AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTERThe Airman & Family Readiness Center, in Building 962 at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I, serves as a focal point for assisting military members and their families, retirees and civilian employees. Core programs and services include: Personal and Family Readi- ness, Personal Financial Readiness, Transition Assistance Program, Air Force Wounded Warrior Support, Personal and Family Work Life Education, Employment Assistance, Relocation Assistance Program, Air Force Aid Society, Volunteer Resource Program, Exceptional Family Member Program — Family Support, School Liaison Officer, Casualty Assistance and Survivor Benefit Program. Plans are in the works to relocate the A&FRC, along with the Airman’s Attic, to Building 960. The A&FRC is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All services are free. Call 940-676-4358 for information and assistance.AIRMAN’S ATTICThe Airman’s Attic is in Building 962 on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All items in the Attic are donated and are free. Donated items include clothing for the entire family, uniforms, books, toys, household items and small appliances. Furniture items are not available through the Airman’s Attic due to lack of space. Call the Attic or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 940-676-4358.SCHOOLS ON BASETwo school districts serve the three Shep- pard housing areas. Freedom Estates children attend schools in the Burkburnett Indepen- dent School District. Kindergarten through fifth grade attend the John Tower Elemen- tary School, within walking distance. Junior and senior high school students are bused to schools in nearby Burkburnett. Children residing in Wind Creek Village housing attend schools in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. Elementary students attend Sheppard Elementary School, located in the Wind Creek Village Housing area. Other students are bused to nearby Kirby Junior High School or Hirschi High School. Children living in Heritage Heights are bused to either the Wichita Falls or Burkburnett schools depending on the specific location of their assigned housing.MADRIGAL YOUTH CENTERChildren of active-duty and retired military members, DOD and NAF employees can complete year-round programs of recre- ational, cultural, educational and social activities through the base youth programs. The center has a well-equipped gymnasium and game, computer, music, gymnastics and multipurpose rooms. Programs are for youth ages 5 to 18, with some instructional classes and sports programs. Summer and school-age care programs are available for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. These include crafts, physical fitness activities, tours, bowling, skating, swimming and outdoor fun. The center is the hub of youth sports programs, including Little League Baseball, T-ball, softball, flag football and basketball. Instructional classes include tap and ballet as well as piano. The School Age Care program recognizes the needs of working parents and their children and offers SAC as a year-round program. Youth programs offer a before- and after-school pro- gram, holiday camps, summer day camps and day camps for elementary intercession. Parents can visit the facility and meet the staff before making the decisions concerning child care. The program is open to all children in kinder- garten through sixth grades for Sheppard, Kate Haynes and John G. Tower elementary schools only. The Youth Center office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed weekends and holidays. Hours for open recreation during the school year are 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 940-676-5437.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESThe Human Resources Office (HRO) provides management and administration of the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) personnel at Sheppard Air Force Base. The HRO advises and provides assistance to management in meeting personnel needs and solving personnel problems while ensuring programs and actions comply fully with the spirit and intent of laws, regulations and policies. The HRO also assists applicants seeking employment for various positions in the Force Support Squadron, inprocesses employees and maintains records for about 450 NAF employees.The 82nd Force Support Squadron is always looking for friendly, outgoing people to work in its many facilities. Positions range from rec- reation aide to Child and Youth Development assistants to food service workers, office automation clerks and waiters. We no longer accept paper applications in person. All NAF positions may be reviewed and applied for through www.nafjobs.org. For more information, call 940-676-6394. CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERThe Child Development Center is equipped to care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. There is also an enrichment program available to preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old. Hourly care is available with reservations from ages 1 to 5 years old. There are a variety of payment options available. Normal hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for children 6 months to 5 years old. For children 6 weeks to 6 months old, hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The CDC is normally closed weekends and holidays; however, it is open on the third Saturday of the month for “Give Parents a Break.” For more information, call 940-676-2038.FAMILY HOME DAY CAREThe Family Child Care Program offers listings of licensed child care in base/affiliated housing units to active-duty military, DOD civilians and contractors. Services are offered for children 2 weeks to 12 years of age through our program to include: full-time, part-time, hourly/ drop-in, before- and after-school, weekend, evening, volunteer, PCS, extended duty, shift, subsidy and special needs care. Special needs care includes children with asthma, allergies, physical impairments, etc. For more information, contact the FCC office at 940-676-9023.
