Briefly noted: Mission honors local businessman Doug Gregg; Overland Park settles teen shooting case for $2.3 million; Lenexa career fair

first_imgMission Mayor Ron Appletoft presented Doug Gregg with a plaque recognizing his contributions to the city.Mission honors AnswerPro businessman Doug Gregg. The City of Mission last month honored Doug Gregg, a longtime Mission businessman with AnswerPro Limited, who has now retired. Mayor Ron Appletoft thanked Gregg for his many years of service and community leadership as well as the many donations of community center mugs. “Doug, we wish you well in retirement and thank you for helping make Mission a great place for business and residents alike,” Appletoft said. Gregg received a plaque from the city of Mission as well as a trophy from the Mission Police Department that features a coffee mug. Gregg hosted many Coffee with a Cop events for the police department.Overland Park settles case brought by family of teen shot by police officer. The city of Overland Park this week agreed to settle a case brought by the family of John Albers, the 17-year-old Blue Valley student who was shot by an Overland Park Police Officer in January 2018. Dashcam video from a police vehicle on the scene show Officer Clayton Jenison firing into the cab of a mini-van driven by Albers backing out of the family’s driveway. [Kansas city pays $2.3 million to family of teen slain by police officer — Washington Post]Lenexa career fair set for Thursday at city hall. The city of Lenexa will hold a career fair for full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs with the city this Thursday, Jan. 17. The job fair will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W. 87th Street.last_img read more

A New Focus on Depression

first_imgThe New York Times:When will we ever get depression under control?Of all the major illnesses, mental or physical, depression has been one of the toughest to subdue. Despite the ubiquity of antidepressant drugs — there are now 26 to choose from — only a third of patients with major depression will experience a full remission after the first round of treatment, and successive treatments with different drugs will give some relief to just 20 to 25 percent more.About 30 percent of people with depression have some degree of treatment resistance. And the greater the degree of resistance, the more likely a future relapse, even if the patient continues taking the drug.…Another group member, Bruce McEwen, a neuroscientist at Rockefeller University who has done pioneering work on the effects of stress on the brain, is studying rats from Dr. Akil’s lab that have been genetically selected for their propensity to show anxiety and depressionlike behavior.Among other things, Dr. McEwen is using these rats to study the efficacy of drugs with the potential to act rapidly against depression. Such a drug would be a major boon to psychiatry: We need treatments that can ease the symptoms of depression, and its attendant risk of suicide, in far less time than the two to six weeks that all current antidepressants require to do their work.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

The Science of Truthiness

first_imgTruthiness is “truth that comes from the gut, not books,” Colbert said in 2005. The word became a lexical prize jewel for Frank Rich, who alluded to it in multiple columns, including one in which he accused John McCain’s 2008 campaign of trying to “envelop the entire presidential race in a thick fog of truthiness.” Scientists who study the phenomenon now also use the term. It humorously captures how, as cognitive psychologist Eryn Newman put it, “smart, sophisticated people” can go awry on questions of fact.Read the whole story: Slate More of our Members in the Media > Slate:A bumper sticker was popular in the city where I went to college. It was yellow, with large black print that read: “Mopeds are dangerous.” Beneath the text was the blocky silhouette of a moped and nothing else. The sticker didn’t illustrate the claim that mopeds were dangerous—it didn’t show a moped crumpled against a tree or running someone over—but it was eye-catching, the yellow contrasting sharply with the black, and on message. I believed that bumper sticker, and still do, for all that I’ve rarely encountered a moped or read about a moped accident or even really grasped the difference between a moped and a Segway.Truthiness is the word Stephen Colbert coined to describe the intuitive, not always rational feeling we get that something is just right. Are mopeds dangerous? Sure, if by dangerous you mean significantly riskier than cars but slightly less direful than motorcycles. They are not dangerous compared to smoking a lot of cigarettes or owning a gun. The point is that, while nothing about the bumper sticker backed up its ominous claim, I automatically accepted it.last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Mar 25, 2019

