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Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

Polyclinic Glavić provides free medical examinations to all digital nomads who move their office to Dubrovnik

first_imgAlso, in her lecture, Kurtela pointed out that Croatia has all the advantages that can attract digital nomads, such as lots of sunshine, and thus vitamin D, fresh and clean air, sea and beautiful nature, Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. , a strong and stable internet connection, with of course top health services. But before a broader look at digital nomads, the news is yesterday’s statement from the conference, at which it is Nikolina Kurtele, Deputy Director of the Glavić Polyclinic announced that all digital nomads who choose Dubrovnik as their base will be provided with free health services for one year. Yesterday was part of the first day online conferences held an excellent education of digital nomads, both from Croatia and global destinations, who shared their loud thinking about digital nomads as a special niche of travelers and entrepreneurs, and the opportunity for Croatia to position itself on the global map of digital nomads. It is certainly a great tool for extending the tourist season, because digital nomads can certainly not be perceived only as tourists, because they will live in Croatia for a maximum of one year and generate consumption like any other resident. In fact, and much more, according to Jan de Jong’s estimate, at least 10.000 kuna a month. Photo: Kashlee Kucheran By the way, Poliklinika Glavić offers treatment and rehabilitation services for neurological patients in Dubrovnik and Zagreb, and the Neurorehabilitation Center in Dubrovnik is the first of its kind in the active treatment and neurorehabilitation of neurological patients in this part of Europe. Polyclinic Glavic provides free medical examinations to all digital nomads A statement that is definitely a game changer because currently out of the six countries that offer visas for digital nomads, none offer additional value or anything like that to attract digital nomads. A clear message to digital nomads that they are welcome in Dubrovnik and that they are coming to a safe country, which is also important in the branding of Croatia, which is still often perceived from the outside as the Balkans in a negative context. We want to promote Dubrovnik as a safe city, as well as the whole of Croatia, and provide them with health care through our services as an incentive to move the office to Dubrovnik, said Kurtela during the presentation. As part of the European Week of Freelancers (# EFWEEK2020), an international conference Dubrovnik for digital nomads will be held in Lazareti from 16 to 25 October. By the way, Kashlee Kucheran, a digital nomad, tourist journalist and blogger from Canada, who is followed by over 2 million people a month through her blog Travel off Path, pointed out at the conference that there is a big positive buzz or interest around Croatia, especially since it was filmed in Dubrovnik. series Game of Thrones, and how Croatia could become the best global destination for digital nomads. As we know, at the initiative of Jan de Jong for Croatia to introduce visas for digital nomads, a meeting was held in August with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković to discuss legislation that should allow free entry and work for digital by the end or beginning of the second year. nomads. As Jan de Jong himself pointed out at the conference in Dubrovnik, things have gone much further than the idea itself, and many concrete meetings have already been held on this topic. So, in case digital nomads choose Dubrovnik as their base, they have security if anything happened to them within the first year of their stay, that they can use all the services of the Glavic Polyclinic for free. Thus, Dubrovnik is the first city in Croatia to turn to digital nomads, and the organization of this conference provides an opportunity to present itself to this audience in light of the announced introduction of visas for digital nomads in Croatia. I have to admit that it was great to listen to loud thoughts, especially from foreigners, who are not burdened with all our grayness in the economy, from high taxes to various levies. Also, the Neurorehabilitation Center is also the largest regional center for robotics rehabilitation, and thanks to its quality and professionalism, the Glavić Polyclinic is a reference center for as many as 130 countries through its robotic rehabilitation service. For a list of all health services of the Glavić Polyclinic, which will also be free for digital nomads who decide to stay in Dubrovnik, see herelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 27, 2020

