first_imgA broad array of talent and remembrances will take the stage on Tuesday, August 28 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph to commemorate the first anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene.  Following the statewide ringing of bells at 7 PM, the ‘We Are Vermont Strong’ program will kick off with a performance by the Vermont Youth Orchestra and Chorus. Other featured musical performers include Jon Gailmor, Shyla Nelson and Diane Martin. The program will also feature remarks from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as Senators Leahy and Sanders and Congressman Welch.  Several short films will recall the struggle and the spirit that emerged from the disaster. ‘August 28th marks a significant milestone in Vermont’s heroic effort to recover from the state’s greatest disaster of this generation,’said Irene Recovery Officer Sue Minter. ‘Events to mark this historic moment are being held in communities around the state. The Chandler event will reflect on what the state has been through and recognize Irene survivors and the heroes who have helped them, as well as those who continue in recovery efforts.’ An Irene Art Exhibition will also be on display at Chandler’s Gallery beginning at 4 PM.  This special exhibit includes paintings by Sarah-Lee Terrat, James Jahrsdoerfer and other Vermont artists; a photography exhibit; a collection of artwork from Vermonters of all ages produced in response to Irene; and a Vermont Folklife Center multimedia installation of flood survivor stories. Many recovery and emergency response organizations will be present as well. A variety of food vendors’all themselves impacted by Irene’will be on site beginning with the opening of the gallery exhibit at 4 PM, including American Flatbread, Ana’s Mexican Loncheria and VT Maple BBQ, and Ben and Jerry’s will be scooping free ice cream inside the gallery. Doors to the main event open at 6:35 PM. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Vermonters are also encouraged to ring bells in their communities as one unifying activity across the state at 7 PM, August 28th and to share your Irene stories and photographs on our Facebook page. For more information visit: http://vtstrong.vermont.gov(link is external)Source: State of Vermont, 8.23.2012last_img read more

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first_imgThe mural planned for the new Mission aquatic center.A new mural will adorn the entrance to the Mission Family Aquatic Center scheduled to open this summer and you can have a hand in creating the art.On Tuesday, aspiring artists of all ages can help paint the 200 ceramic tiles that will make up the mural. The painting will start at 9 a.m. at the Sylvester Powell Community Center and last until all the tiles or finished or 8 p.m.Color guidelines will be given by the mural artist and all supplies will be provided. Tiles are available on a first-come basis.last_img read more

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first_imgThe latest plans for Brookridge submitted to the city of Overland Park.Brookridge developer asks for delay on Overland Park commission’s consideration of rezoning request. Curtain Property Company contacted Overland Park’s planning department Friday afternoon and informed them that they would be delaying the hearing scheduled for today’s Planning Commission meeting until next month. “[An] applicant is granted a single continuance by staff. Any other continuances must be approved by the Governing Body or Planning Commission,” said Overland Park Communications Manager Sean Reilly. “It is expected that the item will be on the April Planning Commission Agenda, which is April 9.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe city of Lenexa will consider adopting the Complete Streets plan by the end of 2019.Lenexa to consider adopting Complete Streets plan by year’s end. In recent discussions with staff, Lenexa city leaders have fleshed out some more details on its Complete Streets program. The city plans to incorporate elements of Complete Streets into the city’s capital improvement program. Steve Schooley, transportation manager for the city, said the Complete Streets program will act as a guide for the city in developing future transportation infrastructure in the city. The city plans to consider accepting the Complete Streets plan by the end of 2019, and also  adopt the city’s proposed capital improvement program, which incorporates Complete Streets in more than a dozen projects. In the future, the city may also consider making changes to its ordinances that accommodate Complete Streets. Proposed projects in the near future with Complete Streets elements include:95th Street and Santa Fe Trail Drive99th Street and Clare RoadQuivira Road from 75th to 87th95th Street and Loiret BoulevardGleason Road from Prairie Star Parkway to 97th TerraceLittle Mill Creek Trail Crossing at 87th Street ParkwayLackman Road mixed-use bike/hike trailWestbound, eastbound traffic reduced to one lane on 95th from State Line to Lee Blvd. For the next two weeks, 95th Street from State Line to Lee Boulevard will be reduced to one lane for both westbound and eastbound traffic while Kissick Construction Company performs concrete pavement repairs on 95th Street.Windows shattered in acts of vandalism at SM Northwest. Multiple windows were shattered at Shawnee Mission Northwest when someone shot at them with a BB gun overnight last week. In an email to parents, school officials said the incident happened at 11 p.m. on Wednesday and that the shattered windows were located near the auxiliary gym entrance. School was in session like normal on Thursday. [Windows vandalized at Shawnee Mission Northwest — KCTV]last_img read more

