Trinity Lutheran invites visitors on Friday ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ of church’s art and stained glass

first_imgTom Perry will talk about the art in Trinity Lutheran Church Friday, including the stained glass in the sanctuary.Thousands of people pass Trinity Lutheran Church each day at the intersection of Nall Avenue and Shawnee Mission Parkway but never have a chance to see the beauty that lies inside.At 2 p.m. Friday, Trinity’s “Magical Mystery Tour” will give visitors a chance to tour the art glass that adorns the church and hear the story of the glass and other art that has found a home at Trinity over the last 75 years.[pullquote]Magical Mystery TourTrinity Lutheran Church2 p.m. Friday, June 175601 W. 62nd Street, Mission[/pullquote]Tom Perry, senior ministry leader at the church, will talk about both the techniques and the spirituality behind the art. Perry, along with his sister Lana Hansen and designer Gretchen Hollman, produced the book “Our Story,” on the 75th anniversary of the church last year. The book includes the history of the church and a walking tour of the art glass windows and art pieces of the church.Trinity, which has two campuses in Johnson County, started in a house at 57th and Nall. The current church in Mission was built in 1950.Art and music are significant ways for the church to express spirituality, Perry said. The Friday tour will talk about both what the art means and how it is made. Retired pastor Rev. Roland Boehnke, who has produced some of the stain glass works in the church, will be present to talk about his work.Members of the public are invited to attend the presentation.This artwork welcomed the congregation before the entrance was changed.last_img read more

Roeland Park council opts to stick with sign prohibition despite state law; Kansas statute conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court ruling

first_imgThe right-of-way in Roeland Park is currently free of signs.A state law that dictates cities cannot regulate the number of political signs on private property or “the unpaved right-of-way for city streets or county roads on private property during the 45-day period prior to any election” causes a conflict with Roeland Park’s sign ordinance.It also appears to conflict with a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that signs cannot be limited based on content.The Roeland Park discussion about the city’s sign ordinance came Tuesday evening after the council had first adjourned to closed session to talk about it. After the closed session, the council returned to discuss it in open meeting.City Attorney Neil Shortlidge told the council that Roeland Park’s ordinance prohibits signs in the right-of-way (ROW) which is now in conflict with state law. To comply with state law, the city would need to change its ordinance to allow signs in the public ROW. But by following state law to allow political signs in the ROW, it would violate the court’s interpretation of the U.S. Constitution which prohibits content-based regulation.The city’s prohibition on signs in the ROW is content neutral, Shortlidge said.City Administrator Keith Moody asked the council if they wanted to comply with the state law or the federal court decision. Moody said he hated to see the city “open the door” for signs in the boulevard.Mayor Joel Marquardt said he was more comfortable going with the city ordinance and not following state law. Council members agreed to stick with the current city law at present.last_img read more

Belief in chloroquine’s effectiveness is linked to reduced willingness to receive COVID-19 vaccine, study finds

