In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, the American Red Cross has worked closely with partners to support emergency housing efforts and provide food, water, relief supplies, emotional support and health services to people in need.The Red Cross is now starting an effort to get emergency financial assistance into the hands of Texas and Louisiana residents whose homes were severely impacted by Laura.This financial assistance will allow people to make their own decisions and prioritize what their family needs most to start recovering. Funds can help families replace clothes or food, offset transportation costs, or support any other immediate need. The Red Cross will also work with partners and community advocates to reach people whose homes were destroyed or sustained major damage. This includes people who may face barriers to accessing disaster assistance such as people who do not speak English, are not American citizens, or have difficulty accessing services. In these instances, applicants will be invited to apply over the phone with a Red Cross worker once an enrollment period is announced.After a household’s application is approved, Red Cross immediate financial assistance will be delivered through one of several electronic funds transfer (EFT) methods including PayPal, Mastercard Send, Zelle or Walmart Direct2Cash.For PayPal, enter your PayPal account email to receive payment to associated debit card or bank account. For Mastercard Send and Zelle, enter your debit card information associated with any financial institution to receive payment directly to your account. For Walmart Direct2Cash, enter your email or mobile phone number that can receive text message to receive reference number to pick up cash at any Walmart store.All Red Cross services, including financial assistance, are available to individuals regardless of nationality, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency and people do not need to be American citizens to receive our help. Red Cross financial assistance is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.Even as the Red Cross delivers emergency relief, such as food, shelter and immediate financial assistance, we’re looking to the future and planning how to help affected communities and families recover in the months and years ahead.For example, depending on available resources, we may be able to provide additional support, such as financial assistance for the hardest-hit households or grants to other community organizations with expertise in certain specialized recovery services. The Red Cross also provides financial assistance for verified, disaster-caused health and mental health needs. Spending these funds locally will also support local communities as they begin recovering.Eligibility The Red Cross is providing $450 to households whose homes were confirmed to have been destroyed or sustained major damage from Hurricane Laura. To be eligible for immediate financial assistance, households must meet all of the following requirements:Applicant’s pre-disaster primary residence is located in a confirmed disaster-impacted geographic area.Applicant is the head of household and is not listed as a household member on any other Red Cross assistanceApplicant’s primary residence suffered major damage or was destroyed.Major damage is indicated by significant structural damage to a residence that requires extensive repairs. This may include substantial failure of the roof, walls or foundation, or a water line above 18 inches.A residence that is destroyed is one that is a total loss or with damage so extensive that repair is not feasible.Applicant’s identity and proof of residence details can be verified.Enrollment The majority of households will receive an invitation to complete an application through an email, text message or phone call directly from the Red Cross over the next several weeks.People who fall into this category include those whose homes have been verified by the Red Cross, FEMA or another agency to have sustained major damage or have been destroyed. In addition, the Red Cross must have contact information for these households in order to reach them.
