Study finds lower youth violence in countries with complete ban on corporal

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 17 2018One of largest cross-national analyses of youth violence, based on information from over 400,000 adolescents in 88 countries A study published today in the BMJ Open shows that in countries where there is a complete ban on all corporal punishment of children there is less fighting among young people. There was 31% less physical fighting in young men and 42% less physical fighting in young women in countries where corporal punishment was banned in all settings, compared with those where corporal punishment was permitted both at school and at home. In countries where there was a partial ban on corporal punishment (such as in Canada, the US and the UK where corporal punishment not banned in at home), the level of violence in young men was similar to that in countries with no bans, though the level of violence in women was lower (at 56%).Previous studies have shown a clear relationship between childhood spanking and a host of negative outcomes later on ranging from aggression to mental health problems. In this case, however, the researchers caution that they see an association rather than a causal relationship between legal bans on corporal punishment and violence in youth.”All we can say, at this point, is that countries that prohibit the use of corporal punishment are less violent for children to grow up in than countries that do not,” says Frank Elgar, of McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, the lead author on the study. “At this point we are simply taking a stratospheric view of the issue at an international level and note the correlation. To be able to show an effect of bans on youth violence, we will need to go back in 4-8 years after more data has been collected. We will also need to ask children and youth more questions about what’s going on at home, something that researchers have typically been shy to do.”Related StoriesGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationTakeawaysFrequent fighting was generally more common in young men (close to 10%) than in young women (about 3%)Fighting varied widely from one country to the next ranging from under 1% in Costa Rican young women to close to 35% in Samoan young menThe researchers found that the associations between corporal punishment and youth violence remained, even after taking potential confounders were taken into account such as per capita income, murder rates and parent education programmes to prevent child maltreatment.How the research was doneThe researchers used data gathered from adolescents in 88 countries around the world by the World Health Organization Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study and the Global School-Based Health Survey (GSHS). The youth responded to survey questions at varying ages about how often they got into fights. The researchers correlated this information with data from each country about the prohibition of corporal punishment. Countries were grouped into: those with a complete ban on the use of corporal punishment at home and in schools (30 countries, the majority of which are in Europe, as well as a smaller number in Latin America, Asia and Africa); those with a ban in schools but not in the home (38 countries, among them China, the US, UK, and Canada), and those with no ban on corporal punishment (20 countries, ranging from Myanmar to the Solomon Islands).last_img read more