first_imgShare “When the COVID-19 pandemic became a major issue in France and in Europe in general, we saw that, unsurprisingly, conspiracy theories flourished on social media. With my colleagues Kenzo Nera and Sylvain Delouvée (my PhD supervisor), we conducted a couple of studies to better understand this phenomenon and its potential detrimental consequences on the management of the pandemic,” he explained.The researchers conducted two online surveys in March and April, which included 805 participants in total. The findings indicated that “conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 are popular,” Bertin said.In addition, the researchers found that heightened conspiracy mentality and endorsement of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, such as the belief that virus is a Chinese bioweapon, were associated with more negative attitudes towards vaccinations in general and reduced vaccination intentions.“There is a strong negative correlation between these beliefs and intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine will be available, so that the more one believes in conspiracy theories about COVID-19, the less one expresses the willingness to get vaccinated against the disease. This relation held regardless of the specific content of the conspiracy theories: Indeed, the COVID-19 conspiracy theories we included in our studies were unrelated to vaccination, and only one of them referred to pharmaceutical companies,” Bertin told PsyPost.Popular pro-chloroquine conspiracy theories, including the belief that pharmaceutical companies are avoiding chloroquine-based treatments to protect their financial interests, were also associated with more negative attitudes towards vaccinations and reduced vaccination intentions.Anecdotal reports and poorly controlled clinical trials raised hopes that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could be used as potential treatments for COVID-19. Google searches to buy chloroquine spiked by 442% after Donald Trump and Elon Musk endorsed the drug in March.But additional research has failed to find evidence that the medications effectively inhibit the respiratory infection caused by SARS-CoV-2.“Attitude toward chloroquine-based treatment, which has been advocated by various scientists (e.g. French infectious disease specialist Didier Raoult) and political figures (e.g. Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro), was positively correlated with COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs, and negatively correlated with intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” Bertin said.“Interestingly, it is as if chloroquine is perceived as an alternative medicine challenging ‘Big Pharma’, whereas in France, the main chloroquine producer is the multinational pharmaceutical company, Sanofi!”The study — like all research — includes some limitations.“From our findings, we cannot say that COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs are decreasing COVID-19 vaccination intention, or if it is the other way around (past literature, however, suggests that the former causal interpretation is relevant),” Bertin said.“Furthermore, we do not know if participants refusal of being hypothetically vaccinated is solely due to their endorsement of conspiracy beliefs, or also partly to the idea that a (too) quickly commercialized vaccine would not be safe enough, which was not measured in our studies.”But the new findings are in line with previous research, which has found that heightened conspiracy mentality is associated with a reduced willingness to follow official guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. One study even found conspiracy beliefs are linked to lower levels of social distancing over time.Research has also found that heightened conspiracy mentality is associated with increased trust in non-established medical treatments, such as homeopathy and acupuncture.“We believe that future research should investigate practical ways to mitigate the detrimental effects of conspiracy beliefs on sanitary behaviors. It might also be interesting to investigate how one can be so distrustful of vaccines while being at the same time trustful of alternative remedies whose efficacy remains unproven,” Bertin said.He also warned that conspiracy theories should not be dismissed as fringe.“It is important to understand that believing in conspiracy theories, although being consequential, is not a mark of stupidity or gullibility. There are complex psychological and social motives underlying these beliefs, such as dealing with uncertainties or anticipating threats,” Bertin said.The study, “Conspiracy Beliefs, Rejection of Vaccination, and Support for hydroxychloroquine: A Conceptual Replication-Extension in the COVID-19 Pandemic Context“, was authored by Paul Bertin, Kenzo Nera, and Sylvain Delouvée.(Image by visuals3Dde from Pixabay) Share on Facebook People who believe that the antimalarial drug chloroquine is an effective remedy against COVID-19 are less likely to say they will receive a vaccination for the virus when one is available, according to new research published in Frontiers in Psychology.The new study indicates that various conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are associated with a reduced willingness to vaccinate.The lead author of the study, Paul Bertin (@PaulBertin_), is a PhD student at the Université Côte d’Azur in France who has been studying conspiracy theories and their relations to group identities. LinkedIncenter_img Email Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Psychological entitlement predicts non-compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines, study finds