Film/VideoGet out to the Laemmle Monica Film Center next Friday in LA to screen Marinoni – The new documentary film by Tony Girardin will show April 15 in Los Angeles. Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame tells the story of cycling icon Giuseppe Marinoni, who found his calling when he transitioned from champion racer to master bike craftsman. Born in Italy in 1937, Marinoni was an acclaimed young racer who moved to Canada after racing and event there and finding the love of his life in the 1960s. For more showing dates and a trailer check out: FirstRunFeatures.com.Watch the UCI World Cup live Sunday with Redbull – It’s either Paris-Roubaix or the first round of the DH World Cup in Lourdes this weekend. In either case there is likely to be mud and a lot of crashing. Catch the gravity-fueled side of things over at: RedBull.com where they are keeping a live count down timer rolling. 41 hours to go as we go live.AdvocacyWheels Manufacturing rolls out Manufacturing Scholarships – Dave and Cindy Batka, owners of Wheels Manufacturing , want to build a pipeline for Colorado’s manufacturing industry by graduating skilled workers from Front Range Community College. So they’ve ponied up $20,000 to the school, half of which will fund new scholarships for students in need pursuing manufacturing degrees and certificates. The other half will establish an endowment to keep scholarships rolling out, and keep manufacturing in Colorado. blog.FrontRange.edu & WheelsMfg.com EventsMaybe you can race the Marblehead Road Race next week with Bkool – The popular New England circuit race is usually a tough season opener with its windy 2.2 mile loop on the coast of Massachusetts. But a freak April snowstorm just downed trees and power lines, forcing the cancellation of the early season race. So indoor simulator Bkool is stepping in to run a virtual race. Join them at noon on April 12 over at Bkool.com for the event from the comfort of home, or ahead of time to virtually preride the loop.The Grinduro is coming back this fall to Quincy, California – One of the most fun sounding new events in cycling is returning this fall, brought to you by Giro, Charge, and SRAM. October 8th, 650 riders will get a chance to ride the Grinduro’s mix of neutral dirt and gravel road riding, paired with four hotly contested timed sections of road and trail, and of course a friendly festival atmosphere. Like last year, the total course will clock in at about 60 miles with 8,000-ish feet of climbing. Registration opens next Sunday, April 17, and from the feed back of this past year’s inaugural event, expect it to sell out quick. Full details at Grinduro.com.Race the Marji Gesick 100 in Marquette, MI with 11,000 ft of trail climbing – Uphill from start to finish. How does that sound? Join Tinker Juarez in Ishpeming, Michigan as him and 750 other mountain bikers take on the challenge to race all of the Midwest singletrack the organizers could rustle up. The self-supported point-to-point race is pretty unique, and anyone who finishes in under 12 hours wins a special belt buckle (last year the first to finish under 12hr won $101 after a bet was made that it wasn’t going to happen.) All race proceed go back into the trails via Range Mountain Bike Club and NTN Singletrack. Check them out at: 906adventureteam.com Fuel up for a long day on the bike with The Feed – For a limited time now in April, online sports nutrition specialists The Feed are offering a free April Fuel Kit on top of any order place over 20 bucks. The special reward package includes 5 different products to let you sample some things you might not otherwise have tried and has a $12 value. The Feed offers goodies from the well-known names like Clif, Honey Stinger, Larabar, Osmo, Powerbar, Skratch, plus many others that offer just about anything an athlete could imagine. TheFeed.com…
Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC,The Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, makers of Woodchuck Hard Cider in Middlebury, recently reached an agreement with Heineken Brouwerijen of the Netherlands to transition importation rights to the Strongbow cider brand in the United States, effective December 31, 2012. Heineken owns Strongbow. Beginning January 1, 2013, Heineken USA will be appointed as the new importer for the brand. Woodchuck is the largest cider brand in the nation. The agreement to distribute Strongbow was to have lasted until 2014, but the two firms agreed to terminate the deal a year earlier for undisclosed terms.In a statement, Vermont Hard Cider said: “VTHCC has been committed to growing Strongbow cider for the last decade. In that time Strongbow has enjoyed 500 percent growth, received seven consecutive IMPACT Hot Brand Awards, and is now the second largest cider brand in the United States. We are proud of our accomplishments and the momentum we built with Strongbow and wish Heineken USA the best in furthering its success. “This change in VTHCC’s portfolio and operation will not change our course as the leading hard cider company in the country. No jobs will be lost. The plans for a new $24 million cidery in Middlebury remain intact and are moving forward. “It has been a year of great growth for the cider category in the United States with increased competition creating greater exposure for all cider producers. VTHCC is now focused 100% on the brands it owns and remains committed to crafting the highest quality hard ciders, just as we have for more than two decades.”Heineken issued a separate statement:: “There is tremendous opportunity to build on the momentum that the Vermont Hard Cider team created over the last nine years. We see this as a pivotal moment to further accelerate Strongbow’s growth by supporting the brand with the full weight of Heineken USA’s resources and capabilities,” said Dolf van den Brink, President and CEO, Heineken USA. “By growing our core and investing in innovation, we will continue to enhance our position as the industry’s leading upscale importer.”The cider market is growing more than 30 percent this year in the US and Woodchuck sales are growing about 26 percent. Because of the recent popularity of the beverage, Anheuser-Busch, Miller and the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) have all jumped into the market with their own brands of hard cider. According to The Beer Institute, cider sales grew 10 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011.About Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLCVermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, located in Middlebury, Vermont, is the leading hard cider producer in the United States, which includes the nation’s number one cider ‘Woodchuck Hard Cider. Having won 16 IMPACT Hot Brand Awards, Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC is recognized for its superior cider brands. Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC handcrafts and manages all levels of quality control in Middlebury, VT by employing a team of cider makers with over 30 years of combined experience directly in cider making and a team devoted exclusively to producing, marketing, and selling hard cider. More information is available at www.woodchuck.com(link is external).
