Share Share on Facebook The notion that older people are happier than younger people is being challenged following a recent study led by a University of Bradford lecturer.In fact it suggests that people get more depressed from age 65 onwards.The study, led by psychology lecturer Dr Helena Chui and recently published in the international journal Psychology and Aging, builds on a 15-year project observing over 2,000 older Australians living in the Adelaide area. Share on Twitter LinkedIn Email Pinterest Previous studies have shown an increase in depressive symptoms with age but only until the age of 85. This is the first study to examine the issue beyond that age.Both men and women taking part in the study reported increasingly more depressive symptoms as they aged, with women initially starting with more depressive symptoms than men. However, men showed a faster rate of increase in symptoms so that the difference in the genders was reversed at around the age of 80.Key factors in these increases include levels of physical impairment, the onset of medical conditions, particularly chronic ones, and the approach of death. Half of those in the study suffered with arthritis and both men and women with the chronic condition reported more depressive symptoms than those without.Dr Chui said: “These findings are very significant and have implications for how we deal with old age. It’s the first study to tell us depressive symptoms continue to increase throughout old age. We are in a period of unprecedented success in terms of people living longer than ever and in greater numbers and we should be celebrating this but it seems that we are finding it hard to cope.“It seems that we need to look carefully at the provision of adequate services to match these needs, particularly in the area of mental health support and pain management. Social policies and ageing-friendly support structures, such as the provision of public transport and access to health care services are needed to target the ‘oldest-old’ adults as a whole.”
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Brazilian port owner and operator Prumo Global Logistics has, through its subsidiary Porto do Açu Operações, received an approval letter from Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) for a BRL 2.8 billion (USD 810 million) long-term facility, a portion of which will be used to complete the expansion of the Açu Port.BRL 500 million (USD 144.6m) will be used to fund port construction and will be provided by a third on-lending bank yet to be identified, while the remaining BRL 2.3 billion will be funded upon closing and used to fully amortize the company’s existing bridge-loans.The total tenor of the approved facility is 18 years, with four years of grace period and 14 years of amortization. The transaction will be concluded upon execution of contracts.With this facility, Prumo Logística has a total consolidated long-term debt of BRL 3.3 billion, including BRL 1 billion of long-term debentures.”Eliminating the mismatch between our existing long-term contracts and our short-term liabilities will allow Prumo to continue its commercial ramp-up and realize the vision of the Port of Açu. Since EIG’s investment and the 2013 restructuring we have taken Açu from a partially constructed project to a fully operational port-complex that is open for business. We are very proud to accomplish this on-time and on-budget while also commercializing this flagship asset, all of which allowed us to earn this level of endorsement from our lenders,” said Eugenio Figueiredo, Prumo’s CFO.Operations at the Açu Port’s crude oil terminal are scheduled to begin in 2016 with the transshipment of crude oil for BG´s upstream operations.Operations at the port’s multicargo terminal started in July, with bauxite from Votorantim arriving at the port’s yards. The terminal has the capacity to handle over 4 million tonnes per year of bulk materials, containers and cars.BP and Prumo will begin the distribution of marine fuels at Açu Port in the first quarter of 2016.Edison Chouest is developing the largest offshore support base in the world at Açu Port to fulfill a contract to operate for Petrobras. The offshore support base is scheduled to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2015. Manufacturing facilities of NOV, Technip and Wartsila have begun operations at the port and are currently delivering locally manufactured oilfield equipment to Petrobras’ offshore projects.Finally, Groupo Bolognesi and Prumo have signed an MoU for creation of the Açu Gas Hub which provide solutions for LNG, domestic gas and thermal power, with first gas for clients at the port as early as 2017.
A “soft” September disclosure deadline has now passed for organisations with a financial year end of 31 March 2016 and who are caught by the supply chain transparency obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).The MSA includes landmark provisions which require commercial organisations (body corporates and partnerships) supplying goods or services with a global turnover of £36m or more and who carry out business in the UK to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement on their website.This is a statement of the steps taken to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their business or supply chains. This comes at a time when the government has refocused its attention on tackling modern slavery with the prime minister, Theresa May, re-affirming her commitment to tackle the issue by establishing a taskforce on modern slavery and pledging over £33m to create a five-year International Modern Slavery Fund focused on high-risk countries.For those tasked with preparing slavery and human trafficking statements, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has continued to update its central register of statements. With close to 900 collected so far, this is an excellent benchmarking tool for organisations yet to publish their statements. The Global Slavery Index (2016) has also been updated and shows a 10 million increase in the estimated number of people trapped in modern forms of slavery over the 2014 figures (from 35.8 to 45.8 million globally). As an alternative, Verisk Maplecroft has developed its own modern slavery index which is aligned to the definition of modern slavery under the MSA. These indexes can be useful tools for assessing and mapping country risks in supply chains.Careful wording It is clear that so-called strategic litigation is set to rise where organisations are linked to, or complicit in, modern slavery – in particular bonded or forced labour and human trafficking. Large organisations with reputations to protect are more likely to be targeted, particularly if they are in high risk sectors such as construction. The Freedom Fund has released a guide to using strategic litigation to combat modern slavery, which the NGO describes as a “roadmap to create an international strategic litigation network to punish and deter human traffickers”.One of the key takeaways from a May 2016 seminar hosted in London by BHRRC on modern slavery and strategic litigation was a comment by the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, that a company’s statement should be a good indicator of whether it “ought to have known” that modern slavery was occurring in its supply chain (ie, evidence of a criminal offence). This is a signal that statements need to be approached with the gravitas they deserve and that organisations should not overreach or exaggerate the