The new super neon colors will sit next to the original black with neon highlight colors we saw back at the launch. Pearl has been teasing the new PRO Leader shoes for awhile, but the details are finally here. Wanting to produce one of the lightest, best fitting road shoes around, PI started with a 0.9mm thick, seamless Second Skin upper, which ends up the thinnest on the market. Power Web TPU material keeps the upper from stretching and keeps your feet firmly in place.To attach the shoes to your feet, Pearl ditched triple Velcro in favor of one centrally located Boa dial. The dial pulls from both sides for a bi-directional closure for better comfort, plus it gets the dial out of the way in case of a crash. Even with the Boa, PI managed to cut out weight resulting in a 240g shoe. While the X-project is the high end shoe designed for riding as well as hiking, PI has updated the X Alp line as well with the new Enduro 4. At $120 the shoes won’t break the bank, and they feature a unique carbon rubber outsole to provide plenty of grip for your off the bike adventures. On the chamois side of things, Pearl was showing off their new PRO anatomic 1:1 chamois which has been a project 2 years in the making. By dropping high density foam into an articulated foam base, Pearl claims they were able to make a chamois that is both extremely dense and comfortable while staying highly breathable. Pearl was proud to point out that they build all their own chamois rather than simply ordering them from a manufacturer. Anatomic 1:1 chamois will be spec on all 2014 PRO shorts. The last bit of product newness is actually a byproduct of their racing tech. PI has used their Speed Sleeve design in their skinsuits for awhile now, and it hit them – why not use this for a cycling specific base layer? All of this design work is put into jerseys only to put a basic t-shirt base layer on underneath that tends to bunch up when in cycling position. The new Speed Sleeve base layer eliminates the bunching and offers next to skin comfort under the sleekest jerseys.Incorporating their Minerale wicking material, there will be three versions available including sleeveless and long sleeve depending on the weather. Pearl Izumi had a bunch of new stuff on display at Interbike, but maybe the most exciting was the final release of the long awaited X-project mountain shoes. Ever since we attended the launch of PI’s wonder shoe, we’ve kept mum on final availability. The good news is that our shoes have been great, better news is that the only issue with the shoes that caused the delay has been addressed, and better still the green 1.0s will be available this week! The rest of the colors (2 colors for each model) and models should all be available by the end of the year.Check out the rest of the goods including Pearl’s impressive new PRO Leader road shoes after the break!
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today and this weekend. Gloria Estefan to Guest Star on One Day at a Time RebootMusic legend Gloria Estefan, co-creator of the hit musical On Your Feet!, has been announced to appear on season three of Netflix’s reimagining of the classic sitcom One Day at a Time (for which Estefan composed the theme song). Estefan will play Mirtha, “baby sister and arch-nemesis” to Lydia, played by acting icon Rita Moreno. A season-three release date for the series will be announced at a later time.A Bronx Tale’s Richard H. Blake Sets Feinstein’s/54 Below Concert ReturnBroadway veteran Richard H. Blake has announced a return concert engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below! The star of A Bronx Tale will offer up his cabaret Music of My Life at the midtown hotspot on July 9 at 7:00pm. Music of My Life weaves together unbelievable stories and memorable songs from Blake’s life and career as he takes audiences on a journey from clumsy, accident-prone kid to Broadway leading man. The cabaret will feature direction by Joe Ricci and musical direction by Meg Zervoulis.Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come to Receive Rare Off-Broadway RevivalOff-Broadway’s Mint Theater Company has announced a staging of the rarely produced play Days to Come by Tony-nominated playwright Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes). Performances will begin on August 2 at the Beckett Theater at Theatre Row with an opening set for August 26. Days to Come is a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. J.R. Sullivan will direct a cast that includes Mary Bacon, Janie Brookshire, Larry Bull, Chris Henry Coffey, Dan Daily, Ted Deasy, Roderick Hill, Betsy Hogg, Kim Martin-Cotten, Geoffrey Allen Murphy and Evan Zes. Days to Come will play a limited engagement through September 30. View Comments Gloria Estefan(Photo: Ben Hider/Getty Images)
View Comments Because of Winn Dixie, a musical collaboration from Broadway hitmakers Nell Benjamin and Duncan Sheik, based on the award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo, will arrive in Connecticut in 2019 as part of Goodspeed Musicals’ new season. The theater’s upcoming slate of shows will also include new stagings of The Music Man and Billy Elliot: The Musical as well as the original tuners My Name Is Ben and Passing Through.Beginning the season will be a fresh production of the Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man (April 12-June 16), playing Goodspeed’s mainstage in East Haddam. The classic tuner follows Professor Harold Hill who marches into an Iowa town and promises to sell the dream of a boys band. The show features iconic musical-theater tunes such as “76 Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Trouble” and “Till There Was You.”Next up will be the new musical My Name Is Ben (May 17-June 9), featuring book and lyrics by Scott Gilmour and music by Claire McKenzie, playing the Terris Theatre in Chester. The true story follows Bernhardt Wichmann III, who, using just his notepad and pen and open heart, turned a neighborhood of strangers into a community of friends. The production is presented in collaboration with