In addition to high-profile gigs as part of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, keyboard soundscape master Marco Benevento has been hard at work touring behind his latest solo album The Story Of Fred Short, released this past April on the Royal Potato Family imprint.Just last Friday, Benevento released a new music for “Live A Certain Life” that perfectly captures his whimsical nature. Check it out below:You can catch Marco on the road throughout this month, including five shows with Eric Krasno and a set at Suwannee Hulaween on October 27th. After a stretch of various Almost Dead shows at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, Benevento’s tour will resume at the end of January for a nine-show northeast leg. You can see all of Marco’s upcoming tour dates below:October 18 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry **October 19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre **October 20 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West **October 21 – Asheville, NC – New Mountain **October 22 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House **October 27 – Live Oak, FL – HulaweenJan. 31 – Buffalo, NY – Iron WorksFeb. 1 – Ithaca, NY – The RongoFeb 2 – Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn BowlFeb 3 – Albany NY – The HollowFeb 4 – Burlington VT – Higher GroundFeb 7 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer SpaceFeb 8 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway ArtsFeb 9 – Boston MA – The SinclairFeb 10 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall** w/ Eric KrasnoTickets for all shows are available via his website.
A treatment model designed to accommodate the beliefs and concerns of Chinese immigrants appears to significantly improve the recognition and treatment of major depression in this typically underserved group.In a report in the December American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team describes how their model for screening and assessing patients for depression in a primary care setting increased the percentage of depressed patients entering treatment nearly sevenfold.“Ours is the first study to incorporate a culturally sensitive interview into a collaborative care model in order to address disparities in mental illness treatment among ethnic minorities in primary care,” says the report’s lead author Albert Yeung of the MGH Department of Psychiatry and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “The model appears to be a promising way to treat this population, which highly underutilizes mental health services.”Yeung and his co-authors note that, while major depression is just as common among Asian Americans as in the overall U.S. population, a lack of familiarity with mental illness and a cultural stigma against psychiatric disorders lead to most cases of depression among Asian Americans going unrecognized and untreated. Language barriers, a tendency to seek medical care for physical symptoms only, and lack of cultural sensitivity among health care providers can further exacerbate the disparity.To overcome these barriers, the MGH team devised a culturally sensitive collaborative treatment model that incorporates systematic depression screening at all primary care visits, contacting those who screened positive for depression to recommend assessment, and designed an assessment protocol designed to explore patients’ cultural beliefs. Patients who chose to enter treatment received either usual care or care management, which included regular telephone contact with a care manager along with depression treatment by a primary care physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist.The study tested this model among patients of the South Cove Community Health Center in Boston’s Chinatown, where Yeung is on staff. Completion of a bilingual health questionnaire has been part of routine primary care at the health center for more than a decade, and the research team reviewed screening results for 4,228 adult Chinese immigrants who came to South Cove for primary care visits between late 2004 and early 2007. The almost 300 patients who screened positive for depression were contacted within two weeks of their screening by investigators, who informed patients of their results, told them about the study and recommended more focused psychiatric assessment.While more than half the contacted patients declined further treatment, 122 came in for the assessment. In addition to a standard survey of depression symptoms, the assessment asked participants how they would describe their symptoms, what they believed caused them, how symptoms affected their daily lives, and what they hoped that treatment would accomplish. Based on participants’ answers, the assessing clinicians were able to communicate information about depression in more comprehensible ways, using the participants’ language and illness beliefs. Of the 104 participants whose depression diagnosis was confirmed in the assessment, 100 agreed to enter treatment — 96 percent of those with a confirmed diagnosis and 43 percent of those who had screened positive on the original questionnaire. Prior to this study, only 6.5 percent of South Cove patients with a positive depression screening result entered treatment.Participants — who could choose to receive treatment from their primary care physician or from a psychiatrist or other therapist at the health center — were randomized to receive either usual depression care or care management. At the end of the 24-week study period, more than half the participants in both treatment groups had symptom improvement rates as good as or better than those reported by several large-scale depression treatment studies. While there were no significant differences in response between the usual and managed care groups, the authors believe that could be explained by the high percentages of both groups who chose to receive care from South Cove-based psychiatrists.“Our model appears to be very promising, but it needs to be tested at other centers,” says Yeung. “Similar models could be designed and tested to help other minority populations who have cultural barriers that prevent receiving mental health services.” Additional co-authors of the AJPH report are Irene Shyu, Lauren Fisher, Shirley Wu, Huaiyu Yang, and senior author Maurizio Fava all of MGH Psychiatry. The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute for Mental Health.
