Crosby, Stills, and Nash Announce Spring Tour Dates

first_imgLegendary singer-songwriter trio Crosby, Stills, and Nash are ready to once again hit the road. This time, the group will embark on a tour of the Far East, before making their way back to the States for a 12-night run. The group will play shows in Japan, the Philippines, and Singapore, before coming back home for shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlantic City, Brooklyn, and more.Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the band’s website HERE.Crosby, Stills & Nash Asia Dates3/5 – 6 – Tokyo, Japan @ Tokyo International Forum Hall A3/9 – Osaka, Japan @ Osaka Festival Hall3/10 – Fukuoka, Japan @ Fukuoka Sun Palace Hall3/12 – Nagoya, Japan @ Nagoya Shi Kokaido3/16 – Manila, Philippines @ Araneta Coliseum3/19 – Singapore, Singapore @ The Star TheatreCrosby, Stills & Nash U.S. Dates4/29 – Lincoln, NE @ Lied Center4/30 – Sioux City, IA @ Orpheum Theatre5/3 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater5/5 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre5/9 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus5/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome Theatre5/12 – 13 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre5/15 – 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre5/19 – Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center5/20 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatrelast_img read more

James Harriman Jandl

first_imgDr. James H. Jandl died on July 17, 2006 after a prolonged illness. He spent his entire career at Harvard Medical School where he became one of the world’s premier experimental hematologists. He was also a highly effective teacher and a renowned textbooks author.Dr. Jandl was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1925. He enjoyed a happy and active childhood. With the encouragement of devoted parents, he developed a wide range of interests: academic, athletic, and artistic. Jandl was valedictorian of his high school class and editor-in-chief of his school newspaper, an early indication of his passion for writing. He played varsity football and basketball, and was an avid and highly skilled skier. In his teenage years he developed an interest in music and became sufficiently adept at the clarinet to play both in the high school band as well as in dance bands and jazz groups. Jandl was also a keen outdoorsman who, from his youth on, had an enormous affinity for nature, especially ornithology, which became a lifelong avocation.Jandl came of age during World War II and joined the Navy immediately following high school graduation. He was posted to a naval installation at Franklin and Marshall College where he completed his bachelor’s degree and received a B.S. in Chemistry after only two years of study. During that time, his Naval SAT scores were the highest in the U.S. His participation in college athletics included a basketball game with an Army team that consisted of the Harlem Globe Trotters!Jandl’s academic performance at Franklin and Marshall was so outstanding that he became the first student in many years from that college to attend Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. degree from HMS in 1949, Cum Laude and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. During his two years as intern and assistant resident on the II and IV (Harvard) Medical Services at Boston City Hospital he came under the aegis of Dr. William Castle, the George Minot Professor of Medicine. Castle served as his mentor for the next two decades, playing a critical role in developing Jandl’s interest in experimental hematology. After two years completing his tour of duty in the Navy, Jandl returned to the Thorndike Laboratory at Boston City Hospital, first as a research fellow in 1952, then Instructor in 1955, and was appointed Assistant Professor in 1959.Jandl’s research productivity was extraordinary. He took full advantage of the wealth of pathology at the Boston City Hospital and focused on inherited and acquired disorders of the red blood cell. He began studying patients with alcoholic cirrhosis and published definitive studies on red cell production and survival in chronic liver disease as well as the impact of cirrhosis on folic acid metabolism. Thirteen years later, he and Richard Cooper showed that in liver disease, the red cell membrane acquires excess phospholipids and cholesterol, leading to the formation of target-like and spiculated red cellsJandl soon turned his attention to hemolytic anemias. In a remarkably thorough and inventive series of studies published primarily in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Jandl explored the mechanism by which antibody-coated red cells are destroyed in the liver and spleen. He exploited the use of radio-labeled erythrocytes to monitor cell survival and to identify sites of organ sequestration. Subsequently, he and his colleagues demonstrated that antibody-coated red cells attach to macrophages via the immunoglobulin FC receptor, forming flower-like rosettes. The macrophage nibbles at the membrane of adherent red cells, transforming normal biconcave discs into spherocytes. This vivid morphologic observation provided an elegant explanation for the enhanced rigidity of antibody-coated red cells which contributes importantly to their destruction. In addition, Jandl and his colleagues published definitive studies delineating the fate of free hemoglobin in the plasma, identifying