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Abu Dhabi is the Top Spot in the List of Destinations where Indians Will Prefer to Stay: Survey

According to a study conducted by Ipsos, given an opportunity Indians would prefer to live in Abu Dhabi, followed closely by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, London, Paris, Sydney, New York, Zurich, and Los Angeles

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  • The study conducted by Ipsos shows that if given an opportunity, Abu Dhabi would be the first preference for most Indians
  • In the survey, People from 26 countries worldwide were asked which one, from a list of 60 global cities, was best to live in, do business in, and visit according to them
  • Globally, New York was chosen best for business, Paris is best for tourism and Zurich is the choice for the destination to live in

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: In a recently conducted survey, Abu Dhabi has grabbed the top spot in the list of destinations where Indians would prefer to stay, followed by other cities including Mumbai, London, Singapore, Delhi.

The study conducted by Ipsos shows that if given an opportunity, Abu Dhabi would be the first preference for most Indians, followed by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, London, Paris, Sydney, New York, Zurich, and Los Angeles.

In the survey, People from 26 countries worldwide were asked which one, from a list of 60 global cities, was best to live in, do business in, and visit according to them. The scores from the three questions were added together to complete the Ipsos Cities Index.

According to the statement of Ipsos India CEO Amit Adarkar, “Indians love their very own commercial capital Mumbai and Delhi and would love to stay in either of the mega cities of India due to abundant career opportunities; quality of life and entertainment options.”

 “Globally we see the power of the New York brand with its appeal to people across the world, young and old. But the rise of Abu Dhabi and the weakness of Sydney among younger people remind us that no city can afford to rest on its laurels,” he added.
According to PTI reports, Globally Delhi was occupied the 40th position followed by Mumbai in 41st position out of 60 global cities which Ipsos Top Cities 2017 study considered.

This year Abu Dhabi managed to leapfrog London and Paris into second position, when Tokyo, Sydney and Zurich ended up on the same score in equal fifth, the survey said.

When it comes to business, New York remains the most popular city to do business in, with 23 per cent of the global sample selecting it from the list. Here Abu Dhabi takes the second position with 21 per cent, followed by London and Hong Kong (both on 16 per cent), and Tokyo (15 per cent), it said.

In case of tourism, Paris is seen as the best city to visit as 21 percent feel it is one of the best destinations for travelling. Rome overtakes New York, which scored 16 percent this year, and comes second on this measure on 20 per cent.

According to the study, Zurich is the global choice as the top destination to live in, selected by 18 percent of the sample. It is narrowly ahead of Sydney, the city that also came second on this measure in 2013, which is on 17 percent.

Abu Dhabi has successfully moved from seventh to third on this measure over the same period, it said.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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NY to make Medication-Assisted Treatment Available to all Jail Inmates Struggling with Opioid Addiction

Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked

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Laura Levine prepares to dispense drugs at Vocal NY, an organization that works with addicts, where she is the health educator and coordinator for the opioid reversal drug Narcan, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, March 15, 2019. VOA

Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked.

After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into Nassau County jail and withdrawal started kicking in. As the nausea, shaking and sweating grew worse, she began pleading with guards for help.

“They kind of laughed and said, ‘You’ll be fine. Nobody dies from heroin withdrawal,’” said Levine, who is in recovery and now works to help others struggling with opioids. “I would rather give birth to all five of my children again without medication than go through withdrawal again.”

More help for people like Levine could be on the way, as lawmakers in New York are considering a measure to make medication-assisted treatment such as methadone or suboxone available to all prison and jail inmates struggling with opioid addiction.

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FILE – Family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family, in Stamford, Conn., Aug. 17, 2018. VOA

States across the country are considering similar approaches amid research that shows that the drugs along with behavior therapy can help addicts reduce the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that drive many addicts to relapse.

Federal statistics suggest more than half of all inmates in state prisons nationwide have a substance- abuse problem. New York officials say that percentage could be as high as 80 percent in state and local lockups, which at any given time have about 77,000 inmates.

Drug policy experts point to the success of a similar program in Rhode Island, which has seen a sharp drop in the number of former inmates who died of overdoses, from 26 in 2016 to nine last year.

Other successes have been reported in local jails in Louisville, Kentucky; Sacramento, California and in Massachusetts.

“It makes no sense that people who have a public health issue don’t have access to medicine,” said Jasmine Budnella, drug policy coordinator at VOCAL-NY, a group that advocates on behalf of low-income New Yorkers on such issues as criminal justice, drug policy and homelessness. “In the U.S., we talk about human rights but we are literally torturing these people.”

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FILE – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City, April 26, 2017. Oklahoma is one of at least 13 states that have filed lawsuits against drugmakers, alleging fraudulent marketing of drugs that fueled the opioid epidemic. VOA

Two years ago, 24-year-old Matt Herring died of a drug overdose after years of struggling with addiction and bouncing in and out of correctional facilities. His mother, Patricia Herring, said Matt once tried to smuggle suboxone into jail in order to avoid the horrors of withdrawal. Guards found the medication and took it away.

Patricia Herring has now become a self-described “mom on a mission” to push for greater resources for addiction treatment in correctional facilities.

“If he had been given medication-assisted treatment when he entered, I don’t know, maybe things would have been different,” she said.

With no organized opposition, the debate over supporting medication-assisted treatment in correctional settings comes down to dollars and cents. Some counties have paid for programs in their jails; others have not. A total of six state and local lockups in the New York City area, for example, have limited drug-assistance programs for opioid addicts.

Albany County became the first county in the state outside of New York City to offer medication-assisted treatment. Sheriff Craig Apple said he’s become a believer.

“It took me a while to get on board with this, but we’re already seeing early success,” he said.

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Drug policy experts point to the success of a similar program in Rhode Island, which has seen a sharp drop in the number of former inmates who died of overdoses, from 26 in 2016 to nine last year. VOA

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A state budget proposal from Democratic Gov. Andrew would spend $3.75 million to expand access in county jails, and use more than $1 million to expand its use in state prisons. Democratic leaders of the state Legislature have called for more, and advocates say they want to see at least $7 million in the annual budget.

A decision is expected before April 1, when the new budget is due.

“Addiction is a disease,” said New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat who is sponsoring the drug-treatment legislation. “We should treat it like a disease.” (VOA)