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first_imgJustin Spittler: What evidence do you have that Italy could ditch the euro and go back to the lira?Nick Giambruno: Italy’s new government is on a collision course with the powers that be in the EU. Its spending plans are completely at odds with the EU’s rules on deficits. And it’s already called on the European Central Bank [ECB] to forgive €250 billion in Italian debt. The ECB owns €341 billion worth of Italian bonds, which it has been buying under its own version of quantitative easing [QE], or more accurately, its currency printing program.And Rome’s demands are going to get even more shrill. It knows a blowup of Italy’s $2.6 trillion debt pile would make the fallout from the Lehman Brothers collapse look like a picnic. And folks in Brussels understand all too well that this would be a mortal blow to the EU.The EU has a choice to make. It can accept Italy’s demands and create a moral hazard that will eventually unravel the euro and the EU… or it can reject them, at which point Italy’s government will have no choice but to leave the euro. And if Italy leaves, it’s unlikely the whole project would survive.Justin Spittler: But don’t Italians know that? Why would they press ahead with a plan that could blow up their economy?Nick Giambruno: What’s going on in Italy is a stark example of how central banks pervert the free market at their own peril. Just like the Fed bought up $3.6 trillion worth of U.S. government bonds under its QE program, the ECB is on course to buy more than €2.5 trillion under its QE program. That includes purchasing €3 billion worth of Italian government bonds a month.This has perverted Italians’ understanding of risk. As recently as the start of last month, two-year Italian government bonds traded on a negative yield. That’s insane. A bond costs you to own it if its yield is negative. It makes no sense.This happened because the ECB is printing euros to buy Italian debt. This is keeping bond yields artificially low… and bond prices artificially high. [Bond prices move inversely to yields.] Italians have gotten used to the idea that they can run up an ever-growing debt pile and the ECB will always be there to scoop it up.Justin Spittler: After Japan and Greece, Italy has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio of any major developed nation in the world. How did Italians run up so much debt?Nick Giambruno: Italy’s debt-to-GDP ratio stands at over 130%. But GDP isn’t a worthwhile measure—especially in Italy’s case.Government spending—no matter how wasteful or counterproductive—is counted as a positive in the calculation of GDP. And trust me, Italian government spending is not having a positive impact on the productive part of its economy.Italians, generally speaking, love big government. You still have remnants of fascism in Italy. You have the remnants of communism, too. You have big government on the right and big government on the left.If you want a more honest reflection of the indebtedness of the Italian economy, strip out government spending. It accounts for about half of Italy’s GDP. Do that, and Italy’s debt-to-GDP ratio doubles. It’s really 260%, not 130%.There’s no way Italy can ever repay its bondholders in the purchasing power that they borrowed in. It would take almost three years of using Italians’ taxes to only pay back bondholders. It’s ludicrous to believe that that’s possible.Italy is a prime example of how unsound money perverts a culture. It teaches people to be financially irresponsible. It teaches people that the magic money machine is always going to save their bacon.Justin Spittler: What can readers do to make sure their wealth is safe?Nick Giambruno: The next big crunch will be when the Italian government unveils its new budget. And it’s almost certainly going to be at odds with EU spending rules.So we’re talking about a crisis—that would dwarf the 2008 global financial crisis—happening as soon as later this year. The EU is in an impossible situation. No matter which way it goes, it’s in trouble. I certainly wouldn’t recommend holding any European stocks or bonds right now.But it’s also bullish for gold. Gold is a “crisis currency.” It’s what you want to own when there’s a panic in financial assets. In a crisis, people want the assurance of gold. There’s zero default risk when you own gold bars or gold coins.I also recommend holding some bitcoin. Bitcoin is starting to behave like a crisis currency. If we see the euro come apart, bitcoin could go exponentially higher.It’s not that bitcoin is without risk. We’ve seen the price bounce around a lot. But it is a way to get your wealth outside of the mainstream financial system. And that’s where you want to be when the financial system is plunged into a crisis.Justin Spittler: Thanks for chatting with me today, Nick.Nick Giambruno: No problem, Justin.Justin’s note: As Nick says, three steps you can take today are avoiding European stocks and bonds… owning gold… and holding some bitcoin. But there’s another way you can make a fortune while this crisis plays out… and Nick shares all the details in his Crisis Investing newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, click here to see how you can join