organs of uptake and the process by which the kidney handles hemoglobin.Jandl made equally important contributions in other types of hemolytic anemia. He and Harry Jacob showed increased cation leak and consequent high glucose consumption in red cells of patients with hereditary spherocytosis, providing a logical explanation for their demise in the unfriendly nutrient-depleted cords of the spleen. Jandl and Jacob also broadened our understanding of the nature of drug-induced oxidant hemolysis in individuals with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency. Their experiments provided new insights into how oxidant stress can lead to denaturation of hemoglobin within the red cell resulting in development of rigid inclusion-laden red cells. Jandl’s studies of red cell metabolism produced a coherent understanding of mechanism by which deficiency in specific red cell enzymes including pyruvate kinase leads to a shortening of red cell lifespan.Jandl’s remarkably insightful and comprehensive studies of the hemolytic anemias were accompanied, and perhaps trumped, by an equally thorough and groundbreaking investigation of the utilization of iron by erythroid cells. He and Jay Katz provided the first comprehensive understanding of the entry of iron into erythroid through iron transferrin and its binding to specific receptors. They developed the concept of the “iron transferin cycle”, a process by which this iron-binding protein in the plasma efficiently transports a large amount of iron to the erythropoietic cells in the bone marrow sufficient to accommodate high level hemoglobin production. These studies were among the very first to recognize the critical importance of receptors for specific biological transport functions.Although the great bulk of his research effort was devoted to studies of the red blood cell, Jandl collaborated with Richard Aster in comprehensive studies that provided new and fundamental insights into the nature of platelet production, lifespan and sequestration in the spleen.Jandl’s conduct of science set a standard that informed and inspired a generation of trainees who had the good fortune of working with him. His intellect was as deep as it was broad. He had uncanny insights into underlying biological mechanisms and, by a combination of reasoning and instinct, could design the experiment most apt to produce a conclusive result. His trainees learned that scientific truth is a very stern mistress, and that any presumption of discovery must pass the muster of rigorous self-criticism. Jandl conveyed a reverence for the English language, not only in his scholarly writing but also in his lectures and even in informal discussion. His remarkable effectiveness as a mentor came from a synergistic blend of these highly disciplined attributes with great personal magnetism: a delightfully wry sense of humor, a high level of energy and genuine concern for the welfare of his fellows, residents and students.In 1968 Jandl succeeded Dr. Maxwell Finland as George Richard Minot Professor and Director of the Thorndike Laboratory and Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital. Although this recognition was largely based on outstanding scientific achievements, he had become increasingly involved in teaching and administration. He earned plaudits from second year medical students for his dynamic leadership of their course in hematology pathophysiology. Third and fourth year students and residents were equally appreciative of his bedside teaching on the wards at Boston City Hospital. Jandl directed the Hematology Division at the Thorndike very effectively, maintaining high levels of productivity and esprit de corps. However, when he assumed leadership of the entire department, he encountered formidable financial and political problems that led to his stepping down after only a three-year tenure. He was succeeded by Dr. Franklin Epstein.Jandl devoted the remainder of his career writing three outstanding and widely read text books devoted to blood disorders. His Blood: Atlas and Sourcebook of Hematology, done in collaboration with his long-time associate Carola Kapff, remains the most thorough and instructive compilation of peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology. His concise single-author text Blood: Pathophysiology has given a generation of medical students an understanding of the mechanisms underlying hematologic disorders. His Blood: Textbook of Hematology is a large (1200 pages) comprehensive and scholarly compendium of the entire field, appearing in two editions, 1987 and 1996. For a single author to write authoritatively on such a broad, complex and rapidly growing discipline is an exceptional tour-de-force. The writing within this tome is unfailingly precise as well as adroit, colorful, and at times witty. Understandably, this book won two national awards.Until his final illness, Jandl greatly enjoyed his retirement, having time to return to some of his boyhood passions. He and his wife Nancy took great pleasure in creatively renovating their home in Concord and cultivating their lawn and gardens. Jandl greatly enjoyed watercolor painting of outdoor landscapes. He returned to Dixieland/Big Band jazz, playing the clarinet and saxophone each summer in camps for devoted amateurs. He remained in close contact with his five children and 16 grandchildren.Respectfully submitted,Howard F. Bunn, ChairRonald A. ArkyFranklin H. EpsteinDavid G. Nathanlast_img read more

