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New asylums may help most violent

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The gun violence fracturing America has produced a new debate over whether the perpetrators of this violence should be put into hospitals designed to help them. It would be better to do this beforehand rather than after the act.That’s the case for the asylum. President Trump has called for more asylums and is joined by some psychiatrists.The new asylum is a more transparent version that provides long-term treatment options. Adults lacking insight and who are chronically psychotic, unable to care for themselves, and potentially dangerous have few high-quality long-term care options available, said Dr. Dominic Sisti, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist. He noted the extreme shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States and the disastrous policy of states to let the supply of beds dwindle to 1850 levels. That’s what is believed to have led so many distraught and dangerous young men to go untreated and living in our midst as potential time bombs.Today, for the unsafe and unstable, the choice is either prison, homelessness and short-term hospitalization or else long-term psychiatric care. A return to asylums that are safe, modern and humane is believed “morally appropriate.”The Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital in Massachusetts, which combines treatment with research and medical education, is a modern model for asylums where patients are treated with dignity and respect. It may take more than the extended efforts of psychiatrists to work miracles on the angriest individuals, but the ideas are promising.Roy NevilleSchenectadyThe writer is former president of NAMI Schenectady and its newsletter editor.More from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture

first_img March 09, 2016 Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture Budget News,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – This afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf met with 4-H students to discuss his commitment to agriculture and to the land grant system in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget includes a five percent increase, or an additional $2.4 million, for the Agricultural College Land Scrip Fund. This is the largest increase for Penn State’s Ag Sciences and Extension since 2012 when the Republican-controlled legislature cut land scrip funding by 19 percent. With this proposed funding, the governor has offered the resources we need to protect animal agriculture in the commonwealth, which means a safer food supply. The land grant institutions are a commonwealth asset.The Governor’s Office released the following statement:“Governor Wolf supports funding for these important agriculture programs and he is ready to sign the bi-partisan, compromise budget that is balanced, fixes the deficit and makes historic investments in education as well as agriculture programs.“Unfortunately, Republican leaders sent the governor an irresponsible budget that was unbalanced by $500 million, would have grown the already multi-billion dollar deficit and made a $95 million cut to education. The governor used his line-item veto power to ensure the budget was balanced and because Republican leaders did not provide revenue to pay for their budget.“The governor looks forward to working with Republican leaders to pass a real, bi-partisan budget that includes the revenue necessary to fix the deficit, invest in education and fund important areas like agriculture programs.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NBA suspends season after Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus

first_img(REUTERS) – The National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Wednesday it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus.The test result was reported shortly before the Jazz were due to play the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game was then scrapped.The league said the affected player, reportedly Jazz centre Rudy Gobert, was not in the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said.“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”Players from teams that Jazz have played in the past 10 days were told to self-quarantine, ESPN reported, citing sources.Those teams are Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors, the ESPN report added.More than 126 000 people have been infected globally by the flu-like virus and more than 4 600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements. In the United States, about 1 280 people have been infected with 38 deaths. The pandemic rocked the North American sports calendar on Wednesday, leading to the cancellation of the figure-skating world championships and the announcement that college basketball’s annual ‘March Madness’ tournament would take place without fans in attendance. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James tweeted bit.ly/2IF2noL: “Man, we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc. “What we really need to cancel is 2020! Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe,” he wrote, likely alluding to the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in January.Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said his team were “stunned”.“This is a very serious time right now. I think the league moved appropriately and prudently,” he said.Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the situation was “crazy”.“This can’t be true,” he told ESPN as his team played the Denver Nuggets.“This is not in the realm of possibilities. This seems more like out of a movie than reality.”A game between New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings was also called off at the last minute, leading to tears from at least one young fan in attendance.The NBA playoffs were scheduled to tip off on April 18 with the finals set to begin on June 4.Following the NBA’s announcement, the National Hockey League said it was consulting with medical experts and would have had a further update yesterday. Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien and Rama Venkalast_img read more