today.P.S. In a few weeks, Nick will be speaking in Bermuda at our first-ever Legacy Investment Summit. He’ll be revealing the six reasons why Trump will legalize cannabis… and how to make life-changing profits. And you’re invited.It’s a great opportunity for you to meet Nick, along with Doug Casey and all of our gurus, in what will be the most action-packed event in our company’s history. You can learn more about it by clicking here.Reader MailbagOn Monday, we asked if you were investing in cryptocurrencies… Here are some of the responses we received…Hello Justin, I’m a 61-year-old woman who has never invested a dime in her life until now. Last month, I did my research and decided that cryptocurrencies are the future of global financials.Then I invested some money in bitcoin and ether. I intend to buy more each time the prices drop on these cryptocurrencies and to buy others as well. I’m very certain the prices of these cryptocurrencies are going to explode by the end of the year. So, every time the price of cryptos drops, I’m happy to buy more and am not the least bit worried about my investments. Why else would big institutions like JPMorgan be investing heavily in cryptos? Have a marvelous day! —Joanne — Justin Spittler: Why is Italy a risk to the global financial system?Nick Giambruno: We had a European sovereign debt crisis, focused on Greece, a couple of years back. That sent shockwaves through global financial markets.But Italy is not Greece. Greece is a marginal economy. Its annual GDP is $200 billion. Italy has the ninth-largest economy in the world, with an annual GDP of about $2 trillion.Even more important, the value of Italian debt dwarfs Greece’s debt pile. Italian governments have run up the equivalent of about $2.6 trillion in debt—or about 130% of Italian GDP.And remember, Italy uses the euro. It can’t print money to pay off its debt, like the U.S. can. Rome has to take the money out of taxpayers’ pockets to cover the interest costs on the debt.Add in the new, populist, “Euroskeptic” government running the show in Italy, and you’ve got a highly combustible situation.These people are not reading Ludwig von Mises or Ron Paul. They don’t have sound economics. They’re not talking about balancing the budget and going back to sound money principles. The combination of extra spending and tax cutting they’re proposing is completely unsustainable.When you understand this, you’ll also understand the inevitability of an Italian debt crisis. It’s just a matter of connecting the dots to see that this is where the next major crisis is likely to start.Justin Spittler: Doesn’t that put Italy on a collision course with the EU?Nick Giambruno: That’s the point. Italy’s new government wants to leave the euro so it can finance its budget by going back to the old Italian currency, the lira, and printing money.That’s how it’s going to pay for its universal basic income and its extravagant pensions. It’s not going to pay for them with economic growth… or by making government spending cuts elsewhere. It’s going to pay for them by printing money. This is as clear as day.The reason the Italian government has floated the idea of breaking free from the euro is so that it can print a bunch of lira to pay for its stupid social programs. If these kinds of policies are implemented, it could eventually turn Italy into the next Venezuela. — FREE EVENT TONIGHT: “Give Me One Evening and I’ll Turn You Into a Money-Making Machine”Former hedge fund manager Teeka Tiwari reveals how you can use Wall Street’s best-kept money-making secrets to collect guaranteed “instant cash,” month after month. I have been averaging into four cryptocurrencies over the past few months. These holdings are all down about 25% to 30% right now. I don’t care! My goal is to accumulate positions in these at whatever price they happen to be. —ThomasAs always, you can send any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch right here. Justin’s note: In yesterday’s Dispatch, I showed you how Italy’s debt crisis could ultimately end Europe as we know it. Today, we talk with Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno for a closer look at the situation.Nick’s been warning his readers about the crisis brewing in Italy. In our conversation below, he explains what’s really happening… why Italy could turn into “the next Venezuela”… and most importantly, what you need to do today to make sure your wealth is safe…Justin Spittler: You first wrote about the crisis brewing in Italy in your Crisis Investing advisory two years ago. But folks on Wall Street… and in the mainstream press… are only starting to wake up to the crisis there. Why has it taken them so long to see the danger Italy poses to the global financial system?Nick Giambruno: I’m an Italian citizen. So I have a fairly good grasp on the country. Back in the summer of 2016, the country was plunged into a political crisis. Folks started questioning whether it would stay in the European Union [EU] or leave, like Britain had just voted to do. I stayed there for several weeks—in Rome and Milan—figuring out what was going on.It was abundantly clear to me then that Italy was a systemic risk to the global financial system… and that it had unsolvable problems that were going to come to the fore sooner or later.It was also clear that Italy’s “Euroskeptic” populist political parties were going to come to power… and that they would try to steer the country out of the euro.It took Wall Street and the Establishment too long to connect the dots. But that all changed this past March, when the Italian populists took the reins of the government, as I had predicted. Recommended Linkcenter_img The “New Gold Standard” [FULL SCOOP] Recommended Link SPOILER: This has nothing to do with cryptos. Weird new “Gold Laws” popping up across AmericaThe “gold standard” may be coming back, but not in the way you think… Recently, several high-ranking officials and U.S. businessmen met to discuss a new “gold standard”—backed by 21st Century technology. 