Los Angeles’ Virgin Fest Announces Inaugural Lineup: Lizzo, Anderson .Paak, The Marcus King Band, More

first_imgLast fall, it was reported that Sir Richard Branson‘s Virgin empire had acquired the KAABOO Festival brand and was planning to throw their own major music event in Los Angeles sometime this year. On Wednesday, organizers behind the festival confirmed event details along with the lineup of artists who will perform at the inaugural Virgin Fest, which will take place at the Banc of California Stadium and Exposition Park near downtown Los Angeles this summer on June 6th-7th.Related: Goldenvoice Reportedly Planning Lovers & Friends Hip-Hop Festival In Los AngelesThe first-year festival will treat attendees to performances throughout the weekend from Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Major Lazer, Lizzo, Kali Uchis, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, and more.Additionally, the Virgin Fest 2020 lineup poster also includes names like The Marcus King Band, Tank and the Bangas, Barns Courtney, Empress Of, Japanese Breakfast, and Miya Folick to name a few.As Billboard points out, this Virgin Festival is not related to the similarly-named event in 2013.“By combining Virgin’s signature hospitality and ingenuity with a strong sense of purpose, our team built the festival of tomorrow, today.,” Branson said of the first-year event in a statement. “We are proud to bring Virgin Fest to LA and to be on track to become one of the United States’ greenest festivals.”Tickets for the 2020 summer event are on sale now. Head to the event website for tickets and general information.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Digital Gratitude Journal for the World Launched by UC Berkeley Center

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRobert Emmons was shocked. The University of California psychologist found that after just ten weeks, people who kept a gratitude journal were 25 percent happier than people who didn’t. People who were reminded to say “thank you” at least once a day were healthier and spent more time exercising. As he writes in an essay for the Greater Good Science Center, “This is a massive difference. The gratitude group participants also experienced fewer symptoms of physical illness than those in either of the other two groups.” Researchers even got similar results in a study of adults with neuromuscular disorders, many of whom suffered from fatigue, slowly progressive muscle weakness, and pain. The 2007 study provided a unique opportunity to determine if the gratitude intervention could help improve the well-being of these people coping with a chronic physical disease.Participants showed significantly more positive emotions and satisfaction with life than a control group, while also showing fewer negative emotions. They also felt more optimism about the upcoming week and felt closer and more connected to others, even though many lived alone and did not increase their actual contact time with others.Based on these dramatic findings, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center worked with Emmons this year to launch the project, “Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude“, with $5.6 million in funding from the John Templeton Foundation. The general goals of this initiative are to:-Expand the scientific database of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of human health, personal and relational well-being, and developmental science;-Promote evidence-based practices of gratitude in medical, educational, and organizational settings and in schools, workplaces, homes and communities;-Engage the public in a larger cultural conversation about the role of gratitude in civil society.This month the Center launched a web-based digital gratitude journal at designed to track and promote the practice of gratitude worldwide while serving as an invaluable source of scientific data on gratitude. Register on the webpage and start your own journal. You will be improving your life and adding to the database of what makes the world grateful.(READ more from the Berkeley Greater Good)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Scott, Condos announce reforms to address Vermont’s substance use disorder workforce crisis

