Human Rights will give a new talk “Mental Health and Well-being, a global priority”

In the framework of the cycle of videoconferences called “Let’s talk about Rights” carried out by the Ministry of Government and Justice of the Province, through the Undersecretariat of Human Rights, this next October 27 at 4:00 p.m. the new one will be held virtual talk “Mental health and well-being, a global priority”, a motto chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO), and will be given by the renowned Argentine neurologist, Facundo Manes.

The Undersecretariat’s work team stated that “this meeting has the purpose of making this problem visible, talking and accompanying each other, understanding that mental health is just as important as physical health.”

“We are at a time when our daily lives were significantly altered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. From going to work with the fear of contagion and taking it home to students who had to adapt to distance classes, with little contact with teachers and colleagues; also anxiety about the future for everyone and especially for workers, whose livelihoods are threatened, ”they continued.

“Also for fragile humanitarian environments with very little protection against COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, many of whom are even more socially isolated than before and those who have had to lose a loved one, pain management and sometimes without being able to say goodbye “, they added.

To participate in the meeting, they must make a prior registration through the link available on the Facebook of the Undersecretary / Undersecretary of Human Rights Chubut and / or contact WhatsApp 2804868302 for more information.


Mental health and wellness, a global priority

Opinion article by Elena Briongos Rica, president of the Castilla y León Mental Health Federation on this October 10, 2020, World Mental Health Day.

On October 10, World Mental Health Day is celebrated around the world, which was commemorated for the first time in 1992, the date chosen by the World Federation for Mental Health to draw attention to the importance of mental health. Since then, the World Health Organization (WHO) joins the commemoration and supports the initiative.

For this reason, the civil society organized around mental health, throughout the month of October, carried out numerous informational, awareness-raising and advocacy actions both to promote mental health in the entire population, and to defend rights and inclusion of people with mental health problems and / or psychosocial disabilities, and their families.

The motto chosen this year by our associative movement is: “Mental health and well-being, a global priority”, and is aligned with the theme proposed by the World Federation for Mental Health, which in 2020 focuses on the defense of universal and equitable access to mental health care and prevention services.

Mental health and well-being are a right of all people. In the current context of health, social and economic crisis, it is even more urgent for mental health to become a global priority, and to begin to alleviate, from the different areas involved, the shortcomings of the health systems and care for patients. Mental health.

The associations that make up the Mental Health associative movement are an example of citizen participation and we know first-hand the real situation of mental health care and the needs of the people directly affected, which have been increased due to the current situation arising of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the necessary promotion and prevention of mental health, more investment is required. The resources for mental health were already insufficient before the pandemic, but after the arrival of Covid-19, it is more necessary than ever to provide all the areas involved with the necessary means, so that community care becomes a reality.

In this sense, it is necessary to promote a community care model that guarantees the right of people to participate in society and that provides comprehensive, quality care, respectful of human rights.

Mental health becomes more present if possible in certain areas of action. It is necessary for the health system to take care of the well-being of those who take care of us in the worst moments and to allocate resources so that their mental health is adequate.

It is important to provide schools with resources that allow, both to detect early any indication that may suggest the presence or appearance of a mental health problem in students, how have the right tools to address and prevent these situations.

Likewise, having a decent, healthy and motivating job is beneficial for anyone, but also, in the case of those who have a mental health problem, it redounds in their recovery process as well as being a recognition as an active part of society.

On the other hand, we cannot ignore that being a woman is a risk factor for having a mental health problem. Women have three times the risk of depression and twice the risk of anxiety than men. This reality causes us to be subject to greater discrimination and stigma than men with mental health problems and than women without them. The application of a gender perspective is necessary in all health and social interventions related to mental health.

Therefore, in a context in which one in four people has, has had or will have a mental health problem throughout their life, it is considered An increase in investment in this area is essential to achieve the well-being of all people.


iPhone: half of users believe they have a technology not available in Apple cell phones

A survey conducted by Global Wireless Solutions company revealed a very curious fact: 49% of team owners iPhone you think your cell phone has 5G, although this technology It is not available on any generation of the Apple.