Robin Hood to rescue of rural hospitals New math promised on Medicare

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 3 2019As rural hospital closures roil the country, some states are banking on a Trump administration proposal to change the way hospital payments are calculated to rescue them.The goal of the proposal, unveiled by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma last month, is to bump up Medicare’s reimbursements to rural hospitals, some of which receive the lowest rates in the nation.For example, Alabama’s hospitals — most of which are rural — stand to gain an additional $43 million from Medicare next year if the federal agency makes this adjustment.”We’re hopeful,” said Danne Howard, executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Alabama Hospital Association. “It’s as much about the rural hospitals as rural communities being able to survive.”The proposed tweak, as wonky as it is, comes with considerable controversy.By law, any proposed changes in the calculation of Medicare payments must be budget-neutral; in other words, the federal government can’t spend more money than previously allocated. That would mean any change would have a Robin Hood-like effect: increasing payments to some hospitals and decreasing them to others.”There is a real political tension,” said Mark Holmes, director of the University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Changing the factors in Medicare’s calculations that help hospitals in rural communities generally would mean that urban hospitals get less money.The federal proposal targets a long-standing and contentious regulation known in Washington simply as the “wage index.” The index, created in the 1980s as a way to ensure federal Medicare reimbursements were equitable for hospitals nationwide, attempts to adjust for local market prices, said Allen Dobson, president of the consulting firm Dobson, DaVanzo & Associates.That means under the current index a rural community hospital could receive a Medicare payment of about $4,000 to treat someone with pneumonia compared with an urban hospital receiving nearly $6,000 for the same case, according to CMS.”The idea was to give urban a bit more and rural areas a bit less because their labor costs are a bit less,” said Dobson, who was the research director for Medicare in the 1980s when the index was created. “There’s probably no exact true way to do it. I think everybody agrees if you are in a high-wage area you ought to get paid more for your higher wages.”For decades, hospitals have questioned the fairness of that adjustment.Rural hospitals nationwide have a median wage index that is consistently lower than that of urban hospitals, according to a recent brief by the Sheps Center. The gap is most acute in the South, where 14 of the 20 states account for the lowest median wage indices.Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found that the index may not accurately reflect local labor prices and, therefore, Medicare payments to some hospitals “may not be appropriately” adjusted for local labor prices. More plainly, in some cases, the payments are too low.In an emailed statement to KHN, Verma said the current wage index system “has partly contributed to disparities in reimbursement across the country.”CMS’ current proposal would increase Medicare payments to the mostly rural hospitals in the lowest 25th percentile and decrease the payments to those in the highest 75th percentile. The agency is also proposing a 5% cap on any hospital’s decrease in the final wage index in 2020 compared with 2019. This would effectively limit the loss in payments some would experience.Related StoriesMedicare recipients may pay more for generics than their brand-name counterparts, study findsDelaney’s debate claim that ‘Medicare for All’ will shutter hospitals goes overboardSocial Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniorsDobson, a former Medicare research director, said he expects “enormous resistance.” (The CMS proposal is open for public comment until June 24.)HHS Secretary Alex Azar, foreshadowing how difficult a change could be, said during a May 10 Senate budget hearing that the wage index is “one of the more vexing issues in Medicare.” It’s problematic, agreed Tom Nickels, an AHA executive vice president, noting in an emailed statement that there are other ways “to provide needed relief to low-wage areas without penalizing high-wage areas.”It’s this split that appears to be dictating the range of reactions.The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association’s Michael Sroczynski, who oversees its government lobbying, questioned in an emailed statement whether the wage index is the correct mechanism for providing relief to struggling hospitals. The state’s hospitals have historically been at the higher end of the wage index.In contrast, Tennessee Hospital Association CEO Craig Becker applauded the proposed change and said the Trump administration is recognizing the “longstanding unfairness” of the index. Tennessee has been among the hardest hit with hospital closures, counting 10 since 2012.In Alabama, where four rural hospitals have closed since 2012, Howard said that without the change she “could see a dozen or more of our hospitals not being able to survive the next year.” Indeed, Howard said, hospitals in more than 20 states could gain Medicare dollars if the proposal passes and “only a small number actually get hurt.”Kaiser Health News asked the Missouri Hospital Association, in a state where most hospitals do not stand to gain or lose significantly from the rule change, to calculate the exact differences in hospital payments under the current wage index formula. Under the complex formula, a hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif., an area at the top end of the range, received a Medicare payment rate of $10,951.30 — or 70% more — for treating a concussion with major complications in 2010, compared with a rural Alabama hospital, at the bottom end, which received $6,441.76 to provide the same care.Even more, MHA’s data analysis showed that the lower payments to Alabama hospitals have compounded over time. In 2019, Medicare increased its pay to the hospitals in the Santa Cruz-Watsonville area for the same concussion care. It now stands at $13,503.37 — a nearly 23% increase above the 2010 payment. In contrast, rural Alabama hospitals recorded a 3% payment increase,  to $6,646.80, for the same care.For Alabama, addressing the calculation disparity could be “the lifeline that we’ve been praying for,” Howard said. This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Facebook to train 65000 in French job schemes

© 2018 AFP Facebook said Monday that it will train 65,000 French people in digital skills in free schemes to help women set up businesses and the long-term unemployed get back to work. Citation: Facebook to train 65,000 in French job schemes (2018, January 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The internet giant also announced that it will pour an additional 10 million euros ($12.2 million) into artificial intelligence in France by 2022, without saying how much it will invest in the training schemes.The US social network will work with 50,000 jobseekers in a partnership with the national unemployment agency, helping them with their computer skills, until late 2019, a company statement said.At the same time it will work with 15,000 French women hoping to start their own companies, in an expansion of the She Means Business campaign already present in several countries.That scheme will give 3,500 women intensive free computer training across various French cities, with another 11,500 women given access to an online course.”These initiatives are part of a pan-European programme, with Facebook hoping to train a million people and business founders by 2020,” the internet giant said.Its artificial intelligence investment will meanwhile allow Facebook to double the number of researchers at its AI hub in Paris—one of four worldwide—to 60.”Facebook wants to play a key role in France’s ambition to become the international champion of AI,” the social network said. France fines Facebook for data protection breaches Facebook announced that it will pour an additional 10 million euros (8.9 million euros) into artificial intelligence in France by 2022 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

