Caldwell- Laurence Doe Innis, the brother of Liberia’s latest confirmed Ebola patient who passed away last week, has been experiencing shame and agony.The late Ruth Tugheh, 44, became ill on March 15 and admitted herself on Thursday of the same week after complaining of a sore throat and body pain. Unfortunately, Laurence was the one who took his sick sister to the hospital before her death. He says that he never knew that his sister was suffering from Ebola.According to the teary eyed man, it was his girlfriend, who’s name has not been mentioned, that helped the sick woman to sell her market of spaghetti and beans before she could was admitted to the hospital.“When Ruth couldn’t sell for herself for those four days, it was Laurence’s woman who helped. She would bring whatever she made on the school campus back to Ruth,” added Kelvin, his roommate.Laurence and his girlfriend are both being quarantined among the more than 80 people being quarantined in and around Ruth’s residence.Before Ruth’s death, rumor circulated in Caldwell about Laurence, and every day since then, Kelvin says, has been nothing but chaos for the two.Kelvin, who has become somewhat of a spokesperson for Laurence says, “The people in the house where he lives would not allow him to enter. There came a time they began threatening to kill him and burn him alive,” he added.Kelvin says he has been actively fighting the fight against Ebola since it entered Caldwell before Ruth’s case. He feels that Laurence’s situation is sad.“He can’t even go home. I had to call the police the other night because of the chaos in our yard. They said he had Ebola according to one of my colleagues, Paradise, who came to our house to tell them,” he shared.“But it’s a lie. So far Laurence has not begun to show any signs of sickness, so what my colleague did was bad,” he added.According to Paradise, who is an active contact tracer, he says he was not the one to have started the stigma on Laurence.“The yard says a boy driving a motorcycle gave them the information and since everyone knows that I drive one, they asked if it was me by name, and they said yes. But I would never do that,” he stated.Meanwhile, Laurence was whisked away to a secret location early last week by an organization that asked not to be mentioned.“He’s being protected for 21 days until we can figure out how to help him. Now that his sister has died, he was among the group that went to bury her and has decided to stay where we did the burial,” one of the organizers mentioned.Laurence, who does nothing but cry when he thinks about his family’s ordeal, seems to be in a safe place now. Everyone in Caldwell has wished the family well and look forward to hearing that no one else has fallen to the disease.“So far Ruth’s daughter’s second test came back negative and she is okay, but we still worry for Laurence, his woman and the boy who slept with Ruth. We pray all goes well for them,” Kelvin added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Luis Suarez makes his return to football this weekend when he is expected to play for Barcelona against Real Madrid.El Clasico will see Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar take on Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema (Gareth Bale is injured).That is not the only derby taking place, though, as Greek sides Olympiakos and Panathinaikos go head-to-head, so talkSPORT looks at five of football’s craziest derbies, ranked by footballderbies.com.Click the arrow to see the top five. 1. Fenerbahce v Galatasaray: Turkey (Intercontinental Derby) – The recent encounter, known as the K?talararas? Derbi, between the two, won by Galatasaray 2-1, saw Gala fans recreate Graeme Souness’ iconic 1996 celebration (picture from @GalatasaraySK). The Scot, then manager, provoked the opposition when he planted a flag into the Fenerbahce pitch after a Turkish Cup final win fuming was not the word… 3. Celtic v Rangers: Scotland (The Old Firm) – Police in Glasgow may be missing out on valuable overtime after Rangers were booted out of the top flight in 2012, but their health is presumably much better. The back pages are usually dominated for days leading up to this highly anticipated clash. 