Bruce Smith Drugs, a Prairie Village landmark since 1955, has closed for “restructuring.”The owner of Bruce Smith Drugs has now set the beginning of the year as the new goal for reopening the store that’s been closed since Nov. 7.When the closing was announced, Debbie Richmond, pharmacy manager and daughter of owner Bill Richmond, had hoped the longtime Prairie Village retail institution would reopen by December.The store had been struggling financially for many months, and shut its doors to provide time for what was described as “restructuring.” Customers also were told to find new places to fill their medical prescriptions, a fundamental component of Bruce Smith Drug’s business model.Richmond said that Dec. 1 goal proved overly optimistic.“The latest is two more weeks,” she said, adding jokingly, “if it kills me, you can put it on my tombstone, ‘It’s two more weeks.’”Richmond said once the restructuring is completed, it may still take additional time to restock the store. That could push back the reopening until the beginning of the new year, she noted.Michelle Pitsenberger, manager for First Washington Realty, the owner of the Village Shops, said her firm is working with Bruce Smith management.“We continue to work with them for re-opening but we have not confirmed a date as to when they will be opened up again,” she said.Bruce Smith Drugs has been a Northeast Johnson County landmark since the store opened in the Village Shops in 1955. Bill Richmond started as a soda jerk there before becoming a pharmacist and ultimately buying the business from its namesake.In its heyday in the 1960s, there were four Bruce Smith Drugs in the metro, including one in the Country Club Plaza. The Plaza store closed in the 1990s.The decline of Bruce Smith Drugs has been evident for many months. The pharmacy has had difficulty filling prescriptions and in some cases has told customers to go elsewhere for their drug needs. Fewer other products have been on the shelves as well.At the time the closing was announced, Debbie Richmond observed, “We’re one of the last independents. We’re rare anymore and it’s caught up to us with the price of drugs and insurance companies telling people where to go.”
Dircks Moving & Logistics expanded its logistics footprint in the West Valley as its logistics arm moves into a 170,000 square-foot institutional quality distribution.The new center is set to meet the growing needs of the logistics firm’s growing needs of its clients and customers.The lease arrangement, signed in December, called for 108,000-square feet with entitlements of up to an additional 80,000 square feet. Upon moving into the space in January, Dircks Logistics added an additional 62,000-square feet to the agreement.Dircks now operates over 300,000-square feet of warehousing space in the Valley, including over 50,000 square feet with dedicated air-conditioning.“The volume and activity at our Mohave Street location had become quite significant over the last two years. Adding this space almost triples our company’s footprint and will greatly benefit Dircks’ current and future fulfillment and distribution customers,” said Tim Whalen, Dircks Logistics General Manager.JLL Managing Director Tony Lydon and Associate Riley Gilbert brokered the lease agreement for the property at 860 S. 83rd Avenue in Tolleson. This deal marked the seventh largest industrial lease in the West Valley in 2015.