General Motors reports 52 bn loss on charge for US tax reform

General Motors sees another solid year of sales this year, despite posting a loss last year largely due to the US tax reform, as it launches the revamped Chevrolet Silverado Citation: General Motors reports $5.2 bn loss on charge for US tax reform (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from GM reported a net loss of $5.2 billion in the fourth quarter due to a $7.3 billion non-cash charge from the remeasurement of deferred tax assets because of US tax reform—a change other major companies also have had to contend with. Revenues in the final quarter fell to $37.7 billion, down 5.5 percent from the same period a year earlier.The tax impact also led to an annual loss of $3.9 billion, after solid profits in 2016.But GM pointed to strong sales in the US, China and South America that helped it achieve higher operating earnings compared with the fourth quarter of the prior year.The automaker reported a dip in North American car sales overall, where the US market in 2017 retreated from the record-setting performance of 2016 but remained at a high level. Car sales rose significantly in China and South America, offsetting the near complete absence of sales in Europe after the company sold its the Opel/Vauxhall brands in Europe to the PSA Group.US tax reform has led to a number of losses among large corporations such as Goldman Sachs and Caterpillar in the fourth quarter. Still, there is broad consensus among US companies, including GM, that tax cuts will benefit the economy long-term.Solid year expectedExcluding those items, GM’s earnings translated into $1.65 a share, better than analyst forecasts.GM said last month that it expects another solid year in car sales in 2018 when it will launch revamps of best-selling vehicles such as the Chevrolet Silverado. Pickups and other large vehicles, which have big profit margins, have become the backbone of US car sales amid a period of relatively low gasoline prices.GM also has scored points with Wall Street for making strides in its autonomous driving program. It is targeting 2019 for deployment of autonomous vehicles commercially, though it has not said when its overall spending on autonomous technology will be profitable.The automaker plans to invest $1 billion in 2018 on autonomous car technology, an increase from the $600 million last year. “We believe this is a huge opportunity if you’re first at scale,” GM chief financial officer Chuck Stevens told CNBC Tuesday morning.GM shares rose 2.4 percent to $40.50 after the results were announced. A huge one-time charge for US tax reform pushed General Motors quarterly earnings into the red, but the automaker said Tuesday that earnings were better-than-expected when the tax hit is excluded. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. GM takes $7 bn charge due to US tax reform, sees solid 2018 © 2018 AFP Explore further read more

Brand Modi has changed global perception of India WPPs RothBrand Modi has

first_img COMMENT COMMENTS Prime Minister Narendra Modi   –  REUTERS national politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL September 07, 2018 Published on SHARE India might not figure among the top 10 countries in a list compiled by advertising major WPP, but Brand Modi is giving global political and business leaders a run for their money, says a senior executive of the company.At Davos this year, WPP launched ‘The Best Countries’ list, along with Pennsylvania University’s Wharton School.“We have seen a distinctive change in Brand India,” David Roth, CEO, The Store WPP (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia) told BusinessLine. “People have started seeing India as a better place to do business in than ever before. Many also see India as a much more thriving dynamic economy,” he said.For the first time in the history of the study, the agency also looked at how country leaders were perceived, with respondents asked to rank political and business leaders.While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau topped the list, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, US President Donald Trump was the least liked.“Prime Minister Modi is viewed on the positive, though some countries’ chiefs are viewed negatively. As an ambassador for Brand India, he is doing all the right things. He is ticking all the right boxes,” Roth pointed out.Switzerland, Luxembourg and Panama topped the list of countries seen as being ‘open for business’ in the WPP survey of 21,000 people around the world.Though business leaders saw India “as a more inviting and easier place to do business”, Roth said there was still a long way to go for India to be termed business-friendly.While the US ranked 43rd on the ‘open for business’ list, the UK came 20th.“If there is a report card and the result is ‘doing good’ or ‘can do better’ India is on the right trajectory,” added Roth. “Modi has brought a little bit of buzz, a little bit of star quality, and all the policies have helped.” Pointing out that three years ago, India was not on many CEO’s agenda, given that “it was too difficult to do business in, and the uncertain regulation framework,” Roth says the perception is now changing. “Many want to be here. They know India is a big market and poised for massive growth. What Brand Modi has done is open people’s eyes to what India can offer.”He went on to add: “Many businesses are putting India in their ‘let’s look at’ list, as opposed to ‘too difficult to do business’ list.”last_img read more

