Community Bank NA,Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bank donated $8,000 to sponsor the Athletes Village at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, August 7th. This is Dragonheart Vermont’s eleventh year holding this event and Merchants Bank is overjoyed to have been involved each year. Funds raised during the Dragon Boat Festival stay in Vermont to benefit cancer programs. They have raised over $1.65 million since starting the annual festival in 2005.”Dragonheart Vermont is thrilled to have the support of a company like Merchants Bank to put on the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival,” stated Linda Dyer, Founder of Dragonheart Vermont and Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. “They have put in a spirited team in our event for all 11 years with the best captain—Carol Boivin— and the best team name—Hakuna MaTaTas! We truly appreciate the financial support that Merchants Bank offer us. They have served as our Athletes’ Village sponsor to our community charity event for the last 3 years. Clearly, Merchant Bank is a company that believes in community as much as Dragonheart Vermont does. Paddles Up to Merchants Bank!”Anita Bourgeois, Senior Vice President at Merchants Bank stated, “We are proud of our Merchants Bank team. Over thirty dedicated Merchants Bankers were participating in the Festival supporting friends and neighbors who have had, or are currently battling cancer. We are truly honored to support Dragonheart Vermont so that they can continue providing hope to those who have been touched by cancer.”About Merchants Bank: A Vermont-chartered commercial bank established in 1849, Merchants Bank is the largest Vermont-based bank. The bank’s business, municipal, consumer, and investment customers enjoy personalized relationships, sophisticated online and mobile banking options, with 31 branches in Vermont and 1 location in Massachusetts, operating as NUVO, A division of Merchants Bank. American Banker ranks Merchants Bank a “Top 200” in America among 851 peers. For more information, go to www.mbvt.com(link is external). Where do you want to grow? (Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NASDAQ “MBVT”)Source: BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Merchants Bank
New research has found that facing stigma from friends and family because of your romantic relationship is linked to negative mental health outcomes. The study, which examined the stigmatization of interracial and same-sex relationships, was published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.“My research focuses on social justice issues, including how experiences with various forms of stigma and/or discrimination affect social, academic, and health outcomes and contribute to existing disparities in those outcomes,” said study author Lisa Rosenthal.“When I first started by position as an assistant professor at Pace University, I met Dr. Tyrel Starks, who was starting at Pace at the same time (though he is currently at Hunter College, CUNY.) Starks’ research focuses on couples/relationship dynamics in connection to health outcomes, including HIV risk among gay and bisexual men. This project on relationship stigma was formed by the two of us collaborating and merging our different but related areas of research. LinkedIn Share Pinterest Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The study of 467 U.S. adults in same-sex and/or interracial relationships found that people who felt their relationship was stigmatized by their friends tended to report greater depressive symptoms, which in turn was associated with poorer overall health.Relationship stigma from family members, on the other hand, was linked to both greater anxiety and depressive symptoms for those in heterosexual interracial relationships, but not same-sex relationships.“Stigma can be experienced as a romantic couple because of the type of relationship being marginalized in society, in addition to the stigma that people experience individually because of who they are,” Rosenthal told PsyPost.“Those experiences of relationship stigma have negative consequences for individuals’ well-being, including particularly when that stigma comes from close others (i.e., friends and family). Also, coping with stress collaboratively as a couple and endorsing egalitarian views may help to buffer against some of the negative consequences of relationship stigma.”The study — like all research — has some limitations. The researchers used a cross-sectional survey, precluding them from determining the direction of causality.“The body of research on relationship stigma and its consequences is small but growing. There are many more important questions that future research can explore about relationship stigma, such as how those experiences change over time/the course of a romantic relationship, and what other factors may help to buffer individuals and couples from the adverse consequences of relationship stigma,” Rosenthal said.“These along with other past research findings highlight the importance of reducing societal stigma, as it has many adverse consequences for many individuals, couples, and communities.”The study, “Relationship stigma and well-being among adults in interracial and same-sex relationships“, was authored by Lisa Rosenthal, Ashleigh Deosaran, DaSean L. Young, and Tyrel J. Starks.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES JOETSU, Niigata Pref. (Kyodo) Gymnast Kohei Uchimura, the men’s all-around silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics, showed a solid overall performance to win his first national championship crown on Saturday.The 19-year-old Uchimura racked up the highest scores in the floor exercises and pommel horse, the first two disciplines, and went on to become the first teenager in 12 years to win the men’s national all-around title with 91.900 points. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Naoya Tsukahara, a member of Japan’s gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was also 19 when he claimed the first of his five national all-around crowns. He was 14th in Saturday’s final.In the women’s all-around competition, 16-year-old Koko Tsurumi won for the third year in a row with 60.800 points, 1.900 ahead of Olympic teammate Yuko Shintake.