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first_imgAmerica’s big drugmakers and pharmacy chains are scrambling to respond to hundreds of lawsuits tied to the deadly opioid epidemic. Billions of dollars are at stake if the companies are found liable for fueling the crisis.Even before judgments are rendered, companies like Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and CVS are already suffering damage to their reputations as evidence in civil suits reveals more about their internal workings.”The narrative is clearly shifting on this story,” said David Armstrong, a senior reporter with ProPublica, who has covered the drug industry for years. “People want some sort of reckoning, some sort of accounting.”One reason for the shift is that cities and states filing these suits are moving more aggressively to pull back the curtain on the drug industry’s practices, urging courts to make internal memos, marketing strategies and reams of other documents public.”Our next battle is to get the depositions and the documents that are being produced made available to the public, instead of everything being filed under confidentiality agreements,” said Joe Rice, one of the lead attorneys bringing lawsuits against drug companies on behalf of local governments in Ohio.A growing number of documents have already been released or leaked to the press, and many of the revelations they contain have been troubling. In internal memos, Purdue executives acknowledged that their prescription opioids are far more addictive and dangerous than the company was telling doctors. At the same time, company directives pushed sales representatives to get even more opioids into the hands of vulnerable people, including seniors and veterans.Memos also show that Purdue executives developed a secret plan, never implemented, called Project Tango in which they acknowledged the escalating risk of the opioid epidemic. The program was allegedly designed to help Purdue profit from the growing wave of opioid dependency by selling the company’s addiction treatment services to people hooked on products like its own OxyContin.This increased transparency represents a big shift in the way opioid lawsuits are being handled. “We’ve done something that hasn’t been done before,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who appeared in February on NPR and WBUR’s program On Point.Massachusetts is suing Purdue, like dozens of other states, and Healey fought successfully to make all the documents her office had uncovered public, without redactions. “What Purdue’s own documents show is the extent of deception and deceit. What’s important to me is that the facts come to light, and we get justice and accountability,” Healey said.Purdue Pharma declined to speak with NPR, but the drug industry has fought these disclosures at every turn. They describe the information in these documents as proprietary, asserting that it should be viewed by the courts as corporate property. For years, governments pursuing these cases mostly went along with those arguments.In past opioid settlements, companies paid fines but insisted on gag orders. “The way it usually works is the language in the settlement requires either that the records be destroyed very quickly after the settlement or that they physically actually return the records to the drug company,” said ProPublica’s Armstrong.That happened in 2007 when the Justice Department ended a criminal case against Purdue Pharma. It happened again a few years ago when the state of Kentucky settled a civil case with the company and that state’s attorney general destroyed thousands of pages of documents. As a result, few people in the wider public knew how serious the allegations were.As more information has been revealed, it’s sparking fury. At a February hearing on Capitol Hill, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., blasted industry executives. “Companies like Janssen and Purdue Pharma fueled this epidemic, employing deceptive and truly unconscionable marketing tactics despite the known risk, so you could sell more drugs to maximize your profits,” she said.Jennifer Taubert heads the Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit of Johnson & Johnson, which makes and sells opioids. The company faces escalating lawsuits over its products, but Taubert denied any wrongdoing at the hearing. “Everything that we have done with our products when we’ve promoted opioid products, which we stopped