first_imgThere are a number of horror stories that come along with a rigorous tour schedule, as any established band will tell you. It’s something all up-and-coming bands must go through in order to “make it” to a point of respect, almost like a fraternity/sorority’s “rush” to becoming part of the music industry’s universe. Sometimes that means getting stuck in stand-still traffic on the side of the highway in the middle of North Carolina on Mother’s Day. What else to do, but to break out the drum kit and put on a show?The Main Squeeze, Spafford, Aqueous, And More To Play First Ever Canyon Jam At The MishawakaThat’s the direction The Main Squeeze were heading until the cars finally started to move. Drummer Reuben Gingrich delivered the commuters who were also stranded on the highway with just over a minute of rock solace. Watch the impromptu pop-up jam below:The Main Squeeze recently released their fourth studio effort, Without A Sound. The album serves as a musical snapshot for the band, capturing their experience of relocating from The Windy City to the City of Angels. Listen to the album here.Coincidentally, it’s also Reuben’s birthday today AND he just released his debut solo album Blue Island. You can purchase it here, and stream it below:The Main Squeeze are just over half way through with their tour, heading toward Washington, DC on May 17th, then making their way up the east coast. Check out the full schedule below:last_img read more


first_imgFor veterans and others entering inpatient psychiatric care, an admissions screening can be key to identifying the most appropriate treatment. But a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) are failing to ask patients important questions about their trauma history, substance use, violence risk, and strengths (such as optimism and stable employment) 39 percent of the time, on average. By comparison, the study found that for-profit and nonprofit hospitals conduct such screenings nearly all of the time.The researchers also found that the VA is falling short on other quality measures. For example, they found the VA failed to provide appropriate justification for discharging patients on multiple antipsychotics 61 percent of the time, and created a continuing care plan for patients upon discharge just about half of the time.The study was published online Oct. 17, 2016 in Psychiatric Services.“These results are very troubling,” said lead author Morgan Shields, S.M. ’16. “They further substantiate the need for VA hospitals to receive greater regulation and financial resources.” Shields, now a doctoral student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, conducted the research while a student at Harvard Chan School.She and co-author Meredith Rosenthal, professor of health economics and policy, looked at how well VA, for-profit, and nonprofit hospitals perform on seven quality measures for inpatient psychiatric care. According to Shields, researchers and policymakers need more data to improve the mental health care system Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgGhana’s only representative in the CAF Confederations Cup, SC Medeama were this afternoon subjected to severe backlash by their Congolese counterparts AC Leopards as they lost by two unanswered goals in the 1st leg of the 1/8 stage of the competition.Both goals came via penalties as the defense of Medeama conceded three penalties throughout the game, but the home team only managed to score two of them.SC Medeama started the game on a high note dictating the pace for a considerable amount of the game but the defense gave little account of them as they failed to compliment the efforts of the strikers and the midfielders an action that saw them concede three penalties during the course of the game.However, SC Medeama still has another chance to redeem their image and book qualification to the ‘money zone’, as both teams will be locking horns again in the 2nd leg of the competition next week Sunday at the Essipong stadium.last_img read more


first_img Girls volleyball Falyn Fanoimoana led national No. 1 Mira Costa (23-0, 7-0) with 13 kills in a 25-11, 25-11, 25-23 Bay League victory at Palos Verdes. Also in the Bay League . . . Peninsula 3, Leuzinger 0: Sam Alaga had 12 kills as host Peninsula defeated Leuzinger, 25-5, 25-9, 25-15. Kat Garner had five kills for Peninsula (9-11, 4-3). Redondo 3, West Torrance 0: Taylor Moore led host Redondo (18-5, 6-1) with 12 kills in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-12 win over West (8-11, 1-6). Lauren Edwards had three kills and five digs. In the Prep League . . . Chadwick 3, Pasadena 1: Casey Reed had nine kills, four aces and 16 digs, helping Chadwick defeat host Pasadena Poly, 25-18, 25-13, 22-25, 25-15. Nikki Lane had 21 assists and 10 digs for Chadwick (9-7, 7-3). Boys water polo Matt Pittluck had five goals, helping El Segundo defeat visiting Torrance (0-7), 14-4, in an Ocean League game. Matt Kubeck had six saves for El Segundo (12-8). JC women’s volleyball Marcella Hernandez had 14 kills and six blocks in El Camino’s 30-18, 30-21, 30-18 South Coast Conference sweep at East L.A. Natalie Benitez added nine kills and eight digs for El Camino (19-1, 8-0).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It will be up to the school districts if teams want to postpone games until Saturday, or even Monday, as long as teams don’t violate a rule limiting programs to two football games within an eight-day span. “Monday is always a possibility,” Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said. “I don’t know specifically about (each region), but the decision is up to the school districts. If they make a decision not to participate for health reasons, obviously we would support that.” In 2003, some teams in the region played on a Monday because of fire delays. City Section assistant commissioner Cheryl Barkovich said they’ll continue to follow the directives of the Environmental Health and Safety Office, which again canceled outdoor after-school activity Wednesday. “We’re just going on a day-to-day basis,” Barkovich said. “If we’re not cleared (Thursday), we’ll deal with it. There are some different possibilities, so we’re not making any decisions. We just can’t say for sure.” From staff reports Hey, prep football fans, are you ready for some Monday Night Football? It could happen for some teams if the air quality doesn’t improve because of the fires, say officials from the L.A. City Section and Southern Section. For the third consecutive day, City teams weren’t allowed to practice outdoors after school, while many Southern Section teams were forced to take it easy on Wednesday because of the smoky conditions. last_img read more