Scotland’s Dundee Repertory Theatre.Goodspeed’s mainstage will next offer up Because of Winn Dixie (June 28-September 1), a new musical with book and lyrics by Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Mean Girls) and music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening). Based on Kate DiCamillo’s original book, the musical centers on the bond that develops between a preacher’s young daughter and the beloved mutt she takes in. The tuner was seen in previous productions at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Delaware Theatre Company.Appearing next at the Terris Theatre will be Passing Through (July 26-August 18), a new musical featuring a book by Eric Ulloa (26 Pebbles) and a score by Brett Ryback (Nate the Great). Set amid the rich sounds and diverse tapestry of the American landscape, Passing Through tells the true story of a young man who journeys on foot from Pennsylvania to California, collecting stories as he goes. When his trek brings to light an unresolved family crisis, he must use the lessons he’s gathered to finally confront his past.Closing out Goodspeed’s 2019 season on the mainstage will be a new mounting of the Tony-winning hit Billy Elliot: The Musical (September 13-November 24), featuring a book and lyrics by Lee Hall and music by Elton John. Based on Hall’s Oscar-nominated film, the musical centers on young Billy, who is pulled between his family’s coal-mining roots and his newly discovered passion to dance.Casting and additional creative team members for Goodspeed’s 2019 season will be announced at a later date. Nell Benjamin(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)
Muc-Off has added to its range of bicycle cleaning and maintenance products with its patent-pending Disc Brake Cover now available to the public.The company notes that disc brakes have become commonplace in both elite and every day cycling across a wide range of disciplines. Originally launched at Eurobike earlier this year, Muc-Off created the new Disc Brake Cover to protect components during maintenance and transport.Built to fit all disc-brake sizes on all road and MTB rotors, Muc-Off’s new Disc Brake Covers are designed to protect brakes and calipers from lube or protectant overspray onto pads or rotors, helping to maintain power and maximum braking performance. Similarly, they can add further protection to disc-brakes while in transit – either on a weekend getaway, or when heading out to the trails.Coming in a set of two, the protective and breathable neoprene covers have an RRP of £22.50 / €24.99muc-off.com Related
Melissa Taylor Standridge, a Leawood judge, was sworn in as a justice of the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday morning.Chief Justice Marla Luckert presided over the ceremony, which took place by video conference and was broadcast live on YouTube due to the health and safety risks of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Today is not only a special day for the court and Judge Standridge, her husband Richard and their family, but for all Kansans,” Luckert said. “It is a special and historic day for the administration of justice in Kansas.”Gov. Laura Kelly appointed Standridge to fill the vacancy created by Justice Carol Beier’s retirement Sept. 18. Standridge is the 79th Kansas lawyer to take this oath and the sixth woman in Kansas history to hold this office. She was one of three nominees who were all women — a first in Kansas history.“That accomplishment is even more amazing when you realize that this year is the 100th anniversary of women having their inherent right to vote as citizens of this country recognized by the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution,” said Karen Arnold-Burger, chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals.‘Her story is the American story’A lifelong Kansan and foster and adoptive parent, Standridge is a great-granddaughter of Jewish immigrants from Russia.“I wanted to make the world a better place by protecting clients and safeguarding the rule of law,” said newly-sworn in Kansas Supreme Court justice Melissa Taylor Standridge. Photo credit Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service. File photo of Standridge with Gov. Laura Kelly.“Her story is the American story, and she comes to her role with those shared values and life experiences,” Arnold-Burger said. “She has a heart as big as this state and a commitment in her personal life to help those among us who lack power and influence.”At the conclusion of the swearing-in ceremony, Standridge joined her fellow justices in hearing cases on the court’s Dec. 14–18 docket.Standridge served on the Kansas Court of Appeals judge since 2008. Before becoming a judge, Standridge was chambers counsel for two federal judges — U.S. District Judge Elmo Hunter and U.S. District Magistrate Judge David Waxse — and a private practice attorney at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm.“I wanted to make the world a better place by protecting clients and safeguarding the rule of law,” Standridge said.After graduating in 1984 with a business administration degree from the University of Kansas, Standridge worked for several years in business before going to law school. She graduated cum laude in 1993 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.“Judicial independence means the judiciary should be independent from private or partisan interests and remain committed to the rule of law and the protection of individual rights and liberties,” Standridge said. “The judicial branch provides everyday Kansans a system in which they can resolve disputes, protect their individual rights, and benefit from checks and balances on the other branches of government.”Standridge has received numerous awards during her career, including:Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service from the American Inns of CourtCarol Foreman Medal of Civility from the Kansas Women Attorneys AssociationDiversity Award from the Kansas Bar AssociationBelow is the video of Standridge’s swearing-in ceremony.