first_imgStudy finds peer comparison helps reduce fluoroquinolone useA new study in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy shows that the use of peer comparison reports based on prescriber specialty was tied to less use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics throughout a large community-hospital system.In the quasi-experimental study, which was conducted at 16 community hospitals in Florida in 2017, researchers evaluated the impact of 1,265 peer comparison reports issued to high-volume prescribers in three different medical specialty cohorts: internal medicine/hospitalists/family medicine, intensivists/pulmonologists, and infectious diseases. The reports provided feedback to each eligible prescriber on their prescribing patterns and compared them to others within their peer group.The primary study outcome was fluoroquinolone days of therapy (DOT) per 1,000 patient-days (PD) in the intervention period compared with the baseline period. Additional outcomes included total antibiotic days of therapy, total percentage of antibiotic days attributable to fluoroquinolones, and cases of hospital-acquired Clostridioides difficile/1,000 PD.During the intervention period, fluoroquinolone use declined 29% compared with the baseline period, from 83.9 DOT/1,000 PD to 58.3 DOT/1,000 PD. Declines were observed in all facilities included in the study, but fluoroquinolone use decreased most among the facilities with the highest baseline use. The percentage of antibiotic days attributable to fluoroquinolones fell from 15.4% in the baseline period to 11.3% in the intervention period. In addition, total antibiotic days of therapy fell by 6%, and use of other key antibiotic classes, including third-generation cephalosporins and anti-pseudomonal beta-lactams, remained unchanged. The rate of hospital-acquired C difficile fell by 20%.The authors of the study say their findings are consistent with most of the previous studies that demonstrate that behavioral interventions can have a positive impact on antibiotic prescribing, and they conclude that providing prescribers with feedback on antibiotic use may be a useful behavior modification tool for inpatient stewardship programs.Mar 23 J Am Coll Clin Pharm abstract Antipseudomonal combo therapy for pneumonia linked to higher mortalityA study last week by researchers with the University of Texas and the University of Connecticut has found that older adults who received antipseudomonal combination therapy (PCT) for community-onset pneumonia had worse outcomes than those who received antipseudomonal monotherapy (PMT).The population-based, retrospective cohort study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, used data from more than 150 hospitals and 1,400 clinics in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system. The researchers used VHA electronic medical records to categorize pneumonia patients as having low, medium, or high risk of drug-resistant pathogens and to assign them to PCT or PMT treatment arms based on antibiotics received in the first 48 hours of hospital admission. They then compared all-cause 30-day mortality in the two groups.Of the 31,027 patients who met the criteria for the study, 23% received PCT and 77% received PMT. The unadjusted mortality difference between PCT and PMT was most pronounced in the low-risk group (18% vs 8%), followed by the medium-risk group (24% vs 18%) and the high-risk group (39% vs 33%). PCT was associated with higher 30-day mortality than PMT overall (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 1.54; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.43 to 1.66) and in all three risk groups: low (aOR, 1.69; 95% CI, 1.50 to 1.89), medium (aOR, 1.30; 95% CI, 1.14 to 1.48), and high (aOR, 1.21; 95% CI, 1.04 to 1.40)The findings are important, because community-acquired pneumonia guidelines from both the American Thoracic Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America recommend PCT when Pseudomonas pneumonia is suspected. The authors of the study say that the data from this study, and their previous study of empiric Pseudomonas therapy in patients with community-acquired pneumonia, indicate that the guidelines should be changed.”We support the use of empiric PMT in high-risk patients, but we do not support the use of empiric PCT in pneumonia patients from any of the risk groups,” they write. “PCT may be beneficial over PMT for patients with known Pseudomonas (ie, definitive therapy)—a question beyond the scope of this study—but PCT is not associated with additional benefit in patients simply suspected of having Pseudomonas (ie, empiric therapy).”Mar 21 Am J Infect Control studylast_img read more

