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Suicides up in Dane County, mental health experts see link to COVID-19 | Local News



Sarah Henrickson outside with police

Sarah Henrickson, a social worker with Journey Mental Health Center and a member of the Madison Police Department mental health unit, talks with Madison police officers during a joint patrol shift in 2018.




Suicides are up in Dane County this year compared to last year, especially among youth and young adults, with mental health providers seeing a link to COVID-19 and a related uptick in treatment for depression.

The county had 57 suicides this year as of last week, more than the total of 54 for all of last year, according to preliminary data collected by Journey Mental Health Center, said Hannah Flanagan, director of emergency services at Journey.

Among people age 24 and younger, 15 suicides were reported as of mid-September, up from eight for all of last year. Suicides are also up for ages 25 to 38,

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  • October 17, 2020
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Transit shutdowns fail to deter Thai pro-democracy protests

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Pro-democracy protesters march during a protest in Udom Suk, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The authorities in Bangkok shut down mass transit systems and set up roadblocks Saturday as Thailand’s capital faced a fourth straight day of determined anti-government protests.

AP

Pro-democracy activists in Thailand staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital on Saturday, thwarting efforts by the authorities to stop them, including a shutdown of the city’s mass transit systems.

Unlike protests a day earlier, in which police used a water cannon to disperse protesters, Saturday’s demonstrations were peaceful, with no reports of any clashes by the time participants started heading home in the evening.

The protesters are calling for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to leave office, the constitution to be amended to make it more democratic and the nation’s monarchy to undergo reform.

All stations of Bangkok’s elevated

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  • October 17, 2020
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Only four holiday options with no restrictions left as Italy loses air bridge

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced in a statement on Twitter that Italy, Vatican City and the microstate of San Marino would be losing their ‘air bridge’ status from this Sunday October 18 at 4am, leaving just four restriction-free destinations for British holidaymakers: Germany, Gibraltar, Greece and Sweden.

Even then, several of these have exceptions: Mykonos is not included in Greece’s air bridge; and Germany has added Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, large parts of northern England and the Midlands to its list of high-risk destinations, meaning anyone arriving from these destinations must take a test on arrival.

There are a number of other countries with air bridge status, including Cyprus, Barbados, St Lucia and the Seychelles, but all have varying levels of restrictions – including tests before arrival and, in some cases, being restricted to your hotel for a certain number of days before taking a second test.

Given

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  • October 17, 2020
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Voter guide has information on Whatcom election candidates

No long lines for Washington voters. Your ballot arrived by mail and, while you have until election day to vote, if you’re ready to vote now, The Bellingham Herald’s 2020 Voter Guide can help inform you about local and state candidates and measures.

First, your deadlines.

Ballots were mailed Oct. 16 but it make take several days to reach you. You have until Wednesday, Oct. 21, to contact the auditor at 360-778-5100 or [email protected] to get a replacement ballot.

If you’re unsure about your registration status, you can check on it by visiting the Washington Secretary of State’s website.

You have until Monday, Oct. 26, to register to vote or change your address online or by mail.

You can still register in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Ave., from Tuesday, Oct. 27, until polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Face coverings and social distancing

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  • October 17, 2020
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Borat Sequel Spoilers Leak in Sacha Baron Cohen Interview

If you have been eager to get as much information as possible about the upcoming Borat sequel before its debut on Amazon on October 23, Sacha Baron Cohen‘s recent conversation with Maureen Dowd in The New York Times is (deep breath) Very Nice!!!!

While much of Dowd’s conversation is devoted to Cohen’s recent turn as Abbie Hoffman in Aaron Sorkin‘s The Trial of the Chicago 7, it is quickly evident that the Times columnist has had eyes on the long-awaited follow-up to Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the shot-in-secret Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Jagshemash!

In addition to what has been seen in the trailer, we now know a few more things. For starters, Borat Sagdiyev, returned to U.S. and A., uses the flower

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  • October 17, 2020
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Air Travel in the Coronavirus Era Is Way Safer Than You Think

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Los Angeles International Airport amid the pandemic.


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You may be more likely to catch Covid-19 from someone at home than sitting on a packed, 12-hour flight with strangers.

That’s one takeaway from a new study on transmission of the virus on planes, sponsored by the Defense Department, in conjunction with

Boeing

(ticker: BA), and

United Airlines Holdings

(UAL).

Airlines have tried for months to convince consumers that the risk of catching Covid on a flight is extremely low. And very few cases of in-flight transmission have been documented—just 44 this year, out of 1.2 billion passenger trips, according to the International Air Transport Association. (Some of those trips occurred before the pandemic.)

The study supports the notion that people aren’t likely to catch Covid on a plane, at least from the small aerosol droplets that face masks don’t filter out. Yet even if consumers buy

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  • October 17, 2020
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Hip Home Counties: 20 chic places to stay for some Green Belt glamour

Kent, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Essex make up the Home Counties; the girdle that rings London, nipped in by the M25. Increasingly, there are some serious bits of Green Belt glamour tucked into the oft-stereotyped commuter-land, including the brand new Birch in Hertfordshire with its rescue chickens and gong baths. On the other side of London is Beaverbrook in Leatherhead. It’s lavishly, diametrically opposed to Birch in every stylistic way, but just as interesting and enjoyable, with its swimming pool tiled in a diamond pattern and 1920s decor with a touch of sashimi chic.

Even before Covid, London chefs were heading out to the coast to open smaller places with cheaper rents that allow them to experiment along with access to the freshest of ingredients; many, such as The Rose in Deal, also have hotel rooms. Margate has seen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of The Libertines

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  • October 17, 2020
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Consumer Survey Finds 70 Percent of Travelers Plan to Vacation in 2021

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — An overwhelming majority of US and Canadian travelers (99 percent) are eager to travel again, with 70 percent stating that they plan to take a vacation in 2021, according to a Travel Leaders Group survey of nearly 3,000 frequent travelers. The survey was conducted in September in conjunction with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector.

A clear majority of US and Canadian travelers (70 percent) say they plan to take a vacation in 2021.

Results indicate that 45 percent of respondents have already made plans or are starting to make finite plans for their next vacation, while 54 percent say they are dreaming of when they can travel again.

“These are really strong numbers. The fact that 99 percent of travelers surveyed said they are planning a trip or looking forward to the

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  • October 17, 2020
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The Latest: Trump shows new determination to minimize virus

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Carolaine Rocha, 22, holds her son while waiting to receive donated food from Petrobras workers and the oil workers union via the Tankers’ Campaign that provide a supplement for the poor caught by declining wages and jobs due to the new coronavirus pandemic, in the Vila Vintem neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Rocha says that the family’s income comes from the money her husband makes as a barber. “The poor have to work, otherwise we don’t eat. We can’t expect anything from the government,” she said.

AP

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the week since he emerged from coronavirus isolation, President Donald Trump has demonstrated new determination to minimize the threat of the virus that has killed more than 215,000 Americans and complicated his chances of winning another four years in the White House.

In word and action, Trump is pushing an optimistic outlook

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  • October 17, 2020
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Early 2022 Disney cruises on sale next week; prices only go up from here





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It’s absolutely true that cruise lines aren’t sailing in North America right now — though that could change soon (here’s the latest update on when cruise ships will resume sailing).

But, one thing to remember is that the popularity of certain ships, such as those sailed by Disney Cruise Line, paired with thousands of people rebooking voyages they had to cancel in 2020 due to coronavirus means that capacity will be tight in 2021 and 2022. If you’ve got your heart set on a specific cruise ship, destination or embarkation date, it’s wise to put down a deposit now or risk being shut

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  • October 17, 2020