Man in Audi performs stunts outside Parliament Watch

first_img Next Man in Audi performs stunts outside Parliament | WatchPolice are currently looking for the driver of the Audi which was spotted performing stunts in the early hours of Saturday in front of Parliament.advertisement Arvind Ojha New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 21:39 IST The whole incident was captured on a CCTV camera. (Photo: Screengrab from the video)HIGHLIGHTSThe incident happened at around 4 amPolice are currently looking for the driver of the AudiAn investigation, in this case, is underwayA man in Audi was spotted performing stunts in front of Parliament on Saturday morning. The incident happened at around 4 am at the heavily guarded Vijay Chowk area where the Prime Minister’s Office is only at a short distance.Police are currently looking for the driver of the Audi which was spotted performing stunts in the early hours of Saturday in front of Parliament. The police are yet to find the registration number of the vehicle.AUDI PERFORMS STUNTS NEAR PARLIAMENT: WATCHThe whole incident was captured on CCTV. In the CCTV footage, the Audi driver is seen circling the police kiosk two times before disappearing from the scene.Eyewitnesses claim that there were no police or security personnel present at the scene when the incident happened.Police have said that a case of rash and negligent driving has been registered and the CCTV footages from the Raj Path and the Raisina Road are being scanned to identify the car and the driver.A massive manhunt has been launched to nab them. An investigation, in this case, is underway.Also Read | Ranchi death reminds what not to do on escalatorsAlso Read | Chennai students climb, fall off moving bus while celebrating Bus Day | WatchAlso Watch | Watch: Audi spotted performing stunt at Delhi’s Vijay ChowkFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

US to seek rollback of Indian tariffs on some agricultural products

first_img Reuters New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:32 IST Raw almonds being crushed inside a factory. (File photo: Reuters)United States will seek rollback of Indian tariffs imposed on some agricultural products such as almonds when the two sides meet on Friday, a senior Indian government source told Reuters.A delegation led by Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asia, Christopher Wilson, will meet Indian officials to try to re-start negotiations on the tariffs, which were response to the US removing some trade privileges from Indian products.US President Donald Trump has been putting pressure on India to do more to open its markets, saying this week on Twitter that its high tariffs were “unacceptable”.The United States would seek a rollback of some of those tariffs, and India would in return seek better access to the US market for Indian farm products, said the Indian official who is aware of the agenda for discussions. He declined to be named.India was unlikely to immediately commit to any changes to foreign investment rules for foreign e-commerce firms such as Walmart’s Flipkart and Amazon, the official said. The rules have forced the twoAmerican companies to rework their business strategies for India.Walmart told the US government privately in January that India’s new investment rules for e-commerce were regressive and had the potential to hurt trade ties, Reuters reported on Thursday.Also read | India had field day: Trump slams India once again over tariffs on US productsAlso read | Will increase information-sharing, interoperability with Indian Armed Forces: US GeneralAlso watch | PM Narendra Modi and Donald Trump meet on sidelines of G20 SummitFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow Indo US relationsFollow AgricultureFollow US marketFollow Indian tariff levelsFollow Donald Trump Next US to seek rollback of Indian tariffs on some agricultural productsUS President Donald Trump has been putting pressure on India to do more to open its markets, saying this week on Twitter that its high tariffs were “unacceptable”.advertisementlast_img read more

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000 new refugees in fiscal year 2017,” says Haider Naqvi, for shielding some judges alleged to be corrupt. read more