On a random Wednesday night in the cold of January, fans traveled from all corners of New York City, from all along East Coast – I heard some peope from as far as the Carolinas – and smuggled in pineapples, pizza, and giant Fatheads into Output, creating the wildest party of this young year.The reason? Destructo, a name that many not be familiar to your average dance music fan, stopped in New York on his Ship2Ship tour, bringing friends Anna Lunoe, Motez, and T. Williams.You may still be confused. Destructo, real name Gary Richards, is the founder of HARD Events – producer of HARD Summer, Day Of The Dead, and the cult-like Holy Ship!, which took place a little over a week ago (and will take place again next month). This event in NYC acted as sort of a meet up for those suffering from addiction to all things Holy Ship! – a breed of dedicated dance music fans who call themselves ShipFam, who wait all year for Holy Ship, the ultimate party. Having Destructo, affectionately referred to as The HARDFather, performing nearby, is enough to get the gang all together, the pineapples out, the flags waving, and temporary tattoos back on. It’s like meeting up with all your camp friends after summer camp is over.Thanks to Holy Ship!, Destructo’s DJ career has reached new heights. Last year he was signed to Insomniac/Interscope, and recently released his ‘West Coast EP,’ which mixed bouncy house beats with west coast hip hop heavyweights like Too $hort, YG, and Kurupt. He also performed a much attended ‘Sunday Sermon’ on Holy Ship! from 5:30-8:30, after some ShipFam found out that Destructo performed 6:00am dance parties in the early 90s and requested it. The Sermon was one of the most talked about sets on a boat filled with dance music royalty like A-Trak, Boys Noize, and Knife Party, It’s this interaction, the close relationship between artist and fans, that makes Holy Ship! so special. That feeling translated into Output’s small confines on Wednesday. Many people claimed that it felt like they were back on the boat – surrounded by great music and like minded people. For those in attendance who had never been on Holy Ship!, it must have been a unique experience to see all of these people in outfits, waving flags, showing affection – but you fall right in line. ShipFam are a very inviting group of people.
The role is called a tactical paramedic. Because the number of SWAT calls has increased in Johnson County over the past three years, Johnson County Med-Act is training three more paramedics to handle the SWAT responsibilities. By the end of September, Johnson County Med-Act will have a total of 12 tactical medics. MORE LENEXA, Kan. (KSHB, 41 Action News) From a barricade to a hostage situation, and from escorting a dignitary to making a high-risk arrest, the SWAT team responds to it all. And in Johnson County, when one of the six SWAT teams serving the county responds, a paramedic is on board.
by John McClaughry Two weeks from now new Governor Phil Scott will give his inaugural address to the legislature, and a week or so later they’ll receive his budget proposal for FY2018, which begins in July. Governor Scott campaigned on the attractive idea that “state budget spending will not grow faster than the economy or your wages.” Exactly what that means remains unclear. Is it General Fund spending, or that plus Transportation and Education Fund spending? Does it also include Federal funds? And whose wages?Keeping that promise requires overcoming the “Hungry Alligator”. This is the open-jawed gap between expected revenues and promised spending, as viewed on a multiyear graph. The Joint Fiscal Committee estimates that gap to be $55-$75 million for the General Fund. But as former Finance and Management Commissioner Tom Pelham has repeatedly pointed out, much, though not all, of that shortfall is based on requested increases from the previous year’s spending levels, that can be modified or rejected.Some budget categories simply can’t be cut: interest on the state debt ($71 million); the ironclad transfer of $303 million to the Education Fund to hold down property taxes; and the annual required contributions to keep the liabilities of the state employees and teachers retirement plans from falling even further behind. The former is 70.9% funded; the latter 55.3%; the two plans’ total unfunded liability is now $4.6 billion.Another imperative is new money to combat the runoff pollution that afflicts the north end of Lake Champlain. Vermont is under an agreement with the EPA to come through with $67 million from somewhere.The tendency of the legislature’s liberal majority, of course, is to raise more revenue to meet the inexhaustible supply of desirable things to do with taxpayer dollars. Raising income tax rates or the sales tax rate won’t fit with the Governor’s idea of “affordability”. He was boosted into office largely because of his firm promise to veto a carbon tax and any extension of the sales tax to services. No new revenues there.The past three legislatures have raised taxes on a wide range of things, from soda to health insurance claims to home heating oil, but finally balked on Gov. Shumlin’s proposed payroll tax increases to fund more health care experiments. They’ve pretty much squeezed out all that can be had from new revenue sources or higher tax rates.Governor Scott has promised a “pro growth pro jobs” economic policy that would