Mary Cannon: Cannabis is harmful for young adults and teens

first_imgNZ Herald 3 August 2020Family First Comment: Superb article pushing back on the narrative that ‘cannabis is less harmful than alcohol’…“Cannabis, on the other hand, is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. In fact, cannabis use is now the most powerful single environmental risk factor for psychotic disorder… Recent studies from Europe have examined the risks associated with high-potency cannabis (defined as greater than 10 per cent THC) and have found that daily users of high potency cannabis have a nine-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia or another clinical psychotic disorder… This “psychotogenic” effect is not confined to adolescent-onset cannabis use and appears more linked to frequency of use. In addition, it is not confined to people with a history of psychotic disorder in their family (although they are at high risk and should avoid cannabis). It has been estimated that between one third to half of all the cases of psychotic illness in places like London or Amsterdam could be due to cannabis… I would argue that cannabis use is actually more damaging to the brain – especially the brains of young adults and teenagers, and their life prospects. The failure of governments worldwide to control alcohol harms shows that once an addictive substance is legalised and freely available public health takes a second place to profit.”#VoteNopeToDopeA common argument in favour of legalising cannabis is that alcohol is legal and is more harmful to people and society than cannabis, and therefore cannabis should be legal too.This is a somewhat spurious argument along the lines of “Would you rather be eaten by a lion or a bear” or “Would you rather be run over by a truck or a bus”. Nevertheless, it provides a good opportunity to examine the differential harms posed by both substances.A recent article by a Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (NZ Herald, July 28) stated, “both cannabis and alcohol are known to cause psychotic conditions, but in both instances, these are rare events.”This statement is true in one regard. Psychotic disorder related solely to alcohol is indeed a rare event. It is generally in the form of an uncommon condition called Alcoholic Hallucinosis, which occurs in older individuals who have been using alcohol heavily for many years. I have seen only one or two cases in my clinical career.Individuals who are withdrawing from alcohol can suffer with hallucinations and acute paranoia as part of the withdrawal reaction but this is not a psychotic disorder. Cannabis, on the other hand, is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.In fact, cannabis use is now the most powerful single environmental risk factor for psychotic disorder.Many well-designed studies have examined this association, and the majority have shown that cannabis is significantly related to psychotic disorder with the remainder showing a strong trend in that direction.In the early 2000s, I was involved in a research team investigating the link between cannabis use in adolescence and the risk of psychotic disorder in adulthood. This research was carried out on a group of approximately 1000 young people from Dunedin, who had been followed up since the 1970s (and are still being followed up to this day).We found that young people who started using cannabis before age 15 had had a four times increased risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder by age 26. To put this in perspective, 10 per cent of the young people who had been using cannabis by age 15 developed a psychotic disorder in young adulthood compared with 3 per cent of the remainder of the group – a one in 10 chance is certainly not a rare occurrence.The association between cannabis and psychosis appears to be getting even stronger in line with the increase in strength of cannabis (the THC content is now regularly over 20 per cent, whereas it was only about 1-2 per cent in the 1960s and 70s.)Recent studies from Europe have examined the risks associated with high-potency cannabis (defined as greater than 10 per cent THC) and have found that daily users of high potency cannabis have a nine-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia or another clinical psychotic disorder.This “psychotogenic” effect is not confined to adolescent-onset cannabis use and appears more linked to frequency of use.In addition, it is not confined to people with a history of psychotic disorder in their family (although they are at high risk and should avoid cannabis). It has been estimated that between one third to half of all the cases of psychotic illness in places like London or Amsterdam could be due to cannabis.In my clinical experience, I have observed an increase in presentations of young men with psychosis related to cannabis over the past few years. The type of psychosis associated with cannabis is one with high levels of agitation, aggression and paranoia and can present a risk to family and others.In a groundbreaking study in the UK, 16 healthy volunteers were given one dose of intravenous THC.Remarkably, 70 per cent developed psychotic symptoms within 20 minutes and this demonstrates the powerful impact of the THC component of cannabis on psychosis.Aside from its effect on psychosis, several large international studies have shown that cannabis use in youth has a more detrimental effect on cognition and later functioning in adulthood than alcohol use in youth.A study from Christchurch showed that young cannabis users had greater rates of school dropout, unemployment and dependence on social welfare payments than their peers did even after taking account of alcohol use.The Dunedin study showed that young cannabis users had lower incomes later in adulthood than their alcohol using peers. Heavy, early onset cannabis use has been associated with up to 8-point drop in IQ that appears to be irreversible.No one would deny that alcohol is associated with a host of social problems and serious physical health problems.However, I would argue that cannabis use is actually more damaging to the brain – especially the brains of young adults and teenagers, and their life prospects.The failure of governments worldwide to control alcohol harms shows that once an addictive substance is legalised and freely available public health takes a second place to profit.Once society normalises the widespread use of a drug it is almost impossible to undo that and put the genie back in the bottle.• Mary Cannon is Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health, with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12352685last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 26, 2020

