Last month, Britain appointed its first “minister for loneliness,” who is charged with tackling what Prime Minister Theresa May called the “sad reality of modern life.”Public-health leaders immediately praised the idea — and for good reason. In recent decades, researchers have discovered that loneliness left untreated is not just psychically painful; it also can have serious medical consequences. Rigorous epidemiological studies have linked loneliness and social isolation to heart disease, cancer, depression, diabetes and suicide. Vivek Murthy, the former United States surgeon general, has written that loneliness and social isolation are “associated with a reduction in life span similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.”But is loneliness, as many political officials and pundits are warning, a growing “health epidemic”? Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Rugby Union Papua New Guinea Rugby Union (PNGRU) is staging a two-day Pukpuk selection trial to identify players for the forthcoming Oceania cup slated for the end of this month. Yesterday, the six teams, Boromas, Gaigais (Capital Rugby Union), NCDRU (2 teams), provincial composite side and the PNGDF team clashed. The highlight of the trial featured Gaigais overwhelming a determined PNG Defence Force team 40-0 in a one-sided affair. The PNGDF side comprised of players selected from the recently hosted PNGDF Commanders Cup tourney held in Port Moresby last month. The PNGDF are preparing for a tour to Japan for the world military defence force games. Featuring prominently for the Gaigais was playmaker Junias Sabbatha who carved up the PNGDF inside backs at will, with great support from centres James Lumaris and Kenneth Taviri.. While in the forwards, backrowers Gabriel Biyama, Philip Suapo, Himah Alu, Allan Capanis and Desmond Korpok stood out. The scores for the second match between NCDRU2 and Provincial Select, plus the last game between Boromas and NCDRU were not available last night. The provincial composite side consists of eight players from Morobe Rugby Union- Max Vali, Robin Loma Kama Kahn, Joel Wimbi Moses Tagai, Francis Luveni, Steven Kilala, and Laho Posu, Goroka Rugby Union with Henry Turadawai Jnr, Robert Lai Jnr and Emmanuel Solie Jnr, East New Britain Rugby Union with Daniel Punion Sael Rabason, Steven Walter, Serry Sakias and Jonah Jay, Madang with Arnold Lange and Willie Kalai plus Israel Inu from Daru. The trials continue tomorrow, with a break today.