The Thinkubator Launches Business Council to Build Strong Industry Connection

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“The Thinkubator builds missing link to providing work-based learning opportunities, internships, and jobs to youth and young adults”

BRONX, NY, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Thinkubator, a Bronx-based innovation and workforce development nonprofit organization has announced the launching of a Business Council to support its mission and programs of providing work-based learning opportunities, internships, jobs, creating career pathways, and educational training for young adults. The Business Council has tapped individuals interested in closing the employment equity and inclusion gap in their respective industries. While individuals on the Council work at both large and small companies, they have been tapped because of their personal interest in supporting and elevating Black, Brown, Low-Income, Women, the LGBTQ communities and locations like the Bronx.

The Thinkubator’s Business Council led by Dr. Duleep Deosthale, Senior Consultant for The Thinkubator are tasked with very specific goals as an advisory to The Thinkubator’s team, providing information and potential access to internships and jobs for communities The Thinkubator serves, and building mentorship programming for The Thinkubator program participants and alumni by leveraging existing mentorship programs that exist throughout New York. The Council has representation from a diversity of firms and organizations such as Apple, BigSpring, Edelman, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, M&T Bank, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi/Frito Lay, R/GA, Schonfeld, to small firms located right in the Bronx such as Bx2GA Nutrition and Johnson Security Bureau. “The Business Council represents the personal commitment and convictions of individuals to help bring about change in communities in which they live and work and beyond. The approach is action oriented and straightforward: ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ and get involved” stated the Chair of the Business Council, Dr. Duleep Deosthale.

“The Business Council is a critical part of The Thinkubator’s strategy to engage individuals who support our mission and who will commit to providing information and potential access to internships and job opportunities to BIPOC and LGBTQ New Yorkers who for too long have not been included in many industries. The Business Council members will be critical to advancing The Thinkubator’s core mission” stated, Dr. Edward Summers, President and CEO, The Thinkubator.

About The Thinkubator
The Thinkubator is a Bronx-based innovation and workforce development nonprofit organization. We craft innovative strategies to complex local challenges that have global implications. The Thinkubator approaches our work with a racial and economic equity lens through three major areas: education, research, and community.

* The Thinkubator Education provides education, career, and work-based learning opportunities for young adults. We seek to prepare diverse, low-income youth from the Bronx and similar communities to succeed in the workplace and the world.

* The Thinkubator Research conducts research, analysis and creates policy solutions to complex challenges. It leverages its data collection and strong analytical skill set to provide strategic consultancy to education, nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

* The Thinkubator Community concentrates on the intersection of issues that inhibit communal growth, development, and productivity and tackles them head on with the communities we serve.

Collectively, The Thinkubator provides a systematic approach to workforce, economic and community development, educational attainment, and combating poverty.

The organization’s vision states that The Thinkubator aspires to a world where young people from the Bronx and similar communities are trained, educated, and powered to bring their voice to business, organizational, societal, and world challenges.

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How to Encourage Covid Vaccinations at Work

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Survey results of attitudes held by different ethnic groups toward Covid-19 vaccines. Chart courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

With coronavirus vaccination rates slowing down, what role employers can take to help meet the goal of achieving herd immunity against coronavirus?

Polls conducted earlier this year found that 63% of white Americans say they are interested in taking the Covid 19 vaccine, while only 49% of black Americans feel the same way.”

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AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Why Should We Care That Covid Vaccination Rates Are Slowing Down Across The US?

US health officials fear the chance of achieving herd immunity against coronavirus is slipping away.

The problem is no longer a lack of available vaccines but fewer people coming forward to be inoculated.

Why should we be concerned about this?

There are several key points to consider.

Herd immunity occurs when upwards of around 75% to 95%* of the population gain immunity to an infectious disease – either by contracting it and developing antibodies to it or receiving a vaccine. The scenario makes it very difficult for a communicable disease, such as coronavirus, to replicate, thus bringing an end to the outbreak.

*The actual percentage varies from disease to disease; since coronavirus is novel e.g. new, we don’t know the exact answer yet, but many epidemiologists think a safer number would 85% or higher.

If we don’t eradicate coronavirus from the population, what are we giving up?

First and foremost, non-vaccinated people can help spread the virus, and an active infectious disease that continues to circulate can genetically mutate over time – resulting in either a more virulent (e.g. dangerous) or a more contagious variant, such as the one that originated in India and is now rapidly spreading within the UK.

Epidemiologists believe that unless the coronavirus is eradicated worldwide, there is a small but frightening chance that a dangerous new version of coronavirus could emerge that would render our existing vaccines incapable of protecting people.

In this doomsday scenario, all the sacrifices everyone has made during lockdown would be for naught – and we’d be facing another one to two years of pandemic while Pharma companies rush to develop next-generation vaccines.

The second concern is that herd immunity helps protect those who, due to medical conditions, cannot be vaccinated (such as the very young) or for whom vaccinations are less effective. For example, recent research indicates that those with certain health conditions may not be able to create as many antibodies as those with healthy immune systems. Individuals in these categories would be better protected from disease once we achieve herd immunity.

Different Communities, Different Vaccination Rates

Let’s shift gears now and talk about what managers need to consider when encouraging employees to get Covid vaccinations at work.

The first point is that employers should not assume that everyone feels the same about getting vaccinated.

Indeed, public opinion surveys point to long-standing differences among different ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and politically affiliated groups.

For example, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials were able to trace unexpected outbreaks of childhood measles back to school districts where a significant percentage of parents have gotten waivers to exempt their children from receiving MMR vaccines that protect against measles.

Upon investigation, public health officials discovered there were two different communities involved:

The first was conservative Jewish (Hassidic) communities, primarily in the greater New York area, that did not want to vaccinate their children for religious reasons.

The second group was found primarily in upper-middle-class communities, in places like Austin and the West Coast. Many of these parents actively campaigned as “anti-vaxxers,” promoting the widely debunked theory that vaccines can cause autism or other health issues.