first_imgEmail “We realized that while many individuals were following the guidelines, many others were not. Reports in the news called out many individuals who choose to ignore the health guidelines, referring to these individuals as ‘entitled’. This led us to wonder if psychological entitlement – ‘a personality characteristic whereby an individual feels more deserving of positive outcomes than other people’ – might actually have something to do with why some individuals refuse to follow the COVID-19 guidelines.”“In previous research, my adviser, Doctor Emily Zitek, demonstrated that feelings of psychological entitlement can lead others to fail to follow the rules, especially rules they perceive are unfair. And so we became interested in understanding if people higher in psychological entitlement are similarly less likely to follow the COVID-19 health guidelines,” Schlund said.Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, the researchers surveyed 201 individuals from the United States on April 3, 2020 regarding their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The survey also included an assessment of entitlement, in which the participants indicated the degree to which the agreed with statements such as “I honestly feel I’m just more deserving than others” and “People like me deserve an extra break now and then.”“As we predicted, people higher in psychological entitlement reported less compliance with the COVID-19 health guidelines than people lower in psychological entitlement. For example, people higher in psychological entitlement were more likely to report that they would still attend parties if they felt like it, and that they were not engaging in social distancing, making efforts to wash their hands more, or even simply following the rules put in place by their state,” Schlund told PsyPost.“Further, people higher in psychological entitlement were more likely to report that they believed the threat of the virus was overblown and that they were not very concerned about how ignoring the guidelines could negatively impact others, which may partially explain their noncompliance.”Those higher in entitlement were more likely to report engaging in other health behaviors, such as using dental floss regularly and wearing sunscreen, suggesting that “refusal to follow health guidelines was specific to pandemic-related suggestions.”The survey also asked the participants whether they thought they had had COVID-19. The researchers found that those higher in entitlement were more likely to report that they had contracted the virus. “Thus, it is possible that their refusal to follow the guidelines may have had negative consequences for them,” Schlund said.A second survey of 502 participants conducted on May 1, 2020, replicated the findings.In yet another survey conducted on July 15, 2020, with 301 participants, Schlund and her colleagues tried tapping into self-image concerns to increase compliance with pandemic guidelines.But “appealing to self-image concerns of people who are higher in psychological entitlement by telling them that they would be viewed positively if they followed the guidelines (and negatively if they did not) did not increase compliance with the health guidelines,” Schlund explained. It actually decreased compliance among those high in entitlement, while increasing compliance for those low in entitlement.“This is an important finding because it suggests that not all cues to action or messages to persuade individuals to follow the guidelines work uniformly for all people and may even produce the opposite effect for some,” Schlund told PsyPost.“Our research also makes an important contribution to our understanding of psychological entitlement. In one of the most influential models of psychological entitlement, Grubbs and Exline (2016) propose that psychological entitlement can increase one’s vulnerability to psychological distress. We found that psychological entitlement can also increase one’s susceptibility to contracting a potentially severe illness. Thus, being entitled may pose detrimental effects both psychologically and physically.”The study also uncovered some other relationships between attitudes and compliance with the COVID-19 health guidelines.“In line with theory and other research, participants were more likely to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines if they thought the virus was serious, if they thought they were at a higher risk of getting sick, if they were less likely to think they could handle contracting the virus, and if they were more concerned about the impact of their actions on others,” Schlund said.But, like all research, the new study includes some caveats. Schlund identified a few of the most important limitations:“First, given the nature of our design, we cannot be sure of ‘the specificity of our results to psychological entitlement.’ Our results were robust after controlling for several alternative explanations; however, other variables might account for the relationship. Second our results were fully self-reported, and thus, we do not know if individuals were accurately reporting if they had contracted COVID-19. Third, our participants were all from the United States, and therefore our results do not generalize to other countries,” she said.“Future research should examine if finding ways to address these beliefs (such as through education) could encourage more people to follow the guidelines, especially individuals who are high in psychological entitlement. Yet, in the meantime, the general public should be aware that some individuals, specifically, individuals with a higher sense of entitlement, are less likely to follow the guidelines. Thus, people should take precautionary measures,” Schlund added.The study, “Psychological entitlement predicts noncompliance with the health guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic“, was authored by Emily M. Zitek and Rachel J. Schlund. Share on Twitter People with a greater sense of entitlement are less likely to comply with COVID-19 health guidelines, such as washing their hands more often and social distancing, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences.The research found that those high in psychological entitlement were more likely to report contracting COVID-19, indicating that their non-compliance with health guidelines negatively impacts them.“We initially became interested in this topic because we recognized the importance of motivating individuals to comply with the COVID-19 health guidelines to keep themselves and others healthy and reduce the virus’s spread,” said study author Rachel J. Schlund, a PhD student of organizational behavior at Cornell University. LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Share Share on Facebooklast_img read more