6 5. Flamengo v Fluminense: Brazil (Fla-Flu), Red Star Belgrade v Partizan Belgrade: Serbia (Eternal Derby), Roma v Lazio: Italy (Il Derby Capitolino) – In Brazil, Flamengo’s football team was created in 1911 after nine players from Fluminense broke away to form a rival side in Rio, while in Belgrade, Red Star and Partizan contest what is known in Serbia as Veciti Derbi Eternal Derby. The fixture between Roma and Lazio in Italy is well known for the chaos that can follow when the two sides meet in the capital. 2. Boca Juniors v River Plate: Argentina (El Superclasico) – Both clubs were actually formed in La Boca in Buenos Aires, but River left in the late 1930s and set up in the money bags area of Nunez (hence the Los Millonarios nickname) while Boca stayed put. Head to either stadium and it is a see of colour blue and yellow for Boca Juniors and red and white for River Plate. 6 6 6 6 4. Olympiakos v Panathinaikos: Greece (Derby of Eternal Enemies) – Traditionally Olympiakos represented the working class and Panathinaikos the upper class in Athens. Once the petrol bombs have been dealt with (first image) the local police will tell you that they’re both as bad as each other. Even players aren’t safe… Click the arrow to see five of football’s craziest derbies – This weekend sees two big derby clashes as Real Madrid and Barcelona go head-to-head in Spain, while in Greece Olympiakos and Panathinaikos play out the ‘Derby of Eternal Enemies’. Two hate-filled fixtures, so talkSPORT looks at the world’s most highly-charged football matches. 6
7 7 7 6. The Champions League goal record – On club footballs biggest stage, who has produced the goods? Once again, its Ronaldo first, followed by Messi. Ronaldo currently has 93 Champions League goals in his career while Messi has 83. 7 7. The most European Golden Shoes – read all about Ronaldo’s goal scoring feats, below, then click the arrow above, right, to see six more reasons the Portugal superstar is better than Lionel Messi – The European Golden Shoe is awarded every season to the player who has recorded the highest goals tally out of all the European leagues. Ronaldo has won the award four times, including once for Manchester United, while Messi has clinched the honour three times. 7 4. The better all-round athlete – Theres surely no disputing who the superior athlete is. Ronaldos incredible strength, jump height and raw speed simply cannot be matched by Messi. 5. The most given to charity – On top of all his footballing achievements, Ronaldo has been named the worlds most charitable sports star by dosomething.org. He even sold his 2011 European Golden Shoe award for 1.5m to fund schools in Gaza. 3. Ballons d’Or in two different countries – Messi (five) might have won more Ballons dOr than Ronaldo (three), but the latter has claimed his World Player of the Year awards with teams from two different countries. The only other player to have achieved the same is the Brazilian Ronaldo, for Inter Milan and Real Madrid. 7 Cristiano Ronaldo has done it. He’s clinched a trophy with his country, Portugal.And so the question resurfaces, once again – who’s better: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?The La Liga rivals have dominated the Ballon d’Or over the past six years, but Ronaldo now firmly has bragging rights after success with his country at this summer’s European Championship.His triumph, to rub it in even further, arrives only a few weeks after Messi announced his retirement from Argentina in the aftermath of their Copa America final defeat to Chile.Should the Barcelona forward remain loyal to his decision, his chances of lifting a trophy with his country are over.And so talkSPORT has put together seven reasons why Ronaldo should be considered the better player – check out our points by viewing the slideshow above.For great videos, head over to the talkSPORT YouTube channel here and subscribe free of charge! 2. Trophies in two different countries – While Messis trophy haul is better than Ronaldos, Portugals star boasts two different league titles in England and in Spain. He also conquered Europe with both Manchester United (in 2008) and Real Madrid (in 2014 and 2016). 7 1. The international tournament – Portugals winning of the 2016 European Championship gives Ronaldo the edge over Lionel Messi on the international stage. The latter has lost one World Cup and three Copa America finals, while his rival has lost one Euro final and won one, too.