Given this history of vaccine hesitancy, public health officials have been actively using polling organizations to identify and quantify the level of concerns about Covid vaccines among different ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups.

For example, polls conducted earlier this year found that 63% of white Americans say they are interested in taking the Covid 19 vaccine, while only 49% of black Americans feel the same way. Fortunately, this number is improving in recent days, according to Kaiser Health News.

What’s the reason for this disparity? Especially considering that statistically, black Americans have been hit harder by the coronavirus in terms of infection rates and mortality.

Public health historians point to long-standing distrust among black communities toward US government health programs, in particular, the deceptive, dishonest, and destructive Tuskegee Syphilis Study conducted by the United States Public Health Service and the CDC over a 40-year period in the middle of the last century.

Hispanics are another ethnic group that has been especially hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of the year, public health officials were very discouraged by the low number of Hispanic survey respondents who wanted to get a Covid 19 vaccine. However, a more recent survey shows a dramatic uptick in positive territory for Hispanic respondents.

Another group of great concern is long-term caretakers. A recent PEW Trust poll found that only around half of these frontline workers have been vaccinated.

Finally, unlike most previous disease outbreaks, coronavirus has taken on a distinctly political aspect, with many politically conservative people voicing strong opinions against wearing masks, for example. Public health surveys continue to find a high percentage of conservative Republicans, especially men, are resistant to the idea of getting the coronavirus vaccine, with 4 out of 10 Republicans saying they do not plan to get a vaccine according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.

What Are Some Common Reasons For Vaccine Hesitancy?

Public health officials have also tried to identify specific reasons for what they call “vaccine hesitancy” among different individuals.

The results are quite fascinating.

It turns out that quite a few objections are fairly reasonable and can be overcome fairly easily.

We’ll look at this category first and address the set of more difficult objections in the next section below.

So what are some of the more common objections to getting the coronavirus vaccine?

Researchers have found that many respondents give one or more of these answers:

– I’m too busy to get the vaccine.
– It’s complicated to sign up, and it will take all day. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid.
– Getting two shots is very inconvenient.
– The vaccines were developed far too quickly. I’d rather wait and see what side effects emerge.
– I don’t have a doctor or medical insurance to pay for this.
– They are getting rid of the mask rules in my state, so I think this pandemic is on the way out.
– I’m old enough to remember problems with polio vaccines and infants with thalidomide birth defects.

With Covid death rates going down, why should I bother?

Overcoming these objections is not easy but possible, making this group part of what public health officials would call the “persuadable” group.

What About The Views Of Covid Anti-Vaxxers?

In contrast to the “persuadable” group, there are other groups of individuals that are adamantly against taking the Covid vaccine, a group commonly known as Covid Anti-Vaxxers.

Read more…

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(Video) Reactions to Iran’s Election Point to Need and Opportunity for Western Firmness

June 22, 2021 - Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi.

Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi.

June 22, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisis record oppression of women.

Ebrahim Raisis record oppression of women.

June 22, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” assigned as the highest judicial position within the regime.

June 22, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisis record.

Ebrahim Raisis record.

June 22, 2021 - Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei's choice to be the nexet president

Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the 1988 Massacre’s “Death Commission” Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s choice to be the nexet president

June 22, 2021 - Iran – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in the second week of June – Call for boycott of the sham elections.

Iran – Activities of Resistance Units and MEK supporters in the second week of June – Call for boycott of the sham elections.

June 22, 2021 - Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election

Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election.

June 6, 2021 -  NCR IRAN Free Iran World Summit 2021: The Democratic Alternative on the March to Victory

NCR IRAN Free Iran World Summit 2021: The Democratic Alternative on the March to Victory

'Resistance Units' inside Iran staged public demonstrations and displayed posters and graffiti in hundreds of locations throughout the country.

The international community must back the movement for regime change in the wake of the boycott’s 'political and social blow' to a regime already rendered vulnerable by years of public unrest”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Iranian regime’s sham presidential election was held on Friday, and since then responses have poured in from all directions. The victor of the remarkably predictable and non-competitive race held his first press conference on Monday and seemed to respond indirectly to the criticisms that had dogged him during his campaign and had helped to fuel an electoral boycott movement that resulted in historically low turnout. But that criticism continued its outpouring from both domestic and international sources, hinting at the crises and challenges that the clerical regime may face in the forthcoming Raisi era.

The main organizer of the boycott, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), dismissed Tehran’s estimate of voter turnout even though the regime acknowledged that fewer than half of eligible voters had participated. Based on information from more than 1,200 journalists and 400 localities, the MEK determined that the actual participation rate was less than ten percent – a result that Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI, called “the greatest political and social blow to the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the ruling theocracy.”

Mrs. Rajavi also reiterated the message of regime change that underlay much of the MEK’s promotion of the boycott and suggested that the widespread participation should be recognized throughout the world as a sign that the Iranian people as a whole see no solution for their current hardships other than a solution that proceeds from regime change. From April through to last week, “Resistance Units” inside Iran staged public demonstrations and displayed posters and graffiti in hundreds of locations throughout the country emphasizing that by sitting out the election and denying the system political legitimacy, the people could “vote for regime change.”

Similar messaging had provided the major impetus for an earlier electoral boycott in February 2020, when the regime selected new members of parliament as well as various governors. In that case, also, authorities also determined that less than half of the population took part in the voting. And then as now, the MEK determined that participation rates had been exaggerated in an effort to save face.

Last year’s election and boycott took place only weeks after a carefully stage-managed celebration of the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, but also soon after large-scale protests spanning more than a dozen provinces and taking aim at the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its downing of a commercial airliner near Iran.

Iranian activists were quick to link those protests to the momentum that had been established by two previous nationwide uprisings. The MEK and, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, have also described the electoral boycott movement as a feature of the same underlying push for regime change, and they strongly reiterated this point in the aftermath of the low-participation presidential election.