HHIC scores LPG order

first_imgHANJIN Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) said it signed an agreement to build two LPG/ammonia carriers (38,000 cbm) with a Southeast Asian ship owner. The vessels will have 180m in length, 29m in width, and 18m in height. They will be equipped with G-type engine.Thanks to this successful bid, HHIC’s Yeongdo Shipyard was able to diversify vessel lines, which has been promoted to enhance its competitiveness. It appears that the company has gained a footing to win the bid for similar vessels such as LNG carriers, it said in a statement.Last year, HHIC won the bid to build LNG bunker vessels for the first time in the world.According to the statement, HHIC’s Yeongdo Shipyard has booked enough advance orders for three years of production until the first half of 2017.last_img


first_imgAround EUR4.6 million will be invested into the new terminal, which will feature 5,100 sq m of logistics halls and 720 sq m of office space on a 10,000 sq m plot of land.Weiss-Röhlig says that this expansion allows it to provide European-standard logistics services in Dubai, giving its customers direct access to the emerging markets in the Middle East Gulf region. As of 2016, Weiss-Röhlig Dubai will be offering its customers a full range of on-site services, from international air and sea freight to project logistics and overland distribution.The implementation of the logistics terminal project is being managed by Jürgen Hammerer, managing director of Weiss-Röhlig Dubai. An artist’s impression of the new terminal.

AAL handles shiploader

first_imgThe largest component of the shiploader was over 66 m long and weighed 250 tonnes. Once assembled and operational, it will increase the terminal’s shipping capacity and allow for the loading of post-Panamax ships.The shiploader was transported from China on AAL’s Pacific Service between Asia and North America on board the shipping line’s AAL Singapore.Responsible for the logistics and planning of the shipment was Ontario-based Convoy Logistics Providers (CLP). CLP was appointed by EMS-TECH, who designed and commissioned the shiploader.Felix Schoeller, general manager of AAL’s Pacific Liner Service reported that the consignments consisted of a newly manufactured shiploader, dock conveyor and transfer tower – part of a wider infrastructure development that will boost grain throughput by millions of tonnes a year.  www.aalshipping.comThe largest component of the shiploader was over 66 m long and weighed 250 tonnes. Once assembled and operational, it will increase the terminal’s shipping capacity and allow for the loading of post-Panamax ships.The shiploader was transported from China on AAL’s Pacific Service between Asia and North America on board the shipping line’s AAL Singapore.Responsible for the logistics and planning of the shipment was Ontario-based Convoy Logistics Providers Ltd. (CLP). CLP was appointed by EMS-TECH, who designed and commissioned the shiploader.Felix Schoeller, general manager of AAL’s Pacific Liner Service reported that the consignments consisted of a newly manufactured shiploader, dock conveyor and transfer tower – part of a wider infrastructure development that will boost grain throughput by millions of tonnes a year.www.aalshipping.comwww.ems-tech.netwww.convoylogisticswww.aalshipping.comwww.ems-tech.netwww.convoylogistics.calast_img read more

Networks join clean ocean initiative

first_imgWOC is a multi-industry alliance that facilitates collaboration on sustainable ocean initiatives. The organisation includes industry stakeholders from a wide range of sectors including shipping, oil and gas, tourism, fisheries, mining and renewable energy.Wolfgang Karau, director of the WWPC, Priority Cargo Network and CEE, said: “We have to take care of our planet and clean oceans for future generations. Most of our members are based close to shores and waterways and I am sure that our membership with WOC is the right step to manifest our commitment towards a cleaner tomorrow.”WOC ceo Paul Holthus added that maritime transport and logistics, responsible for moving approximately 90 percent of international trade, “are fundamental to the future of the ocean” read more