Share on Twitter Email Share LinkedIn Aging takes its toll on the brain, and the cells of the hippocampus–a brain region with circuitry crucial to learning and memory–are particularly vulnerable to changes that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline. With the hope of counteracting the changes that can lead to these two conditions, researchers at Rockefeller University and their colleagues have begun examining the effects of a drug known to affect this circuitry.In new research described recently in Molecular Psychiatry, a team led by Ana Pereira, Instructor in Clinical Medicine in Bruce McEwen’s laboratory found that the drug, riluzole, is capable of reversing key genetic changes associated with these conditions.“In aging and Alzheimer’s, the chemical signal glutamate can accumulate between neurons, damaging the circuitry,” Pereira says. “When we treated rats with riluzole, we saw a suite of changes. Perhaps most significantly, expression of molecules responsible for clearing excess glutamate returned to more youthful levels.” Pinterest Share on Facebook Previous work in McEwen’s lab by Pereira has shown that the drug prompted structural changes in rats’ neurons that prevent the memory loss often seen in old animals. Pereira is currently testing riluzole for the first time in Alzheimer’s patients in a clinical trial at the Rockefeller University Hospital.Glutamate clean upGenerally, glutamate is released to excite other neurons and doesn’t linger in the spaces between them. As we age, though, the system gets a little leaky and glutamate can build up in these intercellular spaces. This happens in part when neurons make less and less of the transporter molecule responsible for removing excess glutamate. When it accumulates, this essential neurotransmitter can cause big problems, damaging or killing neurons and so contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, and other disorders.Pereira and co-first author Jason Gray, a postdoc in the lab sought to better understand the molecular vulnerabilities of an aging glutamate system and riluzole’s effect on it.“The essence is we used a drug known to modulate glutamate, and when we gave it to old rats, we saw it reversed many of the changes that begin in middle age in the hippocampus,” Gray says. “We saw a similar pattern when we compared the riluzole-induced changes to data from Alzheimer’s patients–in a number of key pathways in the hippocampus, the drug produced an effect opposing that of the disease.”The drug, it turns out, modifies the activity of certain genes in an aged animal to resemble that of a younger rat. For example, the researchers found that the expression of a gene calledEAAT2, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s and is known to play a role in removing excess glutamate from nerve fibers, declines as the animals age. However, in rats treated with riluzole this gene’s activity was brought back to its youthful levels.New targets for treatments?In addition to its potential ability to allay memory loss and cognitive decline, riluzole is attractive as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s. The drug is already being used to treat another neurological disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and is therefore considered relatively safe. In Pereira’s ongoing clinical trial, patients with Alzheimer’s disease have thus far been treated with either the drug or a placebo, and have been undergoing tests to help determine whether their brain functions have been improved.“We hope to use a medication to break the cycle of toxicity by which glutamate can damage the neurons that use it as a neurotransmitter, and our studies so far suggest that riluzole may be able to accomplish this,” Pereira says. “We found that in addition to recovering the expression of EAAT2, the drug restored genes critical for neural communication and plasticity, both of which decline with aging and even more significantly in Alzheimer’s disease.”The findings also help to lay the groundwork for further study of glutamate transporters as potential targets for treating both conditions.