first_imgThe fourth Japan Summit, hosted by Brand South Africa in Sandton this week, highlighted the importance of trade between South Africa and Japan and the wealth of opportunities for businesses to drive growth in both countries.Rosemary Padi is a homegrown entrepreneur hoping to expand her proudly South African company into Japan. (Image: Yamama Gemmer)Brand South Africa reporterYamama Gemmer is a proudly South African company that produces a healthy ginger-based juice. Entrepreneur Rosemary Padi’s business has been built on a recipe passed down from her mother. Yamama Gemmer is what Saburo Yuzawa refers to as a “one-and-only product”.Yuzawa is managing director and chief editor of the World Economic Review, published by Japan’s Institute for International Trade and Investment. He was speaking at the fourth Japan Summit held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 31 January. The event, hosted by Brand South Africa and the Japan External Trade Organisation, or Jetro, brought together a range of speakers to discuss opportunities for Japanese and South African companies to do business with each other.“South Africa has many ethnicities and cultures,” Yuzawa said. “Each ethnicity has its own uniqueness. A unique value that can be marketed.” He explained that this uniqueness allowed South African companies to develop “one-and-only” products.Yunus Hoosen, head of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Invest SA initiative, told delegates that Japan is South Africa’s fifth-largest import partner (valued at R39.8-billion), and sixth-largest export partner (R50.9-billion). The DTI has a Japanese desk to help South African and Japanese companies access each other’s markets.Hoosen’s talk centred on the establishment of the Invest SA One Stop Shop. Although we do well in global business rankings, he said, we “score poorly on ease of doing business. Our One Stop Shop will help companies navigate permits, licences, and the red tape new investors face.”Growing trade ties between Africa and AsiaAs global economic dynamics shift, Hoosen suggested, Africa’s one billion people will become a major market for Japan. The Asian country will in turn become even more important for African companies. There are a diverse range of opportunities for investment and technology exchanges, such as in petrochemicals, electronics, green and renewable industries, and e-commerce.Shigeyuki Hiroki, Japan’s ambassador to South Africa, said our country remained an attractive investment destination for Japanese corporations. In the last 12 months they have invested R36-billion in South Africa, creating 150 000 jobs. Our infrastructure and talent, Hiroki said, made South Africa a perfect base for Japanese companies eager to invest into Africa.Powering AfricaIn his keynote address Eskom chairman Dr Ben Ngubane said Eskom’s growth, and success, meant economic growth for sub-Saharan Africa. “A reliable high-voltage superhighway grid through Africa is Eskom’s dream.”The current fact of 632-million Africans without access to electricity was a drag on the continent’s economic growth, Ngubane said. But Eskom’s build programme added a  further 3105 megawatts to South Africa’s grid in just the last six months. This has allowed the utility to increase cross border sales by 25%. The increased capacity will benefit not only the South African economy but those of our neighbours and the broader regional economy.For Ngubane, Japan’s role in Africa is unambiguous: it needs to be a source of funding and expertise. “Funding is necessary. Especially from investors who understand that benefits will come over the long term.”Learning from the Japanese MiracleDr Danisa Baloyi, president of the Black Business Council, expanded on this point by highlighting the opportunity that a Japanese-South African trade relationship offers South African entrepreneurs. The Japanese Miracle – its rise from the ashes of defeat in World War Two to become an industrial powerhouse – was built on innovation and the nurturing of small and medium-sized companies.“SMEs can benefit from this relationship,” Baloyi said. “Japanese companies can help with skills development. We encourage entrepreneurs and Japanese business to build alliances.”The Japan External Trade Organisation holds trade fairs and exhibitions across Africa to encourage businesses – especially small businesses – to do business with Japan. (Image: Jetro)The Japanese Miracle was built on government policies that were not simply export-driven. Very early on the Japanese government encouraged the import of American technology, not just finished goods. They understood that technology, not their limited raw materials, would become the basis of economic development.Post-war Japanese governments also made it easier for small business to operate by offering them financial help, incentives to build products for export, and extending offers of mentorship and help for SME management and owners.Japan offers South African and African businesses expertise and markets, while Japanese companies see Africa as a market with unlimited potential. It is vital that this relationship is built on and strengthened. Jetro exists to ensure that this is exactly what happens.As Takashi Yao, of the Marubeni