NEJC Democrats rally at Prairie Village event; Davis focuses on funding education, effect of tax cuts

first_imgPaul Davis was greeted by Johnson County Democrats at a rally in Harmon Park Saturday.Prairie Village was the site of an old-fashioned political rally and picnic that drew all of the Democrats running for statewide office to Harmon Park Saturday evening.The headliner for the event was Paul Davis, the Democrat running against Sam Brownback for governor and Davis rallied the partisan crowd with broadsides on Brownback’s tax cuts. The focus for Davis, though, was education. “Education has always been a priority for me,” Davis said, describing himself as the son of two teachers.Former Congressman Dennis Moore made brief remarks to the crowd Saturday.Davis charged Brownback with engineering the single largest cut to education in history, specifically noting cuts to higher education and early childhood education under Brownback. The result, he said, has been larger class sizes in Kansas schools and higher fees for parents. “My top priority as governor is to restore the funding Brownback has cut to our public schools,” Davis said.“The results of the Brownback experiment (with tax cuts) are in and it has been a fatal failure,” Davis said, asking how the state can restore cuts to public schools if it is “1.3 billion in debt.” Davis also pledged to restore the Kansas Arts Commission.Davis introduced Finn Bullers, the Prairie Village resident who has had difficulties with his health care services. “The KanCare experiment is not working either,” Davis said. “They wanted to save a few bucks at the expense of (Finn’s) life or death situation,”State Democratic chair Joan Wagnon, introducing Davis, said she has never felt such a “sense of urgency” in an election. Besides Davis, the crowd also heard from Kelly Kultala, running for the U.S. House of Representatives against Kevin Yoder, Jean Schodorf, running against Kris Kobach for Secretary of State, A.J. Kotich, running against Derek Schmidt for attorney general and Dennis Anderson, running against Ken Selzer for state insurance commissioner.Schodorf received plenty of applause as she hammers Kobach’s record, saying he is “working for the extremist right wing.” Anderson said he has been endorsed by outgoing commissioner Republican Sandy Praeger.last_img read more

Brain connectivity study helps explain the neural link between depression and poor sleep quality

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Email Share Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest New research has identified functional connectivities in the brain that mediate the association between depressive symptoms and poor sleep quality. The findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry.“Nowadays depression and sleep problem are two of the most prevalent mental problems. To make matters worse, depression and sleep problems often go hand-in-hand, which has been observed more than a hundred years,” said study author Jianfeng Feng of Fudan University.About 75% of depressed patients report significant levels of sleep disturbance and people with insomnia also have a higher risk of developing depression. “However, until now, there was not an efficient way for the treatment of these two problems due to the poor understanding of their underlying mechanism,” Feng explained. “Our research group has worked on depression for more than ten years and produced many significant results. For example, the findings of our previous work published in Brain have shown promise for new treatments.”“In this work, we tried to figure out what are the brain systems associated with both depression and sleep quality. The answers to this question may lead to better treatments for both depression and sleep, especially for improving the sleep quality of depressive patients.”The researchers examined data from 1,017 participants who were included in the March 2017 public data release from the Human Connectome Project. They found that both poor sleep quality and depressive symptoms were associated with neural connectivities involving the lateral orbitofrontal cortex, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the cingulate cortex, and the precuneus.“Our analysis shows that the functional connections between the areas of the brain associated with short-term memory, the self, and negative emotions are increased in both poor sleep and depressive participants. So people with poor sleep or depression may focus too much on the negative things and dwell on bad thoughts, which leads to a poor quality of sleep,” Feng told PsyPost.The study — like all research — has limitations.“We only identified the neural connectivity that underlies the association between depression and sleep. There are many interesting and important questions still need to be addressed,” Feng explained. “For example, the causal relation between sleep and depression is an important topic that deserves much further investigation by using experimental manipulation or treatment administration.”“Another problem is the treatment of sleep problems and depression,” Feng added. “Future research could examine whether we could improve the symptom of insomnia and depression based on our findings, such as using transcranial magnetic stimulation or transcranial direct current stimulation to stimulate the brain areas identified in this work.”The study, “Functional Connectivities in the Brain That Mediate the Association Between Depressive Problems and Sleep Quality“, was authored by Wei Cheng, Edmund T. Rolls, Hongtao Ruan, and Jianfeng Feng.last_img read more