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first_imgCoffey also had offers from Michigan State and Wisconsin, according to ESPN.com.Curry, a power forward, is listed as a three star recruit by ESPN.com.He averaged 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game last season, and helped lead Southwestern Christian Academy to the 2014 National Association of Christian Athletes Division 4 National Championship.“Eric Curry is a perfect fit for the type of player we are looking for in our program,” Pitino said, per the team’s official website. “He has experience playing in an up-tempo, pressing style similar to ours and is long and athletic.”Hurt, listed as a guard and forward by the Gophers, is also rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com.The forward averaged 20.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last season, all team highs, for John Marshall high school.“He can shoot and has excellent length and athleticism, along with a great work ethic and feel for the game,” Pitino said, per the team’s official website. Men’s basketball signs three Ben GotzNovember 12, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThree highly rated recruits signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play for the University of Minnesota.Arkansas native Eric Curry, and Minnesota natives Amir Coffey and Michael Hurt are set to join the program for the 2016-17 season.Coffey is the highest rated recruit in the class, getting four stars from ESPN.com and ranking No. 33 overall for the class of 2016.Coffey, a guard, is the highest rated recruit to sign with the Gophers since Kris Humphries in 2003.Coffey averaged 14.3 points per game his sophomore season. Before tearing his ACL last season Coffey was averaging 30 points in his first two games.“Amir is a tremendous player and addition to our team,” head coach Richard Pitino said, per the team’s official website. “He can contribute in a number of ways – offensively, he is a good scorer while also being able to create for others.”Coffey’s father Richard Coffey played for the Gophers from 1986-1990.Coffey helped perennial Minnesota high school powerhouse Hopkins to the state championship game during the 2013-14 season, but narrowly lost to Lakeville North.last_img read more

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first_imgShare on Twitter Email Share on Facebook Pinterest Risher and colleagues, including senior author Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D., a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke and Senior Research Career Scientist at the Durham VA Medical Center, periodically exposed young rodents to a level of alcohol during adolescence that, in humans, would result in impairment, but not sedation. Afterward, these animals received no further exposure to alcohol, and grew into adulthood – which in rats occurred within 24 to 29 days.Earlier studies by the Duke team and others have shown that adolescent animals exposed to alcohol grow into adults that are much less adept at memory tasks than normal animals – even with no further alcohol exposure.What has not been known is how these impairments manifest at the cellular level in the region of the brain known as the hippocampus, where memory and learning are controlled.Using small electrical stimuli applied to the hippocampus, the Duke team measured a cellular mechanism called long-term potentiation, or LTP, which is the strengthening of brain synapses as they are used to learn new tasks or conjure memories.Learning occurs best when this synaptic activity is vigorous enough to build strong signal transmissions between neurons. LTP is highest in the young, and effective learning is crucial for adolescents to acquire large amounts of new memory during the transition to adulthood.The researchers expected they would find abnormally diminished LTP in the adult rats that had been exposed to alcohol during their adolescence. Surprisingly, however, LTP was actually hyperactive in these animals compared to the unexposed rodents.“At first blush, you would think the animals would be smarter,” Swartzwelder said. “But that’s the opposite of what we found. And it actually does make sense, because if you produce too much LTP in one of these circuits, there is a period of time where you can’t produce any more. The circuit is saturated, and the animal stops learning. For learning to be efficient, your brain needs a delicate balance of excitation and inhibition – too much in either direction and the circuits do not work optimally.”Importantly, the LTP abnormality was accompanied by a structural change in individual nerve cells that Swartzwelder, Risher and colleagues identified. The tiny protrusions from the branches of the cells, called dendritic spines, had appeared lanky and spindly, suggesting immaturity. Mature spines are shorter and look a bit like mushrooms, refining cell-to-cell communication.