The three tickets running for Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president presented their platforms in the dining hall Wednesday night.Juniors Nicole O’Toole and Marissa Pie’, who are running for president and vice president, respectively, shared a platform based on increasing communication and voicing students’ concerns.O’Toole, who is currently the junior class president, said she was inspired to run in the election after she heard the quote “honor tradition and pioneer change.” She said her ticket seeks to serve as a liaison between the students and College administration. “I firmly believe that my experience has prepared me to take on this role,” O’Toole said. “We will work hard to improve communication. We promise [that] students’ voices are heard.”Pie’ currently serves as market research and media committee co-chair for the Student Government Association (SGA). She said placing a suggestion box in the dining hall could benefit communication between SGA and students.Juniors McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorhead, who are running for president and vice president, also spoke about their platform. Schuster, currently the vice president of internal affairs for SGA, said she aims to emphasize the College’s mission statement.Moorhead, currently the Social Concerns Committee chair for SGA, said her ticket also plans to explore administrative transparency, an increased role for Senate, improved communication and the use of Dalloway’s Coffeehouse as a study space or café. She said Senate meetings enable students to provide input on major decisions. “Our priority is to promote meetings and ensure students have a way to make their voices heard,” she said.Moorhead said she and Schuster also want to enhance the Saint Mary’s community by increasing attendance at sporting events.“It’s important to support each other in endeavors outside of the classroom,” she said.Junior presidential and vice presidential candidates Anna Ulliman and Elizabeth Kenney presented a platform focused on the legacy of each Belle. They have no prior SGA experience, but they said one of their goals is to foster a more connected community.Ulliman said her ticket plans to implement Belle Legacy Days for students to engage in service one day per semester. Ulliman and Kenney said they also plan to host a dinner symposium during the school year that includes a weekend of alumnae visits as a networking experience for current and past Belles.Kenney said another of her ticket’s priorities is placing a physical calendar of campus events in the lobby of each residence hall.Ulliman said each student should be able to make the College her home.“We hope we can make [Saint Mary’s] a place that is great for the next four years, but also far into the future,” she said.Voting opens Monday morning and ends at 11:45 p.m. Students can submit their vote on Belle Tower through OrgSync.Tags: Student Government Association
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PexelsOLEAN – A man was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated following a hit-and-run crash on Delevan Avenue in Olean Monday.New York State Police say Richard Kehler, 43, of Olean, fled the scene prior to trooper’s arrival.Police report Kehler was later located at his residence where he allegedly refused a standardized field sobriety test.Kehler was then arrested and transported to the State Police Barracks in Olean, where troopers say he refused to submit to a chemical breath test. Police say he was released with appearance tickets for Olean City Court, where he is due to appear later this month.