Donegal Bay by Kate SlevinSend your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.orgOur main image was taken by Kate Slevin on Saturday evening, looking out from Donegal Town on Donegal Bay.Inishowen Sunrise by Bren Whelan Pauric Duffy had breakfast with this sunrise over DrumkeenMary Rodgers took this picture of sunset in Burtonport. Superb Mary SIMPLY STUNNING: MORE OF YOUR DONEGAL PICTURES was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SIMPLY STUNNING: MORE OF YOUR DONEGAL PICTURES
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake When paramedics hugged Bob McCarty, he knew. He knew that his beautiful curly haired son who as a toddler brazenly batted his eyes at waitresses, who later grew to 6 feet 4 inches tall and excelled at football and lacrosse, that his boy with a knack for mathematics and language classes, was dead. Although the coroner declared it an accident, Mike McCarty died from the tragic consequences of abusing everyday products to get high – a growing and troubling trend on the rise with adolescents. Teens don’t need drug dealers for a fix. They’re finding it in medicine cabinets, under the kitchen sink and in the garage. It can be a bottle of cough medicine. A bottle of nail polish remover. A can of air freshener. A package of cold pills. Inhalant abuse on the rise Mike McCarty died after bagging – where aerosol and vapor-containing items are poured into a bag and inhaled. It’s similar to huffing – where similar products are sprayed into a rag and then breathed in. Both uses rob the brain of oxygen, creating a dizzy, buzzed feeling for a few minutes. It can also lead to sudden death. Inhalant abuse made headlines years ago when its popularity peaked among adolescents. But it’s steadily rising again, gaining ground with over-the-counter drug abuse, which experts say is soaring among adolescents. The practice involves taking regular cough, cold or allergy medicine in large doses, which can give hallucinogenic effects. WEST HILLS – He was already brain dead by the time his parents broke down the bathroom door. Mike McCarty had no heart beat. He was not breathing. He was 14. Earlier he said that he was going to shower before heading out to the movies. But when the water ran too long, Bob and Laurie McCarty knew there was a problem. The frantic parents banged on the locked bathroom door. They scrambled for the keys. When they got through, a plastic bag lay to their son’s side. The recent eighth-grade graduate had taken spray paint from the garage, squirted it into the bag and inhaled it to get high. Overcome by paint vapors, the young man had lost consciousness. His listless body slumped forward. His face dropped into the plastic bag. He became asphyxiated. “You think why on Earth would I take something that I could spray my motorcycle with and inhale it into my lungs, and the answer is 14-year-old kids aren’t that smart, and they don’t have a sense of dying,” Bob McCarty said. Many kids don’t consider these products as real drugs, such as marijuana and methamphetamines, because the items come from home and convenience marts and not from dealers. They also don’t consider themselves taking drugs either. But the products remain an attraction to curious adolescents, in part because they’re cheap and easy to get. These items also fly under the nose of many moms and dads who realistically wouldn’t question markers, computer cleanser or other household products sitting in their children’s rooms. Still, even parents keeping watch for signs of drug use can overlook the symptoms because they’re only looking for what they know – the stench of marijuana, the smell of beer. They don’t always recognize the rags, cotton balls or bottles of spray deodorant on the night stand as other possibly signs of drug use. “Huffing and over-the-counter medications scare me the most out of everything right now,” said Cary Quashen, president of the Santa Clarita-based Action Family Counseling and Action Parent-Teen Support program. “Kids make contracts not to do drugs, but to them these aren’t drugs.” Quashen said that nearly all of the 1,000 teens in treatment at Action’s nine clinics and two residential treatment centers have huffed and abused over-the-counter medications at one time. Availability, excitement and lack of knowledge about the drugs are the main reasons why they’ve become so popular, he said. Beginners to addicts Its prevalence is found at all levels of drug use, from young experimenters to young habitual users. Even slick users who’ve moved onto harder drugs sometimes return to huffing and over-the-counter medications when they’re supposedly in recovery, because they are usually not detectable in drug tests. Tom Hedrick, director of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, said inhalants and medicine abuse are the two biggest problems that the nonprofit is seeing and are also the least understood, with parents being even less aware of it. One in five children have tried huffing or bagging, with use starting in third and fourth grade, then peaking among eighth-graders before it slows down, according to the New York-based organization. In 2004, the nonprofit reported an increase of inhalant use, after a two-year decline, and expects the trend to continue in 2005, because fewer kids view the behavior as dangerous, Hedrick said. “You can literally die trying it once,” Hedrick said. “The biggest problem is that so few people know what’s going on. It happens under the radar screen.” At a recent Action Parent-Teen Support Group meeting at Saugus High School, nearly all 33 students raised their hands when asked if they ever tried inhalants. Suddenly stories about inhaling whipped cream cans – whippets – and Dust-Off, called dusting, filled the classroom. Another got high from the spray deodorant Axe. One teen talked about going into flops – seizures – when he once inhaled too much. He and his friend were in the woods getting high