for another fortnight as the proposed shopping complex tabled for discussion was deferred….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke last_img

Beaudry rink gets some payback against Nichol at Meat Bonspiel

first_imgThe Garry Beaudry rink of Nelson got some payback against Senior’s zone winner Myron Nichol, defeating the Castlegar rink in the final of the Meat Bonspiel held recently at the Nelson Curling Club.Beaudry’s rink of third Tim Schietel, second Will Burt and lead John Sherbinin brought home the bacon against the Kootenay Senior’s Champ.Brent Pihowich of Nelson won the “B” side with Ken Haynes of Nelson taking the “C” event.last_img

Galway U14 team into Kennedy Cup quarter finals

first_imgGalway U14 Kennedy Cup Squad:  James Egan, Luke O’Gorman, Gary Higgins, Tom Kidd, Darragh O’Malley, Liam Melody, Adam White, Ben Lalor, Callum Carroll, Sam O’Neill, Dara Sheeran (all Mervue United); Eoin Daly (Kilshanvey United); Alex Haugh (Colga); Shane Befula, Peter Tobin, Harry Browne, Conor Brann (all Salthill Devon); Jack McCarthy, Aaron Kavanagh (Barna Na Forbeacha); Thady Moran (Colmanstown)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway U14 Kennedy Cup team maintained their 100% record in the competition yesterday in Limerick as they defeated both West Cork (3-0) and South Dublin (2-0) to top Group 2 and book their place in the quarter finals of the Cup competition. The Galway lads will play Kildare at 5pm this evening in the quarter finals, with the winners of that tie up against either North Dublin or Sligo/Leitrim in the semi finals. The other half of the draw sees the all-conqeuring Dublin District League, who have won 30 of the 41 Kennedy Cup competitions since it started in 1976, up against Athlone and Limerick Desmond take on Cork.last_img read more

Jack Grealish reckons he’d have made England squad if Spurs move went through

first_imgJACK GREALISH believes he would be in the England squad by the end of the year if his move to Tottenham had not fallen through.The Villa midfielder looked Spurs-bound before the Championship club were taken over in July, but the new regime headed by Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens refused to sell.4 Jack Grealish reckons he’d have made the England squad if he joined SpursCredit: Action ImagesGrealish, 23, admitted: “At the start of the season, my head was a bit swivelled.“At Hull, I was 95 per cent sure it was going to be my last game. I waved to the fans when I got taken off as I thought I was going. Even on the Thursday morning of the transfer window, I thought I was leaving.“Before the new owners [arrived], Villa needed the money so I kind of accepted that me going would save the club. I think the fans would have taken that, too, because we needed the money.“I felt that if I’d gone there I could have maybe been in the England squad by the end of the year.4 The midfield ace saw his Tottenham move fall through over the summerCredit: Getty“Of course, it was unsettling. It could have got done, but for whatever reason it didn’t.“They [Spurs] weren’t willing to pay what Villa wanted at the time. But the new owners came in and they changed everything.Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Grealish added: “Of course, there’s going to be disappointment there. You’ve just got to look at what Spurs have done this season.“They’ve beaten Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, they’re playing Barcelona in the Champions League next week.”Full Premier League weekend preview including Chelsea v Liverpool and Man City v Brighton 4 Grealish has since penned a new deal with Aston VillaCredit: Reuters4 The youngster admits he was disappointed not to move to North LondonCredit: GettyMost Read In SportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifelast_img read more

Indonesia AirAsia pilot programs in wrong runway

first_imgAn AirAsia Airbus A320 The pilot of an Indonesia Air Asia A320 flying from Perth to Bali programmed in the wrong runway into the plane’s computer, which resulted in a sudden left turn after take-off Australia’s crash investigator has found.In its preliminary report released this morning the Australia Transport Safety Bureau said that on November 24 2017, at about noon the crew of an Airbus A320 aircraft, registered PK-AZE and operated by AirAsia Indonesia as flight QZ535, was being prepared to depart on a scheduled passenger service from Perth Airport, Western Australia for Denpasar Airport, Indonesia.The captain was designated as the pilot monitoring and the first officer (FO) was designated as the pilot flying.The ATSB said that while the captain was conducting the pre-flight walk around, the FO entered the flight plan into the flight management guidance computer (FMGC).“Believing that they would be using runway 03 for take-off, as they had recently landed on this runway, he entered this into the FMGC,” the report said.However, he then listened to the automatic terminal information service, (ATIS) which indicated the runway-in-use was in fact runway 21 – same runway but the opposite direction to the south.When the captain returned to the flight deck, the FO completed the pre-flight and departures briefing using runway 03.At 12.01pm, the crew received their clearance from air traffic control for a standard departure south on the runway heading of 210 and to climb to 5,000 ft.At 12.13pm the crew commenced taxiing.The crew also received ATC clearances to taxi to, and line-up on runway 21, which was read back correctly by the crew.At 12.20pm the A320 took off from runway 21.Indonesia AirAsia Flightradrar 24 flightpath of QZ535. Section in yellow is when the A320 is off courseShortly after take-off, the aircraft was turned left at 260 ft above mean sea level (AMSL) which was contrary to the departure procedure and below the minimum safe altitude stipulated by the operator.The ATSB found that after observing the aircraft turning left on radar, ATC re-cleared the crew onto an assigned radar heading.The crew then reported operations normal and the aircraft was turned to intercept the flight planned route and continued to Denpasar without further incident.The investigation is ongoing.The incident is similar to another in 2015 involving Air Asia X in Sydney. In that incident the captain entered the wrong longitude into an Airbus A330’s navigation system, making the plane’s computer believe it was 11,000km from its location at Sydney Airport.The bungle caused the Air Asia X plane to fly in the wrong direction and across the departure path of an adjacent runway.An AirAsia Group spokesperson said:Safety is always our number one priority and underpins the operation at all times. As part of our commitment to always putting safety first, the airline immediately put in place a number of measures to address this incident, in the areas of operational standards and flight crew training following the airline’s own independent investigation of the incident. AirAsia will continue to provide full cooperation to the ATSB with its ongoing investigation. As the review is ongoing by AirAsia, the ATSB and other relevant authorities, we are unable to comment further on the details at this time.last_img read more