Miller: Clippers, Three Stooges and the NBA playoffs

first_imgBut it is worth noting that it was forward Blake Griffin, in recently disputing the notion that the Clippers are somehow damned, who chose to use the word “cursed.”When Ballmer purchased the team for a gaudy $2 billion, he infused the Clippers with the sort of buzzing energy that normally comes only with a second Starbucks stop.In August of ’14, during an introductory pep rally, that energy famously bubbled over, not unlike the sweat that streamed down Ballmer’s temples that afternoon.“Larry” was his loving way of referring to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which the NBA hands annually to its champion, meaning the Clippers never have been close enough to know if it’s made of some sort of metal or, who knows, milk chocolate.Despite the lack of playoff success, Ballmer, similar to his team, is not difficult to like. Sitting here along the baseline, he comes off as somewhat of a regular fan – rabid but regular – at least for a guy whose net worth is estimated at $30.1 billion.Let’s think about the figure for just a second. Forbes magazine says there are only 34 people in the world richer than Ballmer, who could buy Rams owner Stan Kroenke four times over.As another comparison, Angels owner Arte Moreno is worth $2.1 billion. Ballmer finds things like Arte Moreno in between his couch cushions.Forbes also reports that Ballmer owns 4 percent of Twitter, which might not sound like much.But when you consider all the people you know who are on Twitter and the fact that, according to multiple news accounts, nearly 80 percent of its users are living outside the U.S., that’s no shortage of international clout.Anyway, I find Ballmer and the Clippers easy to root for, and not just because this group is the perfect Hollywood stereotype of the underdog. I mean, who pulls for a team that never wins anything to keep never winning anything?The Clippers make generally humorous and completely harmless television commercials.Griffin never has been more embraced by the organization than he has been this season, still barely a year after breaking his hand punching another team employee.Jordan has his body covered in tattoos that express his deep faith, including a pair of praying hands on his torso marked with an acronym for “God Watch Over Me.”Then there’s Chris Paul, widely considered to be one of the finest leaders in NBA history, a dynamic overall talent and a man with too many charitable efforts to list here, although I will mention he built a house in South Africa for orphans.They’re all coached by Doc Rivers, a former All-Star point guard known for his competitive natural who took the occasion of this series opening to announce he has a “man crush” on Gordon Hayward, the star of the Jazz.It has been awhile, but I don’t recall Phil Jackson ever talking publicly about his man crushes, and, never mind opponents, I mean the players Jackson actually was coaching.Sure, the Clippers still complain to the referees way too much and Griffin flops way too often. But you try playing on a team that ends every season in a fit of frustration.So I am pulling for the Clippers against Utah, convinced this is a series they absolutely should win.After that, comes round two and likely – Ah, uh-oh! – the Golden State Warriors.No, “Larry” won’t be visiting Staples Center anytime soon. But “Curly” and “Moe” are long gone, too, despite the fact someone else around here, once again, will laugh [email protected] LOS ANGELES >> It was in this same building, in August of 2014, that a man as bold as he is bald shrieked about his undying affection for “Larry.”Steve Ballmer also promised his Clippers would “keep coming and coming and coming and coming and coming,” the rambling battle cry interrupted only by his shouted assurances the team would be “Hard-core! Hard-core! Hard-core!”Staples Center shook that day, rattled by the thundering decibels produced by a single-person seismic event.Thirty-two months later and now opening the 2017 playoffs against Utah, there’s still no sign of “Larry,” the Clippers instead dragging around “Curly” and “Moe” and however else you’d like to express this franchise’s miserable slapstick past. They gave up home court advantage Saturday in a 97-95 loss to the Utah Jazz.Same old Clippers? Well, no, not at all. They are in the postseason for the sixth consecutive year and just finished with 51 victories, same as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. This franchise once went 15 seasons without making the playoffs, a spiral into oblivion during which it moved from Buffalo to San Diego to Los Angeles, a break that wasn’t exactly fast but was – on the court, at least – fruitless.Still, there’s no denying that the Clippers never have advanced beyond two rounds of playoffs in any one season, an almost impossible degree of ineptitude that some people might characterize as being hexed.I’m not one of those people, since I always see the basket as nearly half-full, which, no, is not another joke about DeAndre Jordan’s career 43-percent free-throw shooting.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more