Recent rainfall has led to an explosion of mushrooms in lawns and mulched areas. Most of these fungi are completely harmless, though some consider them annoying. Mushrooms are plantsMushrooms do not contain chlorophyll, but they are considered plants. They are the fruiting bodies of fungi that live below the soil surface. Fungi are a vital part of a healthy soil ecosystem. It’s a misconception that mushrooms are a sign of soil problems; they help break down dead plants and other organic matter in the soil and provide nutrients for other plants. Mushrooms usually emerge when rain follows extended dry periods. Dry weather stresses the fungi, and when water becomes available, it triggers the reproductive mechanism and mushrooms pop up. Several types of fungi can show up in the landscape.Nuisance fungi are most common on hardwood bark mulches and wood chips as well as in lawns where trees have been removed. When trees are removed, much of their root system is left behind to decay. This provides an ample source of nutrition for mushrooms. Dog vomit and stinkhornsOne of the most eye-catching, mulch inhabiting fungi is a type of slime mold commonly referred to as dog vomit. Fuligo septica, the scientific name for this slime mold, typically occurs on mulch. This bright yellow or orange growth usually begins as small areas a few inches across but can rapidly grow up to several feet in diameter. As it dries it fades to brown and tan. Slime molds do not harm plants and usually dry up within a few days of forming. One of their more curious characteristics is that they are actually able to move two or three feet a day. If their appearance is offensive, scoop them up and add them to the compost pile or throw them away. Another interesting fungus family is the Phallaceae which includes the mushrooms known as stinkhorns. Most people smell stinkhorns before they see them. While their smell or appearance may be undesirable, stinkhorns are beneficial to the landscape by helping to break down decaying plant material. Stinkhorns do not harm landscape plants or grasses. If the smell is unbearable, remove the mushroom and place in into a sealable plastic container. The octopus stinkhorn is one of the most common and most putrid. The name octopus stinkhorn is fitting for this mushroom that looks like an orange octopus popping out of mulch. It emits a very foul odor.Stinkhorns grow from egg-like sacks that can be found in the mulch they inhabit. The stinkhorn and egg-like sack are the reproductive parts of a larger body mass made up of white, thin threads known as hyphae. Like all mushrooms, removing just the visible growth does not get rid of the fungus because the majority of its body is left behind. Fairy rings are hard to controlCircles or partial circles of mushrooms, called fairy rings, mark where a colony of fungi is hard at work decaying organic material. The fingers of the fungi extend radially from the colony, and mushrooms grow where the fingers emerge from the soil. Fairy rings are the hardest mushrooms to deal with. They are hard to control and produce toxins that can kill grass. When you remove the mushrooms, you could still be left with a dead patch of grass. Another interesting specimen is the Bolete, easily identified by its pores. Boletes form a mutually-beneficial relationship, called mycorrhizal association, with the roots of trees and other plants. As the fungus invades the roots it frees minerals from the soil and allows the host tree to absorb them. In return, the fungus obtains vitamins and other organic materials from its host. If these mushrooms are unsightly, remove them by hand-picking. Keep kids and pets awayThe main reasons to remove mushrooms are to keep children and pets from eating them and to improve a lawn’s appearance. Never eat an unidentified mushroom, as some mushrooms are poisonous to humans and animals. The best way to keep mushrooms out of your landscape is to irrigate before the lawn gets too dry. If it stays somewhat moist, the fungus will stay underground and will not produce mushrooms. The lawns that tend to be covered with the most mushrooms are those that never get watered during droughts.To rid your lawn of mushrooms, pull them up, kick them over or run over them with the lawn mower. This will keep them from releasing the spores that spread the fungi. Aerate your lawn to prevent further damage to your turfgrass. After aerating the soil, water the area to dilute any toxins and wash them through the soil profile. If a patch of grass is dead, re-establish that area next spring, and keep it moist to prevent new mushroom growth.
Governor Jim Douglas, Human Services Secretary Charles Smith, and consumer and peer advocates recently kicked-off one of the most significant reorganization of government services in more than two decades.A year ago, the Agency of Human Services embarked on an intensive effort to transform the way it delivers services. After months of meetings, focus groups and surveys, a plan for reorganization was presented to the legislature and approved in the waning days of the session.Beginning July 1st, the Agency began a major transition toward a service delivery system that is simpler, easier to access and centered on the strengths of individuals and families. The transformation is expected to take at least three years.
