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Driver of 1934 Ford taken to hospital after wreck in Lenexa

first_imgThe accident occurred on K-7 near 83rd Street. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.Lenexa Police are investigating after a man driving an antique car lost control and spun off Kansas Highway 7 south of 83rd Street on Thursday evening.Lenexa and Shawnee firefighters were dispatched to respond with Johnson County Med-Act to the crash at 6:30 p.m.Initial reports from the scene indicated that the driver had been ejected. First responders arrived to find that the driver had not been ejected and was still sitting inside the car.The car, a 1934 Ford Roadster, did not have seatbelts. Radio traffic indicated that when the car spun around, the driver slid across the bench seat from behind the steering wheel to the passenger’s door.The driver was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.No other details were immediately availablelast_img

Gophers sweep Cornhuskers in Nebraska

first_imgSmith’s no-hitter was broken up by the leadoff batter in the sixth inning who singled. Smith battled her way out of a bases-loaded jam later that inning to halt Nebraska’s momentum. She finished with the complete game, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. The performance improved her record to 10-4 on the season.The Gophers broke open the game in the fourth because of a DenHartog home run, an RBI single by MaKenna Partain and a bases-clearing triple by Houlihan. Ali Lindner added a two-run home run in the seventh.Minnesota gets the series sweep on Sunday, 9-3A five-run outburst in the fifth and sixth innings broke open a 2-2 tie in the final game of the series, giving the Gophers a 9-3 win.Fiser pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10. She also passed several milestones over the weekend. The win on Sunday gave Fiser her 20th win of the season. And on Friday, Fiser passed the 200 strikeout mark, finishing the weekend with 222.The offense featured a lineup change that included Houlihan in the cleanup spot. The senior responded to the shift by reaching base in all five of her at-bats, with three hits and two walks. She also added three RBIs and two runs. Houlihan lead the team in RBIs for the weekend with five and also drew four walks.“I kind of found myself expanding the zone,” Houlihan said. “My goal for the weekend was just to make sure I was swinging at pitches — at ones I could hit. I was easily as happy with the [walks] as I was with the hits.”The bulk of the runs came in the sixth inning that was capped off by a Taylor Chell two-RBI single.The Gophers will head to Madison for a doubleheader on Wednesday. It is a makeup from the previously scheduled matchup that was rained out on April 17. Gophers sweep Cornhuskers in NebraskaMinnesota improved to 13-1 in the Big Ten.Carter JonesGophers sophomore Maddie Houlihan hits the ball against Purdue at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on Saturday, April 30, 2017. Paul HodowanicApril 22, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers kept pace in the crowded Big Ten standings with a sweep of Nebraska over the weekend.Minnesota currently sits third in the conference, trailing second-place Michigan by half a game and Northwestern by one game. The Gophers will take on the Wildcats in the final series of the regular season May 3-5.“Nebraska is a team that’s probably better than their record,” said head coach Jamie Trachsel. “I thought our pitchers did a really good job. Overall, I think we played better than Nebraska over seven innings each game and that’s why we won.”Gophers start series with 3-0 win over NebraskaThe Gophers began their series in Lincoln, Nebraska with a close 3-0 win. The game was taken over by junior pitcher Amber Fiser.Fiser pitched the complete game shutout, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and runners on first and third in the seventh to close it out. She finished with 13 strikeouts and gave up six hits and four walks.The offense finished with nine hits and seven walks but struggled to bring them home. They had at least one batter on base in each inning, but ended up scoring just three runs. Maddie Houlihan drew a walk with the bases loaded in the second inning to score the first run of the game.Hope Brandner followed through in a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, driving in a run with a single, and Natalie DenHartog added the final run later that inning with a sacrifice fly.Saturday scoring surge leads to an 8-3 winSenior pitcher Sydney Smith carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and the bats came alive in the second game of the series as the Gophers grabbed the win 8-3.last_img read more

Synthetic psychedelic drug effective in reducing alcohol intake in a rodent model of addiction

first_imgShare Share on Facebook A synthetic psychedelic substance known as 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI) reduces alcohol consumption in mice, according to new research published in Psychopharmacology. The findings could potentially lead to new treatment options for alcoholism.“Alcohol use disorder is one of the most devastating psychiatric diseases. It is responsible for untold human suffering and costs society billions of dollars. There is increasing hope that specialized therapy conducted with psychedelic drugs, under controlled and carefully designed conditions, may help people abstain from alcohol and provide meaningful remission rates,” explained study author Kevin S. Murnane, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Mercer University.In the study, male mice were exposed to alcohol and then split into a high drinking group and a low drinking group based on their consumption habits. The mice were then injected with a single dose of DOI or a placebo solution. Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Email The researchers found that the psychedelic drug led to reductions in alcohol consumption in high alcohol drinking subjects. Mice injected with DOI also showed reductions in alcohol-induced place conditioning, a common measure of drug reward in animals. But DOI had no effect on overall fluid intake.The results show that “a psychedelic drug was effective in reducing alcohol drinking in laboratory animals. This supports the idea that psychedelics may be effective in humans suffering from alcohol use disorder,” Murnane told PsyPost.The researchers also found that the effects of DOI on alcohol consumption were largely reversed when mice were given another drug that selectively blocks serotonin A2 receptors.While preclinical animal models are an important starting point, there is still much to learn about the relationship between psychedelic drugs and alcohol consumption.“We must temper our enthusiasm because much additional research needs to be conducted. In particular, studies should be conducted that determine the mechanisms by which psychedelics reduce alcohol drinking. Understanding these mechanisms will allow scientists and clinicians to make psychedelics therapy as safe and effective as possible,” Murnane said.The study, “Effects of the synthetic psychedelic 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine (DOI) on ethanol consumption and place conditioning in male mice“, was authored by Aboagyewaah Oppong-Damoah, Kristen E. Curry, Bruce E. Blough, Kenner C. Rice, and Kevin S. Murnane.last_img read more