“Something happens during adolescent alcohol exposure that changes the way the hippocampus and other regions of the brain function and how the cells actually look – both the LTP and the dendritic spines have an immature appearance in adulthood,” Swartzwelder said.Risher said this immature quality of the brain cells might be associated with behavioral immaturity. In addition to spine changes in the hippocampus, which affects learning, colleagues of the Duke group have shown structural changes in other brain regions that control impulsiveness and emotionality.“It’s quite possible that alcohol disrupts the maturation process, which can affect these cognitive function later on,” she said. “That’s something we are eager to explore in ongoing studies.”The researchers said additional studies would focus on the longer-term cognitive effects of alcohol on brains, along with additional cellular changes.center_img LinkedIn Repeated alcohol exposure during adolescence results in long-lasting changes in the region of the brain that controls learning and memory, according to a research team at Duke Medicine that used a rodent model as a surrogate for humans.The study, published April 27 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, provides new insights at the cellular level for how alcohol exposure during adolescence, before the brain is fully developed, can result in cellular and synaptic abnormalities that have enduring, detrimental effects on behavior.“In the eyes of the law, once people reach the age of 18, they are considered adult, but the brain continues to mature and refine all the way into the mid-20s,” said lead author Mary-Louise Risher, Ph.D., a post-doctoral researcher in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “It’s important for young people to know that when they drink heavily during this period of development, there could be changes occurring that have a lasting impact on memory and other cognitive functions.” Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgShare Email Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img New research indicates religious individuals are more likely to cheat but that this tendency can be diminished by prayer. But the study in Religion, Brain & Behavior suggests that prayer can have the opposite effect on non-believers.“A number of studies show that religious primes increase moral behavior via fear of God. While petitionary prayers prime religiosity and thus serve as religious primes, they also often imply and supply external attributions of control. External attribution of control have been associated with decreased moral behavior, including cheating,” said study author Victoria K. Alogna of the University of Otago.“For these reasons, we thought that petitionary prayer could have the opposite effect as other religious primes, decreasing moral behavior via external attributions of control. We tested these competing hypotheses in this study.” Share on Twitter In the study, 98 non-religious and 153 religious Americans completed an online Swahili translation task that provided them an opportunity to cheat by looking up words. The participants were asked to guess the meanings of 17 Swahili words using only their intuition. They were informed that the highest scoring participants would receive a $100 reward.Before completing this task, half of the participants were asked to compose a prayer. They were told that “research suggests that writing a prayer, even if you don’t believe in God, can improve performance on intuitive tasks.”The researchers found that religious participants were more inclined to cheat than non-religious participants overall. The prayer request, on the other hand, was associated with a decreased likelihood of cheating among religious participants — but an increased likelihood of cheating among non-religious participants.“Although in need of replication and extension, our results suggest that asking God for help may have different implications for moral behavior, depending on participants’ religious beliefs, with prayer decreasing cheating among believers (by reducing their inflated cheating) and increasing cheating among non-believers. This may be due to believers’ and nonbelievers’ different conceptions of their own and God’s control,” Alogna told PsyPost.All research includes some limitations, however, and the current study is no exception.“Religiosity, attributions of control, and views about God were measured before participants were randomly assigned to pray or not pray. Participants in both conditions were probably primed with their attitudes and beliefs prior to praying, which may have strengthened the effects of prayer and served as a religious priming manipulation in the control,” Alogna explained.“Our cheating measure only captures one domain of cheating, and results may not generalize to others (such as infidelity or fraud). Lastly, this study focused on a mostly Christian population, which implies certain schemas about God and prayer that may limit the generalizability of these results to other populations,” Alogna said.The study, “The divergent effects of prayer on cheating“, was authored by Victoria K. Alogna and Jamin Halberstadt.last_img read more