No Love lost: Cavs star accepts reduced role as champs roll

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Love was once something of an outsider in Cleveland, but those days are long gone and he’s now a pivotal part of everything for the defending champions, who are undefeated through two rounds.But don’t be fooled by his statistical slide to this point of the playoffs. That could soon change as well.When the Cavs resume their march toward a possible second title next week, Lue hinted that Love, who has even sat out the entire fourth quarter in two victories, could be a bigger factor.“Some of it’s my fault because we haven’t really featured him a lot because of the matchups we had on other teams,” Lue said. “He has been great. His whole mindset is winning and that’s what it’s all about in the playoffs. In this next series, we have some matchups he can definitely take advantage of and it’s on me to make sure we do that.”During Cleveland’s sweep of Toronto, Love averaged just 12 points — he averaged 19 during the regular season — and he scored just 5 in Game 4 on 2-of-7 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT One of the reasons for Love’s drop-off against Toronto is that he was often guarded by Serge Ibaka, a defensive specialist acquired in part to take away one of Cleveland’s most potent weapons. Also, with the way LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are playing, the Cavs didn’t need as much from Love.Their “Big 3” has been reduced to a “Terrific 2” but things could be much different in the conference final, where matchups could dictate more minutes for Love.Love’s ability to post up and pop outside for 3-pointers makes him challenging to cover. Lue knows there may be a chance to get the 6-foot-10 big man more involved.“The playoffs is a game of matchups,” he said. “That’s why Toronto went out and got Ibaka, to try and slow Kevin down. Maybe we didn’t feature Kevin enough against Toronto, maybe we showed ’em too much respect and that’s on me. But next round I’ve got to do a better job of really getting Kevin involved and really establishing Kevin.”Love’s willingness to accept a lesser role in the postseason is not only a sign of his comfort in Cleveland, but also his willingness to put the team first.“It’s just growth,” Lue said. “Growth for Kevin, growth for this team and it’s all about winning. When you come here it’s all about one thing, and that’s just trying to win a championship. However you gotta do it, you gotta do it. And it’s about sacrifice. Scoring the basketball is not the most important thing, it’s the small things that Kevin’s been doing that goes uncharted.” Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img In short, Love isn’t demanding more, well, love.“I told him (Lue), ‘We’re 8-0. I don’t mind it,’” he said. “If I get five or six shots, if I get 15 shots, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as we win. I’ve been in this position before. We’re having success so I’m happy. Feel good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAs the Cavaliers wait for the winner of the Boston-Washington series as their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, Love’s reduced role in his third postseason for Cleveland has become a topic for discussion.And while the All-Star forward has found himself at the center of previous controversies during his time with the Cavs, there are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages at work this time. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sits on the bench as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. As the Cavs continue to wait for the winner of the Boston-Washington series to emerge as their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, Love’s reduced role in his third postseason for Cleveland has become a topic for discussion. And while the All-Star forward has found himself at the center of previous controversies during his time with the Cavs, there are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages at work. APCLEVELAND — Kevin Love doesn’t mind being a third wheel or a fourth or even a fifth.His scoring average has dipped and he’s taking fewer shots. And he’s OK with that. He has not been a major part of Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s plans in the playoffs so far. And he’s not complaining about that, either.ADVERTISEMENT Will Power breaks IndyCar Grand Prix qualifying record View commentslast_img read more

Timehri Prison set to undergo massive renovation

first_imgThe Timehri Prison, on the East Bank of Demerara, will soon under massive renovations as the Public Security Ministry has begun to invite bids which will see renovations to several parts of the prison.Interested bidders are being invited to bid for the renovation of the Officer-in-Charge’s quarters, female quarters, and medex quarters, and for the tiling of dormitories at the Timehri prison.Bids will be opened on March 14, in the boardroom of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board, Finance Ministry.Only recently, it was announced that Cabinet approved the contract for the construction of six living quarters from Lots One to Two at the Mazaruni Prison. The contract of $41 million was awarded to N&A Construction for Lot One of the project, while AAV Ragobeer General Construction was awarded $35 million for Lot Two of the project.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing said the two lots will include nine residences and a third lot was being considered.The renovation of the prison comes on the heel of the visit that was made by President David Granger and a ministerial team in March 2016. During that visit, it was revealed that the living quarters of the prison officers was in a deplorable state.last_img read more