Property may be won over by ‘Tory Blair’

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Agreement reached for emerging gas markets

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News focus: council lawyers face up to government cuts

first_imgLocal government solicitors at last weekend’s three-day training event in Exeter were in a curiously upbeat mood for a group facing ‘salami-slicing’ cuts of 10% or more to their legal departments’ headcounts. Delegates at the Solicitors in Local Government (SLG) event were told that even those whose jobs survive the cuts will have to start doing more for less, as care applications in ­children cases climb to their highest-ever level; councils are increasingly challenged for ­failing in their public equality duties; and many of the thousands of redundant council employees bring tribunal claims for unfair dismissal. But Essex County Council county solicitor Philip Thomson, who heads a legal team of 80 fee-earners and 40 others with an in-house budget of £6m, told the Gazette that the need for cuts should be viewed as a ‘catalyst’ for development. He said: ‘It is not about shrinking the number of staff, but rationalising the work so as to make best use of our lawyers. It is a win-win situation – better career opportunities for our lawyers, and a better service for our clients.’ He added that his team, which made savings of £600,000 last year, has been working with other councils in Essex and neighbouring counties since 2000. On 1 April this year, it rolled out a joint case management system to make sharing services as practical and efficient as possible. ‘Problems can arise with shared services, but we believe we have built up the confidence to work with other councils to best effect,’ Thomson said. However solicitor Paul Cox, one of a team of two solicitors and two legal assistants at Rushcliffe Borough Council, south Nottinghamshire, was less sanguine about budgetary pressures. He said: ‘Any savings from our annual budget of £240,000 will be cutting into the bone, not the fat – because there isn’t any fat to cut.’ Cox said he has no plans yet for partnership with other councils, ‘just local ad hoc reciprocal arrangements, which is better that putting work out to the private sector’. At Slough Borough Council, acting borough secretary, solicitor and monitoring officer Maria Memoli said her team has achieved cuts of £500,000 to legal and democratic services through a range of ‘restructuring’ and other measures. She said: ‘The team has shrunk from 25 lawyers to ten, although some of these were vacancies that we simply did not fill.’ Memoli added that Slough’s legal team has reduced its training spend by mainly attending free sessions only. She is also looking at introducing webinars, which save on travel and time away from the office. ‘We are also part of the ACSeS [Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors] Call Off scheme, which has negotiated special rates with a number of external firms,’ she added. National firm Weightmans’ head of local government, Graeme Creer, said his team has been advising many local authorities on restructuring. ‘Shared services make obvious economic sense and are one way to address the perennial problem of coping with the peaks and troughs of too much and too little work,’ he said. Creer added: ‘It is less obvious how to sustain a commercial focus and a responsive public service focus at the same time. Local government lawyers’ primary focus has never been to calculate profits over the next six months, but to achieve what the council wants to achieve on behalf of its clients – the general public.’ He anticipated a growing workload for local authority lawyers as grants to voluntary organisations such as citizens advice bureaux are cut, and as councils stop providing or reduce services to the public. He said: ‘Ideally, we would like to help protect local authorities from legal challenges, but ­decisions to cut services have been made so quickly that corners have been cut and mistakes made.’ Stephen Turner, immediate past chair of SLG, said that his major concern, which formed the ‘bedrock’ of his year in office, was the ‘potential attack on professional standards’ that these enforced cuts represented. He said: ‘The more local authorities are salami-slicing legal services, the closer we come to the day when an individual solicitor has to say no to his employer – or not comply with the ethical standards to which, as an officer of the court, he is bound. ‘The alternative is an appearance before the SRA [Solicitors Regulation Authority] and maybe the SDT [Solicitors ­Disciplinary Tribunal]. Or if the employer insists that the solicitor acts against the code of ethics, it could mean a claim for constructive dismissal.’ Turner predicted that the cuts in public services would lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour, the trade in counterfeit goods, and environmental and other offences. He said: ‘Council legal departments will not have the resources to police and prosecute these offences with the same rigour as before, which is another unforeseen consequence of the rush to make savings.’ Richard Clayton QC, of London chambers 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, warned delegates that local government solicitors must be mindful of their public equality duty, even in the face of cuts. He said: ‘The courts say you must do equality impact assessments, so you have to do them. There may be a political decision that leads the council in a certain direction, and there is nothing wrong with that – as long as you have been through the impact assessment process. But remember: very few equality cases brought by consumers have been lost. They are sensitive and judges are reluctant to rule against them.’ The consensus at the weekend was that a range of daunting challenges lies ahead for solicitors in local government. Or, in a more upbeat assessment, Essex County Council’s Philip Thomson said: ‘We are living in exciting times.’last_img read more