Ohio: ‘Worst energy bill of the 21st century’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Vox:The bill, just signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, is called HB 6. Though the story behind it is complex and sordid, the bill itself is pretty simple. It would do four things:Bail out two nuclear plants: From 2021 until 2027, Ohio ratepayers will pay a new monthly surcharge on their electricity bills, from 85 cents for residential customers up to $2,400 for big industrial customers. The surcharge will produce about $170 million a year; $150 million of that will be used by the utility FirstEnergy Solutions to subsidize its two big nuclear power plants — Davis-Besse, outside of Toledo, and Perry, northeast of Cleveland — which it claims are losing money and will be closed in the next couple of years without bailouts. The remaining $20 million will be divided among six existing solar projects in rural areas of the state. (Note: As we’ll discuss below, nuclear power plants generate low-carbon energy and are worth saving. But not like this.)Bail out two coal plants: FirstEnergy customers across Ohio will pay an additional monthly surcharge ($1.50 for residential customers; up to $1,500 for big industrials) to help bail out two old, hyper-polluting coal plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (a collective owned by several large utilities), one in Ohio, one in Indiana.Gut renewable energy standards: Ohio has one of the oldest renewable portfolio standards in the country, requiring its utilities to get 12.5 percent of their power from renewables by 2027. The bill reduces the target to 8.5 percent by 2026, exempts large industrial customers, and kills the standard after 2026, effectively nullifying any incentive for new renewable energy development in the state.Gut energy efficiency standards: Ohio utilities are required to reduce customers’ energy use 22 percent from 2008 levels by 2027 through energy efficiency programs (which were set to save Ohio ratepayers $4 billion over the next 10 years). HB 6 allows utilities to abandon those programs entirely once they hit 17.5 percent, a level most have almost reached already.More: Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st century
Our favorite videos from around the web for the week that was:1. How to Be a Mountain BikerI like this video for several reasons. One is because it is so true. The other because I used to drive that exact red Honda Civic hatchback, and yes, my bike was more expensive. And the other, other is because 29 steps is the perfect amount of steps.2. Mending the LineWe first brought you this video project on 90-year-old WWII vet, fly fishing guide, romantic and all around badass legend Frank Moore when it was just a Kickstarter campaign back in April. Now it has an official trailer. Get the tissues, buy the movie.“Mending the Line” (Trailer) – Official Selection, IF4 2014 from IF4 on Vimeo.3. Return to Powder SkiingSeveral regional resorts have seen snow in the past couple of days so we’ll sprinkle in some sweet skiing action from Salomon FreeSki TV for your viewing pleasure. Anyone want to go to Canada?4. Best POV Ever?Remember all those massive backflips at the 2013 Red Bull Rampage? Yeah, here’s the first person view. Kinda wish this was like one of those Days of Thunder/Body Wars rides at the amusement park.5. Over ExposedWe’ll wrap by covering all our bases with a little climbing action. This one features cool shots of rock climbing and bouldering, plus lots of grunting.
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo October 19, 2017 During the 2017 South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC), held in Lima, Peru, from August 22nd to 24th, several discussion panels were organized to address issues in a group format. For example, one panel focused on several countries’ cyberdefense strategies. Colombia took part in it as a South American leader in this area. In order to examine cyberdefense and other topics involving the Colombian Military Forces, Diálogo spoke with Colombian Army General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Military Forces.Diálogo: What are the Colombian Armed Forces doing to confront the problem of cyberattacks?Colombian Army General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Military Forces: Colombia has an organization within its general command, the Joint Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense Command, which serves as an example for South America. Within that command, we bring together all the capabilities of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. We combine all of those and test not just the security of our military data but also that of some state-owned companies, private companies, and civil organizations. This brings together a common concern with capabilities, government offices, and telecommunications. We have gained skill in cybersecurity and cyberdefense from the Army War College and the Organization of American States. We are working on developing a center for cybersecurity and cyberdefense studies and monitoring. In other words, there are several endeavors relating to his matter.Diálogo: Is Colombia working with international service members on this issue?Gen. Salazar: We are constantly providing assistance, and they are constantly assisting Colombia. We hold Olympic-style competitions. We have put these on in our county, in Spain, and even in Brazil. At this event, there’s dialogue, exchange of information, exchange