Saint Mary’s Social Work Club with sponsorship from the Student Government Association, will screen the film, Alive Inside, Thursday, March 5 from 7-9 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theater. The film documents the effect of music on the brains of those suffering from various forms of Dementia — primarily Alzheimers. The mission is to raise awareness and to strengthen support on campus for the Music and Memory program at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. In conjunction with the Social Work Club, Saint Mary’s junior social work majors are also heavily involved in this program. According to junior and President of the Social Work Club Bri O’Brien, each junior social work student is paired with a resident and then the pairs work together to figure out the resident’s music preferences and needs.“Working with persons who suffer from varying forms of dementia has been challenging, but there is always something new to learn about our residents, ourselves, how to effectively and authentically communicate with our resident partners, and how to adapt to changing, complex circumstances,” O’Brien said. “I think for many students it was intimidating at first to meet with our residents. Growing old, falling ill and dying are all life events that many are fearful of — especially the young, much like ourselves.”O’Brien said the neurological effects of music are apparent in cognitive-behavioral changes of patients she has worked with in person.“Often times, when we enjoy listening to a song, we also attach certain feelings, memories and thoughts to that song,” O’Brien said. “When I played Mozart for my resident, she became much more communicative regarding her family and how she used to play the piano”Music’s utility in work with Alzheimer’s patients transcends the external self, O’Brien said.“Furthermore, the program is not designed to only trigger memory recollection, but to also improve the overall well-being of the residents and allow them to express themselves through music,” O’Brien said.Music helps spiritual health as well, junior social work major Ashley Watkins said.“My resident likes spiritual music, I’ve made a list of songs she likes and what she responds to,” Watkins said. “This program is important to me personally because I had a grandmother who had dementia and I really just wanted to learn more about the disease — spending time with them and making the end of their life the most memorable.”O’Brien said the screening of Alive Inside intends to inspire students to become passionate and conscious about the subject. The Social Work Club is holding a donation to help the Music and Memory program by collecting iTunes giftcards, used or new iPods, CDs and new headphones. Monetary donations are also being accepted. The goal of the donation is to allow for each resident to have their own personal iPod, stocked with their favorite memory and response stimulating songs.According to O’Brien, engagement in the Healthwin community has been a very rewarding experience to all who have worked with their resident for numerous reasons. O’Brien said part of her and her classmates fulfillment comes from working with a very diverse population which allows for an acquirement of new perspectives on life and knowledge of how to work with those different than oneself.“If we do not get out of our SMC bubble, how can we possibly learn about the diversity all around us? We see the world through the lens of our youth,” O’Brien said. “When we engage with the residents of Healthwin, we are privileged to listen to a perspective of the world unlike any we have every experienced ourselves.”Tags: news
David Byrne Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2015 Love lies at the Public! The off-Broadway hit Here Lies Loves returns to the Public Theater on April 14, where it enjoyed its previous engagement. The musical, directed by Alex Timbers and with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, recently received 11 Lucille Lortel nominations and will release a cast album on April 22.Set to the beat of a throbbing dance club score, Here Lies Love tells the story of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, her meteoric rise to celebrity and subsequent descent into infamy. The production is an immersive theatrical experience that puts audience members directly into the action in a 360-degree scenic and video environment. The show goes beyond Marcos’ legendary obsession with shoes and explores the tragic consequences of the abuse of power.The cast of Here Lies Loves includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda Marcos, Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino. Here Lies Love View Comments
By Dialogo September 10, 2010 Police on Wednesday blamed gang rivalry for an assault rifle attack at a Honduran shoe factory that killed 18 people, Security Minister Oscar Alvarez said. The three or four men armed with AK-47 rifles burst into the factory on Tuesday and sprayed their victims with bullets, a method that is “typical of gangs and the maras,” Alvarez said. The “maras” are criminal gangs that originated on the streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s before spreading to elsewhere in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. The most famous groups — the Mara 18 (M18) and Mara Salvatrucha (MS) count tens of thousands of members in Central America, mostly unemployed youths recruited in impoverished neighborhoods. Police now believe the attack in San Pedro Sula was a settling of scores between the two bands over “a territorial dispute and a drug deal,” according to Alvarez. “This area is considered a Mara 18 stronghold and the people inside (of the factory) were close to the MS,” he explained. Honduras has seen a spike of gang violence this year, which Alvarez attributed to a government policy established in January that he said had reduced drug shipments by nearly 60 percent. Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world — 57 per 100,000 people, or 12 every day. San Pedro Sula, with one million inhabitants, is considered the country’s murder capital. In neighboring El Salvador, the maras also made a big show of force on Tuesday and Wednesday by halting bus traffic to press the government to stop a law banning gangs that passed last week. “As gang members, we call on the government to veto the law against gangs and urge it to begin a transparent process of dialogue in order to find a solution to the violence,” the Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha said in a rare joint statement. The gangs’ names are derived from the marabunta, killer ants in the Amazon.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 81-year-old Port Jefferson Station man died after crashing his car on the Northern State Parkway early Wednesday morning.New York State police said Pasquale Iaello was driving his Nissan Altima westbound when he lost control and struck a tree on the right shoulder west of exit 42, Route 231, shortly before 5 a.m.The victim, who was driving alone, was pronounced dead at the scene.Troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Congress on Wednesday finalized a deal to keep the government funded through Dec. 9, averting a government shutdown that would have occurred after Friday. The House and Senate are now in recess until after the Nov. 8 elections.“This is a positive for credit unions and their members,” said NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler. “A government shutdown had the potential to disrupt military pay, government benefit systems and pay for hundreds of thousands of federal government workers.”In action Tuesday, the Senate fell five votes short of the total needed to move forward on the government spending bill, which contains funding for flood relief to states such as Maryland, Texas, West Virginia and Louisiana, plus $1.1 billion to help stop the spread of the Zika virus. Most Senate Democrats refused to vote for the bill because it did not contain funds to help with the water crisis in Flint, Mich., over lead content. continue reading » 64SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Editor’s note: Contrary to this story, information obtained Mar 23 from the World Health Organization and from another news report indicated that Thailand had no plans to withhold H5N1 virus samples. See link at end of story for more information.Mar 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO), faced with developing countries’ growing reluctance to share samples of H5N1 avian flu viruses, said today that four Asian countries and two in Latin America are moving closer to getting their own flu vaccine manufacturing plants.”Up to six projects to establish in-country manufacturing capacity of influenza vaccine are in the final stage of approval following an application process which began in November,” the WHO said in a news release. “These projects will take place in two Latin American and four Asian countries, three of which have had human H5N1 influenza cases.”The statement said vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur has “played a key role in transferring vaccine technology to Brazil, which will be in a position to produce vaccine next year.” But the agency did not clarify whether Brazil is one of the two Latin American countries involved, nor did it name any of the other countries.Japan and the United States have provided $18 million to support the effort, the WHO said, without giving other details on the plans.The announcement comes in the wake of Indonesia’s statement last month and Thailand’s declaration today that the countries will not share any more H5N1 virus samples with the WHO without a guarantee of access to any vaccines based on their samples. The countries complain that they get little or nothing in return for the samples, because the specimens are used to make vaccines that the countries’ populations can’t afford.In other efforts to ensure that developing countries will have access to vaccines in the event of a flu pandemic, the WHO said it is exploring financing mechanisms to help countries buy vaccines from multinational companies. Among the proposals are a “virtual international pandemic influenza stockpile and advance purchase mechanisms to secure funds to buy vaccines for developing countries.”WHO officials are scheduled to meet with a number of Asian health ministers Mar 26 and 27 in Jakarta to discuss access to pandemic vaccines and sharing of virus samples. Today’s statement was intended to facilitate discussions at the Jakarta meeting.”Most countries with resource constraints do not have the means to access influenza vaccines,” Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, said in the statement. “If we are to be well-prepared for an influenza pandemic, it is essential that developing countries have access to vaccines.”Yesterday David Heymann, the WHO’s acting director-general for communicable diseases, was quoted as saying that certain vaccine makers might be able to transfer some manufacturing capacity to developing countries, but that it could take 10 years. He also noted that the world’s total capacity for making flu vaccine is very limited. The WHO has estimated capacity at no more than 350 million doses of trivalent flu vaccine.The WHO released a “global pandemic influenza action plan to increase vaccine supply” in October 2006. Today the agency said more money is needed to keep the plan on track.”For this work to continue to advance in a timely manner, additional funds are needed for this10-year, US $10 billion effort to protect the world from what could be a devastating public health crisis,” the statement said. “We urge other countries to step up and join Canada, Japan and the United States in supporting this critical work.”See also:Mar 23 CIDRAP News story “Thailand to continue sharing H5N1 samples”Mar 21 CIDRAP News story “WHO to discuss vaccine access with Asian officials”