Corporation, explained during his closing remarks: “We provide opportunities for our members and South African businesses. Our aim is to develop Africa’s great potential. To work towards our mutual goal of development.”He used a Japanese proverb to explain how Jetro sees the relationship between South Africa and Japan: Onaji tekki kara taberu – “Eating from the same iron pot”. He was expressing the idea that there is strength and community between South Africa, Africa and Japan because we are all working toward the same goal – prosperity and economic growth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgalex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Google Buzz is headed for the enterprise. According to the Google Enterprise blog, Google Buzz will become a part of Google Apps within the next few months. Google Buzz applies as much to the enterprise as it does to the consumer market. The real-time application creates an extension for communication that adds a threaded context to a conversation, a critical component for an enterprise application.But Google Buzz in the enterprise will have some inherent weaknesses. Tony Bradley of PC World makes the point that most consumer products do not work with Google Apps Premier Edition. To access Picasa, a Google Apps Premier account holder must log out and log back in to a consumer account.Security concerns drive the reasons why the service has this partition. But an application like Google Buzz relies on information rolling in from different sources. It is that richness that makes Google Buzz a potentially useful consumer tool. But you won’t have that richness with Google Buzz under the current limitations that come with Google Apps Premier Edition.Google Buzz does have an open architecture, which should make it possible to integrate external data. We’ll see how this affects Google Buzz. It looks like a step in the right direction.It was revealed that Google Voice and Google Wave will also be part of the Google Enterprise productivity suite. We do not know yet how these applications will integrate – but by adding different layers, it creates the foundation for a social CRM environment.“The best thing about all of this for me is that Google has recognized and capitalized on the fact that email is the ultimate social network and they are agregating- which is what they do best,” said Sameer Patel, a founding partner with the Sovos Group that consults about integrating social Web applications and collaborative technologies into the enterprise. Patel said that Google Buzz could become a service that sits on top of GMail, much in the same way that Xobni or Gist integrate with Microsoft Outlook.The integrated service shows how aggressive Google is getting versus Microsoft and other on-premise giants like IBM. Microsoft responded to the Buzz news this way:“Mary-Jo Foley posted her views that Microsoft also has been working to integrate social networks from third parties not just into its Web-mail product, but also into its Outlook mail client, via the Outlook Social Connector that the company unveiled at the Professional Developers Conference in 2009. Microsoft is integrating the Social Connector into the Office 2010 product which is due out in the first half of this year. Microsoft’s Social Connector does a lot of what Buzz does, except with more of a business-centric focus. Microsoft’s Social Connector also provides regularly updated “activity feeds” for those in a user’s social connector via a connection with SharePoint 2010.” IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Google Apps has it own faults to work out, before Google Buzz can even be considered a viable service for the enterprise. The Google Buzz open architecture may be the difference though, creating real opportunities for customers to pull external data into its real-time environment. Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgOne of the most unpleasant and expensive construction-material defects in recent memory – tainted drywall that emits hydrogen sulfide – has also been one of the most tenacious legacies of the housing boom, leaving afflicted homeowners with houses they can’t live in, mortgages they still have to service, and financial remedies still a long way off.This week, however, the Internal Revenue Service issued new rules that could provide relief to at least some of these homeowners. In guidance issued on Thursday, the agency said that these taxpayers would be allowed to deduct the cost of replacement of the drywall and appliances damaged by its corrosive off-gassing. The deductions are limited to taxpayers who have not already been reimbursed by insurers, builders, or other parties. Also, the homeowner must first pay for the appliance and drywall replacements before taking the deductions, which must be identified on an itemized tax return.If the homeowner has reimbursement claims pending, the deduction is limited to 75% of the repair/replacement costs, although additional deductions can be taken in subsequent years if the reimbursement falls short of the actual repair costs.Drywall limbo continues“This is welcome and long overdue news,” Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida who has long supported the tax break, told the New York Times. “This tax relief is just another important step to help drywall victims piece their lives back together.”Relief for homeowners whose houses include the contaminated drywall has been hard to come by, although a few customers have seen progress. In May, news reports highlighted a settlement agreement between Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin and Beazer Homes USA, which identified 50 homes in Florida that it built with the faulty drywall and subsequently targeted for drywall replacement.Most of the drywall was manufactured in and imported from China during the housing boom, although The News Press in Fort Myers, Florida, reports that investigations are underway to determine weather some domestically produced drywall might also be contaminated. Lawyers involved in the cases, which could involve as many as 140 homes, note that claims against domestic companies would be easier to litigate than those against Chinese companies, which have been known to simply ignore court rulings in the U.S..last_img read more


