Bob the Cat Rescued Me from Drugs: How a Sick Stray Inspired an Addict to Sell a Million Books

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore In 2007 James Bowen had been a homeless heroin addict for more than a decade when he found a stray, injured cat called Bob, who would not leave his doorstep.Sensing a bond with another lost soul, he nursed the tabby back to health and began traveling with him on the city bus.Bob became the subject of an international bestseller, “A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets“.James still pinches himself about the success of the book, which would go on to become a series and a 2016 movie, and he began saving to get a mortgage, no longer on federal benefits–or drugs.(WATCH the video below, or READ the story w/ photos in the UK Mirror)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Astrophysicist examines world’s largest telescopes

first_imgNotre Dame professor of astrophysics Peter Garnavich addressed a full room of students, faculty and members from the South Bend community Tuesday night on the topic of the universe’s largest telescopes.Garnavich said the current era is what he calls the “golden age of astrophysical exploration,” a period that will garner some impressive discoveries over the next several decades.“We see a time, after the Big Bang, which was sort of the dark ages, where no stars existed,” he said. “We understand very little about cosmology at this time, because we’re always stuck when light isn’t being created … but eventually, stars are starting to be formed and we can start to see what’s going on there.”Garnavich said dark matter, despite its name, makes up much of what we know about the universe.“A lot of what we think we know about the universe is actually dark; we think that dark matter makes up about one quarter of the universe,” he said. “… Dark matter may be some weird particle, some weird thing that we don’t know, but it’s a larger part of the universe.“Then dark energy makes up about three-quarters of the universe, the mysterious energy that makes the universe actually accelerate instead of decelerate.”Though dark energy and matter make up much of the universe, there are stars and other elements that make up a significantly smaller but important portion, Garnavich said.“This really doesn’t leave a lot of room for the ‘ordinary’ stuff, so round-off error in astronomy means that atoms make up a very small fraction, less than 3 percent of the universe is made of hydrogen and helium and that little smattering of elements,” he said.Garnavich tied this idea of understanding the universe to telescopes with the famed Hubble telescope.“In about the 1920s, a guy named Hubble began to understand much more about the universe by studying distances in the universe,” he said. “This is a big problem when you don’t know the scale of the universe or the distance of the stars or the distance of the galaxies, in fact, back then they didn’t know there were other galaxies, they thought they were just fuzzy blobs within our galaxy.”The telescope came about as a result of trying to find those distances, and Hubble was a trail blazer into the present golden age of discovery, Garnavich said.“He actually found the distances of objects then comparing that to the velocity those objects were moving away and came up with a really nice relation … which obviously became so famous it got his name on a really big and really important telescope,” he said.Tags: astrophysics, Big Bang, Hubble Space Telescope, Peter Garnavich, Telescopeslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe & Ruthie Ann Miles in The King and I Cinema Preview & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Watch Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe & Ruthie Ann Miles in Trailer for King and I Cinema ReleaseGet ready to whistle a happy tune! The West End transfer of the Tony-winning King and I revival is arriving in cinemas this winter, and we can hardly wait to see the cheered production on screen. A trailer has just been released for the airing featuring Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles reprising their Tony-winning turns as Anna Leonowens and Lady Thiang, respectively, alongside Ken Watanabe in his Tony-nommed performance as the King of Siam. Watch below and mark your calendar: The King and I will arrive in movie theaters nationwide on November 29 and December 4. Groundbreaking Album Will Reenvision the American Songbook from an LGBTQ PerspectivePS Classics has announced the release of Will He Like Me?, a new recording from stage alum Phili Chaffin that reimagines the Great American Songbook for the post-marriage-equality era. Will He Like Me? weaves together nearly a century of American popular song to tell a gay man’s love story that takes him from first date to final farewell. The collection reinvents 17 classic songs for the LGBTQ community by capturing them in a way they wouldn’t, and couldn’t, have been sung just a decade ago. The album is slated for release online and in stores on November 9.Tony Winner Garry Hynes’ Acclaimed Waiting for Godot Set for New York RunA new take on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes will arrive in New York this fall as part of Lincoln Center’s 2018 White Light Festival. The 14-performance run, the culmination of an international tour, will play the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College from November 2-13. The cast will include Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, and Marty Rea, with Nathan Reid and Jaden Pace. Druid’s interpretation of Beckett’s iconic play premiered in the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival and has since won acclaim from audiences worldwide.P.S. Get a first look at two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells in the new TV series Black Monday, premiering in 2019 on Showtime.1987.New York City.#BlackMonday.No one knows who caused it… until now.#Showtime— Black Monday (@SHOBlackMonday) September 28, 2018 Public Works’ Acclaimed Twelfth Night Musical to Release Cast AlbumConcord Music’s Craft Recordings has announced an original cast recording of the Public Theater’s cheered musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. The show with an original score by Shaina Taub played a celebrated return engagement this past summer at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Twelfth Night’s full 2018 cast will appear on the recording, including Tony winner Nikki M. James, Tony winner Shuler Hensley, Ato Blankson-Wood, Andrew Kober, Troy Anthony, Lori Brown-Niang, Daniel Hall, Jonathan Jordan and Patrick J. O’Hare. The album is scheduled for digital and CD release on October 19. For more information and to pre-order, click here.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Prairie Village’s Zoe Nason crowned Miss Johnson County 4-H