By the fall of 2003, a second consultant was hired to “more effectively bribe” the Indonesian state energy company — an effort that was eventually successful.The three executives are accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which allows the authorities to investigate illicit conduct by companies listed on a US stock exchange, or by its citizens or residents.Alstom was delisted from Wall Street in 2004. The company has focused on transport after ceding its energy interests to General Electric five years ago.The latest charges are part of a long-running investigation into corruption by officials working for both Alstom and Marubeni.The Justice Department said five other people, along with both companies, have pled guilty in the probe, while one defendant, former Alstom senior vice president Lawrence Hoskins, was found guilty by a jury last November of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the FCPA.Topics : Federal prosecutors in the United States on Tuesday revealed bribery charges against two former executives of French company Alstom and a former executive of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni.The defendants are accused of paying bribes to Indonesian officials in exchange for the award of a $118 million electricity contract to Marubeni and to Alstom’s subsidiaries in the US state of Connecticut and Indonesia, the Department of Justice said in a statement.Reza Moenaf, 63, former president of Alstom’s subsidiary in Indonesia, Eko Sulianto, 63, the subsidiary’s former sales director and former deputy general manager of Marubeni’s Overseas Power Project Department Junji Kusunoki, 57, are accused in the scheme. The Justice Department said those targeted for bribing were a high-ranking Indonesian parliamentarian and the president of the state-owned electricity company — both unnamed.”To conceal the bribes, the defendants allegedly retained two so-called ‘consultants’ purportedly to provide legitimate consulting services on behalf of the power company and its subsidiaries in connection with the Tarahan project,” the Justice Department said, referring to the power contract’s name.”The indictment, however, alleges that the primary purpose for hiring the consultants was to use the consultants to pay bribes to Indonesian officials.”The first consultant “allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in his Maryland bank account to be used to bribe the member of Parliament,” the statement said.
Gold Coast suburbs rank in top 20 Homesites are selling fast in Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens community in Pimpama.The Gold Coast’s most affordable suburbs have been revealed, with five suburbs presenting the best chance of buying a house for under $500,000.CoreLogic’s Top Affordable Suburbs report for March 2020 identifies the top 100 suburbs across Australia where the median house value is under $500,000.Homes in the Hinterland suburb of Lower Beechmont are the lowest on the Gold Coast, with a median value of $450,993. But with only 21 homes sold there in the past 12 months, budget buyers may be wise to consider other options. Pimpama is the next best thing when it comes to affordable housing — the median value of a home there is $469,855 — and budget home buyers are onto it. Gainsborough Greens by Mirvac at Pimpama on the Gold Coast.The latest release of homesites in Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens community in Pimpama saw 70 per cent sold within two weeks.Sized from 400sq m and priced from $260,000, 46 of the 61 homesites in Habitat Release were snapped up for a total of $13 million.Warwick Bible, Mirvac General Manager, Residential Development Queensland, said affordability, access to the highway for commuters, Pimpama City shops and services, and a proposed train station made the suburb a smart option.“The northern Gold Coast continues to be one of the fastest-growing areas in the city and it is easy to see why, with the ability to build a brand new and relatively affordable home with everything you could need in easy reach,” he said. MORE NEWS: Mums births twins then bids at auction The neighbouring suburb of Coomera is the Gold Coast’s third most affordable, with a median house value of $472,149. And with 252 homes changing hands in Coomera in the past 12 months, buyers have plenty of stock to choose from.In Nerang, house values have a median value of $475,710, while in Ormeau Hills buyers pay around $493,957 for a house. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoFor those with a little more in the budget, several suburbs offer a median house price that’s under $550,000.Canungra ($507,851), Ormeau ($516,709), Upper Coomera ($518,877), Coombabah ($522,185) and Labrador ($530,725) rank among the top ten most affordable suburbs on the Gold Coast.Highland Park, where the median house value is $536,609 also represents good value, as does Merrimac where a house will set you back around $545,951.At the other end of the scale, Mermaid Beach is the most expensive suburb in which to buy on the Gold Coast, with a median house value of $1.389 million.Hot on her heels is Surfers Paradise where you can expect to pay around $1.307 million for a house, while $1.132 million is the median for houses in Broadbeach Waters.Eliza Owen, Head of Australian Research at Core Logic, said affordability metrics showed property on the Gold Coast was more affordable than the Sunshine Coast and the Richmond Tweed region, but less affordable than greater Brisbane.“As of February 2020, the median house value across Brisbane is $551,770, compared with $661,560 on the Gold Coast,” she said.“Prices across the Gold Coast have risen since September, and this will have weakened the affordability position in recent months.”