first_imgVermont Business Magazine In a move to reduce the red tape and allow for more substance use professionals across the state, Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of State Jim Condos and Director of Professional Regulation Colin Benjamin on Monday announced reforms to the administrative rules governing Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAPs), Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ADCs) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs).The “strike-and-rewrite” replacement brings the administrative rules for these professions from 30 pages to 10, eliminating red tape and introducing efficiency, while maintaining high professional standards. Areas of focus include carefully defined core competencies, more relevant and inclusive degree and continuing education requirements, and compatibility with prevailing national standards.“The opioid epidemic is one of the most serious challenges we face, and I appreciate the hard work of this group to assess and respond to the workforce needs of our treatment community with the sense of urgency this public health crisis deserves,” said Gov. Scott. “In just five months, a dedicated group of experts and professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors worked together to take an important step in addressing our substance use disorder workforce crisis, and they accomplished it in a way that makes Vermont an even more attractive and accessible place to work and live for the professionals we badly need.”Reforms also focused on increasing efficiency of the program for both licensees and administrators. A key achievement was identifying and addressing a bottleneck for applicants under the existing clinical supervision policy.“The challenge in this case was to maintain the high, statutory standards set out by the General Assembly while eliminating unnecessary barriers to entry,” said Director Benjamin. “By engaging with the brightest people in the field, we identified 12 core challenges providers are facing, and addressed each of those obstacles with this emergency rule filing.”These reforms are the result of work by the Governor’s Opioid Coordination Council, created by Gov. Scott under Executive Order 02-17, the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR), and numerous providers, physicians and treatment professionals from throughout Vermont.Changes were guided by feedback from professionals who participated in the Governor’s Summit on Vermont’s Substance Use Disorder Workforce. The Summit, held in partnership with the Vermont State Colleges System in April, focused on the workforce needs of the provider community.  Improving licensing processes across professions has been a focus of Sec. Condos for several years, and following the April Summit he directed OPR to work with the Opioid Coordination Council and its partners to address the regulatory and licensing challenges of these professionals.“The emergency rule changes we’ve filed demonstrate the enormous potential we realize when those in state government work together – and in partnership with the private sector and our colleges and universities – to improve processes and services to the people of Vermont,” said Sec. Condos. “This is what good government looks like, and I thank everyone for their contributions to this initiative.”On Wednesday, October 4, the rules were filed with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) for emergency adoption. This approach cut the adoption timeline from almost ten months to a matter of days. They will be in place for 120-days while undergoing the standard proposed rule filing with the Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR) and LCAR for permanent adoption.Regulatory Reforms Responsive to the SUD Workforce Crisis: Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors In response to Executive Order No. 02-17 and the Governor’s call to review existing State mental health and drug and alcohol addiction laws and regulations, the Office of Professional Regulation has completed a strike-and-rewrite replacement of its administrative rules for Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAPs), Alcohol & Drug Counselors (ADCs), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs). These rules will be filed with the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules for emergency adoption, cutting the adoption timeline from almost ten months to a matter of days.The challenge in this case is to maintain high, statutory standards of competence while eliminating unnecessary barriers to entry arising from idiosyncratic degree requirements and excessively prescriptive educational mandates. This is accomplished by carefully defining core competencies for the top-level credential: a master’s or greater, 270 hours of SUD-specific training, 2,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, examination, and continuing education—and allowing applicants from diverse educational and professional backgrounds to progress toward that credential by showing the required qualifications through appropriate proxies, such as documented time as an SUD treatment provider in a similar context, or under cover of a different license, or in a foreign jurisdiction. We also identified a training bottleneck at