when that happened. Easy to get Sascha Aquino was 16 and alone at home the first time she inhaled Dust-Off, a can of compressed air used to clean computers. She had heard from others about the high it gives and was curious about it. So she put the whole nozzle in her mouth and pressed down, not knowing that the ingredients could be deadly. She used it a few more times after that, in part, she said because it was easy to get to. “You could go to Best Buy and open it up and do it there without having to take it home,” she said. About 1.7 million 12- to 17-year-olds were estimated to have used inhalants in 2004, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency with the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency reported similar use for 2003. “You’re talking about a problem that is not going away,” said spokeswoman Leah Young. “These are numbers that one does have to worry about, because kids can die instantly.” Aquino later moved onto Coricidin Cough and Cold, known as Triple C, and Robitussin. Both over-the-counter medications contain dextromethorphan, nicknamed DXM, which has been discovered by adolescents in the last five years, said Richard Geller, medical toxicologist and director of the California Poison Control System in Fresno. Aquino would check the ingredients on back of the medications and if there was more than 15 milligrams of dextromethorphan inside, she’d use it. Robitussin especially seemed to give her strength, and the teen would drink two bottles each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes a co-worker did it with her. They read on the Internet about reaching different plateaus with the drug with the highest being an out-of-body experience. They tried over and over to achieve that. The cycle continued off and on for about two years for Aquino. She has since quit all drug use and is in recovery. Ten percent of kids Over-the-counter drug use has grown from modest to startling proportions over the last 18 months, Hedrick said, noting that one in 10 kids have reported using cough medicine to get high. Ashley Lane was 13 when she first started drinking, huffing and smoking pot. When she and her friends didn’t have money to get high for a hook up, they stole Coricidin from drug stores for a quick fix. She took 10 pills at a time, and when she built up a tolerance, she moved onto 15. One night, Lane and a friend each took 20 pills, and then they went their separate ways. The friend ended up in the emergency room. Meanwhile Lane went to the movies where she threw up and began to pass out. But another friend took her home, keeping her up all night playing music and smoking cigarettes so she wouldn’t fall asleep. Lane, who also snorted methamphetamines, never touched Coricidin again. Now 16, she has been sober for more than seven months. She said Coricidin was scarier than methamphetamines. “I knew a lot of tweakers and when you’re spun, you know what’s going on, but you’re paranoid,” Lane said. “I knew what was going on when I was on meth. But when I was on Coricidin, I didn’t know.” Seeking solutions Some are wondering what more can be done to protect adolescents from misusing these products. While Congress battles over setting a federal standard for selling medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which can be extracted and used to cook methamphetamines, some are wondering if more products, such as Robitussin and Coricidin should also be considered. Manufacturers in the past have sometimes changed the ingredients of their products to prevent drug abuse. Pseudoephedrine was replaced in some medications with prenlephrine, a weaker and less effective drug. When Liquid Paper was a popular pick for bagging, manufacturers removed the solvent that could make people high, said Geller. Products abused as inhalants should be put behind the counter with the buying age set at 18, because their effects can be equally as deadly, said McCarty. It could be added to the list of products that teens under 18 can’t buy, such as spray paint and diet pills containing ephedrine. The downward spiral “I can’t explain how wiped out this stuff should be,” McCarty said. It’s been only four months since the McCartys buried their son. A year ago, Mike was doing well at Chaminade Middle School. But last spring, he was caught with alcohol in his locker. School officials wanted to expel him, but the family pleaded to let the boy stay and asked that he be assigned to perform community service so he could graduate with his friends. But the answer was no. Instead of an expulsion, however, he was allowed to withdraw from the school. That’s when the boy’s life quickly unraveled, his dad said. He began smoking pot, tried cocaine, huffed, bagged and took Robitussin and Coricidin in large quantities. The McCartys then sent their son to a treatment center for help. During his admission, a counselor asked Mike if he ever tried Dust-Off. Bob McCarty had never heard of Dust-Off before but decided to let it go, because there was so much more going on that day. Two weeks later Mike came home and had sworn off drugs. Passing regular drug tests, the 14-year-old seemed clean and clear for about 45 days. The family thought their son’s days of addiction were over. But there was more to come. Mike had found another way to get high – huffing and bagging. Neither shows up on the drug tests. The family had no idea that he was still getting high until they found him that August day in the bathroom. Their brain dead son was kept alive at the hospital on a respirator for four days while the family absorbed what had just happened. “From April to August. Four months. With a busy parent, that’s nothing. And boom.” McCarty said. Counselors see increases At the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley, more teens are coming in who have been using over-the-counter medications, said Susan Shaddock, director of program services. Shaddock said that these