Pets Make Ideal Companions in the Age of Social Isolation

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News My family is in our first week of our new normal. My son, James came home from his first year of university two weeks ago for what was to be spring break. Today, he resumed classes online from our dining room. He won’t be going back to New Haven this semester.My husband, Pierce has been working remotely for his company in Virginia since we moved to Pasadena in June, so working from home isn’t new to him. But having the entire family working from home is a big change for all of us.I was still going into the animal shelter to check on things every day until last Friday. I started to feel a little under the weather and realized I needed to heed the call we had made to all our staff…work from home if you can.You may have seen by now a video circulating on the Internet. We see a man listening to someone off camera who says, “Because of Coronavirus, you are going to be quarantined, but you have a choice. Do you ‘A’ quarantine with your wife and child, or ‘B’…” “‘B’, I’ll take ‘B’,” the man says, thinking no matter what “B” is, it must be better than “A.”For some of us, it’s easy to joke about the challenges of too much togetherness, but for others I worry about the dangers of being alone. While social distancing is an effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we need to be aware of the mental health risks of social isolation.As both a clinical social worker and an animal welfare professional, I’m concerned for the well-being of both our human and pet populations during this time. Homeless pets are going to continue to need care, and people are going to continue to need a sense of connection.Social isolation has been linked to numerous adverse health consequences including depression, poor sleep quality, impaired executive function, accelerated cognitive decline, poor cardiovascular function, impaired immunity and even the risk of premature death. But there is a solution that helps both person and pet.Research has demonstrated that the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that positively influences the health and well-being of both. Having pet companions has been proven to improve mental health and offer people a deep sense of “ontological security” — that is, the feeling of stability, continuity, and meaning in one’s life.Research on the benefits of family life for shelter animals has shown that even a brief stay in a foster home for dogs decreases levels of cortisol, a hormonal indicator of stress.After closing our doors to people, but not to animals, at the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA (PHS), we shifted our efforts to finding temporary foster homes for as many pets as we can. We are asking the community to help us by providing foster care to homeless animals. If some of our local residents can foster an animal, we are able to function with fewer staff onsite, while still providing our animals with essential care. PHS is providing backup support. The benefits of getting the animals out of the shelter and into homes are obvious. The benefits to the humans providing the care are no less significant.Long before the CDC was educating people on how to keep safe during the current pandemic, the CDC was advising of the potential health benefits of pets, which include decreased blood pressure, triglyceride levels and feeling of loneliness. Pets can be helpful for chronic disease prevention in children. Having a dog in the home has been associated with a decreased probability of childhood anxiety. Pets also offer people of all ages increased opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization. The research is clear: pets enrich our lives and help keep us healthy and happy.Less scientifically and more personally, I can say having the unconditional love of my little dog Sueshi brings joy to my life every single day. Going out for a walk with her helps me to engage with my neighbors at a safe distance, while also providing a welcome break from my two-legged family members.We hope you can help us in our time of need. And in turn, we can help you by offering the rewards of having a pet companion in your life.Pasadena Humane Society’s president and CEO, Dia DuVernet, brings more than a decade of experience leading nonprofit organizations. She has an extensive background in organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable communities, most recently serving as Virginia Beach SPCA (VSPSCA) president and CEO and previously as vice president at The Up Center, a Virginia nonprofit organization improving the quality of life for children and families. Dia grew up in Albany, GA, the youngest of five girls. An animal lover from an early age, she grew up with a German Shepherd mix named Moses, a Pekingese called Missy and Puff the cat. 74 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Community News Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Opinion & Columnists Pets Make Ideal Companions in the Age of Social Isolation By DIA DUVERNET Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 | 2:03 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News HerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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MUI advises Muslims to pray at home as Indonesia sees increasing COVID-19 cases