first_imgFrom left, Abigail Dawson, First Runner Up; Zoe Nason, Miss 4-H; Austin Woodward, Mr. 4-H. Photo by Adele Wilcoxen, Johnson County K-State Extension.Prairie Village resident Zoe Nason is this year’s Miss Johnson County 4-H.Nason, 16, and Austin Woodward, 15, of Spring Hill, were crowned the winners of this year’s Mr. and Miss Johnson County 4-H contest at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H Fashion Revue in Gardner last week.To be considered for the honor, applicants were judged on their leadership, citizenship and participation in 4-H, as well as a five-minute public presentation before a panel of 4-H judges. As Miss Johnson County 4-H, Nason will represent Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H Youth Development at events throughout the area, including next weekend’s Johnson County Fair parade in Gardner.Zoe’s parents are Lisa and Todd Nason.last_img read more

2010 Howard Pulley Pro City Summer League Rosters

first_img2010 Howard Pulley Pro City Summer League RostersJuly 2, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintRelated: Story: Current and future Gophers on display in Pulley League Errol Carlstrom Playaz Mitch Ohnstad – Former Gopher Blake Hoffaber – Minnesota Eric Starks – Minnesota (Walk-On) Eric Webb – Furman Xavier Reed – MSU-Moorhead Joe Scott – St. Thomas Steve Esselink – Europe Isaac Rosefelt – Europe Mike Muscala – Bucknell Trevor Mbakwe – Minnesota —– Information Investors Group Zach Towle Jontae Koonkaew – UW-River Falls Shane Manor – UW-River Falls Peter Crawford – Minnesota-Duluth Wade Guerin – UW-River Falls Marcus Helland – UW-Superior Josh Figini – Cornell Nick Nesbitt —– Trent Davis – UW-Superior Devoe Joseph – Minnesota Jeremy Sutherland – Carleton Cameron Rundles – Wofford Jamar Diggs – Wofford Zach Johnson – Carleton Marshall Brown Carlos Emery Carl Hipp – Hamline Maurice Walker – Minnesota —– Pat Madison Magic Romain Martin – Eastern Illinois Lamar Moore Maverick Ahanmisi – Minnesota Al Nolen – Minnesota Armond Battle – New Mexico Junior College Mike Schachtner – U-W Green Bay Octavius Hawkins – Missouri Southern Austin Hollins – Minnesota Elliot Eliason – Minnesota Colton Iverson – Minnesota Oto Osenieks – Minnesota —– Sabes Foundation Jeff Stensrud – Waldorf Troy Bell – NBA/Europe Jordan Hughes – Midland Marcus Hill – MSU/Mankato A.J. Wilson – MSU-Mankato Rich Melzer – D-League/Australia Rodney Williams – Minnesota Chris Halvorsen – Minnesota (Walk-on) Jermaine Davis – MSU-Mankato Seantrel Henderson – USC Johnnie Gilbert – Europe Ken Maxie —– June Miller Time (high school players) Bretson McNeal – DeLaSalle Joe Coleman – Hopkins Marvin Singleton – Hopkins Malik El-Amin – Minneapolis North Darren Glover – Benilde-St. Margret’s Isaiah Zierden – Benilde-St. Margret’s Kyle Washington – Benilde-St. Margret’s Evan Battle – Benilde-St. Margret’s Zach Lofton – Columbia Heights Nick Latzke – Minnetonka C.J. Neuman – Cretin-Derham Hall Josh Kimmes – Superior, Wis. Charles Williams – Robbinsdale Cooper Terrance Averheart – Robbinsdale Cooper Raheem Tyner – Robbinsdale Cooper Siyani Chambers – Hopkins —– El-Amin Fish House Khalid El-Amin – NBA/Europe Markus Shaw – Columbia Heights High School Bretson McNeal – DeLaSalle High School Jake Thomas – Long Beach State David Hanson – Cal-Poly Devron Bostick – Minnesota Steve Neal – Southern Idaho Levi Jones – Europe Royce White – Undecided/formerly Minnesota Urule Igbavboa – Europe —– King Tutt’s Fortress Kevin Kramer Donnell Gibson Charon Kramer Valentino Jackson Tony Bell Larry Brown Dominique Dawson – Minnesota Source: Howard Pulley Pro City Gazettelast_img read more