supervision. We responded by opening eligibility to act as a clinical supervisor to the full range of professionals qualified to provide addiction-related psychotherapy.Continuity AAPs were limited to two renewals, effectively removing from the workforce any who lacked the means or the time to progress, as well as those who liked working in their current roles. The emergency rules allow AAPs to remain so indefinitely, if matriculated in SUD-related training.Consistency ADCs and LADCs were required to demonstrate 300 hours of SUD-specific education, requiring many applicants qualified in other states to return to educational programs for additional training before serving Vermonters. The emergency rules conform to the national standard, 270 hours, facilitating reciprocal recognition and practitioner mobility.Efficiency AAPs and ADCs are now deemed to be on the roster of non-licensed, non-certified psychotherapists. This halves the fees and paperwork required to remain credentialed.An independent clinical social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, or clinical mental health counselor, licensed and in good standing in Vermont or a foreign jurisdiction, with at least one year of full-time addiction counseling experience and the core SUD competencies, may now test directly into a Vermont LADC license.Clear, structured supervision paperwork is to be provided by the Office, relieving the burden on clinical supervisors to document rule compliance, and relieving the burden on LADC advisors when reviewing applications.Thirty pages of administrative regulations have been trimmed to ten pages.Degrees 48-credit-hour MS degrees were denied recognition in favor of 60-hour MS degrees. The emergency rules open the field to those with 48-credit-hour degrees if they complete appropriate supplemental training, salvaging the significant value in the earned degree.Core Competencies Idiosyncratic SUD competencies set out seventeen subcategories of mandatory education, each with a required hourly minimum not necessarily enforced by any other state. Few people, no matter how qualified, met these without undertaking additional education, often in topics irrelevant to their practice contexts.The emergency rules harmonize SUD-competency requirements, embracing New Hampshire’s model of defining four public-health-critical competencies that must be demonstrated by all applicants, then allowing applicants to determine their own training ratios within other recognized categories.Applicants who specialized in counseling psychology at the baccalaureate level were not advantaged under the old rules by comparison to applicants who studied accounting. The emergency rules allow applicants to demonstrate SUD-specific counseling training earned throughout their academic careers.U.S. Service Members are afforded recognition of relevant military training, pursuant to 3 V.S.A. § 123(g).Supervision Clinical supervision presented a devastating bottleneck for applicants, who could be supervised only by LADCs with multiple years of experience.o The emergency rules capitalize on the deep experience of licensed independent clinical social workers, licensed clinical mental health counselors, board-certified physicians, psychologists, and licensed marriage and family therapists. Practitioners licensed in these fields, who demonstrate SUD core competencies and one year of SUD-counseling experience, may now serve as supervisors, and upon successful examination, may cross-qualify for the LADC license themselves.o The emergency rules recognize a much broader range of qualifying supervision, at a direct-supervision ratio of 1:40, rather than 1:20, allowing provider agencies the flexibility to meet real-world demands, and allowing the state’s most experienced practitioners to spend more time with patients, and less time signing supervision forms.o Group supervision of as many as six unlicensed persons is permitted, as is supervision by videoconference.o Applicants may have multiple supervisors and may interrupt clinical supervision, for example, for pregnancy, illness, or military service, without losing supervision credit.o LADCs or LADC equivalents with five years’ full-time addiction-counseling practice in a foreign jurisdiction are presumed to have satisfied the supervised-clinical-practice hours required in Vermont, knocking down a major barrier to efficient interstate reciprocity and mobility.Continuing Education A complex and prescriptive continuing-education regime is replaced with a relevance test.Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network (ATTC) and National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) programs are presumptively approved, eliminating unnecessary approval paperwork.Designated agencies may provide as much as 30 of the 40 biennial continuing-education hours required of licensees, encouraging in-service training and allowing licensees to maintain their credentials at lower cost. As a condition of recognition, agency continuing-education training is opened to private practitioners and others, and agencies may charge reasonable fees to recover costs.Click here to view a summary of the changes made(link is external).Click here to view the full emergency rule(link is external). Source: Governor 10.16.2017last_img read more