increase revenues, plus serious efforts to “make government work better.” Both are difficult, and both will take more time than the 2018 budget process can wait for. About the only immediate choice is to find ways to reduce or postpone spending.A number of states – Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, Washington – have improved state finances and economies by a thoroughgoing performance review, managed by a dedicated and fearless commission not under the thumb of politicians. In fact, Vermont Democrats proposed just such an effort in 2004, but their candidate didn’t win the governor’s race, and the liberal Democratic majorities in House and Senate had little interest in any such confining process. They would do well to put their proposal back on the agenda.But ever if everyone gets on board with that idea – far from likely – that can’t happen between now and June. That will leave the budget writers with the painful task of shaving here, stretching out there, providing less, and trying to kick the fiscal can down the road. The trouble is, that after six years of galloping government, that can is now a lot bigger than the feet hoping to kick it.In March 2015 the House Appropriations chair Mitzi Johnson put some sensible language into the 2016 bill. It called forbending the rate of spending growth to bring the expenditure pressures in line with revenue growth to end the cycle of annual budget gaps;moving toward budgeting based on using less than 100 percent of forecasted revenue to build a reserve which can help offset the variability of revenues that comes with a progressive tax system and the risk of reliance on federal funds; andexploring a two-year budgeting cycle where the interim year will be such as to allow time to be spent focusing on program performance, results-based analysis, and evidenced-based program evaluation. This is sound thinking. As the next Speaker, Johnson will have a great opportunity to take the lead in making this happen, although it will not come without pain. Phil Scott has shown over the years that he can work with Democrats. This is one area in which they all really need to cooperate, beginning on Day One.John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (ethanallen.org(link is external)).
Share The authors report 2.3 percent of fathers (82 men) were affected by elevated ADS during their partner’s pregnancy and 4.3 percent of fathers (153 men) were affected by elevated PDS nine months after the child was born.Elevated depression symptoms for men during a partner’s pregnancy were associated with perceived stress and fair to poor health, while elevated depression symptoms in fathers after a child’s birth were associated with perceived stress in pregnancy, no longer being in a relationship with the mother, having fair to poor health, being unemployed and having a history of depression, according to the article.Limitations of the study include that the results may not be generalizable to the first and second trimesters of pregnancy or to the period immediately following the child’s birth.“Only relatively recently has the influence of fathers on children been recognized as vital for adaptive psychosocial and cognitive development. Given that paternal depression can have direct or indirect effects on children, it is important to recognize and treat symptoms among fathers early and the first step in doing that is arguably increasing awareness among fathers about increased risks,” the article concludes. Share on Twitter Email Share on Facebook LinkedIn Men who were stressed or in poor health had elevated depression symptoms when their partners were pregnant and nine months after the birth of their child, according to the results of a study of expectant and new fathers in New Zealand published online by JAMA Psychiatry.The research by Lisa Underwood, Ph.D., of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and coauthors follows up on their studies of perinatal depression in mothers.The current study examined antenatal depression symptoms (ADS, before birth) and postnatal depression symptoms (PDS, after birth) in 3,523 men who completed interviews while their partner was in the third trimester of pregnancy and nine months after the birth of their child. The men were an average age of 33 at the antenatal interview. Pinterest
Feb 24, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – In the wake of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today took the long-discussed step of recommending seasonal flu immunizations for nearly everyone, leaving out only small babies.The step extends the recommendation to all adults for the first time. Previous ACIP recommendations for seasonal flu immunization covered about 85% of the population but excepted healthy adults aged 19 to 49 who are not close contacts of people at risk for serious flu complications. Babies younger than 6 months are also excluded, as vaccination is considered too risky for them.The new recommendation, which passed on a 12-0 vote with one abstention, was prompted in part by factors related to the H1N1 pandemic, including its impact on younger adults, the recognition of obesity as a possible risk factor for severe disease, and disproportionate effects on minority groups. The pandemic virus will be included in the 2010-11 seasonal vaccine.A universal recommendation will simplify and clarify the