Results from Phase 2 clinical trials indicate MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD is safe and effective

first_imgShare Pinterest The researchers pooled data from six Phase 2 clinical trials that were carried out from 2004 to 2017 to examine the outcomes of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. The six trials included 103 participants in total, and included both civilians and veterans/first responders.The participants first took part in two or three 90-minute psychotherapy sessions to establish a therapeutic alliance with the therapist and prepare for the MDMA experience. Participants were then randomly assigned to receive MDMA or a placebo during two or three 8-hour psychotherapy sessions.The MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions were based on methods developed by MAPS.“The method includes periods of introspection alternating with periods of communication between therapists and the participant. The method is aimed at allowing participants to revisit traumatic experiences while staying emotionally engaged even during intense feelings of anxiety, pain, or grief without feeling overwhelmed,” the researchers explained in their study.These experimental sessions were followed by an overnight stay and 90-minute psychotherapy sessions aimed at integrating the psychedelic experience. The researchers found that the treatment appeared to be both safe and effective. After two experimental sessions, approximately 50% of participants who received active doses of MDMA no longer met PTSD diagnostic criteria, compared to 23% of participants who received placebo.“MDMA is powerful substance showing great promise as treatment for PTSD when combined with psychotherapy. The controlled clinical context and purity of the drug are critical components for the positive outcomes of the studies,” Feduccia told PsyPost.“The severity of PTSD symptoms were reduced for many participants after 2-3 sessions of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, with the effects durable 12 months after treatment.”Although the MDMA treatment was generally well tolerated, participants who received the drug were more likely to report side-effects such as anxiety, dizziness, jaw clenching, lack of appetite, and nausea.“Results from Phase 2 trials are exceptional for a PTSD treatment, but the findings will need to be replicated in a larger number of people in the Phase 3 trials. Phase 2 trials enrolled mostly White participants, lacking diversity in race and ethnicity. Studies need to enroll more people of color to know if this treatment will work in the same way for them,” Feduccia added.MAPS is currently preparing for the Phase 3 clinical trials, which are required to develop MDMA-assisted psychotherapy into an FDA-approved treatment for PTSD.“It has taken many decades to reach this point for MDMA drug development. We are seeing a shift in public opinion as scientific evidence builds support for use of MDMA and psychedelics for treating mental health conditions. These are exciting times we live in, and could very well likely be on the cusp of a new paradigm for psychiatric medicine,” Feduccia said.The study, “MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of PTSD: study design and rationale for phase 3 trials based on pooled analysis of six phase 2 randomized controlled trials“, was authored by Michael C. Mithoefer, Allison A. Feduccia, Lisa Jerome, Anne Mithoefer, Mark Wagner, Zach Walsh, Scott Hamilton, Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Amy Emerson, and Rick Doblin. Share on Facebook MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, can safely enhance the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder when it is used in a clinical setting alongside psychotherapy, according to new research in Psychopharmacology that analyzed the outcomes of clinical trials.“In 2004, I began researching MDMA in rodent models, and was surprised to hear that the first clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD had just started that year,” said study author Alli Feduccia, a clinical data scientist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the director of Psychedelic Support.“I also learned about the unique effects of MDMA and why it was used in couple’s therapy prior to being placed on Schedule 1 list. Using a drug only a few times to enhance therapeutic processing to resolve underlying issues that cause PTSD symptoms seemed like an approach worth investigating.”center_img Email Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