Federal judge hears arguments in Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist case seeking right to operate homeless shelter near Old Town Lenexa

first_imgProject 1020 is providing motel rooms for clients experiencing homelessness, like this man who asked not to be named.A federal judge on Thursday oversaw a hearing in a lawsuit filed by Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church against the city of Lenexa, which has denied the church’s request to house clients of Project 1020, a cold weather homeless shelter previously based in Olathe.Because Project 1020 has no permanent space, it is putting clients in motel rooms. Some are declining a room to save money for Project 1020; in those cases, the organization is providing sleeping bags and tent supplies.Judge Daniel Crabtree, a United States District Judge, heard arguments from both the church and the city on the case. The courtroom at the Robert J. Dole Courthouse was filled with orange, as about 75 supporters of the homeless shelter came out in support of the church.The church is asking the courts to grant a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, which, if granted, could allow the church to begin operating a homeless shelter for a certain period of time while the case is ongoing and pending a full trial.The church’s argument for a preliminary injunction asks the courts to maintain the status quo — the status quo being that a homeless ministry is core to the church’s beliefs and should be protected as a First Amendment right.On the other hand, Lenexa has asked the courts to dismiss the case, arguing that the church did not exhaust its options by going through the city’s appeals process to reconsider the request or by coming up with alternative solutions.The city’s argument for a preliminary injunction makes a similar request regarding the status quo — only it argues that the status quo is that throughout the church’s history, it has not operated a homeless shelter at that site.The church property, located at 9400 Pflumm Road in Old Town, is zoned residential. Surrounding it are commercial and retail properties for businesses, single-family homes and train tracks to the north. The church is the former home of Bonjour Elementary.Dan Dalton, the attorney representing the church, said the church “didn’t have any other options” besides moving forward with a lawsuit. In his oral arguments, he said the city of Lenexa doesn’t have any zoning districts that allow for homeless shelters, which means it’s up to the discretion of city staff to grant or deny the church’s request to operate a homeless shelter.Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 9400 Pflumm Road in Old Town.“In a lot of communities throughout the United States, that’s intentional, the idea being is if they don’t define, they don’t conditionally permit it, then they don’t allow it,” Dalton said. “It really discourages homeless shelters from trying to apply to be in a community because they’re not even allowed.”In a letter Oct. 23 to the church, Magi Tilton, planning and development administrator for Lenexa, had noted that the high density of the proposed homeless shelter operation — 40 people each night — is similar to the density of a hotel, which would make it too dense in comparison with the neighboring single-family homes.When Crabtree asked if the city had proposed alternative locations, David Jack, assistant city attorney, said no, but that they had thought conversations with the church would be ongoing. City legal staff said the city had hoped to work with the church on finding an alternative location for a homeless shelter and was therefore not expecting to be served the lawsuit.Additionally, the city argued that overnight parties and temporary crisis shelters (like in the event of a natural disaster) would be permitted at the church, but a homeless shelter is considered to be permanent, like a home.“The city is willing to try and work with the church to see if we can find some alternatives,” Jack said. “We just don’t think this use in a residential area is appropriate.”Barb McEver, co-founder of Project 1020, said they hope to operate a cold weather shelter from the beginning of December through the end of March. Clients would arrive in the evening, eat a hot meal, and have a place to sleep. All she needs is a building.