Biden rejects Trump’s plan for Supreme Court nomination

Trump’s idea of ​​quickly filling the vacancy sparked immediate criticism from Democrats, who noted that in 2016 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on a Democratic nomination, saying it was inappropriate to do so in a year. electoral.


He Democratic candidate Joe Biden rejected this Sunday as a “crude exercise of political power” he plan of the presidente Donald Trump to fill one vacations from Supreme Court of the United States before a choice that would reinforce the conservative majority 6-3.

The voters of this country must be heard (…) it is they who, according to the Constitution, must decide who has the power to make this appointment, “said Biden in Philadelphia.

Rushing this nomination through the Senate is just a crude exercise of political power, “he added.

Biden He said that if he wins the presidential election of the November 3, should have the opportunity of appoint to next person who will occupy a position in the Supreme Court.

Biden’s comments come out the same day a second Republican senator objected to Trump’s plan.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said she did not support the initiative, becoming the second of 53 Republicans in the 100-member House to make a public statement following the death of Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday.

Trump’s idea of ​​quickly filling the vacancy sparked immediate criticism from Democrats, who noted that in 2016 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a vote on a Democratic nomination, saying it was inappropriate to do so in a year. electoral.

I did not support accepting a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Judge (Anthony) Scalia, “Murkowski said in a statement.

Now we are even closer to the 2020 elections, less than two months away, and I think the same criteria should be applied, “he added.

Maine Senator Susan Collins voiced similar concerns Saturday. Collins is fighting a close battle for her re-election, while Murkowski’s current term is extended by two more years.

A majority of Americans, 62% including many Republicans, said in a Reuters / Ipsos poll that they believed the winner of the November 3 election should be whoever nominates the judge who will fill the post.



Global stocks rally as COVID-19 vaccines lift hope, dollar eases

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dollar weakened and world stock markets rallied on Monday on encouraging signs of progress in developing a COVID-19 vaccine, while several multi-billion dollar deals also helped lift the spirit of investors after the downdraft in the past two weeks.

FILE PHOTO: A street sign is seen in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in New York, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Gold jumped almost 1% as the dollar slid and bond yields were stable as investors gauge how the U.S. Federal Reserve will put its new approach to monetary policy into practice and keep its dovish stance at this week’s policy meeting.

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE on Saturday proposed expanding their Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial to about 44,000 participants, while increasing the diversity of the trial population.

Drugmaker AstraZeneca also said on Saturday it has resumed British clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most advanced in development, after getting the green light from safety watchdogs.

Enrollment of new patients and other trial procedures for AstraZeneca’s pivotal U.S. trial were being rescheduled until at least midweek and it was not clear how long it would take for a U.S. investigators to complete a probe, sources told Reuters.

“The market reacts positively to any vaccine news,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York. “We’re going to see a lot more vaccines come out, and that is what really is helping the markets.”

The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, with the total rising by 307,930 in 24 hours. The biggest increases were from India, the United States and Brazil.

“There is still some caution in markets because U.S. virus numbers appear to be picking up again in some states,” said Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors.

“The vaccine news is positive but there is a lot of skepticism about when they become widely adopted,” Shah said.

Plans by Nvidia Corp to buy British-based chip designer Arm from Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp for as much as $40 billion, a deal expected to reshape the global semiconductor landscape, also drove sentiment. Nvidia shares, which have more than doubled this year, added 5.8%.

Oracle surged 4.3% as the cloud services company said it would team up with China’s ByteDance to keep TikTok operating in the United States, beating Microsoft Corp in a deal structured as a partnership rather than an outright sale.

MSCI’s benchmark for global equity markets rose 1.17% to 572.57. In Europe, the broad FTSEurofirst 300 index edged up 0.07% to 1,429 as losses in the energy sector offset surging travel and technology stocks that were boosted by the vaccine news.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.18%, the S&P 500 gained 1.27% and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.87% after plunging 10% into corrective territory on Friday from a record closing high on Sept. 2.

U.S. stocks had notched two straight weeks of losses as investors sold the technology shares that fueled the benchmark S&P 500 and Nasdaq to record highs in a dramatic recovery from March lows spawned by the pandemic-induced downturn.