Los Angeles Times:It’s the stuff movies are made of, but this time it was real life: Actress Kate Winslet reportedly rescued billionaire Richard Branson’s elderly mother from a burning home on Branson’s private island in the Caribbean. And actor Ryan Gosling allegedly put himself in the middle of a heated New York City street fight, breaking it up.Should we consider these two celebrities heroes? And are most other people capable of the same — of putting themselves in harm’s way to help someone else?Frank Farley, a psychologist and professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, is not surprised that actors, who often play heroes on the big screen, also might take on the role in real life. They may inherently have the right stuff to be a “situational hero,” he said.Read the whole story: Los Angeles Times More of our Members in the Media >
Share Share on Facebook In the case of immigrant children, research has shown that adolescents and young adults are faster learners than young children. However, young children, do eventually catch up with older learners and typically become indistinguishable from native speakers, which is not generally the case for adults. For immigrant children, earlier does seem better, but only if children are given plenty of time and opportunity to make the most being immersed in a new language.In the classroom, older kids learn fasterWhen it comes to learning a foreign language in a classroom context, only limited research has looked at whether starting earlier is better. Researchers have found that young children are very enthusiastic, love learning foreign languages and enjoy discovering new worlds and ways of saying things. But primary school age children are slower at learning languages.One study that looked at the language abilities of Japanese college students who had started learning English between ages three and twelve, found a small advantage for an early start. But the children had six to eight hours of instruction per week for 44 weeks a year over six years (primary school children in England normally only have one hour per week).In the Barcelona Age Factor research project, Carmen Muñoz and her team capitalised on the fact that the government changed the age at which English was introduced in the classroom in rapid succession. This created a natural experiment whereby they were able to compare second language learners having started at ages eight, 11, 14 and over 18.Muñoz was able to follow a large number of learners over a long period of time (learners were tested after 200, 416 and 726 hours of instruction) and compare their learning on a wide range of measures. They found that with the same amount of instruction, late starters were consistently faster and more efficient learners.Most of the research to date has focused on English being learned as a foreign language in countries where there is a lot of pressure for children to learn it in order to become successful global citizens. But in the UK, children already grow up speaking the world’s “global” language, and the cultural context and lack of commitment from successive governments has made the learning of foreign languages anything but central to the educational agenda.My recent study compared how children aged five, seven and 11 learn French in the classroom. All children were complete beginners at the beginning of the project and exposed to two hours a week of similar instruction by the same teacher over 19 weeks.We found that the older children learnt faster because they were better able to use a range of cognitive strategies to aid their learning, and they also used their more advanced literacy skills to support their foreign language learning. The younger children, however, were the most enthusiastic.Number of hours per week matterSo, is younger better? If “better” means developing an enthusiasm for learning languages, then much of the evidence suggests that younger is better. We know that children become less enthusiastic as they get older. There are many reasons for this, but they include the transition from primary to secondary, when children who have been learning a language in primary school join a language class with children who haven’t and get bored.If “better” means faster linguistic progress, the research evidence is that older children outperform younger children: their greater cognitive maturity helps them make the best of the shorter lessons and of explicit instruction. The few studies which have found a small advantage for an early start were in instructed contexts with a large number of teaching hours per week. It seems that young children, as they learn more implicitly than older children, need abundant input and rich interaction to allow their implicit language learning mechanisms to work.The one hour per week in the national primary curriculum falls well short of the many hours children spend learning their native language, and expectations must therefore be realistic in terms of linguistic development. If this hour per week awakens a lifelong interest in foreign languages, this is very welcome; but it must be nurtured.By Florence Myles, University of EssexFlorence Myles is Professor of Second Language Acquisition at University of Essex.This article was originally published on The Conversation.Read the original article. As primary school children bound