WHO to reconvene emergency committee on yellow fever

first_imgBecause of concerns that the current yellow fever epidemic in Angola is spreading to the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to reconvene the emergency committee on yellow fever in the coming weeks to reassess recommendations for at-risk countries.On May 19, the WHO held an initial meeting of the emergency committee on yellow fever. At that time, the organization decided the outbreak in Angola, which began in January, did not constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) as defined by International Health Regulations. Instead, it called the outbreak a “serious public health event that warrants intensified national action and enhanced international support.”Now, amidst reports that yellow fever is now suspected in Brazzaville, Congo, the WHO is reconsidering their initial judgment.Committee to consider new outbreak developmentsTarik Jasarevic, WHO spokesman, told CIDRAP News in an e-mail, “The Committee indicated willingness to be reconvened if needed. Plans are underway to reconvene the committee in late August or early September. The Committee will hear reports and consider recommendations applicable to affected and at-risk countries, including Republic of Congo.”He said WHO is deploying epidemiologists at border crossings between the DRC and the Republic of Congo. Brazzaville—the Republic of Congo’s capital—is just across the border from Kinshasa, one of the biggest cities in Africa.”If there is additional information to suggest a confirmed yellow fever epidemic, the WHO and partners will support the country to quickly institute the relevant epidemic control measures,” said Jasarevic. “Currently there are no confirmed cases reported in Congo.”On Aug 12, infectious disease doctor Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH, posted an open letter to the WHO asking them to reconsider yellow fever in Africa as a PHEIC. Lucey said as of Aug 3 there were 193 suspected cases of yellow fever in Brazzaville, the first reports of the mosquito-borne disease in that city.Vaccination campaign beginsNews about a potential spread to Brazzaville comes as the WHO launches a massive vaccination campaign in Kinshasa and along a high-traffic corridor between Angola and the DRC, set to begin tomorrow. The WHO will be using fractional dosing (one-fifth the standard dose) of yellow fever vaccine to stretch the limited supply in an effort to cover 8 million of Kinshasa’s 11 million inhabitants. Currently, only 2 million people in Kinshasa are vaccinated against yellow fever.The international stockpile of yellow fever vaccine has already twice been depleted this year. The WHO said fractional dosing will likely confer at least 1-year immunity to recipients, as opposed to lifelong immunity provided by the standard vaccine. According to its story about the campaign, the WHO said it will take at least 6 more months before a new batch of yellow fever vaccine is ready for use.According to WHO, the vaccine campaign, “… hinged on the availability of vaccines donated by the Brazilian government and … also required the purchase and shipment of 10 million specialized 0.1 mL syringes, to ensure the right amount is used for every vaccination.”So far, 16 million people in Angola and DRC have been vaccinated against yellow fever, and the WHO said they have plans to vaccinate 14 million more before October, when the rainy mosquito season begins.See also:Aug 15 CIDRAP News scanAug 16 WHO mass vaccination campaign storyJun 16 WHO yellow fever stockpile storylast_img read more

COVID-19 battle echoes smallpox; concerns rise over domestic violence in lockdown