drugs have always been abused by teens, but that every once in a while, something happens to bring them to the attention of adolescents. This time, she wonders if it’s the focus these medications are getting in some stores that have voluntarily put them behind the counter. State law limits sales of products with pseudoephedrine to consumers, allowing about nine grams of the drug per purchase. That’s typically about two to three bottles of pseudophedrine-containing medicine. Some chain drug stores and retailers have also voluntarily placed products containing dextromethorphan, such as NyQuil and Robitussin, behind the counter. But that brings awareness to the drugs and for some, it’s a reason to try, she said. Still, she said that anything to curb drug use is worth a shot. But how do you regulate products used for huffing, bagging and over-the-counter medications when the possibilities for abuse are found in hundreds of them? That, some say, is when parents need to be the regulators. The problem is that many don’t know what to look for or that the situation even exists. Shaddock agrees, adding that everything can’t be kept under lock and key. “Regulations make it more difficult, and if they’re that difficult maybe they won’t use it,” Shaddock said. “But if they’re trying that hard to get out of their reality, they’ll try something else.” — Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Dungloe Sewerage Action Group has called on Minister of State Dinny McGinley to say when the scheme will be installed. The group says that Minister McGinley told the nation on RTE radio on August the 12th of this year that a state of the art sewerage network for Dungloe was to start in weeks rather than months.The group says this has not materialised. The Dungloe Sewerage Group attended a meeting in Dungloe Public Service Centre and was told that almost all the necessary paper work was in place and that “the contractor (Coffey Water Ltd) would be commencing works on the new sewerage scheme before Christmas”.The Dungloe Sewerage Action Group has been constantly monitoring progress of the proposed New Dungloe Sewerage Scheme.The group have been in regular contact with the agreed Contractor, however, yesterday Tuesday the 3rd the group was informed via a phone call with Coffey Water Ltd, that Coffey Water Ltd were no longer in a position to discuss the New Dungloe Sewerage Scheme.Spokesperson for the Action Group Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said “This is very concerning taking into account the potential threat to public health that exists in the vicinity of the existing wastewater treatment & disposal arrangement”. The Dungloe Sewerage Action Group is now asking Minister of State Dinny McGinley to explain to the people of Dungloe & Glenties, why works on these proposed schemes did not start within weeks as announced on RTE radio and when they will start. SEWERAGE PRESSURE GROUP ASK MINISTER McGINLEY FOR DATE FOR SCHEME was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DUNGLOE SEWERAGE SCHEMEMinister Dinny McGinley
Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the government and An Post to reverse their decision to close the Kilcar Post Office at the end of the month. It comes following last week’s decision to close the only post office in the entire Parish of Kilcar.And now, the Donegal Deputy has urged the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh to personally intervene and save Kilcar Post Office. He said: “I am calling on Minister McHugh to use his cabinet influence for the greater good of the people of Kilcar and reverse this decision of closing the local post office.“The survival of Kilcar Post Office is key to the overall future development of the parish, as both locals and tourists depend on it along with the numerous businesses located within the community,” he added.“The original package, which is facilitating the closure of Kilcar Post Office, was agreed by and signed off on by the very government and cabinet of which Minister McHugh is a member of.“Whilst the scheme of post office closures may have been agreed with by An Post members and the present government – it certainly never had the backing of the general public or communities such as Kilcar and the various other areas which have already lost their post offices since this government has allowed this scheme of post office closures to be implemented,” Gallagher said. Deputy Gallagher said that the decision had come as a huge shock to the entire community in Kilcar.“The post office is the only one in the entire Parish with a population of around 1,740 people, notwithstanding the importance of the post office to numerous businesses in the area that depend on the post office for dispatching their goods and services.“This closure of the Kilcar Post Office by the An Post and government back scheme of closures is going to leave a devastating effect on Kilcar and similar to other closures elsewhere it is ripping the very hearts out of our rural communities.“This scheme of post office closures was introduced without any consideration for the long-term consequences for people, business or future development prospects of areas and communities,” he added.“Minister McHugh as a Cabinet Minister and a TD for Donegal has a duty of care and responsibility to intervene in this closure and ensure that Kilcar Post Office is saved for the entire Parish. “I understand that other locations for the post office can be found in the village,” Gallagher continued.“It is a matter for the government and An Post to now come together and find a solution to avoid the devastating effects of this post office closure in Kilcar.”Calls for Kilcar post office closure to be reversed was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An PostJoe McHughkilcarPat the Cope