marketing a long time ago, was appropriate and responsible,” she told lawmakers.Yet according to the drug companies’ internal documents, firms including Johnson & Johnson pushed unscientific theories about drug addiction. They allegedly did so as part of an effort to persuade doctors to prescribe even more opioids after patients showed signs of dependency.This kind of industry backlash has happened before, such as when tobacco companies faced lawsuits in the 1990s. As those trials unfolded, the public learned for the first time about widespread corporate wrongdoing.The difference here is that drug companies and their researchers have been seen by many in the public as healers and innovators, part of a trusted health care system.There could be more revelations. With another big opioid trial set to begin in May in Oklahoma state court, attorneys are still fighting over millions of pages of documents, most of which the public has still never seen.One possibility is that companies could agree to what is known as a global settlement of these opioid cases, paying billions of dollars in compensation in hopes of winning new secrecy agreements.If that happens, says ProPublica’s Armstrong, documents that help tell the full story of this drug epidemic could be destroyed or locked away for years. “I worry that we’re going to lose all this valuable information about how we got to this point with this crisis, who knew what when,” he said. Copyright 2019 NCPR. To see more, visit NCPR.last_img read more

Welcome to parenthood For many of us parenthood

first_imgWelcome to parenthood! For many of us, parenthood is like being air-dropped into a foreign land, where protohumans rule and communication is performed through cryptic screams and colorful fluids. And to top it off, in this new world, sleep is like gold: precious and rare. (Oh, so precious.)Throughout human history, children were typically raised in large, extended families filled with aunts, uncles, grannies, grandpas and siblings. Adding another baby to the mix didn’t really make a big dent. Nowadays, though, many moms and dads are going about it alone. As a result, taking care of a newborn can be relentless. There are too few arms for rocking, too few chests for sleeping and too few hours in the day to stream The Great British Bake Off. At some point, many parents need the baby to sleep — alone and quietly — for a few hours. And so, out of self-preservation, many of us turn to the common, albeit controversial, practice of sleep training, in hopes of coaxing the baby to sleep by herself. Some parents swear by it. They say it’s the only way they and their babies got any sleep. Others parents say letting a baby cry is harmful. What does the science say? Here we try to separate fiction from fact and offer a few reassuring tips for wary parents. Let’s start with the basics. Myth: Sleep training is synonymous with the “cry-it-out” method.Fact: Researchers today are investigating a wide range of gentler sleep training approaches that can help.The mommy blogs and parenting books often mix up sleep training with “cry it out,” says Jodi Mindell, a psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who has helped thousands of babies and parents get more sleep over the past 20 years. In fact, most of the time, it’s not that. “I think unfortunately sleep training has gotten a really bad rap because it’s been equated with this moniker called ‘cry it out,’ ” Mindell says.Indeed, the cry-it-out approach does sound cruel to many parents. “You put your baby into their crib or their room, you close the door and you don’t come back till the next day,” Mindell says. “But that’s not the reality of what we recommend or what parents typically do.”And it’s not what scientists have been studying over the past 20 years. Cry-it-out is an old way of thinking, says Mindell, author of one of the most frequently cited studies on sleep training (and the popular book Sleeping Through The Night). In today’s scientific literature, the term “sleep training” is an umbrella term that refers to a spectrum of approaches to help babies learn to fall asleep by themselves. It includes much gentler methods than cry-it-out or the so-called Ferber method. For example, some sleep training starts off by having the parent sleep next to the baby’s crib (a method called camping out) or simply involves educating parents about baby sleep.”All these methods are lumped together in the scientific literature as ‘sleep training,’ ” Mindell says. In several studies, parents are taught a very gentle approach to sleep training. They are told to place the baby in the crib and then soothe him — by patting or rubbing his back — until he stops crying. The parent then leaves the room. If the baby begins crying, the parent is supposed to check in after waiting some amount of time. In one study, these types of gentle interventions reduced the percentage of parents reporting sleep problems five months later by about 30%. Myth: There’s a “right” amount of time to let your baby cry when you’re trying to sleep train.Fact: There’s not a strict formula that works for every parent (or baby). There isn’t a magic number of minutes that works best for checking on a baby after you’ve put her down, Mindell