In Tokyo, you can rent a snuggle. Loneliness is a health issue in Manchester. And perhaps nobody is as isolated as a migrant worker in Shenzhen. But can we really know what makes a city lonely?
New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness, if you have no inner stabiliser, wrote Henry Miller after moving back to the city following almost a decade in Paris. It could be expected that the Brooklyn-born novelist would have been happy to return, yet something didnt sit right:
In New York I have always felt lonely, the loneliness of the caged animal, which brings on crime, sex, alcohol and other madnesses. Miller didnt hurt for friends or charm he was married five times but he saw himself as an outsider, forever and ever the ridiculous human, the lonely soul, and it was his hometown that brings with it this fever of loneliness.
Could Millers terms be evidence that New York where countless people have gone to find fame, work, love and even themselves is the loneliest city in the world? Or is it possible that the person or persons , not the place, is the root cause of Millers discontent? And if so, whatisthe loneliest city?
Urban life is more stressful than rural life, but whether its lonelier is a point of debate among social scientists. A 2016 report by Age UK noted there are higher incidences of loneliness in cities, but precisely what brings it on is surprising. The same report found that gender and education are largely irrelevant except for those with the highest level of education, who are often lonelier and that household income and caring for a pet also have little effect.
After Salisbury poisoning, host says there have been too many strange incidents in recent years
Russian state television has cautioned “traitors” and Kremlin critics that they should not settle in England because of an increased risk of dying in mysterious circumstances.
” Don’t opt England as a place to live. Whatever the reasons, whether you’re a professional traitor to the motherland or you merely detest your country in your spare time, I recur , no matter, don’t move to England ,” the presenter Kirill Kleymenov said during a news programme on Channel One, nation TV’s flagship station.
” Something is not right there. Maybe it’s the climate. But in recent years there have been too many strange incidents with a grave outcome. People get hanged, poisoned, they succumb in helicopter crashes and fall out of windows in industrial sums ,” Kleymenov said.
The stark cautioning arrives as the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, remain critically ill in hospital after being poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury. Moscow has labelled speculation that they were targeted by the Kremlin security services as an” anti-Russian campaign “.
A number of Kremlin critics have met grisly ends in Britain in recent years. Boris Berezovsky, an oligarch turned government critic, was procured hanged at his home in Berkshire in March 2013. The coroner delivered an open verdict. Alexander Litvinenko, a former FSB security service officer, died in 2006 after being poisoned with polonium-2 10 in the vestibule of a Mayfair hotel, allegedly by Russian hitmen. Vladimir Putin rejected accusations of Russian involvement.
In 2012, Alexander Perepilichnyy, a former banker who was helping Swiss prosecutors analyse a Russian-linked money-laundering scheme, died after collapsing in Surrey. A pre-inquest hearing heard that traces of a chemical that can be found in the poisonous plant gelsemium were later found in his stomach. The inquest is due to resume next month.
Stephen Curtis, a millionaire lawyer with close ties to the exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, died when his helicopter crashed close to Bournemouth airport in 2004. Curtis is reported to have told a close relative that if he were to die, it would not be an accident. One of Curtis’s associates, Scot Young, who had business links to Berezovsky, was observed impaled on railings after falling from his apartment in Marylebone, central London, in 2014. The coroner found insufficient evidence to rule it a suicide, and his family suspect he was murdered.
Hillary Clinton has tried to convince Democratic primary voters that she is firmly opposed to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
But the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country’s resulting business trade group and a proponent of the agreements, told Bloomberg News earlier this month that he isn’t buying Clinton’s public posture. Now Sen. Bernie Sanders is seizing on those comments as a sign that his presidential primary rival can’t be counted on to oppose TPP.
Thomas Donohue, head of the business hall, suggested that Clinton is merely resisting TPP to improve her opportunities against Sanders, who has objected to the bargain from the beginning. Clinton would likely revert to her previous is supportive of the agreement if she were elected president, Donohue posited.
“If she were to get nominated, if she were to be elected, I have a hunch that what operates in the family is you get a little practical if you get the job, ” Donohue said.
As leader of one of the most influential groups in Washington, Donohue is an old hand at assessing politicians’ moves and motives. TPP is a top priority for the Chamber of Commerce and the businesses it represents. If Donohue is saying he’s not concerned that Clinton would ultimately resist the passage of TPP, that’s a opinion worth considering.