first_imgThis image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and Military Families Learning NetworkA few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend and participate in an afternoon conference on the topic of foster care trends and needs in the United States and in my home state of West Virginia. As I listened to the presentations from state officials, academics, and foster parents I was struck by the complexity and importance of the foster care and foster adoption system in our country.  The experience also made me think of military families and their contributions to meeting foster care and child welfare needs in our nation.Military families are among those who volunteer to provide safe homes and care to foster children. Recent media coverage, in such outlets as Woman’s Day and Military.com help to highlight the caring role that military families provide.One big takeaway from such coverage and stories is that military families are especially adept at providing foster care because of their own experiences in moving and adjusting to new places and living arrangements.However, there are also lingering perceptions that military family placements may not be feasible due to transient nature of military life.  There is no doubt that the permanent change of station (PCS) process and the patchwork of state child welfare systems and regulations can create challenge and complications. But as we explore below, much is being done to counter these perceptions and to clear away obstacles for military families to serve as foster parents and to adopt children in foster care.In 2016, there were approximately 438,000 children in foster care.  This represents a steady increase in foster care placements in recent years. There is always a need for foster care parents. Recently, there have been renewed concerns about the capacity of state child welfare systems to adequately serve foster care children.  The number of children in need of foster placement regularly outstrips the availability of foster parents.Across the United States, each state operates its own child welfare system which include foster care programs.  These programs are aimed at ensuring the safety of children who may have to be removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or risk caused by unstable home environments.State efforts are supported by various federal laws and regulations aimed at providing funding and facilitating interstate cooperation in child placement and services.  These policies, which include the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance, are especially relevant to military families seeking to foster or adopt children.Many foster kids may have special health care needs.  Unstable home environments can contribute to the development of health problems and inhibit access to regular and coordinated care.  Various experts, professional organizations, and authorities often characterize children in foster care as a “special needs” population due to the high incidence of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) as well as chronic health conditions, poor oral health, behavioral health conditions, and trauma that led to their placements.Fortunately, through law and regulation, both states and the federal government have extended health coverage and services to foster children through the Medicaid program underTitle IV-E of the Social Security Act.  As we have discussed in previous MFLN webinars and blogs, the Medicaid program is a joint state and federal program that serves low income families and many of those with disabilities or special needs.There are many helpful resources that highlight the status and programs for foster children and their healthcare needs.  Among the most helpful are those provided by the U.S. Children’s Bureau.Ideally, foster care provides safe harbor for children with the ultimate goal of reunification with parents or guardians in mind.  However this goal may not always be achieved.  According to federal statistics, in 2016, approximately 26 percent of all foster care children were anticipated to find family stability through adoption.  Many of these adoptions take place with families that are fostering children.Recognizing the valuable role that military families can play in foster care and adoption, but also acknowledging some of the challenges that exist, federal agencies, as well as such groups as the National Military Family Association and the Adoption Exchange Association, have developed helpful resource materials.AdoptUSKids is a federal and non-profit collaborative that is a clearing house of information and guidance in foster care and adoption effort. They have produced a comprehensive guide, entitled “Wherever My Family Is: That’s Home” to assist military families, child welfare professionals, and military support personnel in the foster care to adoption process.The guide provides valuable insight on navigating the foster care and adoption process.  It offers stories about military families that have adopted foster children.  It highlights the various state and federal resources that can help to facilitate the process, and gives special attention to relevant military and DoD regulations and resources.Most importantly, the guide emphasizes the need to build community capacity through networks of understanding and cooperation between civilian child welfare agencies and military resources, such as family service centers found at military installations.  In sum, the message comes across loud and clear that military families are often uniquely situated to lend support to a pressing community and national caregiving need.last_img read more