“In my mind, it’s just so simple. People need to know they matter, and I think that is the first start,” McEver said. “I want to provide an environment where they come in and they feel some reprieve, they feel welcome, and they feel like they matter.”Project 1020 has been looking for a space for a homeless shelter since the city of Olathe denied its request to operate in a building on West Park Street.There is one shelter in Johnson County that offers four beds for single adult women, but no shelter for single adult men, according to court documents. Last year, Project 1020 served 240 homeless individuals.In an email to the Shawnee Mission Post, city spokeswoman Denise Rendina shared the city’s goal moving forward.“We acknowledge that homelessness is an issue for our county and we would like to be part of a permanent solution for the county as a whole,” she said.Rendina noted that the Lenexa city council on Tuesday, after its meeting in executive session, unanimously agreed to accept the filing of an appeal by the church, so long as it does so by Feb. 3, 2020.One client asking for temporary housing; neighbors share mixed feelingsOne client who let the Post visit his motel room Thursday evening shared his frustrations with being homeless. He asked not to be named because it could damage his relationship with his employer. Even though he had a full-time job, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and grew up in Overland Park (he’s a 1991 graduate of SM South), he lost his home after back-to-back tragedies stunned him.He lost his wife in a car accident with a drunk driver, and his son to suicide about a month later. Because of his savings, it took two years for him to lose everything else he owned, including his house in Overland Park.“It’s a hellish existence,” he said. “It consumes you when you don’t know where you’re going to stay the next night.”He noted that he has a new full-time job now, but it’s not enough to pay for housing on top of other expenses. And his situation grew even more precarious after his employer found out he wasn’t getting good rest because he didn’t have a steady place where he could sleep each night.“Nobody else at my job has to prove they had a place to sleep last night,” he said. He said a homeless shelter in Johnson County would help him get him back on his feet and let him save up for permanent housing on his own.Neighboring residents and business owners have shared mixed feelings on the homeless shelter. In person, homeowners and businesses close to the church told the Shawnee Mission Post they support the church’s initiative.“If there’s people on the street around this area and they’re willing to find a home for them, I have no problem with that,” Heidi Seman, a neighboring business owner, adding that she hasn’t seen homeless people in Lenexa. “Why is it going to bother me?”“I think it’s perfect for them to have a better future, to have a place to sleep at night so they don’t have to worry about tomorrow,” said neighboring resident Carlos Alvarez.Neighbors on Nextdoor, however, raised concerns and said they wanted more information from the church.“As a Christian, I feel we need to help the less fortunate,” said Michael Elliott, a resident of Old Town who ran for city council in 2017. “I’m glad that they’re doing that, I just have a problem with the place.”Elliott said he thinks it’s not an appropriate area because he believes the clients being served are not from the area.In response, McEver said Project 1020 only serves clients in Johnson County, including some who are from the area but have day jobs in Kansas City, Missouri.Crabtree said he may make a decision on the church’s request for a temporary restraining order sometime early next week. A hearing for a preliminary injunction may occur at a later date. In the meantime, he told both parties to try to work things out, noting that once he rules, “one of you is going to walk away disappointed.”last_img read more