first_imgIndonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi has advised Muslims to pray at home as COVID-19 cases in the nation have shown several spikes over the past few months. “Muslims in areas with a high number of [COVID-19] cases are advised to refrain from performing Friday and regular prayers in public places,” Muhyiddin said on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.Indonesia saw another record-high of 3,861 daily virus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 207,203.As for Muslims in areas with a low number of cases, Muhyiddin suggested they pay attention to health protocols and implement them when performing prayers in public places.Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresHe also reminded Muslims to carry out more good deeds by helping other people in need through zakat (alms) as well as donations.Muhyiddin also asked preachers to help educate Muslims on the importance of health protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic through sermons.He also encouraged all Muslims to say a certain prayer, asking for God’s protection from the infection. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Forkin shows potential for Syracuse after transitioning from midfield to attack

first_img Published on February 11, 2015 at 12:16 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ J.T. Forkin received a pass 5 yards behind the goal, and 15 yards to the left of it. He cradled the stick with his left hand, ran a semi-circle around the goal, leapt and rifled the ball into the top-left corner while drawing contact.It was the redshirt freshman’s first career goal — albeit to put Syracuse up 12 against Siena in garbage time — but one that showcased what he has in his back pocket as a converted attack.Forkin transitioned to Syracuse’s attack from midfield in the offseason after a conversation with assistant coach Kevin Donahue before fall practice began. He’s already impressed at his new position, logging two goals and an assist in No. 4 SU’s (1-0) 21-7 win over Siena on Saturday, and he continues to blossom at the position while taking note of the tendencies of starting attacks Kevin Rice, Randy Staats and Dylan Donahue.“We have one of the top attack lines in the country,” Forkin said. “I’m just learning so much from all three of those guys and really trying to improve my game based on what they do.”At Long Beach (New York) High School, Forkin was named the Nassau County Attackman of the Year in his senior season after scoring 57 goals. When he came to SU, he found himself caught on the back end of a crowded midfield unit and was uncomfortable at the position, Rice said, so Forkin decided to redshirt. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe practiced primarily at midfielder in his first year, but started playing as an attack on the scout team toward the end of the season. In the offseason, Forkin knew he had to get quicker if he wanted to play on the attack for good. He emphasized improving his change of direction on the field, and also harped on strengthening his stick skills with his right hand since he’s a natural lefty.Forkin still plays on the scout team in his second year with the Orange, but has impressed the coaching staff beyond just the practice field.With four minutes left in Saturday’s game and the Orange up 19-7, Forkin received a pass 5 yards to the right of the goal with Saints defender Max Bonsall coming at him hard. Forkin deftly spun away from pressure, sent Bonsall flying and calmly slotted the ball in the bottom-left corner.“He’s not 6-foot-3, he’s probably 5-foot-9-ish, so it’s hard for defenders to get their hands on his hips and get him out,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s got a nose for the goal and he’s playing very well.”On Saturday, Forkin, sophomore Jeff Desko and redshirt freshman Matt Lane composed the second-line attack and got plenty of playing time in a game that was decided early.The other two combined for a single assist, as Forkin made his case to be the next man up down the road after Rice, Staats and Donahue.“Hopefully next time I get an opportunity I have another good showing,” Forkin said. “Down the line it might come my time.”Though the first three is set in stone, Desko said Forkin could very well be the next in line simply based on his ability to dodge. Rice added that if someone on the first line gets hurt, Forkin’s chance could very well present itself.And while Desko said Forkin would still need to learn all the different offenses to be that fourth option on the attack, the package that Forkin’s already displayed has him primed to do so.Said Rice: “He’s going to be a guy for the future to keep an eye on, for sure.” Commentslast_img read more

Zack Cozart’s walk-off homer lifts Angels to victory, while Shohei Ohtani homers again