The MEK and the NCRI have been particularly critical of the “hardliner vs. reformist” narrative when commenting upon Western foreign policy. Mrs. Rajavi, other Resistance activists, and even NCRI supporters inside Western policy circles have tended to describe the nations of Europe and North America as promoting “appeasement” of the Iranian regime in hopes of empowering reformists to counter the more openly hostile political tendencies of a hardline faction. But even though this project of outreach to “reformists” supposedly paid off in 2013 with the election of Hassan Rouhani, little has changed in matters of Iranian-Western relations after eight years.

Worse still, circumstances inside Iran have arguably gotten worse in significant ways during that same period. Hardline principles like gender segregation have seen a steady increase in enforcement and the number of annual executions during Rouhani’s eight years in office was actually higher than during the previous eight years during which the presidency was held by avowed hardliner and firebrand Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Furthermore, crackdowns on political and social dissent intensified in recent years, especially following the 2018 uprising, and even more so in the wake of the second uprising in November 2019.

In the latter instance, authorities led by the Revolutionary Guards opened fire on crowds of protesters immediately after unrest emerged simultaneously across nearly 200 cities and towns. Approximately 1,500 peaceful demonstrators were killed in this fashion in a matter of days, and more than 12,000 individuals were arrested. The judiciary followed up with systematic torture which lasted for several months.

By the time of the second uprising, the judiciary had been placed in the hands of Ebrahim Raisi, who would go on to be put forward as the only viable candidate to replace Rouhani. His role in overseeing such extensive torture made it deeply ironic when Raisi said in his post-election press conference, “I have always been a defender of the rights of the people. Human rights have been the pivotal point that I have always pursued in all my responsibilities.”

Raisi presumably had in mind the extensive condemnation of his candidacy that stemmed from his role as one of the leading figures in the Tehran “death commission” that was responsible for many of the 30,000 nationwide casualties from a massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988. Resistance Units and other activists groups took to referring to him as the “henchman of 1988” in the weeks leading up to Friday’s election, and this sentiment was repeated on Sunday in rallies held by Iranian expatriate communities all throughout the world to mark the “Day of Martyrs and Political Prisoners,” a commemoration of the first major uprising against the theocratic dictatorship in 1981.

That occasion effectively set the stage for the similar but more closely coordinated demonstrations that will take place from July 10 to 12. A global audience will be able to hear further details about the fallout from Friday’s electoral boycott and the underlying protest movement, as well as recommendations regarding how Western policy can respond to these things.

One can expect that “Free Iran World Summit” to emphasize that Tehran’s malign activity never diminished under “reformist” leadership and should be expected to accelerate in every substantial way now that the presidency has been handed to a known human rights violator. That being the case, the event will surely also make the case that it would be foolish of the international community not to back the movement for regime change in the wake of the boycott’s “political and social blow” to a regime that was already rendered vulnerable by years of public unrest.

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CCHR Covers New Changes to the Mental Health Law in Continuing Education Course

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

Tampa Bay area attorney and former Assistant Public Defender of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Carmen Miller, Esq., was the featured speaker at the seminar on mental health rights.

Tampa Bay area attorney and former Assistant Public Defender of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Carmen Miller, Esq., was the featured speaker at the seminar on mental health rights.

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that an estimated 30% of the children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

It was reported during the Baker Act Task Force that an estimated 30% of the children being Baker Acted in Pinellas County alone did not meet the criteria.

Delivered by an attorney, the course covers basic human rights, new changes to the law impacting mental health and is designed for mental health professionals.

If the law itself is understood and applied from the viewpoint of using the least restrictive means possible to help someone in crisis then the potential for abuse is greatly reduced.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — During the 2021 legislative session, Florida lawmakers passed a bill titled School Safety which changes how the Baker Act, an involuntary psychiatric examination, is applied to a minor student. This change and several others, which are slated to go into effect on July 1st, aim to reduce the number of children subjected to the trauma of a Baker Act each year.

Florida’s mental health law, commonly referred to as the Baker Act, allows for individuals of all ages to be taken into custody for an involuntary psychiatric examination but it is often misunderstood and misused. [1]

According to the Baker Act Reporting Center, there were more than 210,000 Baker Acts initiated during 2018/2019 across the state with over 37,000 involving children. [2]

Headlines such as “6-year-old Florida girl “traumatized” after being involuntarily sent to mental health facility” and “Florida’s flawed Baker Act rips thousands of kids from school” are all too frequent and spurred the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, to begin offering continuing education on the law. After first receiving approval to host continuing education through the Florida Bar on the Baker Act for attorneys, the move to become a provider through the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling was a logical next step. [3,4]

The next complimentary virtual course is being held on Saturday, July 17th, 2021 from 1:00-2:30pm. The course is delivered by attorney Carmen Miller, a former assistant public defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa, with an extensive background in dealing with Baker Acts.

“The education of those given the power to initiate a Baker Act on the points of the law is vital to the protection of liberty and human rights,” states the president of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein. “If the law itself is understood and applied from the viewpoint of using the least restrictive means possible to help someone in crisis then the potential for abuse is greatly reduced.”

The virtual continuing education course is designed for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage Family Therapists and Certified Master Social Workers and offers 3 CE credits upon completion. Those in attendance will learn the context and intentions of the mental health law as well as the basic human rights impacted by the Baker Act and its unintended consequences. To learn more or to reserve a spot for this complimentary virtual course, please call 727-442-8820.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:
[1] WUSF Health News Florida COMMITTED https://wfsu.org/committed/ and Baker Act Abuse – Media Stories https://www.cchrflorida.org/baker-act-abuse/
[2] Baker Act Reporting Center https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/baker-act/documents/ba_usf_annual_report_2018_2019.pdf
[3] Ibid.
[4] CCHR Continuing Education Courses https://www.cchrflorida.org/category/continuing-education/

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Dr. Ed Diener and Greater Good Science Center World Happiness Awards 2021 Laureates for the Research Category

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Ed Diener - World Happiness Awards 2021

Ed Diener – World Happiness Awards 2021

GGSC - World Happiness Awards 2021

GGSC – World Happiness Awards 2021

Thanks to modern science we are able to bring validated tools, techniques, and resources to help people thrive, rather than just survive.

