Six Injured in Indiana Helicopter Crash

first_imgNOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Six people have suffered minor injuries after a helicopter made a rough landing into a central Indiana corn field.The Indianapolis Star and WTHR-TV quote the Noblesville Fire Department as saying the crash occurred just after 6 p.m. southeast of Noblesville.Fire Capt. Rick Russell says the single-engine Eurocopter EC130 with six occupants was flying to Indianapolis from Fort Wayne when it encountered heavy rain and tried to divert to Noblesville Airport. The aircraft circled once, then crashed on its side in a harvested cornfield a few hundred feet behind a homeAll six escaped the aircraft before it burst into flames.last_img

Scholar analyzes Latin American constitutions

first_imgDebates regarding the Constitution are commonplace in America, and not just in the United States. In a lecture Thursday titled “The Politics of Constitutional Change in Latin America,” Gabriel L. Negretto, associate professor of political studies at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE) in Mexico City, said constitutional discussions occupy a central place in Latin American politics.Whereas constitutional disputes in the United States typically concern interpretation, debates in Latin America have largely focused on substantive reform and in some cases, on complete replacement of the constitution in question. Negretto said he developed a two-level theory that attributes constitutional reforms both to ‘efficiency considerations,’ which legitimize the call for reform, and ‘partisan considerations,’ which influence the shape of a specific reform.“I argue … that the relative impact of partisan interests and power resources varies across cases, across individual cases, according to two factors,” Negretto said. “One is the triggering event, and the other is the level of electoral uncertainty.”Negretto said any explanation of reform necessitates an understanding of both problems inciting reform and short-term interests of actors in a setting of limited power resources.Negretto drew original inspiration to explore constitutional changes in Latin America from the rate at which these changes occurred, he said.“I realized that constitutional change [in Latin America] was much more frequent than you would expect based on the idea of the constitutional moment being an extraordinary political event,” he said. “Since Independence up to 2009, there have been 194 constitutions in Latin America.”Negretto said these observations led him to question the common assertion that constitutions are made infrequently and only in very particular circumstances.  He said he was “increasingly skeptical” of this idea, and his dissatisfaction prompted him to write his recent book, Making Constitutions: Presidents, Parties, and Institutional Choice in Latin America.Negretto said he tested the theory behind his book through the use of statistical analysis to examine 67 instances of constitutional reform.  He said he also conducted four case studies — two of reforms in Argentina, and reforms in Columbia and Ecuador.He said he found a significant difference in conditions of reform in which the reform coalition comprised only those of the president’s party, as opposed to coalitions that represented cross-party interests.  An analysis of party interests and power resources insufficiently explains reform during moments of high levels of electoral uncertainty as well as in instances of institutional crisis.Negretto concluded the lecture with a reflection on the advantages and disadvantages of Latin American government and addressed a question regarding the noteworthy differences between constitutional politics in the United States, where lawmakers have made relatively few changes to the Constitution, and in Latin America, where changes come every few years.“When you have a mature constitutional system, formal rules do not matter much,” he said. “Ironically, formal institutions become more important in unstable constitutional countries.”Tags: Constitutions, latin america, political sciencelast_img read more

Outerbike – The Best Way to Ride Moab, Demo 2012 Bikes & Eat Free…

first_imgOur friends over at Western Spirit will be putting on their second Outerbike this year, which is perhaps the best, cheapest way for you to go ride Moab. Consider this a mini-endorsement because a) we like the guys at WS even though they made me ride an extra two hours one day at Scottweek (c’mon Mark, you knew that was coming…heh, heh…I know it was an accident) and b) because this is a killer deal and having this many different bikes on hand to play with while chatting up the manufacturers is a great opportunity.In a nutshell, for $150 you get to demo 2012 bikes from the manufacturers listed after the break (there’s a lot of them!), try new gear, get free lunch, beer and movies and all for less than the cost of renting a good bike for two days from one of the local shops. Here’s how Western Spirit owner Mark answered the question “Why should someone go to Outerbike?”:Because if you want to “do” Moab – there’s no better deal out there! I mean really, $150 bucks can barely get you two days of high end rentals in town. Signing up for Outerbike gets you three days of high end demos, free shuttles, lunches, movies & more. In addition, it’s turned into a bit of an end of season party for the cycling community here in Moab. The locals are super stoked to show off their backyard, have a party and welcome everyone in. Plus it’s during some of the best weather we get all season so you can work on your tan without getting too sweaty!Wanna see the brands that’ll be demoing? Click more and pack your gear, the event is October 7-9, 2011…Just one of the trails you’ll get to ride at Outerbike while thrashing 2012 rigs from top brands.PARTICIPATING BRANDS:PivotMaverickSanta CruzRocky MountainBHYetiTrekSpecializedIbisTurnerMarinKonaNorcoMasiIntenseHaroGiantEllsworthNinerCannondale & GT might be there, too, they’re unconfirmed as of this posting. Plus, there are several clothing and gear brands on hand showing off all their goodies. If you’re not in the industry and going to Interbike, this is your chance to play the role.last_img read more

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. 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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

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Air Liquide signs contract with petroleum group in Oman

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