first_imgWhile Ohtani seems to shrug off his early success, Cozart and the rest of his teammates are reveling in it for him, because they heard and read the skeptical comments about him in March.“I’m just pumped because he was getting killed in spring training, even though it was spring training,” Cozart said. “It’s really impressive if you think about it. All the pressure is on him. And he’s just thrown that out of the way and he’s just playing ball. … It’s awesome for him to ignore the noise. He works hard. He’s a special talent. No doubt about it. We’re glad to have him.”Ohtani, who also singled, is now 6 for 14 with two homers and five RBIs in three games as the designated hitter. In between, he also picked up a victory as a pitcher, with a six-inning outing on Sunday.“I don’t have anything to say to those (critics),” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I had bad results, so I guess they have the right to say bad stuff about me. We just got started. I’ll just take it day by day and try to help the team.”He certainly gave the Angels a lift in the fifth inning on Wednesday. Kluber had not even allowed a hit through four innings, holding a 2-0 lead before Andrelton Simmons broke up his no-hitter with a bunt single. “You can see the big power he has,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Corey Kluber is a guy that does not give up a lot of home runs. He’s as tough as there is. He made him get the ball over the plate and Shohei got a hold of it.”The homer spared Tyler Skaggs from a loss on a day when he pieced together a strong outing despite a rocky start.Although four of the first five hitters of the game reached base, Skaggs allowed only one run in the first inning, with the help of an inning-ending double play.“I think I was going too quick,” Skaggs said. “My arm wasn’t catching up to my body. I realized it halfway through the first inning. It’s frustrating. I should realize it five or six pitches into the game, but I made the adjustment and I thought I pitched well from the first inning.Skaggs retired 11 of the next 12 hitters before allowing a run on back-to-back singles in the fifth, with a stolen base in between.After that, all eight Angels relievers on the roster collaborated on 8-1/3 scoreless innings.Noé Ramírez entered with two on in the 13th, and he struck out Erik Gonzalez to strand two runners. That one-batter performance was enough to get Ramírez his first major league victory, thanks to a first from Cozart.With one out in the bottom of the 13th, Cozart got a 3-and-2 fastball from Zach McAllister and drove it over the left field fence. It was the first walk-off hit of any kind for the eight-year veteran.“Just as excited as you can be,” Cozart said. “Nothing like running the bases and you know the game is over. That was a grinder of a game, and we came out on top.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With two outs in the inning, Ohtani got a fastball over the outer half of the plate and he drove it out of the ballpark, just to the left of center field. PreviousAngels’ Mike Trout and Martin Maldonado showers Zack Cozart after he hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani swings for a two-run homer in the fifth inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer with the dugout during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAngels left fielder Justin Upton, back, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons collides on a popup fly during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor celebrates his run in the fifth inning during a game against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, right, spreads his arms for a safe call after he stole the second base before a tag by Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer with the dugout during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer with the dugout during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia sits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers a pitch during a game against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, left, scores on a hit by right fielder Brandon Guyer in the first inning as Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, turns a double play over slide by Indians right fielder Brandon Guyer during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels center fielder Mike Trout hustles to first base during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani celebrates his two-run homer in the fifth inning with third base coach Dino Ebel during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, watches his hit during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, right, turns a double play over a slide by Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels third baseman Zack Cozart, left, rounds the bases after hitting a walk-off homer in the 13th inning as Indians relief pitcher Zach McAllister looks on during a game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels third baseman Zack Cozart, left, hits a walk-off homer in the 13th inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Los Angeles Angels’ Jefry Marte, Shohei Ohtani and Luis Valbuena, from left, run toward home plate to celebrate a walk-off home run by Zack Cozart during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, heads for home on his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Angels’ Zack Cozart, right, runs toward home plate and his teammates after hitting a walk-off homer in the 13th inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels third baseman Zack Cozart(7) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk-off homer in the 13th inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels’ Mike Trout and Martin Maldonado showers Zack Cozart after he hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani swings for a two-run homer in the fifth inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)NextShow Caption1 of 23Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani swings for a two-run homer in the fifth inning during a game against the Indians at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)ExpandANAHEIM — After Zack Cozart had the first walk-off hit of his career, it was difficult to tell if he was happier for himself or for the guy who had hit the Angels’ other homer a couple hours earlier.Cozart’s 13th-inning homer gave the Angels a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon, sealing the club’s fifth victory in its first seven games.As if the Angels’ quick start isn’t encouraging enough for the team, it’s also been sparked by the Shohei Ohtani Show.Ohtani hit his second homer in as many games, this one a game-tying, two-run shot in the fifth inning against reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.last_img read more