The primary finding of a new study show that shrinking the annual Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone down to the size of Delaware will require a 59 percent reduction in the amount of nitrogen runoff that flows down the Mississippi River from as far away as the Corn Belt. The study used four computer models to see what it would take to reach the longstanding but elusive goal of cutting the size of the Gulf of Mexico summer hypoxic zone — an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life — by more than two-thirds.In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS, the researchers conclude that, while the goal is still attainable, reaching it will require bold new approaches applied on a large scale in upstream agricultural areas. Farmland runoff containing fertilizers and livestock waste is the main source of the nitrogen and phosphorus that cause the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, which is also known as the “Dead Zone.”The researchers use four computer models to predict the size of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone in June forecasts issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. NOAA’s 2017 Gulf of Mexico ensemble forecast predicted a dead zone of 8,185 square miles, or about the size of New Jersey, which would be the third largest on record.“By synthesizing information from multiple sources and computer models, we have developed the most accurate predictions of the Dead Zone, which is located in one of the most economically and environmentally important bodies of water for our country — the Gulf of Mexico,” said co-author R. Eugene Turner, LSU Boyd Professor in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences.In their PNAS paper, the researchers point out that little progress has been made in reducing either the nutrient levels in the rivers that empty into the Gulf of Mexico or the size of the hypoxic zone itself.In February 2015, the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, a coalition of federal, state and tribal agencies, pushed to 2035 the goal of reducing the Gulf’s hypoxic zone to 1,950 square miles. The most recent five-year average size of the Gulf Dead Zone is 5,410 square miles, or 14,024 square kilometers. The Task Force also agreed on an interim target of a 20 percent reduction in the amount of nitrogen flowing into the Gulf of Mexico by 2025.“The bottom line is that we will never reach the Action Plan’s goal of 1,950 square miles until more serious actions are taken to reduce the loss of Midwest fertilizers into the Mississippi River system,” said University of Michigan aquatic ecologist Don Scavia, lead author of the PNAS paper.River concentrations of the nitrogen compound nitrate have not declined since the 1980s. And the current five-year running average of the nitrate load delivered to the Gulf of Mexico is not significantly different from the 1980-1996 baseline, despite the fact that U.S. Farm Bill conservation programs spent more than $28 billion in the 20 Mississippi Basin states since 1995.“Clearly something more or something different is needed,” Scavia and his colleagues wrote in PNAS. “It matters little if the load-reduction target is 30 percent, 45 percent or 59 percent if insufficient resources are in place to make even modest reductions.”Potential paths toward reducing levels of both nitrogen and phosphorus include altering fertilizer application rates; using cover crops, or fast-growing crops planted to prevent soil erosion; improving overall nutrient management; and pursuing alternatives to corn-based biofuels.“It is time to ask what is preventing more extensive implementation of some or all of these strategies,” wrote the authors, who are based at LSU, University of Michigan, North Carolina State University and the College of William & Mary.In their modeling study, the researchers looked at the likely impacts of the 20 percent nitrogen reduction and concluded that it would produce an 18 percent drop in dead zone size over the long term, though it may not have a measurable effect in the next five to 10 years. Although nitrogen has historically been considered the main nutrient driver of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico, a “dual-nutrient strategy” of reducing both nitrogen and phosphorus appears to be the most prudent management approach, according to Scavia and his co-authors.The 59 percent nitrogen reduction needed to shrink the Dead Zone to the size of Delaware is larger than the 45 percent cut called for in the Gulf Task Force’s Action Plan. It is also higher than recommendations made for other systems suffering from high nutrient levels, including Lake Erie and Chesapeake Bay.Scavia and his colleagues say the new study marks the first time that multiple models have been synthesized to develop a consensus estimate of how a hypoxic system will respond to nutrient-load reductions. Uncertainties include the potential impacts of climate change such as the frequency, intensity and timing of droughts and floods that are expected to change across much of the U.S. and could affect both the timing and the amount of nutrients delivered to the Gulf of Mexico.Despite the uncertainties, the team’s results show that the hypoxia zone’s response to nitrogen reductions “is robust across substantially different and independent models, providing increased confidence that the load reduction proposed will achieve management goals,” according to the authors.Co-authors of the PNAS paper, “Ensemble modeling informs hypoxia management in the northern Gulf of Mexico,” are R. Eugene Turner of LSU, University of Michigan’s Isabella Bertani, Daniel Obenour and Alexey Katin of North Carolina State University and David Forrest of the College of William & Mary.The work was supported in part by grants from NOAA and the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute.Source: ISU