says. It really depends on what parents feel comfortable with. “Doesn’t matter if you come back and check on the baby every 30 seconds or whether you come back every five minutes,” she says. “If it’s your first child you’re going in every 20 seconds.” But by the third, she jokes, 10 minutes of crying may not seem like a lot. There is no scientific data showing that checking every three minutes or every 10 minutes is going to work faster or better than checking more often. There are about a dozen or so high-quality studies on sleep training. Each study tests a slightly different approach. And none really compares different methods. In many studies, multiple methods are combined. For example, parents are taught both how to sleep train and how to set up a good bedtime routine. So it’s impossible to say one approach works better than the other, especially for every baby, Mindell says. Instead of looking for a strict formula — such as checking every five minutes — parents should focus on finding what Mindell calls “the magic moment” — that is, the moment when the child can fall asleep independently without the parent in the room. For some children, more soothing or more check-ins may help bring forth the magic, and for other babies, less soothing, fewer check-ins may work better. With my daughter, I finally figured out that one type of crying meant she needed some TLC, but another meant she wanted to be left alone. Even having a good bedtime routine can make a difference. “I think education is key,” Mindell says. “One study I just reviewed found that when new parents learn about how babies sleep, their newborns are more likely to be better sleepers at 3 and 6 months.””So you just have figure out what works best for you, your family and the baby’s temperament,” she says.Myth: It’s not real sleep training if you don’t hear tons of crying.Fact: Gentler approaches work, too. And sometimes nothing works.You don’t have to hear tons of crying if you don’t want, Mindell says. The scientific literature suggests all the gentler approaches — such as camping out and parental education — can help most babies and parents get more sleep, at least for a few months. In 2006, Mindell reviewed 52 studies on various sleep training methods. And in 49 of the studies, sleep training decreased resistance to sleep at bedtime and night wakings, as reported by the parents. There’s a popular belief that “cry it out” is the fastest way to teach babies to sleep independently. But there’s no evidence that’s true, Mindell says.”Parents are looking for like what’s the most effective method,” Mindell says. “But what that is depends on the parents and the baby. It’s a personalized formula. There’s no question about it.”And if nothing seems to work, don’t push too hard. For about 20% of babies, sleep training just doesn’t work, Mindell says. “Your child may not be ready for sleep training, for whatever reason,” she says. “Maybe they’re too young, or they’re going through separation anxiety, or there may be an underlying medical issue, such as reflux.” Myth: Once I sleep train my baby, I can expect her to sleep through the night, every night.Fact: Most sleep training techniques help some parents, for some time, but they don’t always stick.Don’t expect a miracle from any sleep training method, especially when it comes to long-term results. None of the sleep training studies are large enough — or quantitative enough — to tell parents how much better a baby will sleep or how much less often that baby will wake up after trying a method, or how long the changes will last. “I think that idea is a made-up fantasy,” Mindell says. “It would be great if we could say exactly how much improvement you’re going to see in your child, but any improvement is good. “Even the old studies on cry-it-out warned readers that breakthrough crying sometimes occurred at night and that retraining was likely needed after a few months. The vast majority of sleep training studies don’t actually measure how much a baby sleeps or wakes up. But instead, they rely on parent reports to measure sleep improvements, which can be biased. For example, one of the high-quality studies found that a gentle sleep training method reduced the probability of parents reporting sleep problems by about 30% in their 1-year-old. But by the time those kids were 2 years old, the effect disappeared. Another recent study found two kinds of sleep training helped babies sleep better — for a few months. It tried to compare two sleep training approaches: one where the parent gradually allows the baby to cry for longer periods of time and one where the parent shifts the baby’s bedtime to a later time (the time he naturally falls asleep), and then the parent slowly moves the time up to the desired bedtime. The data suggest that both methods reduced the time it takes for a baby to fall asleep at night and the number of times the baby wakes up at night. But the study was quite small, just 43 infants. And the size of the effects varied greatly among the babies. So it’s hard to say how much improvement is expected. After both methods, babies were still waking up, on average, one to two times a night, three months later. Bottom line, don’t expect a miracle, especially when it