Overnight in Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.9% to its highest in almost a week. Japan’s Nikkei firmed 0.7% after Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga won a landslide victory in a ruling party leadership election, paving the way for him to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Fed starts a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, the first since unveiling a landmark shift to a more tolerant stance on inflation in August. The Bank of Japan and the Bank of England announce their respective policy decisions on Thursday.

Sterling, which has been hurt by renewed Brexit turmoil, firmed before a vote on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to break international law by breaching parts of the Brexit divorce treaty with the European Union.

Sterling was last trading at $1.2855, up 0.48% on the day, while the dollar index fell 0.22%.

The euro was up 0.15% to $1.1863, and the Japanese yen strengthened 0.48% versus the greenback at 105.70 per dollar.

Turkey’s lira set a record low against the U.S. dollar and its dollar bonds came under pressure after Moody’s cut the country’s sovereign rating and warned of the risk of a balance of payment crisis.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose 0.7 basis points to 0.6739%.

Oil prices slipped slightly on concerns about a stalled global economic recovery as Libya is poised to resume production, and failed to get support from an impending storm that has disrupted U.S. oil output.

Brent crude futures settled down 22 cents at $39.61 a barrel. U.S. crude futures fell 7 cents to settle at $37.26 a barrel.

U.S. gold futures settled up 0.8% at $1,963.70 an ounce.

Reporting by Herb Lash; additional reproting by Dhara Ranasinghe; Editing by Dan Grebler, Nick Zieminski and Will Dunham


Wall Street crashed, unease returns to global markets

The Bag New York tied its third straight decline, as its major stock indices plummeted more than 2%. Tech stocks, which a few weeks ago pushed Wall Street to record highs, are now pulling down. The S&P 500 Index fell 2.8%, the Dow Jones fell 2.2% and the Nasdaq lost 4.1% .╠

Tech stocks had flown on Wall Street, also boosted by intense activity in the stock options market of big tech companies. The operation allows financial investors to generate huge profits on a security, without having to pay for its entire value. The condition is that the stock continues to rise. But if the trend reverses, the decline is quick and steep. That’s what happened last week, when Apple shares fell 3.1% .╠

The flight to quality caused the 10-year Treasury yield to close at 0.67%, up from 0.72% on Friday.

The energy sector shares also posted heavy losses, due to the fall in crude prices fell. The US crude price (WTI) fell $ 3.01 to close at $ 36.76 per barrel. The Brent blend lost $ 2.23 to $ 39.78 a barrel. This drop came after Saudi Arabia cut its October sales prices and Covid 19 cases rebounded several times. countries.

Coronavirus cases are increasing in India, Britain, Spain, and various parts of the United States. The rebound could weaken the global economic recovery and affect fuel demand.

Argentine stocks listed on Wall Street managed to weather the collapse of the US markets. On the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, for its part, the S&P Merval index lost only 0.5%, after falling at the beginning of the round to almost 3% .╠

After Argentina managed to restructure foreign debt for $ 66,000 million and securities under local legislation for another $ 41,000 million, investors are expectant about the price of the new bonds. Those securities began trading in full yesterday, due to the fact that the Labor Day holiday in the US was celebrated on Monday. They debuted in New York with a yield above 11%. The exit rate was slightly above the 10% projection made at the time of closing the deal with creditors. Analysts estimated that it will settle towards that theoretical value.

The volume traded in bonds in the local market was less than a figure equivalent to US $ 2,000 million, in a context in which three-quarters of the operations were concentrated in the brand new Bond 2030. This last security traded at 6,320 pesos, with a rise of 0.8% in the local market compared to the day before. In New York, meanwhile, the global 2030 had a yield of 11.5%, while in 2038 it was 12%, and the title 2046 , 12.5%. For its part, the 2035 bond had a yield of 11.6%.

“The new titles at the moment have a limited volume,” said Joaquín Candia, analyst at Rava Bursátil.╠

The positive position of the country’s yield curve had not occurred since mid-2018, when the market turned around and the risk of default became increasingly real. The bonds in dollars under local law operated with lower yields than those issued under foreign law, since they moved with rates between 10.5% and 11.5%, showing a lower risk than international bonds.