steps they have taken to tackle the issue.Stamping out bribery Wherever there is slavery and human trafficking there will inevitably be some form of corruption, whether a payment is made to a border guard to turn a blind eye to human trafficking or to pay a local official to keep quiet about labour conditions on a construction site. The issue for organisations is that anti-bribery legislation, such as the Bribery Act 2010, has harsh penalties. This fact has not been missed by NGOs, with the Freedom Fund, together with other NGOs such as Liberty Asia, releasing a comprehensive analysis of the application and use of the Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the fight against modern slavery.Organisations need to be conscious of potential exposure to corrupt practices associated with modern slaveryAs the focus on this issue intensifies, organisations need to be conscious of potential exposure to corrupt practices associated with modern slavery, particularly when it comes to ensuring they have adequate procedures in place under the Bribery Act to prevent bribery by associated persons within their supply chains.The focus on modern slavery and supply chains is clearly intensifying and various stakeholders are pushing to increase the bite of the MSA’s supply chain transparency provisions. For example, there is currently a private member’s bill before the House of Lords which, if passed by both Houses of Parliament, would, among other things, amend the Public Procurements Regulations to exclude organisations from participating in public procurement where they have failed to produce a statement.The warning signals to industry are only getting stronger and organisations can no longer afford to ignore the issue of modern slavery in their supply chains.Brett Hartley is a senior associate at Clyde & Co and a member of the firm’s international trade, energy and regulatory team
The delegation included members of UBIFRANCE, a French government organisation that comes under the aegis of the secretary of state in charge of foreign trade; representatives of the French Embassy in Russia; and senior executives from French aerospace corporations. The group was hosted by members of Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ senior management team, who provided a presentation on the airline and its range of transportation and logistics services before inviting the airline’s guests to tour its flight operations and training centres. The tour was completed by a visit to the airline’s maintenance department at Ulyanovsk-Vostochny Airport, where technical staff shared their knowledge of the AN-124, highlighting its technical characteristics and bespoke loading equipment used for heavy and outsize cargo deliveries. Both parties expressed their hope to cooperate in the future.www.volga-dnepr.com www.ubifrance.com
The crane rental company is also finalising specification discussions for its purchase of a 450-tonne capacity mobile crane with VarioBallast, an adjustable radius counterweight that varies ballast radius from 7 m to 5 m.www.imperialcrane.com
JAPAN’S Railway Technical Research Institute has carried out testing with blind passengers to develop a national standard for the installation of tactile paving which provides a warning of platform edges. In an effort to reduce the risk of passengers falling from platforms, researchers have identified the optimal width of tactile paving for blind and partially- sighted users, as well as the distance from the platform edge at which the paving should be placed. A tactile slab which combines raised dots with a linear projection has been developed to help passengers identify which side of the paving they can safely walk.
In sportsBatting superstar Chris Gayle has been left out of the West Indies T20 squad for the four-match series against Pakistan starting later this month. Gayle did not play in the three-match series against the Pakistanis last September in the United Arab Emirates, after advising selectors he was unavailable for selection. Gayle has been a key member of the West Indies T20 set-up and remains one of the world’s premier batsmen in the shortest format.Here’s What’s trendingLegendary musician Chuck Berry, who was central to the development of rock ‘n’ roll beginning in the ’50s with indelible hits like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode,” died on Saturday. He was 90 years old.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland have issued their annual warning, that not everyone has the Christmas spirit, and people across Dumfries and Galloway should watch out for a rise in festive crime in the run up to the festive season.“As we move ever closer to Christmas, when the shops and retail outlets are getting busier, so the opportunities for those to commit crime increase” explains Community Policing Sergeant Graeme Stitt at Dumfries.Graeme continued “Traditionally this time of year sees lots more people in town’s across the region, shopping for Christmas, and so we are launching our Festive Anti-Crime Campaign on Friday 1 December 2017, through until Saturday 6 January 2018. The aim of the campaign is to deter and disrupt those who would seek to commit crimes such as thefts, frauds and shoplifting at this time of year. Police Scotland will be working closely with shopkeepers, community wardens, security officers and shop staff in stores in the town to ensure that we get the message out to thieves that their activities will not be tolerated. “High visibility police patrols will be backed up with plain clothes patrols and will form the main part of the police response. The Radiolink system will be utilised fully to keep officers and shop staff fully informed in what is happening in the town, and CCTV, both in the public spaces and shop premises will be closely monitored to capture any suspicious activity or actual crimes being committed.“It’s clear we all need to work together and stay alert” explains Sergeant Stitt. “This year we have seen examples of what can only be described as some despicable thefts where vulnerable victims appear to have been targeted and purses or bags stolen. When we all work together, and that includes members of the public who might see some suspicious activity, then we have a good chance of keeping people and property safe at what should be an enjoyable time of year for everyone. Don’t make it easy for the thieves. By taking a few of the following simple precautions people can help keep themselves safe at this time of year.” –• Use cash machines in well lit, non-secluded areas and stay alert as to who may be nearby. Does anyone appear to be watching you at the machine? • Before using cash machines, have a look at them and do not use it if anything looks suspicious – Report it to the bank or business it is attached to or call police on 101. • When entering your pin number, cover your hand/keypad to ensure no-one can see it. • Put your money away as securely as you can, as soon as you can after taking it from the machine. Never count it as you’re walking away. • Don’t leave shopping bags unattended at any time. • Park your car in a busy, well-lit area. Don’t leave valuables in your car but if you do ensure they are kept out of view. • Ensure your bag, purse or wallet is secure and not easily accessible. Why not call in at your local police office and get one of our purse bells which will let you know when your purse moves. • Bargains are not always what they seem – be aware of counterfeit / fake products being sold