comes to long-term results. Even if the training has worked for your baby, the effect will likely wear off, you might be back to square one, and some parents choose to redo the training.Myth: Sleep training (or NOT sleep training) my children could harm them in the long term. Fact: There’s no data to show either choice hurts your child in the long-run. Some parents worry sleep training could be harmful long-term. Or that not doing it could set up their kids for problems later on.The science doesn’t support either of these fears, says Dr. Harriet Hiscock, a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, who has authored some of the best studies on the topic.In particular, Hiscock led one of the few long-term studies on the topic. It’s a randomized controlled trial — the gold standard in medical science — with more than 200 families. Blogs and parenting books often cite the study as “proof” that the cry-it-out method doesn’t harm children. But if you look closely, you quickly see that the study doesn’t actually test “cry it out.” Instead, it tests two other gentler methods, including the camping out method. “It’s not shut the door on the child and leave,” Hiscock says.In the study, families were either taught a gentle sleep training method or given regular pediatric care. Then Hiscock and colleagues checked up on the families five years later to see if the sleep training had any detrimental effects on the children’s emotional health or their relationship with their parents. The researchers also measured the children’s stress levels and accessed their sleep habits. In the end, Hiscock and her colleagues couldn’t find any long-term difference between the children who had been sleep trained as babies and those who hadn’t. “We concluded that there were no harmful effects on children’s behavior, sleep, or the parent-child relationship,” Hiscock says.In other words, the gentle sleep training didn’t make a lick of difference — bad or good — by the time kids reached about age 6. For this reason, Hiscock says parents shouldn’t feel pressure to sleep train, or not to sleep train a baby.”I just think it’s really important to not make parents feel guilty about their choice [on sleep training],” Hiscock says. “We need to show them scientific evidence, and then let them make up their own minds.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A userled network has raised new concerns about t

first_imgA user-led network has raised new concerns about the approach being taken by those leading a review of a key piece of mental health legislation on behalf of the government, just weeks before they are due to publish their recommendations.The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) has released a letter it has sent to the chair and vice-chairs of the review of the Mental Health Act 1983, which raises serious concerns about their failure to consider an adequate human rights approach to reform of the act.The NSUN letter highlights the continuing disquiet of the network and a wide range of other user-led organisations, service-users and allies about the review’s approach, following an earlier letter and a meeting with leaders of the review in July.Their concerns include the “lack of concrete evidence” that service-users and carers are having an adequate influence on the review, including the failure to hear from enough people who have experienced detention, and an under-representation of service-users and carers in key working groups.They are also concerned at the “unwillingness” of the chair and vice-chairs to consider recommending the full implementation of the rights contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).A full implementation of the convention would include bringing an end to “detentions, substitute decision-making [appointing someone to make decisions on behalf of a service-user, rather than providing them with support to make the decision themselves] and compulsory treatment”.The letter from Dr Sarah Carr, NSUN’s acting chair, and Sarah Yiannoullou, its managing director, says they continue to have “serious misgivings” about the review and the recommendations it will make to the government, which are expected next month.More than 120 organisations and individuals – led by NSUN – first wrote to the review in May to raise alarm about its reluctance to recommend full rights that comply with the UNCRPD.A further 17 organisations and individuals have since added their names to the concerns being raised.The first letter included a call on the review to address the concerns raised by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, after it investigated the UK’s implementation of the UN disability convention last year.The UN committee said in the “concluding observations” to its examination of the UK that the government should “repeal legislation and practices that authorise non-consensual involuntary, compulsory treatment” and the detention of disabled people “on the basis of actual or perceived impairment”.But Carr and Yiannoullou believe that the review team, led by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, has failed to change its approach since July’s meeting.They are alarmed that the review’s recommendations are due to be