Switzerland unveils biggest timetable shake-up since Bahn 2000

first_imgSWITZERLAND: This year’s timetable change on December 13 will be ‘the most ambitious since the introduction of Bahn 2000 in 2004’, Swiss Federal Railways announced on May 26. Long-distance services are set to expand by 660 000 train-km, or about 1%, while regional services will increase by 2·3 million train-km, or 4%. The major changes are on the east–west routes. Long-distance trains will start to use the Zürich Durchmesserlinie cross-city link in December, avoiding reversal at Zürich HB. This will allow many Basel – Aarau – Zürich InterRegio trains to be extended to Zürich airport and St Gallen. The second stage of the fourth phase of expansion of the Zürich S-Bahn will see the start of a number of new services, while some journey times are to be slightly lengthened in an effort to ‘significantly improve’ reliability and punctuality and ‘ensure that connections can be made even during peak hours’. The launch of major works for the SFr3bn Léman 2030 project to increase capacity between Lausanne and Genève by 2025 will bring significant alterations in western Switzerland, with changes to the routes of long-distance east–west journeys.There will not be significant changes to north – south services. However, international trains from Zürich to Stuttgart will be retimed to improve connections, and there will be new ICE services from Chur to Basel, Frankfurt and Hamburg.View the changes on an interactive map.last_img read more

Grand Bay celebrates 8th centenarian

first_img 29 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Grand Bay celebrates 8th centenarian by: – January 7, 2014 Share Maria Mark Laurent, attained one hundred years on December 25, 2013 (Ashton Shillingford photo)Maria Mark Laurent, who attained one hundred years on December 25, 2013, is the eighth centenarian of Tete Morne, Grand Bay.The President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Charles Savarin and Mrs Savarin, government officials, members of the Dominica Council on Ageing and Mrs Laurent’s relatives, gathered at her home on Monday, January 7, 2014 to officially celebrate the occasion.“God has truly blessed you over the years to bring you to this time,” president of the Dominica Council on Ageing, Zetma Toussaint told Mrs Laurent and presented her with a gift.She also congratulated the relatives and caregivers “for paying attention to your needs and ensure that you live out your remaining years in relative comfort and good health”. Toussaint encouraged them “to keep up the good work, but do not hesitate to seek assistance from health personnel and other community workers when the need arises”. Minister of Community Development and Gender Affairs, Gloria Shillingford also complimented the relatives for taking good care of the centenarian.“You can see she is well looked after and she seems to be a very happy lady,” Shillingford noted and presented her with a present from her Ministry. Minister of Information Technology and Constituency Empowerment Ambrose George, who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, congratulated Laurent on achieving “a milestone”.President Savarin presenting Mrs Laurent with a gift compliments the Office of the President.(Ashton Shillingford photo)“That is a milestone, it’s a feat, yes we have had several centenarians in Dominica but every time another Dominican attains the age one hundred, then of course it’s another milestone for us, it’s another record in our history and Maria is no exception”. He also noted that Mrs Laurent appears to be “well taken care of” and concluded that with such care, he is certain that she will “continue to live a few more years beyond and go beyond one hundred years and probably be the oldest person in Grand Bay”.He implored “God’s blessings upon her to continue to keep her in good health and that the family will continue to take very good care of her””.Meanwhile, President Savarin stated that “it is never late to say happy birthday”.“It is a recognition of the fact that the person was born and lived with us so having lived a long and fruitful life,” Mr Savarin added. Further, he hailed the family’s efforts in taking care of Mrs Laurent.“We must pay special regard to the family because it is the care of the family that allows our elderly to reach that milestone, without that care I doubt very much it would be possible for any of those who’ve reached a hundred to reach a hundred”.President Savarin presented Mrs Laurent with a card and a present from the Office of the President.Just last month, December 17, 2013, Marie Angol-Dominique of Grand Coulibri, Grand Bay celebrated her 100th birthday. Her birthday was on September 11, 2013 but it was officially celebrated on December 17 due to unforeseen circumstances.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more