We love Happiness Research! Thanks to modern science we are able to bring validated tools, techniques, and resources to help people thrive, rather than just survive.”

— Luis Gallardo, Founder & President – World Happiness Foundation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — This year, the World Happiness Awards is once again ready and eager to recognize and celebrate organizations and individuals that are realizing a world with freedom, consciousness, and happiness for all! Our World Happiness Award Laureate in the Category of Happiness at Research (Individual) is Dr. Ed Diener.

Ed Diener, also known as ‘Dr. Happiness’ was a leading researcher in positive psychology who coined the famous expression ‘subjective well-being,’ as the aspect of happiness that can be empirically measured. Diener has been one of the leading pioneers in scientific research on happiness for the past twenty-five years. Diener developed numerous research protocols which are currently used by positive psychologists worldwide.

Born in 1946 in Glendale, California, he received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. For the past thirty years, he taught at the University of Illinois as the Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Dr. Diener was the president of both the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the International Society of Quality of Life Studies and the first president of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Dr. Diener’s research was focused on the measurement of well-being, temperament and personality influences on well-being, theories of well-being, income and well-being, and cultural influences on well-being. He has developed several scales that are in widespread use. For instance, his Satisfaction with Life Scale has been cited over 8,000 times in the scientific literature, and his psychological flourishing scale is also being widely used. He has found that, in general, happiness does not just feel good but helps the person function better. Another outstanding work by Dr. Diener was his project to have nations implement national accounts of well-being for policymakers and leaders.

Diener was equally known for his generosity toward students and other scholars. He mentored hundreds and received several teaching awards. Along with his wife and fellow psychologist Carol, he created the Noba project to provide students with online access to free, high-quality textbooks and other educational materials, relieving a significant financial burden for students worldwide.

Dr. Diener has co-edited three books on subjective well-being: Well-Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology, Advances in Quality of Life Theory and Research, and Culture and Subjective Well-Being. He also wrote a popular book on happiness with his son, Robert Biswas-Diener, and authored a book on policy uses of accounts of well-being with Richard Lucas, Ulrich Schimmack, and John Helliwell. Sadly, Dr. Diener passed away on April 27, 2021.

Despite the sad news, we couldn’t be more proud to have Ed Diener as one of our laureates for the 2021 World Happiness Awards!

Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley University

The World Happiness Award Laureate in the Category of Happiness at Research (Community) is – Greater Good Science Center.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. As one of the world’s leading institutions of research and higher education, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to science and practice. Not only do they sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, but they also help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

Since 2001, they have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior, called the science of a meaningful life. Their goal is to support cultural shifts in the ways people view human nature, understand the sources of true happiness, and value their connections to one another – all to promote a kinder and more compassionate society.

To achieve this overarching aim, the GGSC focuses on these long-term, large-scale outcomes:

A shift in conventional wisdom about human nature, so that the public views kindness and compassion as no less “natural” to humans than selfishness and aggression;
Greater awareness about the keys to social and emotional well-being, including the factors most likely to cause people to act on their instincts for kindness and compassion;
Greater demand for programs that foster the social-emotional well-being of their participants, driven by greater awareness about the research-based benefits of these programs;
Deeper understanding within educational institutions of how and why to support social-emotional development, nurturing a new generation that is better equipped to deal with conflict, handle stress, and widen their circles of kindness and compassion;
Higher levels of emotional well-being within institutions, specifically in families, schools, workplaces, and the health care system, and better-preparing people to respond to others with care, equanimity, and generosity.

That is why we couldn’t be happier to have The Greater Good Science Center as our laureates for the 2021 World Happiness Awards! All of our laureates will receive recognition by the World Happiness Fest, highlighting and showcasing them in the individual or community category on the World Happiness Awards website and the World Happiness Fest communications channels. Special recognition will be granted to individuals and communities that showcase “broad and/or deep outreach” and “positive impact” within the boundaries of their communities of influence. These relate to cities, companies, countries, hospitals, schools, etc., which, at the same time, showcases the core values of Compassion, Gratitude, Discovery, and Connection embedded in their projects and activities.

In collaboration with the United Nations University for Peace along with 300+ international thought leaders, corporate, government, research, and educational institutions, The World Happiness Awards situate happiness and well-being as essential components of global innovation.

Join us in our celebration of people and communities, making this planet a better place for all!

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FINALLY ENDS 15 YEARS OF LITIGATION AGAINST FIVE NUU-CHAH-NULTH FIRST NATIONS OVER FISHING RIGHTS

Wickaninnish, Cliff Atleo, plays the drum while singing the Nuu-chah-nulth song on the court steps in Vancouver, April 2018. Photo credit: Melody Charlie.

TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Ahousaht, Hesquiaht, Ehattesaht/Chinehkint, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht congratulate the Government of Canada on their decision to end the more than 15 years of litigation against our Five Nations.

On April 19, 2021, the BC Court of Appeal (BCCA) ruled in favour of the Five Nations’ appeal. The BCCA decision overruled the lower court’s ruling that restricted our commercial fishing rights, re-affirming the original 2009 decision that fishing is an integral part of the Nations’ economy. The ruling also reaffirmed how Canada should uphold and accommodate the Nations’ Aboriginal rights, including priority of access for the Nations’ fishers. The priority of the Five Nations court-affirmed Constitutional right to any species within our territories was repeatedly emphasized in the BCCA decision. Additionally, the BCCA stated that the parties involved “should be in a position to consult over allocations, and agreements on the allocation process.” The Five Nations have had to return to court repeatedly to force the federal government to act in good faith and consult in a meaningful way with the Five Nations on fishing agreements.