government’s advice about flu immunization, ACIP members said in voicing support for the move today. The group’s meeting was streamed over the Web.In a news release after the meeting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, “Many people in currently recommended ‘higher risk’ groups are unaware of their risk factor or that they are recommended for vaccination. The ACIP discussion also recognized the practicality and value of issuing a simple and clear message regarding the importance of influenza vaccination in the hopes that this would remove impediments to vaccination and expand coverage.”Today’s vote completes a series of steps the ACIP has taken over the years to extend flu vaccine recommendations to more of the population. The last big change came with the 2008-09 flu season, when the panel recommended immunization for all school-age children.Dr. Anthony Fiore of the CDC’s Influenza Division reported to the committee the findings of a CDC working group that recommended moving to universal flu immunization.”We estimate only about 15% of the population does not have an indication for vaccination at this point,” he said.About half of adults between ages 19 and 49 already have an indication for vaccination, because of pregnancy or having close contact with risk groups, such as children under 5, adults with chronic health conditions, and older adults, Fiore said.Universal vaccination has been discussed by the ACIP for years. The decision to bring it up again now, he said, was sparked by developments during the H1N1 pandemic, including:About 87% of hospitalizations and deaths occurred in people younger than 65, including many in the 19-49-year-old group.H1N1 triggered unprecedented demand for both the H1N1 and seasonal vaccines.H1N1-like viruses are likely to continue circulating during the next flu season.Another factor that helped drive the move was the finding that a disproportionate number of those severely affected by H1N1 were obese, Fiore reported. He said one unpublished analysis found obesity to be an independent risk factor for severe illness, and 34% of the population is obese (including 5% who are morbidly obese).Still another factor supporting universal vaccination is the increased impact of H1N1 on minority groups, he said. African-Americans and Hispanics have had higher hospitalization rates, while American Indians and Alaska natives had fourfold higher mortality, compared with other groups.Fiore said the working group looked at several options, including adding new risk factor indications or making a “provisional” universal immunization recommendation as a trial for this season. Everyone favored moving to the universal recommendation, with the main issue being whether to adopt it immediately or phase it in, he reported.The working group decided to suggest two options: to recommend vaccination of all adults for the 2010-11 season, or to recommend “annual vaccination of all adults starting in September or as soon as vaccine is available, but no later than the 2011-12 season,” he said.Those who supported immediate adoption said H1N1 will continue to circulate and hit young adults, and they were concerned that a phased approach might cause confusion and would fail to take advantage of new immunization approaches tried during the pandemic, Fiore said.Those views were echoed during the ensuing ACIP discussion, in which most members expressed support for going to full adoption immediately.”We’ve been practicing creeping staging of this for the past 15 years,” said member Dr. Franklyn N. Judson, MD, of the Colorado School of Public Health. He said the number of manufacturers has increased, making vaccine supply less of a concern than in the past.Also, he said, “It’s more difficult and costly to sort out the 15% for whom it’s not recommended than to just go ahead and order it for everybody.”Kris Ehresmann, immunization director for the Minnesota Department of Health, commented, “I think in an ideal world we’d be looking at implementing a universal vaccination recommendation while we already had an infrastructure in place for an adult vaccination program, but we don’t live in an ideal world, so we should move forward in the absence of that.”Susan Lett, MD, MPH, of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said most immunization program managers favor a phased approach and feel that immediate full adoption will be burdensome for the public sector. She commented that vaccine orders for next fall have already been prebooked.Janet Englund, MD, of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, said she favored a phased approach because of likely administrative and logistical problems. When the recommendation to vaccinate school-age children was made, pediatricians welcomed the fact that it was phased in, she said.Dr. Dale Morse, a former ACIP member who is now a liaison representative from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, said he voted against a move to universal recommendation about 4 years ago, when the proposal failed on a 7-8 vote, because he felt the plan hadn’t been adequately studied. But he said the case for it has since been made and has now been strengthened by the pandemic experience.Referring to all those now targeted for vaccination, Morse added, “When you added all these groups together, you covered almost everybody anyway, so why not go for the gold?”The discussion ended with a 12-0 vote in favor of immediately recommending universal vaccination, with Englund abstaining. The vote was greeted by a round of applause form the crowded meeting room.See also: ACIP sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/