published next month, and could form the basis for the last major reform of mental health legislation for many years.Carr and Yiannoullou ask the review in their letter to consider a number of recommendations, including services that would be needed if there was to be compliance with the UN convention, such as an “extensive expansion of community-based and community-led resources” and a sharp increase in services that are user-led and appropriate for marginalised communities.They also want to see widely-available peer advocacy and a “significant rise” in the number of resources that service-users have found particularly therapeutic, such as crisis houses or refuges available to service-users as an alternative to hospital.In response to the NSUN letter, Wessely said: “Engaging with service users and carers has been a consistent priority for the review as we work towards our final report due out in December.“One of my vice-chairs, Steve Gilbert, is a mental health service user and has a critical role in influencing and shaping of all our work.“We have service users and carers within our advisory panel and each of the 18 specialist topic groups we ran over the summer.“We have a standing service user and carer group, which consists of people with a range of lived experience – both past and present; who we have met with regularly and who have robustly challenged our emerging thinking.”He said the review team had also held more than 50 focus groups across England and Wales since the start of the year, to hear from people with direct experience of the act, including those currently detained in a variety of settings.There have been more than 2,000 responses to a survey of people with lived experience, and eight workshops, each involving about 100 attendees.Wessely also pointed to blogs by Sarah Markham, a member of the service user and carer group, posted in July and August, in which she praised the efforts of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the review team to ensure that service-users contribute to the review.DHSC said the review of the Mental Health Act “will consider the reasons for rising rates of detention under the act, how to reduce the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained and how to improve processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system”.Picture: NSUN members discuss the Mental Health Act at last year’s agm A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Getting into the groove of the night

first_img MONDAYBACKYARD28, Jalan Sri Hartamas 8,Taman Sri Hartamas, KL Tel: 03-6201 0318 Backyard has been kicking out the jams for over two decades and shows no signs of slowing down on the action. Monday nights are usually pretty low-key but there is definitely more in store as the week rolls along.BATS18-GF & 18-1, Jalan Telawi 2,Bangsar, KLServing up a double-header, Bats does not disappoint. Downstairs, the Bistro is open from 8am for an all-day-dining experience, while upstairs, in the Club, the stage is set for some magical fun after dark when the bands live it up. Monday nights are DJ nights so there’s no band but what they have will not fail to disappoint.DOUBLE UP BISTROMezzanine Floor, G07-G09,Kelana Damansara Suite, Jalan SS6/2, PJAnother new hotspot in the heart of Kelana Jaya, with a lounge-like feel and comfortable seating all around. A great place to chill out, and there’s live music most nights, with a selection of bands carefully curated by Mizan to set the night on fire.TEN125, Jalan Gasing, PJIt’s back to the regular programming but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a boring night out as Ten keeps it crazy from the stage.MANDOLINPlaza Glomac Kelana Jaya, PJTel: 03-7885 9110 / 7886 8434A good place to chill out and groove with the sounds of the band stirring things up.ONLINE32, Jalan SS20/10,Damansara Kim, PJTel: 03-7728 0532Online is one of those special places where your cares seem to just melt away on taking your first step inside. Chekdet entertains on Monday evenings. OVERFLOW BISTRO AND PUB6, Jalan SS22/21,Damansara Jaya, PJA new kid on the block, Overflow serves up six nights of great music for the fans. Expect some familiar faces on the scene as well as a few surprises at this joint.ROCK BOTTOM KITCHEN & BAR42, Changkat Bukit Bintang, KLWhen you get the feeling that everything’s going right, it’s got to be about Karma with Mathan and Arab teaming up for a blast alongside Lynn and Mira.ROCK BOTTOM BANGSAR3&5, Jalan Telawi 2,Bangsar, KLMonday nights are all about Mizan and Kyra as they get down to sing out strong for the crowd in the heart of Bangsar. WHERE ELSE @ SUNWAY108, Ground Floor, Block B3,Leisure Commerce Square,Jalan PJS 8/9, Bandar SunwayTel: 03-7877 1888Where Else is a hotspot for pool that also knows how to keep the party beats alive with musicians appearing on stage. Now, the Bluez Bugs get into the thick of things on Monday nights as they rock the crowd.TUESDAY3 MONKEYS2, Jalan Kasuarina 3,Bandar Botanic, KlangTel: 03-3318 2278Hometown hero Gerard Singh is back in action out in Klang for his regular Tuesday night gig.AFTERWERKScott Garden,Jalan Kelang Lama, KLTel: 03-7982 0700Tuesday nights in Afterwerk are for couples with 2 For The Road taking the stage to spice