Consistent with Bill C-15 and the BCCA ruling, we call on Canada to turn to finalize our work together through negotiations to uphold, accommodate, and implement our Five Nations’ right to catch and sell fish from our territories on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Our Five Nations’ objective is to revitalize our role in fisheries as this is an essential part of our past and future. Our immediate goal is to get our fishers out on the water supporting their families and the health, culture, and economy of our communities. Our objective is consistent with the Liberal government’s stated commitments to reconciliation and to upholding section 35(1) of the Constitution. It is also consistent with the recognition of the rights of self-government, economic development, and the utilization and benefit of resources in Indigenous territories – all recognized in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, previously endorsed by the Liberal government, and recently further supported by Canada through Bill C-15.

“This is good news, and we appreciate that the Government of Canada has finally agreed to end a decade and a half of needless and expensive litigation. All we had asked was for our rights to be respected – you don’t need endless legal battles to do the right thing. We also must now turn to the other work we have with Canada: finalizing our reconciliation agreement. This decision does not diminish the amount of work that needs to be done to breathe life into what Indigenous people consider to be reconciliation and to convince Canada that it is a two-way street,” said Wickaninnish, Cliff Atleo, lead negotiator for the Ahousaht First Nation.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to stand with Nuu-chah-nulth fishers in their fight to exercise their Indigenous right to catch and sell fish caught within their territory. I am grateful to the government for finally respecting the re-affirmation of their rights by the courts. Now that this matter is settled, I am hopeful that the government will now come to the table with the Nuu-chah-nulth and negotiate a fair allocation,” said Gord Johns, NDP MP for Courtenay-Alberni and NDP Critic for Fisheries and Oceans.

Wickaninnish, Cliff Atleo continues: “I am not happy with the Government of Canada’s interpretation of reconciliation because it falls short of allowing us to re-establish our way of life that supports our families and communities. Canada’s current approach is just not going to cut it. They need to pay attention to our perspective of what reconciliation is. It’s still going to require a lot of work and effort on the part of both Canada and our people to secure some certainty in the fishing industry. We want our fishers to be able to make a living, just like the rest of Canada has been able to do using resources in our territories.”

The Five Nations hope that Canada’s decision not to appeal the BCCA ruling signals a commitment to concluding a reconciliation agreement with the Five Nations this summer. Our Five Nations are committed to moving forward with Canada on behalf of our Ha’wiih (hereditary Chiefs), our fishers, our families, and the fisheries resources that we all depend upon.

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Lauren Dean, Communications Specialist
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CENGN Announces Northern Ontario Broadband Project for City of Kenora

CENGN Announces Northern Ontario Broadband Project for City of Kenora

Home on Beautiful Schnarr Lake

CENGN is announcing the launch of a project that's bringing internet access to residents around four lakes within the boundaries of the City of Kenora.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — TREE-BASED WIRELESS DISTRIBUTION APPROACH WILL BRING HIGH-PERFORMANCE INTERNET TO KENORA’S NORTHERN LAKE AREA

CENGN is announcing the launch of an innovative project that will bring high-performance broadband access to residents located around four lakes within the municipal boundaries of the City of Kenora. CENGN issued a “Call for Community Expression of Interest” and Kenora was selected as the host community for this project. This project is part of CENGN’s Northern Ontario Residential Broadband program and will serve as a model for other communities across the province looking to extend high-performance internet service to underserved areas that are greater than 5 km from a municipality’s downtown location.

CAMP COMMUNICATIONS SELECTED TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SOLUTION

Internet Service Provider, Camp Communications, was selected to address the needs of the Kenora residents in the Black Sturgeon, Schnarr, Grassy, and Austin Lake areas. Supported by CENGN program funding, the service provider will use radio equipment mounted in tall trees to establish a meshed network of lake-side access points. These access points will connect to fibre optic segments providing new services to clusters of homes via utility poles along lakeside roads.

This innovative approach will bring a range of broadband internet access services to the residents without the need to build new towers. The wireless technologies used will include 60GHz high-speed backhaul, and 5GHz WIFI distribution, with optical fibre connected to homes allowing for services up to 150 Mbps download /30 Mbps upload.

This project promises several benefits, including:

-Eliminated need for new towers and associated lighting along pristine lakeshore vistas.
-80% cost savings over alternative tower-based distribution options.
-Dramatically faster network build times, with services available by fall 2021.
-Future-ready fibre to the home (FTTH) access for residents.
-Excellent range of new internet access services from 50 Mbps download / 10 Mbps upload and up to 150 Mbps download / 30 Mbps upload with NO data caps.

QUOTES

“CENGN is pleased to work with Camp Communications to bring reliable, high-speed broadband internet access to the under-served northern lake regions of the City of Kenora,” said Jean-Charles Fahmy, President and CEO of CENGN. “This project highlights key innovation approaches using radio equipment mounted on trees within the natural landscape to distribute improved broadband coverage. By supporting and documenting this innovative solution we will gain a strong blueprint to help address the business and technological challenges of similar communities in Northern Ontario and across the province.”

“Access to reliable broadband internet is essential for all Ontarians, no matter where they live. Businesses, families, schools and hospitals in rural and Northern communities need fast connections just as much as in urban areas,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade. “This innovative new project will mean secure and reliable internet and cellular connectivity for the northern lake region within the City of Kenora municipal boundaries, bringing long-overdue cost-effective and high-speed solutions for those who live and work in the region.”

“For too long, too many regions in Northwestern Ontario lacked access to reliable broadband. Today’s announcement from CENGN is a turning point to bring modern, state-of-the-art broadband to Kenora’s beautiful northern lake region,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “This new fibre-optic connection will stand as legacy infrastructure in the region, delivering broadband access to the good people across Black Sturgeon, Schnarr, Grassy, and Austin Lake areas for years to come.”