The country risk prepared by the JP Morgan bank rose 33 units, to 2,150 basis points, pending a reconfiguration of the index with the new titles


a fight breaks out, the Belgian team taken to task (photo)

This Sunday opened the 59th edition of the Mondial La Marseillaise à pétanque, a tournament in which teams made up of three people compete. A Belgian triplet was also in the game and faced a Marseille triplet for their first match of the competition. This results in a 13 to 1 victory, assure our compatriots to France 3 Provence Alpes and Côte d’Azur.

If the two teams shake hands at the end of the match, the French team is responsible for announcing the score at the scorecard. “We trusted them”, explains to the French media one of the thirty-something Belgian. Except that a few moments later, by going in turn to the scorecard, the Belgians realize that the score is reversed.

If they try to justify themselves and give their version of the facts, the Marseille triplet quickly comes to challenge, “red eyes, drunk”. After a few minutes of hesitation, the referee makes his decision: the two teams are disqualified. “When they left, they threatened us, they started chasing us with their boules. They typed them for three minutes, we shouted for help, but no one moved, ”says a friend of the Belgian triplet.

It is a surge of violence. Despite the arrival of two security guards, the fight does not stop. “They’re sick guys, they got two on me. It was bullfighting… ”, says a Belgian. Because in addition to the three men against whom they had played, the Belgians are convinced that friends of the Marseillais joined the fight.

Another victim, injured in the head, protests: “I tried to tackle him to the ground, he shot me in the head. We’re going to leave before things get out of hand, it’s crazy that security doesn’t get them on board ”. The Belgians are especially shocked to see the lack of responsiveness and intervention on the spot. It was only after about twenty minutes that the Red Cross arrived to treat the wounded.

For its part, the organization of the Mondial La Marseillaise à pétanque ensures that measures will be taken. “This is the first time we have seen such a fight. We are going to check the civil status of Marseille players. They risk being ousted from all petanque competitions, assures a member of the organization. We will do our best to find them, the referee will recognize them ”.

The Belgian team intends to file a complaint.


A worldwide ISP outage disrupted Internet access this Sunday!

“On August 30, customers in various international markets were affected by an outage through our network,” said the company contacted by AFP. “We can now confirm that all services were restored at 11:12 am (3:12 pm GMT),” CenturyLink said.

According to the Downdetector site, the outage lasted more than five hours.

At least 10,000 customers of the Monroe, Louisiana-based company suffered from connection problems for several hours, according to Downdetector.

Among them are major sites such as Amazon, eBay, Starbucks and even the Hulu streaming platforms and those of PlayStation network and XBox Live video games.

While CenturyLink did not specify the reason for the outage, it could be related to problems in the network at one of its data centers, according to the company’s website.

In 2018, CenturyLink was also the victim of a massive bug affecting ATMs and emergency calls (911) in the United States.


Global internet outage caused by an American company on Sunday

Several sites such as Amazon, eBay, and the video game platforms PlayStation Network and XBox Live suffered from connection problems for several hours.

LThe American telecommunications company CenturyLink suffered a network outage lasting several hours on Sunday affecting websites, streaming platforms and video games in the United States and Europe, and in particular online broadcasts of Ligue 1 matches in France .

“On August 30, customers in various international markets were affected by an outage through our network,” said the company contacted by AFP.

“We can now confirm that all services were restored at 11:12 am (3:12 pm GMT),” CenturyLink said.

According to the Downdetector website, the outage lasted more than five hours.

At least 10,000 customers of the Monroe, Louisiana-based company suffered from connection problems for several hours, according to Downdetector.

Among them are major sites like Amazon, eBay, Starbucks or even the Hulu streaming platforms and those of PlayStation network and XBox Live video games.

In France, Téléfoot subscribers found themselves with a black screen on the channel’s applications, which affected the broadcasting of Ligue 1 matches.

While CenturyLink did not specify the reason for the outage, it could be related to problems in the network at one of its data centers, according to the company’s website.

In 2018, CenturyLink was also the victim of a massive bug affecting ATMs and emergency calls (911) in the United States.