The business lobbyist also rejected concerns about Donald Trump, who is loudly anti-TPP. He expressed confidence that the populist fury that has characterized the early primary process will give way to more business-friendly sensibilities.
“The citizens are sort of mad, but they haven’t voted at all, ” Donohue told Bloomberg News. “We haven’t had a single vote.”
“I’m not saying who is going to win, ” he added. “I’m just telling you that on both the Democratic and Republican side, we are getting down to the real stuff. It isn’t going to end the style you think it is.”
The Sanders campaign said in a press release Thursday that Donohue’s statements create “questions about where Clinton stands” on TPP.
“What’s her position on this bad trade bargain today? ” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs asked. “It’s hard to keep track of Secretary Clinton’s shifting stands on the trade agreement that would help multi-national firms ship more decent-paying tasks from the United States to low-wage nations overseas.”
The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Clinton announced her opposition to TPP on Oct. 7 last year, telling Judy Woodruff of the “PBS NewsHour” that there existed “still too many unanswered questions” about how the agreement would affect U.S. jobs, the affordability of prescription drugs and other matters.
At the time, Clinton was under rising pressure from progressive activists to take a more definitive stance on the trade agreement. Yet in her statements, she appeared to give herself leeway to embrace the deal subsequently if her concerns could be assuaged.
“As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it, ” she said.
Even those cautious terms marked an about-face from Clinton’s previous espouse of TPP, which she had worked on as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state. Clinton called the deal the “gold standard in trade agreements” in November 2012, all there is serving as America’s top diplomat.
More than one progressive activist has argued that Clinton’s public change of heart simply shows that she’s willing to say things to appease voters, but that doesn’t mean she can be relied on to stick to her stances if elected. These skeptics contend, for example, that Clinton only came out against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in September 2015 when it had become a growing political liability to continue not taking a stance.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a wide-ranging accord among 12 Pacific Rim nations, would lower tariffs and streamline regulations on goods and services exchanged by the participating countries. The Obama administration, most big business leaders, some congressional Democrats and the majority of congressional Republicans argue that the agreement is essential to maintain the U.S.’s competitive edge in the global economy and counter the rising influence of China in the Pacific region.
Critics of the deal — including labor unions, environmental groups, global health activists, Internet freedom advocates and the majority of congressional Democrats — argue that it will cost the U.S. manufacturing undertakings, reward nations that abuse human rights and empower corporations to challenge domestic laws protecting customers, patients and workers.
Last June, Congress granted the president trade promotion authority, which bars Congress from revising or filibustering a trade agreement to be provided by the White House for approval. Lawmakers are restricted to an up-or-down vote.
A senior White House official told reporters Wednesday that the opposition to TPP from presidential candidates of both parties was being “closely watched” by America’s negotiating partners. The official implied that the candidates’ comments attained other TPP nations eager to find the U.S. ratify the agreements this year.
The official also said the Obama administration did not have a position on whether it would be better to pursue ratification of TPP before the November elections or in the lame-duck conference of Congress afterward.
Chamber of Commerce leader Donohue told Bloomberg that he ensure the best opportunity for approving the trade agreement after the election, since Republican lawmakers including with regard to could vote for it without fear of endangering their own re-elections.
“If you tried to get a vote on it right now, the Senate wouldn’t let you do it, because they are not going to take three or four very important senators — at a time when they are … operating for office, you know, more Republicans than Democrat — and put them at risk, ” Donohue said.
He added that waiting until after the election also devotes TPP’s proponents more time to lash votes in favor of it.
Donohue calculated the likelihood of the deal passing by the end of 2016 at 75 percent.
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What if you could remedy( or at the least, significantly reduce symptoms of) your nervousnes with an injection? Sadly, this isn’t a potential now but scientists may be one step closer to developing an immunization for inflammation-induced mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress ailment( PTSD) after a trial in rats proven successful.
The study, published in the publication Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, builds on previous research that examined the effects of a soil-based bacterium called Mycobacterium vaccae on mice placed in close proximity to large and aggressive male mice. It turned out the inoculated mice displayed fewer signs of nervousnes and were less likely to experience rednes in the bowel and other tissues than the uninoculated mouse.