“On behalf of the City of Kenora, we applaud Camp Communications for being selected for the Northern Ontario Residential Broadband program to bring this innovative solution to our municipality. As we have seen over the last year, having internet access is critical for education, business, and staying connected. Not only will this program establish a reliable broadband service for the four lake areas, but it takes into account the natural beauty that the residents of Black Sturgeon, Schnarr, Grassy and Austin Lake appreciate and value by eliminating the need for new infrastructure.” States City of Kenora Mayor Daniel Reynard, “The internet service provided by Camp Communications makes choosing Kenora and rural living more appealing and ideal for today’s technology needs.”

“Camp Communications is eager to bring our unique and innovative approach to extending excellent broadband services to more underserved residents in the Kenora area”, said Arlin Conway, President of Camp Communications. “Using natural landscape and trees whenever possible to distribute broadband services has been key to the rapid growth of Camp Communications in the Kenora area and beyond. We are pleased to be working with CENGN to bring this project to the northern lakes region of the City of Kenora in the summer and fall of 2021.”

THE NEXT GENERATION NETWORK PROGRAM (NGNP)

This project is part of the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP), an Ontario government program powered by CENGN in partnership with the Ontario Centre of Innovation, which helps Ontario companies develop and demonstrate new wired and wireless technology, products and services. Other projects in the program are focused on smart mining, smart agriculture, and autonomous vehicles.

QUICK FACTS

-Ontario has committed $63.3 million over five years to the NGNP, which is being delivered through a partnership between CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next-Generation Networks, and the Ontario Centre of Innovation.
-This initiative aligns with Up To Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan, delivered by the Ministry of Infrastructure.
-This project is part of the Northern Ontario Residential Broadband program, under the NGNP. CENGN is currently evaluating new project proposals and communities for upcoming rounds of the program.
-Broadband is a federally regulated sector and telecommunications companies provide the services. Ontario is working with funding partners like the Federal government, municipalities and other investors to deliver broadband to our underserved and unserved communities.

CONTACT

Rick Penwarden
Senior Manager, Communications
CENGN – Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks
613-963-1200 ex:329
rick.penwarden@cengn.ca

RESOURCES

CENGN Northern Ontario Residential Broadband Program
https://www.cengn.ca/northern-ontario-broadband-program/

Camp Communications
https://campcomm.ca

City of Kenora
https://kenora.ca

Next-Generation Network Program
https://www.cengn.ca/next-generation-network-program-en/

Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade
https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-economic-development-job-creation-trade

Connecting Ontario: Improving Broadband and Cellular Access
https://Ontario.ca/broadband

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Miss Golden Valley USA Strives to Raise Awareness for Malnourished Children

Celeste Musick’s Miss Minnesota USA 2021 Headshot

A warm embrace on Celeste’s volunteer trip to Guatemala

After three days of building a home in Guatemala, the family is able to finally move in

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN, USA, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Volunteering at Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children was life-changing for Celeste Musick. Holding an acutely unwell infant patient for the first time, she vowed to use her success as a platform to attract awareness and much-needed funds for staff and resources for the Hospital.

“I picked up a poor, limp baby who was suffering from severe muscle atrophy, and that was it: I knew my calling,” explains Musick. “I knew I wanted to commit to breaking the chains of poverty through education, food, and shelter, and dedicate all my energy to helping alleviate suffering for children in desperate need of food and medicine.”

The GOD’S CHILD Project is thrilled to be sponsoring one of their long-time volunteers in her bid to become Miss Minnesota USA 2021. Musick looks forward to new, exciting opportunities as she enters the state beauty pageant to compete at Miss Minnesota USA 2021 with the local title of Miss Golden Valley USA 2021.

The Miss Minnesota USA pageants provide participants with a platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. Musick plans to promote awareness of The GOD’S CHILD Project and the Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children.

“The babies in the hospital changed my life,” she says. “Their little hands pulled at the strings of my heart. A fire was lit within my soul. I saw that the most important things in life are to have a roof over your head, food in your belly, and someone with warm, open arms to hold you in a loving embrace.”

Problems Facing The GOD'S CHILD Project

Founded in 1991, The GOD’S CHILD Project is a non-denominational organization reaching children and families in intense poverty in Guatemala, as well as helping people in need in the United States.

Like many non-profit organizations, the hospital and other services provided by The GOD’S CHILD Project have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Sponsors have been forced to lower or discontinue donations resulting in dangerously low levels of funds. In Antigua Guatemala, tourism, a primary source of income for the country, has suffered, and imports and exports of food have been affected by the pandemic.

Musick's Aspirations

Musick has worked in healthcare as a caregiver for four years. Currently working in a hospice providing end-of-life care, her work has taught her to appreciate every moment as no one knows when their last breath will be. And it’s a job that suits Musick’s disposition and outlook. Musick’s friends describe her as a little ray of sunshine since she takes joy in making other people smile, no matter how tough a time they might be having.

Being true to herself is extremely important to Musick, and this is reflected in her attitude to the upcoming pageant. “I want to be a face that other girls look at when they feel like they are not ‘good’ enough to do something,” stresses Musick. “But I don’t want to be idealized. I want people to see me as woman who has been empowered to do something positive and constructive. I want to be the woman in someone’s life saying ‘yes, girl, you can do it, and here’s why! You hold in you what it takes, and you always have. You just need to bring it to the front and do this!”

Musick was encouraged to enter the Miss Minnesota USA pageant by a cashier at a local store. Musick doubted that she had what it would take to enter and win the competition, feeling instead that her sister-in-law, who was shopping with her, would be a more suitable candidate. But the cashier told Musick she was beautiful; explaining that she was a former Miss USA state contestant and judge, the cashier told Musick she would do amazing if she entered the competition.

“As long as I have the resources and abilities to help a baby or babies survive, I will do all I can to make that happen,” concludes Musick.

Volunteering with The GOD'S CHILD Project

There are a number of ways to help or get involved with The GOD’S CHILD Project. Those interested in volunteering for The GOD’S CHILD Project locally or abroad can connect with current volunteers, hear their stories, and get a feel for the work. Visit the website and fill out an interest form.