News Scan for Dec 07, 2015

first_imgHawaii dengue cases grow to 139The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) said today that the number of locally acquired dengue fever cases has risen by 27 in less than a week, for a total of 139 cases on the big island of Hawaii.Of the confirmed cases of dengue fever, 122 are in Hawaii residents and 17 involve visitors. Most of the total cases (78%, or 108) have occurred in adults, while 31 cases (22%) involve children. Illness onset occurred from Sep 11 to Nov 28.The HDOH has excluded 424 potential cases due to negative test results or failure to meet case criteria. “This is the first cluster of locally-acquired dengue fever since the 2011 outbreak on Oahu,” the agency said in the update.High- and moderate-risk areas for dengue fever currently lie along the western and eastern coasts of the big island. State health officials continue to conduct vector control activities and monitor for imported cases.Dec 7 HDOH update Chikungunya case total climbs by more than 17,000Regions in the Americas and Caribbean reported 17,398 recent cases of chikungunya, bringing the outbreak total to 1,788,058, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) update late last week.The agency’s previous two updates included 4,370 and 2,556 new cases, respectively, but last week’s update, on Dec 4, included 2 weeks of data. The new infections bring the total this year to 641,289 suspected and confirmed cases. PAHO also reported 1 death, raising that total to 77.Honduras, reporting on 12 weeks of data, had the most cases, 10,168, to raise its 2015 total to 82,008. Colombia, which often has the most cases, was next, with 3,450 new cases to bring its 2015 total to 354,298 cases. Brazil, reporting 6 weeks of data, had 2,506 new cases and 15,650 for the year. Many countries, however, have not reported on chikungunya for weeks.The epidemic began in December 2013 with the first locally acquired chikungunya case ever reported in the Americas, on St. Martin in the Caribbean.Dec 4 PAHO update Large cluster involving fever, rash prompted Panama Zika testingThe World Health Organization (WHO) on Dec 5 confirmed Panama’s first Zika virus infections and provided details on the cases. The first locally acquired cases in the country were first reported last week by local media.The illnesses were detected after Panama’s ministry of health was alerted on Nov 27 of 68 patients with fever and rash on Ustupu island, in Guna Yala province. Samples were obtained from 43 patients, of whom 30 were symptomatic, and sent for testing at the Commemorative Gorgas Institute for Health Studies in Panama.Samples were negative for dengue and chikungunya. Three of 30 samples from symptomatic patients were positive for Zika virus. The patients are all women, age 29, 48, and 58.The WHO said Panama’s health officials have issued a national alert, stepped up mosquito control efforts, and strengthened surveillance.The rapidly emerging disease, spread by Aedes mosquitoes, is especially worrisome, because Brazilian health officials have linked it to a steep rise in microcephaly, or diminished head and brain size.Dec 5 WHO statement Dec 4 CIDRAP News story “Panama reports first Zika virus cases”last_img read more

Air Products to build world-scale hydrogen plant

first_imgSubscribe Get instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270.last_img

Air Liquide signs contract with petroleum group in Oman

first_imgSubscribe Get instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270.last_img

Red Marine Completes Subsea Valve Testing for FMC Technologies

first_imgRed Marine has completed a programme of qualification testing on a new subsea landing string valve system for FMC Technologies. Used during workover operations, the valve allows rapid redistribution of high pressure oil and gas within the landing string system to allow for emergency riser disconnection, the company explained.Speaking about the test programme, Joe Orrell, Managing Director at Red Marine, said: “Having already worked closely with FMC Technologies on a number of projects – including developing an industry first subsea clamp solution – we are delighted to have supported the company with qualifying their new valve design.”“This is a critical subsea component and FMC Technologies prides itself on designing and qualifying its solutions to the very highest industry standards.““Successfully and safely testing equipment to these exacting standards is a significant undertaking and requires a pro-active and intelligent approach. We were delighted to be involved at all stages of the programme – from developing the test procedures, the supply of bespoke test equipment to completion of testing and analysis of results – the project clearly demonstrated the value our testing with intelligence service can provide for clients developing high integrity subsea equipment.”Delivered in 12 weeks, the test programme included the design and supply of the test assembly and its complex multi-pressure hydraulic control system.Working closely with members of the FMC Well Access Systems team, the test equipment was initially used to complete a variety of static pressure tests of up to 15,500 psi (1,067 bar) and cycle tests to assess valve function and seal endurance. On completion of this phase, a series of rapid decompression tests were also completed using water, sand slurry and nitrogen gas test media, Red Marine explained.“We are extremely happy with the proactive and responsive actions taken by Red Marine to ensure that the project ran as smoothly as possible in order to be delivered on time and within budget,” said Matthew Keenan at FMC Technologies. “The company offered a great deal of flexibility and strong communication, both of which has helped us to collectively deliver an extremely high quality result.”last_img read more