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Jan. 12 USDA report day was neutral for corn and soybeans, bearish for wheat. The good news from that report for corn and soybeans — it was not a bearish report. The bad news from that report for corn and soybeans — it was not a bullish report. The Jan. 12 report day has been long anticipated in the market to provide additional insights into price direction for corn, soybeans, and wheat. The trade had expected the U.S. corn yield to increase while the U.S. soybean yield was expected to decline. Both took place as expected. USDA put the U.S. 2017 corn yield at 176.6 bushels per acre, up from the November estimate of 175.4.That same report had the U.S. soybeans yield reduced slightly to 49.1 bushels per acre. Soybean exports were cut resulting in an increase for ending stocks. All three events were anticipated, providing no surprise for the markets. The surprise for the day came for wheat. U.S. wheat acres were higher than expected and quarterly grain stocks were higher than expected. In addition, Russia wheat production was higher than expected.I recently attended the annual ADMIS broker conference. Here are some items I gleaned from that conference. Russia continues to be on a break-neck pace for wheat production. This coming year they are expected to produce 85 million tons of wheat. Their goal is to produce 100 million tons in the next five years as their yields are up an astounding 80% in only five years. Gone are the 1980s and the old collective farm method of raising grain. They have made huge incentives to their farmers as 25 years ago they were the world’s largest importer of grains. Today they are the world’s largest exporter of grains. The U.S. percentage of corn, soybean, and wheat exports has shrunk drastically. Twenty years ago the U.S. accounted for 62% of the world’s exports for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Today the U.S. accounts for just 28%.Continuing from that conference, the U.S. is awash with grain and huge ending stocks. Global increases of land added into grain production means that more land in the world is now producing grains. With current costs, the U.S. farmer now occupies the unfortunate distinction of being the highest cost producer in the world for corn, soybeans, and wheat. As costs have increased here in the U.S., they have not increased at the same rate for other producers around the world. The stark reality is that U.S. farm income is only 50% of that seen in 2010-2012. World demand for grain has been increasing along with world grain production.It will take a weather problem not evident today to help move us out of this price conundrum. China is moving at breakneck speed to get 36 mega ethanol plants into production within the next two to three years. The goal is to drastically reduce their well-documented huge pollution problem as an untold number of coal consuming factories have already been mothballed. Those new plants could be consuming 1.5 billion bushels of corn annually when in full production. Down the road the U.S. could once again be exporting corn into China. Also learned was to ignore the notion of China having economic woes. Their economy is growing at 6% to 10% a year. A 10% yearly growth means their economy is doubling in just seven years. While China admits being a communist country, they have embraced beyond measure the capitalist economy and its benefits.Agriculture has some worries ahead with the continued talk of NAFTA being dismantled. One speaker at the Florida conference had concerns with President Trump and NAFTA as this thought was revealed: “President Trump likes to break things to put them back tougher. NAFTA put back together gains nothing for agriculture the second time around.”Corn export demand is showing signs of moving out of the doldrums. U.S. export sales of corn mid-January were 74 million bushels, the second highest weekly total since Sept. 1. South America weather problems could bolster U.S. corn and soybean exports.
When working with military wives, whether on-base or in the community, it is important to consider the concerns of clients. As the above table indicates, military wives’ concerns about not getting treatment, lack of time for consultation, locating an appropriate clinician, trust, and feeling understood could be impediments to developing the necessary relationship for quality mental health care.References Lewy, C. S., Oliver, C. M., & McFarland, B. H. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, 65(9), 1170-1173. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300325This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDLewy, Oliver, and McFarland (2014)  recently published research on barriers to mental health treatment, comparing military wives and a similar sample from the general population. Results from the survey indicated that the perceived barriers faced by military wives when seeking treatment for mental illnesses were significantly different than those perceived by the civilian population.[Flickr, Not listening by minxlj, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015To compare military wives with spouses in the general population, Internet-based surveys were used to gather a national sample of women married to military service members. The researchers screened potential participants for depression, non-specific psychological distress, and health status using established measures. Data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)provided a comparison group of similar women in the civilian population. The comparison samples totaled 569 military wives and 567 married women from the NSDUH survey.Results of the surveys indicated that military wives believed that they faced a number of barriers to receiving mental health treatment that differed from the civilian population. The table below summarizes the comparative results:Lewy, C. S., Oliver, C. M., & McFarland, B. H. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, 65(9), 1170-1173. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300325