through the first weeks of their summer holidays, perhaps those lucky enough to go abroad will get the chance to practice some of the new vocabulary they’ve learnt in a foreign language class. It’s the end of the first academic year in which languages were introduced formally within the primary school curriculum in England: in September 2014, it became compulsory for all children aged seven and older to learn a foreign language.There is a widespread belief that if only we could teach foreign languages very early, Britain could stop lagging behind its European counterparts in terms of language capability. But is the earlier the better when it comes to learning a new language?There is a difference between children immersed in the new language they are learning, for example as immigrants in a new country, and children exposed to a foreign language in the classroom for a few hours a week at best. Share on Twitter Pinterest Email LinkedIn
Share Share on Twitter Pinterest Internet based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help people affected by body dysmorphic disorder, finds a study published by The BMJ today.This is the largest clinical trial of body dysmorphic disorder ever conducted, and the first to evaluate the effect of an internet based programme for the condition.Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a common anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and to spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance. If left untreated, it can lead to hospitalisation, substance dependence and suicide. Email Share on Facebook LinkedIn CBT is an effective treatment, but most affected people do not have access to it. The UK government’s mental health strategy recommends the increased use of information and communication technology to improve care and access to services.So a team of researchers based in Sweden and the UK set out to evaluate the effectiveness of a therapist guided internet based CBT programme for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD-NET) compared with online supportive therapy.The study involved 94 adult patients with a diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder who randomly received either BDD-NET or supportive therapy for 12 weeks.None of the participants had any face-to-face contact with a therapist during treatment and both groups were followed for 3 months after the end of treatment.BDD-NET resulted in significant improvements in symptom severity, depression, and quality of life compared with supportive therapy. These gains were maintained for at least three months after the end of treatment.At that point, 56% of those receiving BDD-NET were classed as responders (defined as a 30% or more reduction in symptoms on a recognised scoring scale) compared with 13% receiving supportive therapy. And 39% of those receiving BDD-NET no longer met diagnostic criteria for body dysmorphic disorder.Participants in the supportive therapy group who crossed over to BDD-NET after six months also improved their symptom scores.No serious adverse events were reported, and most participants were satisfied with BDD-NET, despite no face to face contact with a therapist, and deemed the treatment as highly acceptable.Despite some study limitations, the authors say BDD-NET “has the potential to increase access to evidence based psychiatric care for this mental disorder, in line with NICE priority recommendations.”BDD-NET could be particularly useful in a stepped care approach, they add, “where mild to moderately affected patients can be offered BDD-NET by their general practitioner, or other health professionals, thus freeing resources for more severe and complex patients to be treated in specialised settings.”
LACF News:In 2019, the Los Alamos Community Foundation:Celebrated the close of our Founding Members giving society (2016-19). We couldn’t be more grateful to the 58 donors who provided startup capital to get the foundation off the ground. Our pledge is to continue to make you proud!Announced the start of our next giving society: Community Builders. These donors will strengthen our impact on the community and take the foundation to new heights.Kicked off a three-year Enterprise Bank Community Challenge of $50,000 per year, which will result in new unrestricted grant dollars for nonprofits in Los Alamos.Received grants from Con Alma Health Foundation, Delle Foundation, Enterprise Bank, LANL Foundation, and Triad National Security to underwrite our work in the community.Grew assets under management by more than 60%, from $235,000 to $386,000.Invested endowments on behalf of three local nonprofit organizations. These nonprofits receive a steady income stream from their endowments in perpetuity.Invested endowments created by Los Alamos donors for the following purposes: Community Endowment for UNM-LA, Endowment for Duane Smith Auditorium, Community Youth Sports Endowment, and the Rosalie Heller Annual Memorial Lecture Endowment.Held in-depth workshops for local nonprofits to build capacity towards fulfilling their missions.Convened Executive Director Roundtables to facilitate networking and idea-sharing for leaders of our local nonprofit organizations.Look for us to announce even more exciting new programs in 2020!Thank you for helping to make our success possible.
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