(From Bing:) Ex-Beatle John Lennon, 40, is shot four times at close range by Mark David Chapman as the singer walks to his apartment with his wife, Yoko Ono. Hundreds of fans will keep vigil for a week at the scene of the shooting, and on what would have been Lennon’s 45th birthday, Ono will dedicate a memorial in the park.
We’ve all experienced them at least once in our lives, those inexplicable, unnerving instances that make us wonder whether dark forces are at play, their subtle and sinister hands manipulating our reality from afar. They leave an impression, an indelible mark at the deepest levels of your subconscious, buried away by overwhelming reason, the steadfast grip of sanity, and a fear of the unknown and explained. We all have these stories. This is mine.
It happened so long ago, I can barely remember when, but I do recall it was a quiet night at my childhood home. The plan had been for a group of us to get together and resume play on a gaming campaign interrupted by an early school night, but a storm front had moved in late that day, washing out some of the local roads, making for treacherous driving conditions. A couple of my friends had…
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Sexual harassment at work is a ‘chronic problem’ for women and is causing lasting mental illness, warns new research.
Women are suffering anxiety, depression, eating disorders and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being victimised, according to the study.
They are also turning to drink and drugs in order to cope – and have a lower level of overall happiness.
Although most victims are women the number of complaints by men have risen more than 15 per cent in just 15 years.
However, the report found that male victims do not find their experiences as anxiety-provoking, nor do they see it as bothersome, stressful or upsetting as females.
The findings come in the wake of recent sex scandals that have rocked Hollywood and the Houses of Parliament.
Sexual harassment at work is a ‘chronic problem’ that causes lasting mental illness, warn researchers from the University of Texas
Perpetrators include colleagues, subordinates and customers, along with bosses, finds the study.
Report author Professor James Campbell Quick from the University of Texas, said: ‘Evidence continues to suggest women may experience negative mood, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse as well as work turnover intentions, long term anxiety, job stress and or burnout.
‘Sexual harassment is a continuing, chronic occupational health problem in organisations and work environments.’
Earlier this month a survey of 2,000 Britons found one in five women – and seven percent of men – say they have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Sexual harassment has also previously been found to cause muscle aches, high blood pressure and diabetes – increasing the risk of heart problems.
The team analysed data from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Fair Employment Practices agencies and found the total number of complaints actually fell 28.5 percent from 1997 to 2011.
Professor Quick said: ‘An interesting find was that the percentage of charges filed by males increased 15.3 per cent; yet, women continue to file the majority of complaints.’
It could be males in the workplace are simply more willing to file complaints given the reduced stigma surrounding it, they said.
‘Even if the gender gap closes in the workforce sexual harassment claims may continue to increase if men feel more threatened,’ he explained.
Organisational climate is a strong predictor of workplace sexual harassment and can include situations where men outnumber women, supervisors are predominantly male and employees believe complaints will not be taken seriously.
The study, published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, said research has shown hierarchical power dynamics are at the root of sexual harassment.
But one other study of men and women in the military found sexual harassment resulted in high levels of depression and anxiety for both men and women.
Paraplegic rats have walked after receiving stem cell therapy, new research reveals.
After just three weeks, 42 per cent of the rodents improved their ability to walk and support their weight, a study found.
Some 75 per cent of the animals were able to respond to stimuli on their back legs after being treated, the research adds.
Stem cells differentiate into specialised cells according to where they are in the body, however, for unclear reasons, the therapy was not successful in all of the study’s rats.
Nonetheless, study author Dr Shulamit Levenberg from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, said: ‘Although there is still some way to go before it can be applied in humans, this research gives hope.’
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NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – A Pennsylvania State Trooper is fighting for his life after being shot during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday morning. It happened on Route 191, near Route 33, in Plainfield Township. Officials say the trooper was conducting a traffic stop when he was shot by the suspect. According to police,…