An end to long security queues at airports on the horizon

first_imgDr Mingkai Liu with the device. Credit ANU Long and irritating airport security queues could be a thing of the past after an Australian University research team developed a revolutionary device that could be developed into ultra-sensitive cameras for security screening.A research team led by The Australian National University (ANU) says that the breakthrough could also lead to smaller and safer sensors for driverless vehicles.Lead researcher Dr. Mingkai Liu said the research had already led to a proof-of-concept prototype device and provisional patent.READ: World’s safest airlinesThe device is made with metasurfaces, which are ultra-compact complex structures that can control the direction of electromagnetic waves to perform highly advanced sensing functions says ANU.According to Dr. Liu from the Nonlinear Physics Centre at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering the “device can sense the entire environment surrounding it with unprecedented precision – previously, multiple fixed sensors pointing towards different directions would be required to achieve this.”Dr. Liu said the concept could benefit the development of super-sensitive cameras for security systems at airports.“These future cameras could identify hazardous devices or dangerous chemicals in people’s carry-on baggage when they walk through an airport, without needing them to queue up and go through the various procedures that are necessary now,” he said.“Unlike conventional cameras used in CCTV, this type of camera cannot recognize people’s faces.”Dr. Liu said the concept could provide a new foundation for next-generation electromagnetic devices, including more compact sensors for driverless cars and other vehicles that can help to overcome the safety challenges encountered in today’s technologies.These safety challenges include sensing hazards in rough weathers or narrow spaces.The work, which involved the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, is published in Physical Review X.last_img read more

Want to Work for the City of Bozeman, MT? Hand Over Your Social Network Logins and Passwords

first_imgWe have written quite a bit about the pitfalls of disclosing too much in your social network profiles, especially when it comes to employers accidentally stumbling over your party pictures on Facebook and MySpace. The city of Bozeman, Montana, however, is taking this to a new level by actually asking prospective employees to disclose not just that they have profiles on Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, Google, and YouTube, but by also asking for the usernames and passwords for these profiles. Update: Due to the public outcry about this policy, the City of Bozeman has now decided to halt its controversial policy of asking prospective employees for their login credential.From the City’s press release:Effective at 12:00 p.m. today, Friday June 19, 2009, the City of Bozeman permanently ceased the practice of requesting candidates selected for City positions under a provisional job offer to provide user names and passwords for the candidate’s internet sites.In addition, until further notice, the City will suspend its practice of reviewing candidate’s password protected internet information until the City conducts a more comprehensive evaluation of the practice. The form (PDF) is a standard waiver that allows the city to perform a background check, which is obviously a routine procedure, but in addition, the city asks prospective employees to “please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.” The form provides three lines for entering this information. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts A local Montana TV station picked this story up after receiving an anonymous tip about this requirement. We can see why the City would be interested in this information, but obviously, this raises serious privacy concerns. According to city attorney Greg Sullivan, who was interviewed by the local TV news station, the city has “positions ranging from fire and police, which require people of high integrity for those positions, all the way down to the lifeguards and the folks that work in city hall here. So we do those types of investigations to make sure the people that we hire have the highest moral character and are a good fit for the City.”According to Sullivan, the City won’t look at “the things that the federal constitution lists as protected things,” but we find it hard to believe that somebody with full access to a user’s profile would be able to completely overlook all the information in those profiles, including ethnicity and religious affiliation, that simply shouldn’t play a role in the hiring process but could easily influence a hiring manager.Sullivan also states that nobody ever removed his or her name because of this requirement, but we wonder how many applicants just decided not to apply for these positions because they preferred not to disclose this information.Do you think the City has the right to ask for this information? Would you give it to them if you wanted to apply for a job there? Or have you seen a similar requirement when you applied for a job? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments.We would like to thank our reader Diego L. Bejarano for alerting us to this story. Diego used our handy new bookmarklet to forward this tip to us. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Alfresco: Red Herring 100 Global Winner

first_imgAlfresco was named by Red Herring this week as one of eighteen software companies selected for their Red Herring 100 Global award. Eligible companies were those that had received a Red Herring 100 award at least once in the past three years.The award is extremely well deserved. Alfresco is an Open Source ECM solution that is taking head-on proprietary software offerings from giants like IBM and EMC. They’re doing it in a way that matches feature for feature what’s found in the million-dollar proprietary offerings. And Alfresco is breaking new ground, keeping ECM relevant and current by integrating content management capabilities within some of the hottest technologies around, like Facebook, iGoogle, Google Gadgets, Adobe Flex, Skype, RSS Readers, TypePad, MediaWiki and WordPress. They’re enabling mashups and social networking. These integrations put Alfresco on the cutting edge of software in general, not to mention just ECM.Their Google Gadgets for ECM allow pre-built and custom ECM portlets to be embedded within browser-based portal pages. There is a document portlet to publish a library of documents and digital assets, a my tasks portlet to keep track of workflow items assigned to you, and a space browser gadget for managing web content.Alfresco now has more than 300 customers, including the American Stock Exchange, Boise Cascade, Christian Science Monitor, Informa and the Nebraska State Legislature.Formtek is an Alfresco Gold partner and obviously very excited in the direction that the Alfresco platform is moving. Contact us to find out more about the flexibility of the Alfresco platform.last_img read more