up the evening.BACKYARDFor a taste of something completely different, check out Arumugam goes to Alabama for a blast of fusion vibes with a dose of the sitar and tabla.BATSTuesdays are going to be a fun night out in Bats with Sherman Tan bringing the forces of K-Oz home to roost in Bats from 9.30pm onwards. Expect everything from evergreen numbers to today’s top hits, delivered in a way that only Sherman and his crew know how to do.ONLINETam the troubadour lives it up in Online on Tuesday nights, serving up some magic with just his guitar and his voice.ROCK BOTTOM KITCHEN & BARTuesday night everything goes Sky High in Rock Bottom over in Changkat Bukit Bintang.ROCK BOTTOM BANGSARGet set for a bit of Double Trouble with the Net Baker Band.WEDNESDAYAFTERWERKFor something a little different, explore some Cantopop vibrancy with the Duo out in Old Klang Road.THE BARREL IRISH PUB32, Jalan Kasuarina 11/7,Bandar Botanic, Klang.Tel: 03-3318 9153There’s another hotspot brewing out in Klang. On Wednesday nights, the Double J Band entertains.BATSIt’s Ladies Night in the heart of Bangsar and Bats has just the band to keep the party going. Kaya is on stage for a blast.RED PENGUIN88a, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi 2, TTDI, Kuala LumpurAnother new hospot in town, the Red Penguin is just starting up but it has some good vibes on offer. Wednesday nights see the veteran Victor M on stage in the heart of TTDI.TOM, DICK & HARRY’S OASISR-13A, Jalan PJU 1A/7A,Central Piazza Oasis, Ara Damansara, PJTel: 03-7859 7858Alan Murillon continues to thrill the crowd but this time he has Mark V in tow to turn up the heat after dark.WHERE ELSE @ SUNWAYIt’s all about the blues on Wednesday nights in Where Else, with some great things happening from the stage.THURSDAYBATSSherman Tan and K-Oz are back in the saddle for more of their familiar favourites.HANGOVERD-37-01, Dataran 3 Two Square,2, Jalan 19/1, PJOn Thursday nights, be sure to join 9 Lives as they team up with veteran showman Arab to set the night on fire in Petaling Jaya.ROCK BOTTOM BANGSARIt’s Ladies Night and Rock Bottom keeps the party going with all-girl group Astra Malaysia getting into the groove of things from the stage.FRIDAYAFTERWERKThe MIB band are in the house to provide a dose of Bornean magic on stage. Metro News 22 Jun 2019 Getting into the groove after dark Central Region , On tap The Sons of Adam pay tribute to Carlos Santana at Level 9 on July 27 as part of Race Two, Lap Two of Karamjit Singh’s Rally Thru The Valley of Rock. Metro News 20 Apr 2019 Getting into the rhythms of the night {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Rachel Guerzo sings out strong with some great jazzy vibes at Alexis KL. Metro News 29 Jun 2019 Turning on the rhythms of the night Related News Tags / Keywords: Related News ALEXISLot 10 & 11,Great Eastern Mall,303, Jalan Ampang, KLTel: 03-4260 2288 Next week, it’s pretty much the regular fare at Alexis but fans of Elton John can look forward to July 26 when ROZZ is in the house to pay tribute to the Rocketman.BACKYARDFriday nights are always good nights in the Backyard with Union, taking it to the 1980s.BATS Friday nights are made for fun with the Fame’d project band getting into the groove in Telawi’s party zone central.HANGOVER PJSoul Statue rules the stage in Hangover PJ every Friday. Fresh from the launch of their first EP, the band is thrilled to keep on rocking.TOM, DICK & HARRY’S OASISRockers Hydra are in the house to blow your socks off as only they know how to. TENFor a dose of rocking good fun, head down to Ten for the Eurasian Trio as they rock the vibe in a way that only they can.WHERE ELSE @ SUNWAYOn Friday nights, it’s more rock and blues as a selection of bands plays it up on rotation in the heart of Sunway.SATURDAYALEXISTonight, Rachel Guerzo keeps it real in the heart of Ampang as she joins her trio for a night of jazzy vibes.BACKYARDSoul Statue is back in the house for their regular Saturday night gig in the heart of Sri Hartamas.THE BARREL IRISH PUBOn Saturday nights, Higher Ground gets into groove at the Barrel.COBRA CLUBLorong Utara B, Section 52, Petaling JayaIt’s not just a rugby club but also a place to chill and unwind.HANGOVER PJTwo more Saturdays left to catch the Hillary Ang Project on stage, as the legendary guitarist pulls out a stop alongside some of his friends.LEVEL 9 29, Jalan USJ1/1A, Regalia Business Centre, Subang JayaLegendary rally driver Karamjit Singh knows a thing about rock and roll so when he decides to put together a series, you know it’s going to be fun. Tonight, Karamjit’s Rally Thru The Valley of Rock Race Two, Lap Two continues in Subang with a special tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, or CCR as some of you might know the band as. The Band of Brothers will be pulling out all the stops to get some country rock grooves going on. On July 27, the Sons of Adam will be featured as they pay tribute to another legend, Santana, as the go the Latin-themed rock route.ONLINEThis week, the Temple of Rock gets back into the groove with Sharin screaming from the stage with the rest of his Trio. SUNDAYBACKYARDThe DoubleAze duo are back on stage in Backyard to entertain with two guitars to groove.last_img read more