This time, researchers from the University of Colorado( CU) at Boulder wanted to find out how exactly M. vaccae affects the brain. To do so, they injected male rats with a preparation of the bacterium a total of three times one week apart. The outcome- perceptibly more cold rats.
The team measured proteins in the brain and found that eight days after therapy, inoculated rats proved substantially higher levels of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4 in the brain region associated with mood control, nervousnes, and anxiety( the hippocampus ). Then, when put in a stressful situation, the rats indicated lower levels of HMGB1, a stress-induced protein responsible for sensitizing the brain to inflammation, and higher levels of CD200R1, a receptor that helps keep the brain’s immune cells in an anti-inflammatory state.
“We found that in rodents this particular bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae , actually shifts the environment in the brain toward an anti-inflammatory state, ” result writer Matthew Frank, a senior research associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder, said in a statement.
“If you could do that in people, it could have broad implications for a number of neuroinflammatory diseases.”
Stress-related mood ailments, like anxiety, PTSD, and depression, will hit one in four people at some point in their lifetime and there is strong proof to suggest that they are at least partly caused by inflammation.
“There is a robust literature that shows if you induce an inflammatory immune reaction in people, they quickly show signs of depression and anxiety, ” Frank added.
“Just think about how you feel when you get the flu.”
While M. vaccae injections are yet to be trialed in humen, Frank and his squad hope a similar treatment could in the not-so-distant future be administered to people with a high risk of developing inflammation-induced conditions, such as soldiers and emergency room employees.
The trumpeter talks about growing up in a musical household, why his first matrimony went wrong, and being a grandfather
I grew up in central Los Angeles . My father was born in Russia. He was a survivor. He had come to the US in 1915, when he was 16 , not speaking a word of English, on his own, at the insistence of his family. He landed in Ellis Island and made a life for himself. My mom was from the Lower East Side of New York. She was a secretary, she was good with numbers and played the violin, but not professionally. One of my earliest memories is from when I was eight . In school, in a music appreciation class, there was a table filled with instruments and I happened to pick up a cornet. It had a profound effect on my life. At home, Id be playing it, and the neighbours would holler, Shut the window! while my mother yelled back at them. My friend played drums; “were in” a musical household. My parent could play the mandolin, although he didnt read music. As my fathers lucks improved , he brought the rest of his family from Russia to live near us. My grandpa stayed there. I remember my paternal grandmother, but she only spoke Yiddish so communication is a point. My mom wasnt close to her own parents so we didnt see much of them. I had an elder brother, David, who was five years my senior. We used to play outside or in the street, but I was super-shy and followed him around, but he wasnt so interested in hanging out with me. I guess we were middle class . My dad earned a reasonable living manufacturing womens suits and garment as a business; we didnt struggle and had a vacation now and then.
I didnt have a strong notion about what career I wanted. I knew I liked playing the cornet. My friend and I played together at parties and events. At high school, I was in a little group, with piano, bass, drums and trumpet. We entered a Tv talent tournament that pitted groups from local high school against one another. Even though few people had TV sets in the 1950 s, we won the indicate for eight consecutive weeks and that constructed us a name, so we got gigs around the city on the back of that.
I got married when I was 21. At the time, Id been drafted and was playing with the Sixth Army band in San Franciscos Presidio. I was also working part-time in a gym, and tried my hand at acting for a while, but that didnt work up. I was too young to get married, as evidenced by my getting divorced. I likely didnt understand what was expected of me at that age. Then I got famous and started touring the world, so I wasnt around much.
When I got married the second time, I felt so lucky. Lani is my dream girl. We have been married for 42 years now and had a child together.
Im not sure what my mothers taught me . My father didnt articulate much, but led by instance. He was generous to his family and very open-hearted. If person required his help, he was always right there for them, and I saw how people responded to his generosity. Im now a grandfather a few times over . My youngest is two-and-a-half years old. I love the experience and we ensure household as much as we can. They are scattered across the state, but we have Skype so that helps us bide connected. Family is the part of my life that gives me convenience . I am very aware of, and sensitive to, my familys needs and Ill always be there for them, but household is not something I totally live for. You get one chance to do your thing in this life and I am doing my thing. My imagination drives me I dont have any control over it. I know I have made a lot of people happy with my music, and that gives me an enormous energy and pleasure.
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