Kinky Boots’ run extended

first_imgGlenn Swart as Mr Price and Alexander Wallace as Young Charlie in Kinky Boots. The production has been extended for a final time due to the overwhelming response and will now play until February 2. Picture: Jesse Kramer At the heart of the story is Vredehoek resident Glenn Swart who plays the role of shoe factory owner, Mr Price.Swart is a seasoned performer in hit musicals and has been seen in Evita, Into the Woods, Porgy and Bess and Show Boat.In Kinky Boots, he plays the role of a shoe factory owner, Mr Price. His son, Charlie Price, has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. “The dad had expectations of his son and it just didn’t turn out that way,” said Swart.He said this is a situation that many people face with their families.Sharing his personal story, he said even though his mother believed in his dream, his father did not. “I remember walking into the kitchen and hearing my parents arguing, with my father telling my mother that I wouldn’t make it in the theatre industry and my mom telling him that she wanted to give me the opportunity she never had,” he said.Swart said he’s always been passionate about theatre and his father’s words cut him deeply. “I still hear his voice in my head sometimes, but I was determined to prove to him that I could do it.”He said even in drama school he was told by so many people, including his lecturers, that he would never play a leading role because he had plastic surgery on his face due to a car accident. “And yet I have played leading roles and won awards for them.”He said there were times when he felt like he was not good enough. “I did a lot of work emotionally and mentally, telling myself that I am good enough and I can do this. I was forced to believe in myself. I knew I could do it. I told myself that I may not be the picture book character that people want, but I can be the best that I can be. I wanted to prove to myself that I can do it.”Swart said the extension of the musical was a great feeling because it showed that their work was paying off. He said a lot of effort goes into putting on a production and it can destroy you when it doesn’t do well. “The mere fact that people are coming back again and again is wonderful. I think the message of the show resonates with a lot of people,” he said.He said the audience will learn from this production. “There are messages of hope and messages of love and encouragement to just be who you want to be. Accept people for who they are, which is very important for me,” he said.The show was first brought to life on the big screen in 2005 before being transformed into a hit musical, winning six Tony and three Olivier awards.This is the first non-replica production of the show, and is a brand-new South African original production.The musical will be performed at The Fugard Theatre until February 2, 2020 from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a matinee performance on Saturdays and on Sundays at 3pm. Additional performances on Sundays at 7pm will take place from Sunday November 17 to January 5. Tickets starting from R250 can be booked directly through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or through The Fugard Theatre’s website at www.thefugard.comTickets to the performance on New Year’s Eve cost from R470 to R700. A ticket includes access to the performance, a welcome glass of bubbly, a glass of bubbly after the show and all the live entertainment on offer until the early hours of the morning. The performance on December 31 starts at 9.30pm.last_img read more

CARICOM Youth Ambassador to host Black History Youth Debate

first_img Share LocalNews CARICOM Youth Ambassador to host Black History Youth Debate by: – February 20, 2017 Malcolm X (Photo credit: NBC News)Press ReleaseThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassador Programme (CYAP), National Youth Council of Dominica (NYCD) and Rastafari Inity Waitikubuli Multipurpose Cooperative Societies Limited (RIWMCOP) will host a debate to commemorate Black History month, on the topic “Between Malcom X and Martin Luther King whose Ideology was more effective in realizing their goals?” The scheduled dated is Wednesday February 22nd 2017 at 3:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Public Library.Black History Month is celebrated in North America and informally in many Caribbean islands during the month of February each year. It serves as remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Dominica has a mixed ethic populous, with the African ethnicity being the majority. Therefore, it is important to allow Dominica’s youth the opportunity to recall and recount passed events as it deals with issues of Culture and Identity Awareness.The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Youth Ambassador Programme (CYAP) is the Community’s mechanism for deepening levels of youth participation and partnership in regional integration and in broad social and economic development processes. CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYAs) are a regional network of young Caribbean nationals mandated by CARICOM Heads of Governments to advocate for and educate young people about regional priorities such as the AIDS, Culture and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.Guest speakers at the event will include; H.E. Felix Gregoire, Ambassador to CARICOM & Commissioner of Dominica to the OECS and Chief Youth Development Officer; Sen. Jahisiah Benoit, Member of Parliament & NYCD President. Share Tweetcenter_img 158 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more