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first_imgCooper-Standard Holdings Inc. has announced the appointment of Susan Kampe to chief information officer (CIO) effective Dec. 1. Based at the company’s world headquarters in Novi, Michigan, Kampe will be responsible for leading the transformation of the company’s information technology (IT) function consistent with Cooper Standard’s Profitable Growth Strategy.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Sue brings more than 20 years of executive and professional IT leadership to the Cooper Standard team and we’re excited to welcome her on board,” said Keith Stephenson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Cooper Standard. “Known for developing and implementing high-impact, technology-enabled business solutions as well as forming high-performing teams, Sue will be a tremendous asset to the Cooper Standard team.”Most recently, Kampe served as managing partner and founder of Zang Consulting LLC, a national business technology consulting and IT services company. In this role, she focused on providing premier expertise in business technology solutions and implementation services for large and mid-market U.S. based companies, gaining experience in a variety of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, distribution, health care, consumer services, business services and technology.Kampe held a variety of automotive IT executive roles with Johnson Controls and Meritor (formally Arvin Meritor) for more than 10 years. From 2001 to 2008, she was vice president and general manager, IT for Johnson Controls Inc. In this role, she was responsible for IT within the Johnson Controls Automotive Group.From 1996 to 2000, Kampe was senior vice president and CIO at Arvin Meritor. Responsible for IT throughout 67 global facilities, she also served as a corporate officer and member of the executive management team reporting to the chairman and CEO. Kampe served as director, IT strategy and development for Ford and CEO at Boston-based Fleetscape.com, an Arvin Meritor/Accel Partners venture.AdvertisementKampe earned a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A recognized leader in the IT field, she is the recipient of numerous industry honors and acknowledgements, including being named to the Automotive News 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry in 2005.last_img read more

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first_imgAlltech Automotive has announced the hiring of Alan Brandt for the position of national sales manager – retail markets. In this new position, Brandt will be responsible for Alltech Automotive’s retail aftermarket sales channel, and will provide secondary support to Alltech’s other sales channels as needed. Brandt will report directly to Nancy Xie, Alltech’s CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Alan brings a wealth of retail sales experience to Alltech Automotive’s fastest-growing market. We are confident he will accelerate this growth and open many new opportunities. Alan will be a great addition to the ever-growing Alltech team,” said Xie.Brandt brings more than 17 years of automotive aftermarket retail sales experience, including positions at Philips Automotive Lighting and Winner International, where he managed every major national account. Brandt is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and will work out of his home in Farmington Hills, Michigan.last_img read more

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first_imgNews that Mexico is preparing to lift its ban on private sector energy investment could see many of the challenges that have resulted in the decline of the country’s oil production addressed, according to the US Energy Administration.In 2013 Mexico’s Congress approved an energy reform aimed at ending the 75-year long Pemex monopoly and allowing for greater foreign investment.The lifting of the ban, which is unlikely to come into place until legislation has been finalised in August 2014, will allow private companies to bid for profit-sharing contracts to explore and extract oil, as well as apply for permits for refining and transportation.The Mexican government suggested that allowing such investment would mean that third parties are able to help Pemex explore deep-water and other hard-to-reach areas that it cannot currently exploit.By opening up the country’s oil and gas industry to competition, Mexico hopes that projects and oil production rates will rise, which could provide those involved in the heavy lift and project forwarding industry with an array of new job opportunities in Central America.