News Scan for Jan 14, 2015

first_imgNote: The measles item was corrected on Jan 15, because the female traveler who had measles was mistakenly called the index patient. We apologize for the error.Saudi Arabia confirms 2 new MERS cases, 1 recoveryTwo new cases of MERS-CoV were recorded today by the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH), the first since Jan 8, bringing the total for this year to 10 for the country and the total since June 2012 to 835.The new case-patients are a 67-year-old man from Taif and a 93-year-old man from Riyadh, neither one is a healthcare worker, and both having preexisting medical illnesses and are in critical condition.The patient in Taif has had no recent contact with known or suspected MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patients in either the community or the healthcare setting, but he does have a history of animal exposure.The patient in Riyadh has no known animal exposure or contact with MERS patients in the community, but his exposure in the hospital or clinic setting is under investigation.In today’s update, the MOH also lists the recovery of one MERS-CoV patient, a 91-year-old man in Riyadh whose case was previously reported. He is not a healthcare worker but did have preexisting illness.His case brings to 469 the number of patients who have recovered from MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia. The number of deaths stays steady at 358, and 8 cases are currently active, the MOH said.Jan 14 MOH update Most recent (Jan 9) CIDRAP News MERS scan Measles patient took 2 flights after leaving DisneyA woman in her 20s who is part of a Disney-linked 26-case measles outbreak flew from Orange County, Calif., to Seattle and back again before she was diagnosed as having the highly contagious disease on Jan 8, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.The unvaccinated woman visited Disneyland in December then fell ill and became contagious on Dec 28, the story said. She flew from Orange County to Seattle via Alaska Airlines on Dec 29 and returned on a Virgin America flight on Jan 3. She visited family in Snohomish County, Wash., in the interim.(In an e-mail exchange on Jan 15 to clarify the situation, Eric McDonald, MD, MPH, deputy public health officer, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, said an unknown index patient exposed others on Dec 18 at Disneyland. Measles patients who were infected after attending Disneyland visited the theme park between Dec 17 and Dec 20, the LA Times reported.)In addition, an unvaccinated man picked up measles after visiting Disneyland and was treated at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., and recovered. But officials warned that people might have been exposed to the virus on Jan 3 and are contacting people about possible exposure.As previously reported yesterday, 26 people have contracted measles in the outbreak, 22 in California, 2 in Utah, and 1 each in Washington and Colorado.Jan 13 LA Times story Jan 13 CIDRAP News scan on outbreak Survey finds modest awareness of modified-mosquito planIn spite of outreach and media efforts about possibly releasing genetically modified mosquitoes after a 2009-10 dengue outbreak in Key West, Fla., only about half the community was aware of the proposal, which met with support from more than half of those with knowledge of the plan, according to a study today in Emerging Infectious Diseases.Of 386 Key West residents surveyed, 195 (51.1%) said they had heard of the proposed release of mosquitoes modified to make them sterile, which would have made it the first such release in the United States. The survey was conducted in June 2012, after 80 media and outreach activities had been conducted on Key West and neighboring Stock Island.Among the 195 who had heard of the proposal, 22.1% were supportive and 34.9% strongly supportive, for a total of 57%. Only 8.2% opposed and 9.7% strongly opposed the plan. In addition, 25.1% described themselves as neutral.The most common reasons for opposing the release were that it would disturb nature and that it was an unproven technology. Most supporters of the release expressed a desire to do anything to eradicate mosquitoes or preferred the method to chemicals and spraying.The proposed release is undergoing inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration and has not yet occurred, the authors noted.Jan 14 Emerg Infect Dis studylast_img read more

Public Notice: Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force Meets Nov. 8

first_imgNM Indian Affairs Department News:The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is meeting noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Board Room at CNM Main Campus at 525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, in Albuquerque.The meeting is open to the public.Public parking is available south of University Boulevard across CNM Main Campus. An agenda will be available at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and posted on the Indian Affairs Department’s homepage at questions about the MMIW Task Force meeting to Stephanie Salazar at 505.690.4079 or by email at: [email protected]last_img read more

NASA to cover SpaceX commercial crew test flight

first_imgIn preparation for Demo-2, SpaceX has completed a number of major milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program including an end-to-end test flights and in-flight launch escape capability.SpaceX has also completed over 700 tests of the spacecraft’s SuperDraco engines, which fired together at full throttle can power Dragon 0.5 miles away from Falcon 9 in 7.5 seconds, accelerating the vehicle more than 400 mph. NASA and SpaceX are targeting 4:32 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 27th May, for the launch of the Demo-2 flight, which will be the first time a commercially built and operated American rocket and spacecraft will carry humans to the space station.The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock to the space station at 11:29am on Thursday 28th May.The Falcon 9 is a hybrid liquid rocket in that in addition to the liquid oxygen, it burns rocket-grade kerosene in its two stages, the second of which is not reusable.This will be SpaceX’s final test flight of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and will provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations.The test flight also will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying SpaceX’s crew transportation system for regular flights carrying astronauts to and from the space station.last_img read more

Ghana plans to decriminalize the use of Marijuana

first_imgGhana is planning to decriminalize the use of marijuana.The country’s Deputy Minister of the Interior James Agalga says that under a new bill before parliament, users will be given medical care and rehabilitation, rather than prosecution and incarceration. At the same time, nine U.S. states are voting next week to relax marijuana laws.Kate Fisher reports from Washington.last_img