first_imgMarking the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication today, the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general said the same solidarity that powered the final steps to victory over smallpox is needed now to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.The agency also voiced concern over increased reports of domestic violence in nations under stay-at-home orders.In other developments, the WHO updated it pandemic response plan, which needs $1.3 billion in funding to cover actions through the end of 2020. The global coronavirus case total today approached 4 million, rising to 3,918,316, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard. So far, at least 273,034 people have died from COVID-19.Smallpox eradication has parallels to COVID-19At a media briefing today, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, the WHO’s director-general, said humanity’s victory over smallpox is a reminder of what’s possible when nations join to fight a common health threat. He said smallpox eradication depended on tried-and-true public health measures that have been important in the fight against Ebola and COVID-19, including surveillance, case findings, contact tracing, and communication campaigns.However, he noted that the smallpox eradication campaign had a crucial tool that the fight against COVID-19 doesn’t yet have: a vaccine, which was first developed in 1796. “But although a vaccine was crucial for ending smallpox, it was not enough on its own,” Tedros said.He said the decisive factor was global solidarity, and at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States joined forces to overcome a common enemy.”They recognized that viruses do not respect nations or ideologies,” he said. “That same solidarity, built on national unity, is needed now more than ever to defeat COVID-19.”Also, Tedros announced the resources the WHO needs to conduct its updated COVID-19 plan through the end of the year. The plan requires $1.7 billion, and with funds the group already has, the gap is $1.3 billion.He clarified that the estimate only covers the WHO’s role, not the entire global price tag. He said WHO is deeply grateful to countries and donors who have responded to requests to fund the initial part of the COVID-19 response plan.European COVID-19 heads east as domestic violence risesIn an update on COVID-19 in Europe yesterday, the WHO’s European office regional director, Hans Kluge, MD, MPH, said the region has 45% of the world’s cases and 60% of its deaths, and that over the past month, the virus is moving east. As a whole, cases have declined since the middle of April, but he said the situation in the east is a concern, with four countries reporting increases in new cases over the past week: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine.So far, 43 countries in Europe have ordered partial or full lockdowns, and 32 are taking steps to ease some measures as they suppress virus activity. “The situation remains very fragile and could quickly relapse if the basic measures are not scaled up, their surge maintained and if the transition is not planned carefully and gradually,” Kluge said.Kluge added that the WHO is deeply troubled by reports from many countries of increases in intrapersonal violence by intimate partners against women and men and against children, compounded pressures associated with the pandemic and lockdowns.”With job losses, rising alcohol-based harm and drug use, stress and fear, the legacy of this pandemic could haunt us for years,” he said. Though data are scarce, countries are reporting up to a 60% increase for April, compared to the same month last year, in emergency calls by women who are subjected to violence from their intimate partners, Kluge said. Online queries to hotlines have increased up to five times, he added.The United Nations Population Fund has warned that if lockdowns continue another 6 months, it expects an extra 31 million cases of gender-based violence across the globe, only a fraction of which is ever reported, Kluge said.He urged countries to make sure services are available and to expand hotline and online services, and called on communities to report violence and victims to seek support.Japan tweaks testing criteria; South Korea tracks nightclub exposuresIn Asia, Japan’s government has dropped fever from its COVID-19 testing criteria in an effort to cast a wider net for the disease, Reuters reported. Earlier guidelines said those who had a fever of 99.5°F or more for 4 consecutive days, alongside breathing difficulty and fatigue, should be screened at public health centers for testing.South Korea is investigating illnesses related to bars and nightclubs in the Itaewon district of Seoul. In its regular daily update, the Korea Centers for Disease Control urged people to avoid indoor venues such as nightclubs, and if people do visit the locations, to use facemasks and observe any other social distancing and safety measures.In other developments:Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison today described a three-step plan to ease social distancing that would remove most measures by July and get about 1 million people back to work, Reuters reported.South Africa said it would parole 19,000 low-risk prisoners to help curb the spread of the virus at correctional facilities, Reuters said in a separate report.Kuwait today announced a curfew to begin on May 10 and last through the end of the month, Kuwait News Agency People will only be allowed outside for exercise for 2 hours a day in their residential areas. The country has seen a steady rise in daily cases, with 641 reported today.last_img read more

You’ll never walk alone: Representing yourself

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Terex cultivates future skills to counter future shortage

first_imgTerex products that support heavy lift operations include crawler cranes, rough terrain cranes and quay cranes.The company is currently training around 100 young men and women to become construction mechanics, industrial mechanics, machinists, and mechatronics specialists at its own training workshop in Zweibrücken, Germany. FourTerex staff members work as dedicated full-time instructors and teach the skills the trainees need in an environment that closely mirrors the conditions found in actual production settings.Trainees on the schemes have been entered in various German and international mechanical and welding competitions, bringing back significant silverware to the Zweibrucken-based company.A recent example saw Thomas Maske, a construction mechanic in his third year of training, win first place in the gas tungsten arc welding (GATW) category at the national Jugend schweißt welding competition held by the DVS(German Association of Welding and Related Processes) in Hamburg in October.last_img read more