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The National Crime Agency (NCA) opened for business today as the home secretary published the government’s strategy to ‘relentlessly pursue’ organised and serious crime. The agency replaces a number of existing crime-fighting bodies including the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, but will have significantly less funding.Labour chairman of the Home Affairs select committee Keith Vaz has questioned whether the budget will be sufficient, as the organisations forming the agency have a combined budget of £812m, but the agency will have only £473.9m next year.It is the third time since 1998 that the crime agency has been re-jigged. The Home Office said the NCA will provide a ‘national lead’ against organised crime.It will tackle crime under four commands – organised crime, economic crime, border and policing and child exploitation and protection, alongside a National Cyber Crime Unit.The Home Office estimate that more than 5,500 organised crime groups operate in the UK involving around 37,000 individuals and costing more than £24bn each year.The organised crime strategy, announced today, uses the counter-terrorism framework to set out action that will be taken ‘at every opportunity’ to ‘relentlessly disrupt’ serious and organised criminals.It focuses on preventing people from getting involved in organised crime, improving Britain’s protection against serious and organised criminality and ensuring communities, victims and witnesses are supported when serious and organised crimes occur.Measures in the strategy include strengthened powers to attack and seize criminal assets; a crackdown on foreign organised criminals operating in this country; more aggressive use of serious crime prevention orders and travel restriction orders; and a cyber emergency response team to deal with the most serious cyber attacks, including cyber crime.Announcing the strategy, Theresa May (pictured), the home secretary, said: ‘Organised crime is a threat to our national security so it needs a national response to turn the full force of the state against those behind the most serious crimes. For too long, too many organised criminals have been able to remain one step ahead. This new strategy will deliver the relentless disruption of organised criminals at every opportunity.’ Director general of the NCA Keith Bristow said the NCA will ‘provide leadership and national co-ordination to continuously disrupt organised criminals’ in support of the government’s strategy.Labour dismissed the change as ‘re-branding exercise’. Shadow policing minister David Hanson questioned the level of funding and suggested the organisation is not strong enough to deal with the exponential growth of economic and online crime.
Rapidly expanding national firm DWF is aiming to acquire more practices across the UK, managing partner Andrew Leaitherland has told the Gazette.Revenues at the firm rose by 84% to £188m in 2013, following a string of acquisitions, including collapsed national firm Cobbetts.Leaitherland (pictured) said that while merging with a similarly sized firm would be ‘culturally too much of a challenge’, there are opportunities ‘in the sub-£50m space or even with sub-£10m niche practices’.‘We may be looking for something in Dublin in terms of commercial services, or an insurance practice in Scotland. And there are certain niche areas in London and Birmingham. But it’s less about the location and more about the opportunity.’Leaitherland said he expects turnover and profits for 2013/14 to be modest, as the firm has concentrated on ‘consolidating’ its spate of acquisitions.Last year’s Cobbetts deal brought in nearly 500 people, including 72 partners. About 40 support staff were made redundant.In 2012/13 DWF also acquired Scottish firm Biggart Baillie and professional indemnity firm Fishburns.‘Our focus has been on consolidation and investment. So while we’ll have grown revenue, this won’t be a massive growth year like the last few years. Likewise we will not show massive growth in profits, as we have been investing in our people and in IT systems,’ Leaitherland said. ‘Deloitte is predicting 5% growth in the market, so it will be interesting to see how we compare.’
Miami Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime is condemning a recent job ad declaring “No Haitian” should apply, from south florida-based home health aid company, Interim Healthcare.“It is completely unacceptable that any company in 21st Century America would consider placing such a racist and discriminatory ad,” Chairman Monestime said. “I call upon the U.S. attorney general to investigate this company for its blatant violation of the Civil Rights Act. The days of no blacks, no Jews or no any other ethnicity need apply are over.Monestime is demanding that the Attorney General investigate the Florida based company to find out if the company has a record of discrimination and racism against individuals of haitian descentThe company has since apologized for the ad, posted in a New York City pennysaver for their New York branch, calling it unacceptable and offensive.