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by Crowley Solutions, an organisation offering turn-key solutions for clients with marine infrastructure, offshore construction and marine cargo and logistics projects. Crowley provides project management, marine engineering, heavy lift barge transportation, ocean towing, marine project logistics, DP2 tugs to 150 tonnes and barges to 400 ft x 130 ft.In the corporate worldASCO Group reached an agreement to become the majority shareholder in Bonnie Rock Transport.SAL Heavy Lift signed a contract with Australia’s BAM Clough joint venture for the shipping and deployment of LNG and LPG product loading platforms for the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project.Whilst there remains some confusion over the NVOCC registration requirements that are required to comply with the Chinese Ministry of Transport regulations. However, the British International Freight Association says that based on legal advice received it is of the opinion that a freight forwarder based outside of China, which has negotiated rates with the local office of a carrier and makes a booking via that carrier does not need to register with the SSE if it uses a SSE-registered Chinese NVOCC to complete the housebill of lading, and so forth.Capacity developmentsMessina Line upgraded its West Mediterranean – West Africa ro-ro service via a vessel sharing agreement with Marguisa.RMR Shipping chose London Thamesport to handle the UK call of its new northwest Europe – West Africa ro-ro service.Safmarine MPV also enhanced its Europe – West Africa service with the launch of ENERGY – a shipping service dedicated to the oil and gas industry.Modulift designed and developed the world’s highest capacity single point lifting beam.Speaking at AirBridgeCargo’s tenth anniversary event, executive president Dennis Ilin said that ABC is set to play a greater role in Volga-Dnepr Group’s portfolio of scheduled and charter air freight services.Shipments of the weekCrane Rental Corporation helped install a 40-tonne proton accelerator used in proton therapy cancer treatment, at the First Coast Oncology facility in Jacksonville (pictured top right).Spedition Thomas transported an emission control system, consisting of large reactor segments, from Germany and Luxembourg to Jorf Lasfar in Morocco via the German port of Stade.Bati Shipping & Trading transported seven 75-tonne Best transformers (pictured second right) from Balikesir, Turkey to Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Port via the port of Derince.World Logistics Consulting Inc. is currently in the process of transporting two transformers by rail (pictured bottom right), from the Port of Houston to the Haldimand County wind farm in Ontario.Other notable projects reported by HLPFI this week can be seen on the archive news area of our website.Got some shipment news of your own? Send it in to [email protected] projects and contractsAlstom has been awarded two contracts worth a total of over EUR9 million (USD12.26 million) for the modernisation of two hydropower plants in the Canton Glarus and the Canton Valais.Nuclear energy provider Areva has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the state of Niger to extend the uranium mining contracts held by the companies SOMAÏR and COMINAK.Aker Solutions has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway.For a fuller round up of capital projects and contracts announced this week please visit the HLPFI website or contact David Kershaw.On the moveFleet Line Shipping opened a new warehouse dedicated to project cargo in Jebel Ali Free Zone, while Aquamarine Trans LLC opened a representative office in Feodosiya, the Republic of Crimea. Switzerland’s VIA MAT appointed Matthias Kaiser as project coordinator. Peters & May opened a second Asian base in Shanghai, which will be headed up by new team member Ai Xing.Network newsUzbekistan’s Cargo Star Ltd joined the WCA Projects Network, while the Project Cargo Network (PCN) welcomed Globalink as a new member representing Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The Port of Vancouver joined the Project Professionals Group (PPG) as a project support member for Vancouver and Washington, while Portlog International was appointed as the network’s new project forwarding member for Mexico.All about EvieEvie was upset this morning when she tuned into BBC Radio 4 and found that the station had failed to broadcast its world famous Shipping Forecast for the first time in over 90 years.She wonders if the lapse could be anything to do with UKIP’s strong performance in recent European parliamentary elections.After all, when one of UKIP’s ‘more intelligent’ representatives blamed Britain’s bad winter weather on a new law legalising civil partnerships, a fantastic spoof of the Shipping Forecast was posted on the Internet.If you haven’t listened to it you can check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/nicholas-pegg/ukip-shipping-forecastEvie also wishes Specialized Rail Transport (SRT) a very happy tenth birthday this month, and congratulates Colby Communications Corp. on its 20th anniversary.last_img read more

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