Alyza Streeter
The GOD'S CHILD Project
+1 612-351-8020
info@godschild.org


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ALLATRA International Public Movement Invites Elon Musk as an Honorary Speaker at the International Online Conference

International online conference "Global Crisis. This Already Affects Everyone" is the event of utmost importance organized by volunteers from around the world on the platform of ALLATRA International Public Movement.

“Global Crisis. This Already Affects Everyone.” invites President Trump for opening speech.

This project, as well as all the other projects of ALLATRA IPM, is outside of religion and politics. Participants of ALLATRA IPM represent general public.

CREATIVE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL PROJECT OF ALLATRA IPM

It is an association of active, honest and friendly people who aspire to use their best qualities for the benefit of society. It is a new format of relations regardless of nationalities, professions, social status, religious and political views.

ALLATRA International Public Movement

Elon Musk is Invited as an Honorary Speaker at the International Online Conference "Global Crisis. This Will Affect Everyone." on ALLATRA Platform.

ALLATRA International Public Movement invites Elon Musk to be an honorary speaker at the global online conference "Global Crisis. This Will Affect Everyone." on July 24th, 2021 at 11 am EST”

— ALLATRA IPM

ATLANTA, GA, USA, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — ALLATRA International Public Movement (ALLATRA IPM) invites Elon Musk to be an honorary speaker at the global online conference "Global Crisis. This Will Affect Everyone." The conference will take place on July 24th, 2021 at 11 am EST. This conference will be streamed to thousands of platforms worldwide and simultaneously translated to more than 60 languages, as the previous conferences that were organized on the ALLATRA platform.

The whole world will be honored for Elon Musk to be part of this event as people would love to hear Mr. Musk's solution to the upcoming crisis.

ALLATRA IPM involves volunteers from more than 180 countries actively working on disseminating key messages to the world community. This conference is meant to bring attention to the urgent economic and technology crisis which we are to face as a civilization in the near future. It will gather leading specialists and scientists in the industry, high-caliber influencers, and opinion leaders in all fields as well as distinguished representatives of various countries.

It is our great pleasure to hear from Elon Musk as the world's most renowned innovator, businessman, and philanthropist who has contributed to the development of many industries and has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. Mr. Musk an inspiring example of a person who uses his life to accelerate humanity’s evolution, promote advanced technologies, and improve people’s lives on a global scale. At the same time, Elon's humanitarian and environmental initiatives are aimed at raising awareness of the problems that humanity faces nowadays and on finding effective solutions to these problems.

Taking into account Elon's prominent role in the development of many sectors of the world economy as well as your active public position, we take this opportunity to kindly invite Elon Musk as an honorary speaker at the international online conference "Global Crisis. This Already Affects Everyone," which will be held on July 24, at 8:00 a.m. PST (15:00 GMT), on the platform of ALLATRA International Public Movement.

Initiators and organizers of the conference are volunteers from over 180 countries, who have gathered together in order to raise awareness of the upcoming global crisis in various fields, which will affect every person on the planet, and to jointly find solutions to these problems for the benefit of all humanity. The significance of this event is difficult to overestimate due to its unprecedented scale and the scope of issues included in the agenda.

The topics to be discussed at the conference are as follows:
(1) Development of advanced technology such as AI: threats to the global economy, to employment and safety of people worldwide;
(2) Most pressing global issues: environmental degradation, climate change, inequality, and geopolitical tensions;
(3) Solutions that will help humanity to promptly and efficiently cope with the above-mentioned issues.

Participants of the conference will include world business people, economists, innovators, researchers, public figures, as well as highly distinguished representatives of various countries. All speakers and billions of viewers worldwide would greatly appreciate you sharing your opinion on the aforesaid topics at this global-scale event, in particular on the issues of innovations and AI threats. As Elon shares his vision and ideas with us, it will be simultaneously interpreted into more than 60 languages and streamed to thousands of channels with billions of people watching live.

An official letter of invitation has been sent to Elon Musk and the whole world is patiently waiting for acceptance and appearance.

About The Conference:

The time has come to realize the REALITY of the WORLD'S THREATS. The global crisis is gaining momentum every day. The world's financial and economic, ecological, anthropological, climatic crises are realities that every human being is already facing. Will the future of mankind be self-destruction or civilization development?

The international online conference "Global Crisis. This Already Affects Everyone" is an event of utmost importance organized by volunteers from around the world on the platform of ALLATRA International Public Movement.

On July 24, 2021, at 15:00 GMT, a live broadcast of the conference will be streamed on thousands of media channels and platforms with simultaneous interpreting into more than 60 languages.

The purpose of the conference is to provide a comprehensive, thorough overview of external and internal factors of the rapidly progressing global crisis that is affecting everyone.

Key topics of the conference:
● Digital transformation, the introduction of high technology based on artificial intelligence in various fields of the life of world society: risks and benefits.
● The fourth industrial revolution and a threat of mass unemployment.
● Future without jobs. Causes of the inevitable collapse of the world economy if the consumerist format is preserved.
● Radical changes in all spheres of society.
● The problem of overpopulation.
● Rapid depletion of the planet’s resources.
● Global climate change.
● Cyclicity of geological events that depend on external factors.
● Importance of every person in building the Creative Society.
● Survival of humanity and revival of civilization.

At this conference, volunteers from around the world, people who have a realistic view of the current situation, together with researchers and experts from different fields, will outline the cause-and-effect links between the various crises already affecting everyone and the impending global catastrophe.

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Lake Alice NZ Inquiry Hears of Child Rapes; Sexual Abuse Continued in Australia

Lake Alice NZ Inquiry Hears of Child Rapes; Sexual Abuse Continued in Australia

14-year-old girl tells Inquiry she was drugged, electroshocked and allegedly raped by psychiatrist in NZ; authorities ignored her pleas. Never prosecuted, the psychiatrist moved to Australia, where he continued to practice and sexually assault patients, CCHR, reports.