Federal Court Orders Trump To Accept New DACA Applications

first_imgA Federal District Court ruled on Friday that the Trump administration must resume accepting new applications for the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, in order to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling issued on June 18, 2020, denying the government’s right to terminate the program. -Have been under 31 years of age on June 15, 2012 (even though you can be age 31 or above now);-Have last entered and remained in the U.S. on or before June 15, 2007, before your 16th birthday;-Have been physically inside the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and on the date of the application;-Not be in lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012, meaning you cannot have been in the U.S. in legal status on that date;-Must be either currently studying or have graduated from high school, earned a GED or have an honorable discharge from the US Armed Forces or the Coast Guard; and-Have not been convicted of a felony or DUI, or convicted of a “significant misdemeanor” or 3 or more misdemeanors of any kind. Following the Supreme Court decision in favor of Dreamers last month, the Trump administration has continued to defiantly refuse to accept new DACA applications. However, as of today, Monday, July 20th, the USCIS Webpage for DACA has not been updated in accordance with either the Supreme Court decision, or the Federal District Court order and instead continues to state that the agency is not accepting any new DACA applications. But more likely than not, this recent court order will eventually force the agency to comply, hopefully sooner, rather than later. Dreamers should visit the USCIS DACA webpage frequently for updates. Once the USCIS does begin accepting new DACA applications again, it’s very important to understand that the eligibility requirements and benefits are the same as under the original Obama DACA program. For instance, if you came to the U.S. even a day after June 15, 2007 you do not qualify. If you came to the U.S. before June 15, 2007, but you were age 16 or above, you do not qualify, even if you came only a day after your 16th birthday. If you were in the U.S. in legal immigration status on June 15, 2012, you do not qualify (for example you were in the U.S. as a visitor and your period of stay (I-94) had not expired by that date). center_img — By Immigration Attorney Caroly Pedersen and American Immigration Central Coming nearly a month after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Judge Grimm’s order means that the DACA policy must be restored to what it was before the Trump administration terminated it in September 2017, mandating that the USCIS resume accepting new DACA requests under the 2012 executive order by Obama. Those who qualify receive a work permit and DACA status, which is renewable every two years. Pay very close attention to the requirements and do not use “magical thinking” when applying, since this is not the safest time to apply for immigration benefits that you are not eligible for. It will unnecessarily expose your personal information and that of your family to the Trump administration. Technical details absolutely govern whether or not an individual is eligible. To be eligible under the requirements of the DACA program, you must:last_img read more

Cocaine ‘treasure island’ found off Puerto Rico

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Cocaine ‘treasure island’ found off Puerto Rico by: – August 15, 2012 Cocaine. Photo credit: topnews.aeFAJARDO, Puerto Rico — Federal and state law enforcement agencies in Puerto Rico recently uncovered a “hidden treasure” consisting of approximately 18 pounds of bricked cocaine buried in an area protected by Fish and Wild Life Reserve at the Municipal Island of Culebra, Puerto Rico. The hidden contraband allegedly was buried there several years before, after it washed up on the small island of Culebra. It is alleged that an unknown individual found and hid the contraband as far back as seven years ago. Supposedly he told a friend, Rodney Hyden, 54, of the buried “treasure” and Hyden was seeking help to transport it from Puerto Rico to Florida. As part of an undercover operation that began in early June in Jacksonville, Florida, federal and state agencies worked together to find and seize the drugs. On Thursday, federal agents and authorities from Puerto Rico, using maps provided by Hyden, found the spot and unearthed a bag containing approximately 18 pounds of bricked cocaine. CBP officers seized the drug and turned it over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for continuation of the investigation.Hyden was arrested on Friday in St Augustine, Florida, after he attempted to receive the contraband from undercover agents.Caribbean News Now Share Sharecenter_img Share 28 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more