Cameroon: controversy over cervical cancer vaccine

[DOUALA] The Cameroonian government plans to introduce in September 2020 Gardasil, a vaccine against cervical cancer and other genital infections linked to human papillomaviruses (HPV), in the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) on girls aged 9 at age 13, with the objective of vaccinating around 400,000 young girls.

But, doubts about the safety and reliability of this vaccine, particularly the fear that it could lead to infertility in young girls, already poses a threat to the success of this campaign, many parents who have already resolved not to submit their children to it.

This mistrust is fueled by certain opinion leaders, such as Jean Marc Ngoss, the national president of the April 48 Spirit Party.

In a correspondence addressed to the Presidency of the Republic on July 22, 2020, he wrote: “The Party of the Spirit of April 48 by my voice comes, via this correspondence, to denounce the planned vaccination campaign on 339,908 9-year-old girls. (our children) and which is being prepared throughout the country, against cancer of the cervix and other genital infections as of September 23 ”.

“It would be good to proceed beforehand with a good communication to gain the support of the populations in order to overcome prejudices and received ideas”

Jodelle Kayo, Positive Generation

Contacted by SciDev.Net, he lets it be known that his children will not be vaccinated. “The Cameroonian people can in no way be a people of guinea pigs for the big pharmaceutical companies”, he adds.

He is justified by stating that “several warning videos including one from Professor Henri Joyeux, oncologist and French surgeon, are circulating on social networks to denounce the side effects of this vaccine based on Gardasil and Cervarix”.

And he concludes by saying that if a large country like Japan has stopped administering it, it is because it is necessary to question the effectiveness of this vaccine.

Indeed, after having introduced the said vaccine into its vaccination program in 2010, Japan had to withdraw it three years later because of certain side effects observed in some patients.

Same story with Emile Toukam, a naturopath well known for his reservations towards modern medicine. “We know the vaccine contains aluminum and some aluminum-based vaccines have been seen to attack the brain,” he says.

Consequently, he advises “Africans not to accept this vaccine against cervical cancer; but rather to do early screening and to start treatment if necessary ”.

Regional focal point for epidemiological surveillance of the Ministry of Health public in the Douala region, James Longsi believes that if HPV vaccination is controversial in Cameroon, it is because it comes just at a time when there is an accumulation of prejudices about vaccination.

One of these prejudices, according to him, is associated with the free vaccine. “When people see that this campaign is free, they think it is poison that we are going to introduce into the bodies of children,” he analyzes.

To this, Positive Génération, an organization promoting health and human rights, adds that some people are afraid of the unknown. And that for others, it is lack of knowledge because they may not have been sufficiently sensitized or not at all sensitized.

“The reasons are quite varied, but it would be good to proceed to a good communication to get people to join in order to overcome prejudices and preconceived ideas, ”says Jodelle Kayo, responsible for this organization for the Douala region.

By the way, Positive Generation, sweeps aside suspicion around the vaccine against cervical cancer with the back of the hand and ensures that this vaccine against human papillomaviruses is effective.

“For some health experts with whom we have worked, this vaccine protects the girl to more than 99% and for life and its side effects are very reduced”, adds Jodelle Kayo.

40 years of studies

What James Longsi confirms. In an interview with SciDev.Net, the latter informed that the pilot vaccination projects carried out in 2014 in certain cities of Cameroon, in this case Edéa and Foumban, have not revealed any serious side effects so far.

Moreover, “this vaccine exists in pharmacies and it is prescribed by certain gynecologists. There are even women who come to health facilities and ask that their children be vaccinated, ”he says.

He also invites these people to testify in the media to reassure parents who still doubt the effectiveness and safety of this vaccine.

For his part, oncologist Blaise Nkegoum from the Yaoundé University Hospital Center recalls that a vaccine has been put on the market after long studies. Regarding this vaccine against cervical cancer, he said that it required research for more than 40 years.

“So if people are staying at home and criticizing a job that thousands of researchers have worked on, I find it too light. It is a vaccine that is safe. Even if it can have undesirable effects as with any substance, ”he says.

According to official data, cervical cancer represents the 2e cause of cancer in women in Cameroon. With an incidence of 30 per 100,000 women in Cameroon against a global incidence of 15 per 100,000 women, the annual number of new cases and deaths in the country is 2,356 and 1,546 respectively.