14-year-old girl tells Inquiry she was drugged, electroshocked and allegedly raped by psychiatrist in NZ; authorities ignored her pleas.

Other staff members also need to be held accountable. It's about getting justice for what happened to us and our families.”

— Sharyn Collis

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — A Royal Commission Inquiry into child abuse at the Lake Alice psychiatric hospital in New Zealand has recently sat through a week of heart-wrenching testimony of children that were repeatedly tortured with electroshock to their heads and genitals before the facility was shut down. They were also sexually assaulted by nurses, staff and adult patients. Sharyn Collis told the inquiry that the chief psychiatrist also raped her when she was 14 and sent to Lake Alice in 1973. Staff and authorities let him get away with it, she alleged.[1] He moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1978, where his patients were also sexually abused.

The Royal Commission chair, Judge Coral Shaw, praised the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, as “heroes” in the 45-year battle for justice for the Lake Alice victims. Chapters of the group in NZ, Australia and the United States have fought for recognition of the abuses, helping enable former patients like Collis to be heard today.[2]

Collis, now 62, said that after the psychiatrist subjected her to electroshock, she was certain he sexually assaulted her. The now deregistered psychiatrist, aged 92, living in Melbourne, Australia, “would take me into a side room, get the nurses to tie me down with leather straps and give me a needle of drugs to put me to sleep,” she testified. It happened many times. She continued being electroshocked between March 1973 and April 1974.

When she complained to staff, as many other former patients have also testified, staff told her that she was lying. The doctor moved to Melbourne in 1978 and, within a year, started sexually abusing a patient until 1980. However, that would not be made public for another 27 years in 2006, when he resigned his license just before an Australian court ordered him to pay $55,000 in damages for sexually abusing a former patient. Judge Jim Duggan said at the time of the verdict: “I conclude that a senior and well-credentialed psychiatrist took advantage of the vulnerability of a disturbed psychiatric patient for the purposes of sexual gratification.”[3]

In 2003, Victorian police were investigating claims made by former Lake Alice patients concerned that the doctor was still practicing. Australian media reported that the psychiatrist “who oversaw the punishment of children with electric-shock therapy at a New Zealand hospital” could be struck off after the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.”[4] But the matter dragged on for another three years.

The Royal Commission has heard that the psychiatrist had created a culture of violence, assault, rape and torture in the child and adolescent ward before it was shut down, following a magisterial inquiry that CCHR obtained.[5]

However, the victims want the see government recognition that what was done to them was “torture,” as the United Nations Committee on Torture indicated in 2019. Collis adds: “Other staff members also need to be held accountable. It's about getting justice for what happened to us and our families.”

CCHR wants to see legislative protections in NZ and worldwide that compel staff and professionals to report abusive treatment in the mental health field or face culpability themselves. The group also wants to see electroshock prohibited on minors, similar to the Western Australian Mental Health Act that bans its use on children aged up to 12, with criminal penalties if administered them.[6]

It says the NZ inquiry is timely as the World Health Organization released guidelines on June 10 calling for an end to coercive psychiatric practices, including forced treatment such as electroshock, which uses up to 460 volts of electricity to cause a grand mal seizure that can result in memory loss and brain damage.[7]

CCHR, which in Australia, was also instrumental in getting deep sleep treatment (DST)—electroshock combined with a cocktail of psychotropic drugs—banned,[8] has been responsible for obtaining more than 190 laws worldwide to provide protections for patients in the mental health system. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CCHR International is monitoring the evidence and outcome of the NZ inquiry. They say it is similar to the NSW Royal Commission into DST (1988-90), in that it is investigating successive government and professional college inaction over a dangerous psychiatric practice.

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[1] Andrew McRae, “Lake Alice abuse: Former patient accuses Dr Selwyn Leeks of rape,” Radio NZ, 18 June 2021, https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/445067/lake-alice-abuse-former-patient-accuses-dr-selwyn-leeks-of-rape; Andrew McRae, “Lake Alice ECT abuse: Calls for Dr Selwyn Leeks to face justice,” Radio NZ, 16 June 2021, https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/444881/lake-alice-ect-abuse-calls-for-dr-selwyn-leeks-to-face-justice

[2] “Church of Scientology has been investigating Lake Alice for almost half a century,” Stuff NZ, 17 June 2021,
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300334130/church-of-scientology-has-been-investigating-lake-alice-for-almost-half-a-century

[3] Phillip Hickey, Ph.D., “Torture at Lake Alice ‘Hospital,’ New Zealand,” Behaviorism and Mental Health, 2 Mar. 2021, https://www.behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/2021/03/02/torture-at-lake-alice-hospital-new-zealand/

[4] “Probe on shock doctor claims,” The Age, 11 July 2003, https://www.theage.com.au/national/probe-on-shock-doctor-claims-20030711-gdw0ze.html

[5] “‘Prove it’: Lake Alice survivor after bombshell: Psychiatrist who gave electric shocks to children in the 1970s “incapable” of responding to Royal Commission. David Williams reports,” Newsroom, 15 June 2021, https://www.newsroom.co.nz/prove-it-lake-alice-survivor-after-bombshell

[6] https://cchr.org.au/no-parental-consent-needed-for-electroshock-of-nsw-children citing Western Australia Mental Health Act 2014, S 194, p. 145; Australian Capital Territory Mental Health Act 2015, S 147, p. 178.

[7] https://www.cchrint.org/2021/06/11/world-health-organization-new-guidelines-are-vital-to-end-coercive-psychiatric-practices-abuse/#_edn1, “Guidance on Community Mental Health Services: Promoting Person-Centered and Rights-Based Approaches,” World Health Organization, 10 June 2021, p. 8, https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240025707 (to download report)

[8] https://cchr.org.au/deadly-deep-sleep-treatment

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