A string of MERS cases in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Hofuf continued with six more in 3 days, while Oman reported its sixth case yesterday, keeping the growing MERS outbreak in South Korea from stealing all of the spotlight.The Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) reported four MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases, one of them fatal, on May 30, and two more today. Four other deaths were reported in previously announced cases.Exposure to other patientsNone of the six patients were healthcare workers, but all four in the May 30 announcement had contact with other suspected or confirmed cases in healthcare or community settings, and today’s two cases may have had such exposures, the MOH said.The cases reported May 30 involve four Saudis, including two women ages 57 and 50 and two men ages 38 and 43. The 50-year-old woman died, while the 43-year-old man is in critical condition and the other two patients are stable, the MOH said.Today the MOH reported MERS in two Saudi men, a 54-year-old in critical condition and a 50-year-old who is stable. The patients’ possible exposures to the virus are “under review,” the ministry said.The MERS case list maintained by FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board, shows that 13 of the last 15 cases reported in Saudi Arabia, dating to May 22, have been in Hofuf. The city lies in the Eastern province, near the Persian Gulf. On May 11 the MOH reported four Hofuf cases that appeared to represent a family cluster.The four deaths in previously reported cases all involved men: a 70-year-old in Hofuf (May 30), a 65-year-old in Taif (May 30), a 57-year-old in Hofuf (yesterday), and a 41-year-old in Huraymila (today).With the latest cases and deaths, the MOH’s MERS tally has climbed to 1,016, which includes 447 deaths and 7 patients still being treated.Sparse info on Oman caseThe new MERS patient in Oman is a 75-year-old who has severe pneumonia and a high fever but is in stable condition in a hospital, said a Times of Oman story yesterday, citing the Omani Ministry of Health. The story gave no other details on the patient or his or her possible exposures to the virus.It said the case is only the country’s sixth MERS infection, which agrees with the FluTrackers case list. The last previous case was reported in January.In other Mideastern MERS developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) filled in some information today on two Saudi Arabian cases reported last week.One patient is a 71-year-old foreigner living in Hofuf who was hospitalized on May 10 for a condition unrelated to MERS. He became ill on May 21 and tested positive for MERS-CoV 3 days later, and is now in stable condition in an isolation room, the WHO said.The other patient was a 68-year-old woman from Hofuf who was admitted to a cardiac treatment center with chest pain and fever on May 13, the agency said. She became short of breath on May 20, tested positive for the virus May 23, and died 2 days later. Her family owns camels and sheep, and an investigation of her exposure to risk factors is under way, the WHO said.In addition, the WHO yesterday offered details about a 73-year-old Qatari man whose MERS case was reported on May 22. The patient, who hails from Doha, was hospitalized on May 12 and tested positive for the virus on May 21; he is critical condition.Though the man has no history of direct contact with camels, his family owns a camel barn, and family members have had contact with the animals and have drunk raw camel milk, the WHO reported. Officials are tracing the man’s household and healthcare contacts.See also:Jun 1 Saudi MOH statementMay 31 Saudi MOH statementMay 30 Saudi MOH statementMay 31 Times of Oman storyJun 1 WHO statement on two Saudi casesMay 31 WHO statement on Qatari caseFluTrackers MERS case list
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UK law firms seeking to practise on US soil under new business models still face barriers in most US jurisdictions, the US’s largest legal representative body said this week. The American Bar Association (ABA) has yet to change its rules of professional conduct to allow externally financed UK law firms to practise, Tommy Wells, president of the 400,000-strong ABA, told the Gazette. Barriers also remain to alternative business structures in most US jurisdictions. Wells said the concept of ABSs raised ‘important regulatory and ethical issues that must be examined and addressed’. If the ABA does not change its stance by the time ABSs are permitted in 2011, UK law firms that choose to become ABSs will be barred from practising in the US – potentially affecting a number of City and national firms that have a US presence and are contemplating becoming ABSs. The Law Society said it will ‘work hard’ to persuade the ABA and the US regulatory authorities that ABSs are viable business models, while the Legal Services Board urged the ABA to respond to its recent ABS discussion paper and ‘enter into an ongoing dialogue’ with the regulator. Bob Heslett, Law Society vice-president, said: ‘We will work hard to seek to persuade the Americans on this, but we will only be likely to succeed if we can demonstrate that ABSs are just another law firm, subject to the same requirements and regulated by the same regulators as existing law firms, and in particular that client confidentiality is fully preserved and protected.’