of training, and we also share ideas.Diálogo: What is Colombia’s “multi-mission Army,” a term coined during the country’s post-conflict period?Gen. Salazar: The complexities of the new landscape we’re experiencing in Colombia, due to the negotiated end of the armed conflict between the national government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, per its Spanish acronym), have made us delve more deeply into a series of destabilizing factors that we must confront. When we talk about destabilizing factors, [we mean] that they exist in various areas, not just in the sense of military issues and the black market economy, but also in the psychosocial realm, the judicial area, the area of infrastructure. The Army, in addition to its constitutional role to support the national government and provide security and defense, also has distinctive capabilities it can offer in terms of cooperation and the development of the country. For that reason, we say that we are a multi-mission Army.Diálogo: What kind of progress has been made in the civil-military programs, such as Fe en Colombia?Gen. Salazar: Our strategic military plan, which is called Victoria, is composed of three core ideas. The first involves achieving institutional control of the territory, in other words, military operations; the second has to do with cooperation and development; and the third, with institutional strengthening. The Fe en Colombia campaign relates to the areas of cooperation and development and institutional strengthening; we are in the hearts of Colombians, and that is where we will stay. What does Fe en Colombia mean? We have made ourselves into a link in the chain, into a bridge connecting public services and communities. We have direct access to and the ability to reach the most remote and least developed communities. We are bringing public services to those communities in a focused and prioritized way and achieving magnificent results in indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, which are located in the jungle, in the south, and on the Pacific Coast. That is Fe en Colombia: support for our people.Diálogo: What is the main lesson learned by the Colombia Armed Forces that can be shared with partner nations regarding military support for the National Police, especially in the fight against narcotrafficking?Gen. Salazar: In this area, there is a separation of roles and tasks. The National Police has its own role, as does the military, but what has happened in recent years is that the Military Forces have had to contribute to the police effort. There are areas of prime focus, such as narcotrafficking, illegal mining, the fight against smuggling and the trafficking of arms and explosives, and immigration control. All of those challenges are destabilizing factors and are the responsibility of the police. We as the military provide assistance by sharing information with them. We contribute with means, air and river transport, carrying out coordinated operations, whereas they provide the focus. But we contribute at a second or third level. We have been granted legal authority to combat extortion by kidnapping by means of our United Action Groups for Personal Freedom and have developed a general plan of direct operations. In Colombia, we work in coordination with the police to confront all agents of violence. We are currently in the process of defining the legal framework essential to protecting our personnel under the rubric of military assistance to the police.Diálogo: Would you say that FARC is truly finished?Gen. Salazar: FARC, as an armed, criminal group, has disappeared. Today, it still exists as a political entity, as per the terms of the negotiation. The process of surrendering their weapons has been met. There were 8,800 armed men who turned over their weapons. They are currently in the process of demobilization and gaining a new identity. Now, a political avenue exists for them as a result of the negotiations. That is, they now have the opportunity to participate in the political system, but, as a revolutionary group, it has disappeared. However, there are dissidents, a very small percentage who did not accept the peace process, and we currently refer to them as a residual armed group. All military operations are directed against them. In fact, we are making progress, but, in Colombia, there are other criminal groups against which military action must also be brought. This means that a reduction in military force will not be possible in the short- or even mid-term. In the long term, by 2030, we can think about reducing military and police forces. For now, we will keep the pressure on in order to maintain control of the territory.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr That was the message conveyed by Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell, in his keynote presentation to credit union leaders last week at CO-OP’s THINK Virtual CEO Forum entitled “How Member Relationships and Payments Drive Resilient Growth.”The ground is shifting in the banking industry, and the COVID-19 crisis has only accelerated long-term disruptive trends. Tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google have begun making big plays in financial services, and upstart fintech firms are already there.Hosted by Jean Chatzky, speakers at the CEO Forum challenged attendees to ask themselves, “What is your credit union doing to respond to the current environment?”The answer lies in three critical and intersecting areas: