Four studies explore memory decline in people with epilepsy

first_imgShare on Twitter Share Pinterest Email Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Comparisons of cognitive performance in 30 people with TLE-HS and 27 age- and gender-matched healthy participants revealed that patients with TLE-HS were less likely to recall the names of unfamiliar people, places where personal items were stored or detailed stories. Patients with TLE-HS also had difficulty orienting themselves in time and space. The authors further report that cognitive performance was significantly lower in patients with poor seizure control and those taking multiple antiepileptic drugs.“We found that patients with TLE-HS had deficits in everyday memory functions, including significant impairments in daily activities that are not evaluated in a standard neuropsychological evaluation. These impairments can make it difficult for patients to socially adapt and should receive greater attention in the neuropsychological evaluation of patients with memory complaints. Everyday memory evaluation does not replace the traditional neuropsychological tests, but adds valuable information regarding memory complaints and guide rehabilitation,” says author Kette Valente, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of São Paulo Medical School.In a second study, (abstract 3.312) researchers from the Federal University of São Paulo show that reduced cell density in certain parts of the hippocampus may be linked to deficits in short- and long-term memory in certain patients with TLE-HS.The researchers evaluated memory and language in 72 patients with TLE-HS who were undergoing pre-operative evaluation, then examined samples of brain tissue that were removed from the hippocampus during epilepsy surgery. They report that performance on all elements of the neuropsychological tests was worse in patients with degeneration on the right side of the hippocampus compared with the left side.“Despite the fact that the literature describes only correlation between verbal memory tests and hippocampal cell densities in patients with left hippocampal sclerosis, we found a correlation between right hippocampal cell densities and performance on visual memory tests, including both immediate and delayed recall,” says authors Sandra Mara Comper and Anaclara Prada Jardim, students in the laboratory of Dr. Elza Marcia Yacubian at the Federal University of São Paulo.A third study (abstract 3.244) finds that large brain function networks are affected by focal forms of epilepsy. Researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the General Hospital of Mexico and Centro Estatal de Salud Mental (CESAM), Queretaro studied patients with temporal lobe epilepsy and healthy participants, using fMRI to monitor brain activity in the cerebral cortex while the groups completed an activity known as Sternberg’s task, which assesses working memory. The brain activity was then analyzed along with participants’ performance on a neuropsychological evaluation. The groups exhibited similar brain activity despite the observation that patients with epilepsy required significantly longer times to complete the task, and in epilepsy patients (but not in controls) there were specific brain regions that showed a direct relation between their level of activity and the patient’s cognitive performance metrics.“Our results show that while patients have relatively small deficits in working memory, the activity of the cortical networks that support such a function are predictive of their performance,” says author Vicente Camacho, M.D., and a Masters student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.A fourth study finds that a generalized seizure leads to diminished short and long-term memory by interfering with key signaling pathways in the brain. It is well known that seizures produce learning, memory and behavioral deficits, and that they trigger abnormally high activity of two signaling pathways in the brain: the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) cascades. But whether abnormal signaling is to blame for these deficits remains unclear.Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine and the Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation Laboratories explored the effects of seizure activity on short- and long-term memory in a rat model of epilepsy. The researchers also tested whether learning and memory deficits could be corrected using drugs that calm the overactive signaling cascades. They report that signaling activity remained high 3 hours after a seizure, but returned to normal levels within 24 hours. Seizures induced significant deficits in short as well as long-term memory. The memory deficits that could be partially corrected using the drug wortmannin, which inhibits PI3K and mTOR.“Studies are underway to reveal how seizures affect various types of memory and to explore the associated molecular signaling and morphological alterations,” says author Angela Carter, a predoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Anne Anderson at the Baylor College of Medicine. Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) 69th Annual Meeting uncover the biological factors that mediate memory decline in people with epilepsy, particularly those with seizures that affect the temporal lobe.Loss of neurons from the hippocampus, a brain region that processes and stores memories, is a common cause of temporal lobe epilepsy. People with temporal epilepsy caused by hippocampal sclerosis (TLE-HS) have impaired memory and find it particularly challenging to recall details of specific events in everyday life.In the first study, (abstract 2.326) researchers from the University of São Paulo report that patients with TLE-HS have everyday dramatic memory deficits that may not be detected via traditional neuropsychological tests. Noting the inconsistency between neuropsychological test results, and patient complaints of memory loss in everyday life, the researchers set out to generate a more realistic picture of memory performance in these patients.last_img read more

Air Charter Service opens in Toronto

first_imgThe new office is headed by Gary Hopkins who has been with Air Charter Service for almost nine years and is a specialist in outsize shipments and humanitarian flights, as well as urgent freight charters. Hopkins says: “Having worked in New York for the past three years I feel confident and excited about opening the Toronto office. This is a great new challenge for myself and Air Charter Service, and the first step in our expansion in North America”.ACS’s managing director, Tony Bauckham, commented: “We opened three other new offices last year, and we expect Air Charter Service Canada to emulate their success”.last_img read more

The Best Roblox Games You Can Play Right Now

first_imgAs the world steadily goes into lockdown you might find yourself with a lot more time on your hands. You might also find yourself in need of a way to keep the kids entertained.Whilst I don’t condone simply sitting them in front of a screen all day to keep them busy some screen time certainly won’t hurt so you can free yourself up to carry out your day to day tasks.One great option for parents struggling to keep their kids entertained could be Roblox. With its almost limitless number of games, friendly community and kid-friendly graphics, there is sure to be something to keep everyone occupied for a while. My 6-year-old son and I spend a fair bit of time in the world of Roblox each week together so I can vouch for these claims.I’ve pulled together the ten games that we tend to gravitate to the most and they are not listed in any particular order. As with all lists, this is subjective and if you’ve any games you’d like to shout out that you feel I’ve missed be sure to shout out on Twitter.Be a Parkour NinjaImagine if you put Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon into a Roblox game, that’s pretty much what you get here. The movement is what sets this game apart from other swordy games on Roblox. You move very fast, can scale great heights and jump around with ease. Armed with a choice of one of two swords (slow or fast), and shuriken, your aim is to simply kill as many of the other players before the timer runs down. This is by far the best game I’ve played on Roblox for ages and I’m looking forward to more maps being released.Credit: Roblox CorpThe Really Easy ObbyI don’t normally play that many obbys as they tend to be overly similar. This one stood out due to its innovative use of obstacles and puzzles that I haven’t seen in any other obbys. Don’t be fooled by the name either, it’s anything but easy. If you’re looking for some other obbys to play check out our top 5 obbys to play right now article.Credit: Roblox CorpPhantom ForcesPhantom Forces combines elements of Call of Duty, Battlefield and Counter-Strike into an FPS of a pretty high calibre. You get to choose from four troop types that you would expect in your typical shooter, sniper, assault, scout and heavy gunner. Each class has its own load-outs that can be expanded as you progress and unlock more items.What really impressed me about Phantom Forces was how smoothly it ran. Lots of Roblox games can feel very clunky but there was none of that here, it was like butter. The combat is fast and furious and I certainly felt the stress of coming under fire. Don’t be fooled by the Roblox graphics as this is a serious shooter. If FPS shooters are your thing you should definitely check it out.Retail TycoonIn Retail Tycoon, you start off with a tiny store and your aim is to grow it into a massive retail outlet. You’ll be in charge of ordering, manning the tills, designing the store layout, cleaning and more. As your takings increase you can buy more land to expand your store and hire staff to do some of the jobs for you. I was especially impressed with the ordering mechanics in the game and it’s a fine line keeping the shelves full but not having all of your cash tied up in stock.Credit: Roblox CorpShark BiteIn Shark Bite you will either spawn as a survivor or the shark. The aim of the survivor is to kill the shark before it eats everyone. The aim of the shark is to eat the other players before they kill you or the timer runs out. Survivors start out by choosing their boat, my personal favourite is the duck boat which you can check out in the video below. Once the game begins the players need to track down the shark and take it out using various guns that can be bought as you accrue more points (called shark teeth).There can be some very tense situations as the shark is invisible until it comes nearer the surface to chomp down on your boat and I’ve felt genuine panic as I try to swim away without being noticed. Things get especially eerie when night time falls making it even harder to spot the eating machine circling your boat.When you play as the shark things shift to the first-person view as you hunt down your prey. There are visual clues that help you track people down and it’s very satisfying when you manage to catch people unawares and rip their boat to pieces!Bear AlphaFirst of all, if you do decide to play this please keep in mind that it is in the alpha stage is not complete, the blog says to expect bugs but we didn’t come across any in our sessions. If this is the alpha, the final release should be very good indeed.Bear is a game for 10 players, one of them plays as Bear with the others playing the role of survivors. Bear’s aim is to kill the survivors within five minutes and the survivors, well they just have to survive. Bear moves slightly faster than the survivors giving him a slight advantage but the survivors have a limited amount of sprinting available to get them out of sticky situations.The levels are very spooky and dimly lit, this combined with the excellent soundtrack makes the game very eery indeed. Even if there wasn[‘t a killer bear chasing after you the environments themselves are enough to give you the willies.Stop it SlenderStop it, Slender has to be the scariest game I’ve played in Roblox so far. The premise of the game is simple. Of the group of players, one is chosen to be Slenderman, the others are citizens. The citizens have to find eight pages of a journal which are scattered around the maps. Slenderman has to stop them.The maps are creepy and full of jump scares, I almost fell out of my chair the first time I caught a glimpse of Slenderman. All it takes to kill you is to simply look at Slenderman for too long and your health drops at an alarming rate when you do.Stop it Slender is best played in a dark room and with headphones on to get the full effect.Clone Tycoon 2At first Clone Tycoon 2 came across as one of the more pointless games in Roblox where you just gather resources and upgrade just for the sake of it. I am pleased to say fellow Roblox players that I was wrong about this.You start out by picking a building plot in an arena populated by other players and NPCs, you also have a clone machine that spits out clones of your avatar. These clones enter the arena and will attempt to kill other clones or the NPCs, each kill grants you a cash reward. The cash can be spent on upgrading your clones, building your base and building a mine of sorts which generates even more cash.The base you build is very Bond villain in terms of looks and every item you place opens up more choices within the game. After a bit of exploring I found that there is actually a point to the game rather than just mindlessly upgrading. There appears to be a hidden element which I won’t spoil here which allows you to head off to other areas once you’ve managed to conquer the current one, I haven’t yet managed to figure this out but it has kept me intrigued for several hours so far.Project LazarusThe premise is simple, a group of survivors need to endure wave after wave of zombies and last as long as they can. As you kill zombies or repair barricades you earn points which can be spent on better weapons or removing obstacles that block up the map. As you would expect the first few waves are pretty easy but things soon get much tougher and require teamwork to survive. Occasionally a zombie will drop a power-up that benefits the whole team that might give extra ammo, short term instant kills or other buffs.Scuba Diving at Quill LakeAs the name suggests, this is a game about scuba diving and exploring the mysteries of Quill Lake. You start off with just a snorkel as you dive for treasure in the shallows but soon enough you’ll have unlocked enough equipment to start exploring the deeper parts of the lake.Credit: Roblox Corplast_img read more

Sudan finds mass grave of conscripts killed during Bashir’s rule

first_imgSeven killed during protests in Sudan Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir sits guarded inside a cage at the court where he is facing corruption charges in Khartoum [File: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters] Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir sits guarded inside a cage at the court where he is facing corruption charges in Khartoum [File: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters]Sudan’s public prosecutor on Monday announced the discovery of a mass grave east of Khartoum suspected to contain the remains of students killed in 1998 who tried escaping military service from a training camp.An investigation has been launched, the prosecutor said, adding that some of the suspected killers belonging to the ousted administration of Omar al-Bashir had fled.A source in the investigators’ team told Reuters dozens of bodies had been found at the site east of the capital.The prosecutor said the conscripts were shot while fleeing the El Eifalun camp fearing they would be sent to southern Sudan where Bashir’s Islamist regime was fighting a civil war with rebels.Poorly trained and equipped conscripts were sent into the bush fighting against the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).The students were also angry that they had been denied time to spend with their families during an Islamic holiday, according to the prosecutor.No more details were immediately available.Commanders and instructors of conscripts were often members of Bashir’s ruling party and allied Islamists which often framed the conflict against the SPLA, from the mainly Christian south, as holy war.The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the political wing of the SPLA, won independence for the south in 2011 following a peace deal with Bashir’s regime in 2005.Related Omar al-Bashir wins Sudan’s electionscenter_img Sudan denounces ICC over Bashir arrest sagalast_img read more

AntwerpXL Announces Forward Thinking Conference to Shape the Future of Breakbulk

first_imgThe ‘hub of the future’ will continue to be discussed on day one during the second session. Leif Arne Strømmen, Vice President Innovation at G2 Ocean, Erwin Hoefkens, Chief Commercial Officer at NxtPort and Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General at CLECAT, will join a discussion chaired by Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General at Feport, on how smart technologies and new ways of collaborating will shape the ports of tomorrow. The area will host a panel discussion on each day, with a different set of leading experts delivering their thoughts and insights on where the industry is going next. Author: Baibhav Mishra Katharina Renken, Senior Researcher at Kühne Logistics University for Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL), will then host a presentation on ‘Thinking green – opportunities and challenges in sustainable shipping’. How new environment-driven regulations, such as ballast water management and greenhouse emissions, are forcing change will be the focus for the penultimate seminar on day two. Bob Delbecque, an internationally-renowned company energiser and business coach, will open the conference with his keynote, ‘A vision of the future’. He will be joined on stage by thought-leaders in the industry, including Nataliya Maiseyenka, Transportation Manager Project Cargo, EAME and Eurasia Operations at Caterpillar. The presentation will investigate the main drivers of the breakbulk industry, their likely impacts, and what changes the sector could be looking at across international markets. Day one of the conference will conclude with a presentation on breakbulk via rivers and hinterland connections. Marissa Coupé, Owner at MC Barging and Edwin Moehlig, Managing Director at Rail & Sea NV, will be the panellists discussing the development of cargo opportunities on the waterway, the services required by shippers, and how to manage irregularities for project cargo on barges. Over 40 major names will deliver in-depth presentations, Q&A sessions and debates on the Main Deck Stage, covering innovation, digitisation and lessons from disruptors in the breakbulk, maritime and project cargo industry. Sea News, April 12 AntwerpXL will also focus on NextGen with a discussion on how the industry will adapt to new market conditions, new technologies and NextGen influences. Chaired by Sue Terpilowski OBE, Managing Director at Image Line Communications and President of WISTA, the working lunch session will explore new ways of thinking, working and collaborating for those starting a career in the industry, the conclusions of which will be presented in a session afterwards. Day two begins with a keynote session from Paul Birch, Owner of Visionjuice and former Head of Business Planning at British Airways, on developing an adaptable business which thrives on innovation. (Image Courtesy: Port of Antwerp) The global economy is then the topic for discussion as a panel, including Dirk Visser, Senior Shipping Consultant at Dynamar B.V. and Dr Miquel Roca, Managing Partner at LMA Legal, join together for a discussion on Brexit and the impact of trade wars on the different parts of the supply chain. Organisers of AntwerpXL, the exhibition scheduled at the Port of Antwerp on May 7 to 9 (2019), have announced the big name speakers that will deliver a cutting edge educational programme that forms part of the two-day event. In the afternoon, a presentation and Q&A session led by Roy van Eijsden, Service Line Director Advisory at WSP, will look at whether blockchain for breakbulk is a buzzword or an industry innovation. Roy will be joined by Tom van Dijk, Business Consultant at CGI, Nico Wauters, Co-Founder and CEO at T-Mining, and Jeroen De Ryck, Business Unit Director Projects & Machinery at Ahlers for the session. Visitors can also get a glimpse into the future of breakbulk at the Innovation Start-Up Zone. Hosted on the show floor, this will enable new and exciting companies to showcase the ground-breaking services and products that will shape the future of the industry. Project Professionals Group (PPG) will host a certified course in project cargo management that will allow visitors to build on and refresh key skills and knowledge in Project Cargo Forwarding. The hands-on workshop covers the transportation management of high-value project cargos and focuses on practical outcomes, rather than technical calculations. AntwerpXL will also host a one-day intermediate to advanced level Master Class for EPCs, cargo owners, carriers and project forwarders who strive to better understand the requirements in Project Freight Management. The course, titled ‘Project Freight Management – The Shippers Perspective’, will give practical hands-on tools that will impact the process of managing projects logistics. Mark Rimmer, Portfolio Divisional Director at event organiser Easyfairs, commented: “The conference programme will be a gathering of the most innovative and forward thinking minds in the breakbulk industry and an opportunity for them, and professionals up and down the heavy lift, RoRo and project cargo chain, to share knowledge, best practice and ideas. Speakers from outside our line of business will also present examples of successful initiatives and concepts used in other industries that can be adopted – making the conference a revolutionary event for the future of breakbulk.” As part of the programme, AntwerpXL will offer training courses for Project Forwarding Managers. Taught by industry veterans, the ISO accredited Master Classes will inform, energise and help rising stars to move forward in their careers. After lunch, Dr Roca will return to speak on ‘How will the industry adapt to a changing business landscape?’. The presentation will reveal how consolidation in the oil and gas, and now the offshore and renewables sectors, will affect the industry. AnterpXL visitors will also have access to the exhibition where leading industry players, companies and breakbulk professionals will showcase innovative new products and services. last_img read more

DFA discourages Superfund regulation of manure

first_imgWalter Bradley, government and industry relations representative for Dairy Farmers of America, testified last month before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy in support of H.R. 2997.Congress created the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to assist with cleaning up toxic waste sites.advertisementadvertisementH.R. 2997 seeks clarification under CERCLA and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act regulation that animal manure does not necessitate an emergency response nor create a Superfund site. Bradley said, “The phosphates in manure are not now, nor have they ever been, equivalent to the harmful chemicals that CERCLA has been addressing for the last 32 years.” PD—From Dairy Farmers of America news releaselast_img read more

As Ramadan begins, local Muslims adjust to new reality

first_imgby Beverly ChurchFor Muslims throughout the world, the month-long celebration of Ramadan begins Thursday evening. Traditions include fasting from sunup to sundown, a special evening prayer and a community-wide celebration at the end of the month, called Eid Al-Fitr.Like other faith traditions, Muslims are making adjustments this year to their services and celebrations, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Fasting and prayerImam Wahaajuddin Mohammed (Contributed)According to Imam Wahaajuddin Mohammed of the Tawheed Center in Farmington Hills, there are two main acts of worship during Ramadan. The first is fasting, during which all able adults give up food and drink during the day. The second is a special evening prayer after sunset, in addition to the five usual daily prayers.“The purpose of fasting is so that you become conscious of the Almighty,” said Imam Mohammed. “Eating and drinking are things that we are always allowed to do. Yet in the month of Ramadan, we are giving up those things. You will not know if I am fasting or not — it is something that is just between me and God. When you do that for 30 straight days, (God) is training you (to be) somebody of good character.”At the end of each day, Muslims gather for a special evening prayer. This year, the evening prayer will be streamed live on YouTube.“Over the course of 30 days, we recite the entire Qur’an, our holy book,” said Imam Mohammed. “We break it into portions. It is an opportunity for the entire community to hear the entire Qur’an recited in the month because we believe that the revelation of the Qur’an began in the month of Ramadan.”Waheed Ahmed is pictured with his three daughters at a Ramandan celebration. (Contributed)Although children are not required to fast during Ramadan, some choose to. Waheed Ahmed, who attends the Tawheed Center along with his wife, Shabana, and their three daughters, said his oldest daughter, who is 10, wants to fast this year.“Humaira is very much interested and I think, since we are all home now, it will be a real encouragement for her,” he said.YouTube videos proving popularIn the weeks leading up to Ramadan, the Tawheed Center posted special videos on their YouTube site focused on topics such as the rules of fasting and the importance of charity.“Two weeks ago, we had about 28 subscribers,” said Imam Mohammed. “Now we have 1,300! We are still trying to maintain that sense of community, and we’re using online tools for that now.” Imam Mohammed said he sees some advantages to increasing their online presence.“There are people at the mosque who come daily to pray,” he said. “And there are other people who are still part of our community but they don’t come as regularly. They don’t know all that the mosque has to offer, but now, since all of the mosque programs…have gone online, it’s been a way to expose the larger community to what we have to offer.”Breaking the fastAfter breaking the fast each day, people often gather at the mosque for a meal or with extended family and friends. This year, that won’t be possible.“People cook and invite friends and family over to eat and break the fast,” said Imam Mohammed “Perhaps we could still go and drop something off to our neighbors, but inviting people over is out of the question.”And since Ramadan is also a month of giving, Tawheed Center usually hosts two fundraisers – one for the mosque and one for the school associated with the mosque. This year, those fundraisers will also move online.The monthly pantry, however remains an ongoing part of Tawheed’s community outreach. Boxes of food are available the third Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tawheed Center, 29707 W. 10 Mile, just west of Middlebelt.“The pantry is open to everyone – it doesn’t matter what faith you are,” said Imam Mohammed. “We just want people to know that, if you’re in need, you can come and food will be provided. Come and we’ll help you out in whatever way that we can.”Getting creativeAt the end of Ramadan, two large celebrations, called Eid Al-Fitr, are typically held at the Tawheed Center, drawing well over 1,000 people each.“This year will be very, very different and I believe we’re going to have to be very creative” to keep the spirit of the celebration alive, said Imam Mohammed. “I think families will probably coordinate with one another and give each other ideas of how to make the day memorable.” Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

37th Dem primary candidates talk about COVID, budget

first_img jonihubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) On Tuesday, August 4, local Democrats will decide which of three candidates will run in November against Republican Mitch Swoboda for the 37th District House seat held by term-limited State Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills).We asked Michael Bridges, Randy Bruce, and Samantha Steckloff* how they would approach their first term in the State House, given the challenges Michigan faces due to COVID-19, racial unrest, and a budget deep in the red:Randy Bruce (Contributed)Randy BruceBruce’s top priority will be the state’s budget and filling an estimated $3 billion COVID-related deficit. He favors immediate use of a $1.2 billion “rainy day” fund to support Michigan’s economy and lobbying Washington to help with COVID losses.“One of the things I will not do is vote for any budget that cuts funding to education and local government,” Bruce said. “That seems to be the areas the state looks at first to cover budget holes. We have to hold those harmless, and we have to look to other places to cut or raise revenues as best we can.”As a practicing psychologist, Bruce said, he is “good at listening to what other people are trying to say, figuring out what’s motivating them, and addressing their concerns.” While he foresees painful decisions, he said, “we have to look at what opportunity is there as well.”Bruce said lawmakers must address the causes of systemic racism and ensure equal justice. He believes education plays a large role, and Michigan needs “a well funded education system that is fair to everybody.”“If we don’t have an education system that works equally for everybody, we’re going to continue to have long term issues,” he said, adding that includes proper charter school regulation.Bruce sees protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as a “safely valve” that allows people to release some of their frustration, as well as bringing important issues to light.“It’s forcing a real discussion in this country about how we address this,” he said. “I’m hoping that we can see real change because of all the people pushing back.”Samantha Steckloff ( SteckloffSteckloff said lawmakers need to not only work together, but with officials at all levels, to address of systemic racism, COVID-19 impacts, and other tough issues like women’s rights and health care. But that may not be easy in today’s angry political climate.“There was always conflict between parties, but there never used to be that hatred. It’s really debilitating for all of us,” Steckloff said. She believes the relationships she has developed with Michigan leaders, from Congress down, will give her an advantage in negotiations.Among her early initiatives, Steckloff wants a legislative committee on race relations, with representatives from across the state doing a deeper dive into related issues. As larger cities take more immediate action, like prohibiting police from using choke holds, lawmakers should take time to look at all agencies.Steckloff said defunding police isn’t necessary in suburban cities like Farmington Hills, where residents fund the local department through a dedicated millage. She said city officials are best able look through records to weed out “bad actors”.In the wake of COVID-19, Steckloff believes lawmakers have to become job creators, by bringing together unions, organizations, and strong corporations. She’d like to see health care coverage for all Michiganders, an unemployment system that better serves residents, and more protections and guarantees for furloughed employees.“The budget is a moral document dedicated to our residents, and we are going to have to take a deep look into it,” Steckloff said. “We need to make sure we are showing our residents that we are dedicating all of our funds to them.”Michael Bridges (Contributed)Michael BridgesHaving attended a recent Citizens Research Council seminar on how COVID-19 has affected Michigan’s budget, Bridges said the $3 billion deficit will have a “significant impact on our ability to provide services to state residents that they want and deserve.”“I’m mindful of the fact that we need to make sure we balance the budget, and protect those programs and services that are vital to the state’s success,” he said.In addition to budget impacts, Bridges said, “COVID-19 revealed significant disparities among victims, whether mortality or people who got the disease.”“Clearly, we need to make sure public policy reflects the reality that there are significant racial disparities with regard to health care, education, job opportunities, and the environment,” he said. “I’ll be a clear thinking person, and I will seek common ground.”While Farmington Hills has a very good police department, Bridges said, “we have some opportunities to improve.” He believes strongly in body cameras for all police officers.“In my time on city council, I’ve been a very forceful advocate for diversity and inclusion, making sure the police department reflects the population of Farmington Hills,” he said. “I don’t support any policy toward defunding (police). I think we should stress training, sensitivity training, and making sure we have the right officers on the job.”*Mr. Swoboda did not return an email requesting an interview.  Reported bylast_img read more

‘Togetherness has been key’ – Baggaley

first_imgCity Women currently occupy sixth position in the Women’s Super League table after an undefeated start to the season and Baggaley believes the squad’s willingness to work hard and fight for one another is a major factor in their successful start. “The togetherness of the the team and the fight that we have shown on the pitch is what has pleased us most about the start to the season, we’ve all bought into the game plan and the principles that we have given and that is what has allowed us to come away with these results.”, said Baggaley. The undefeated start to the season saw City Women pick up a win on the opening weekend against Brighton and Hove Albion as well as a draw against both, Chelsea and Manchester City and the under-23 Lionesses says the side have taken great confidence from their performances.“The mood in the camp is great and these results have given us confidence to go into every game with the belief that we can get a result. “Looking back at the start of the season, if you were to say that we would pick up results against Chelsea, Man City as well as a win against Brighton then we would have snatched that with two hands.”last_img read more

We’re playing with a chip on our shoulder – Delpeche

first_imgThe Flyers fell by a single point in the final possession when the teams met three weeks ago, after trailing by as many as 20 points in the third period.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash in the Cup, Delpeche said: “We need to be able to put them away – we had multiple opportunities to do that when we played them in preseason.”Anything can happen if we let it come down to the final possession, so the biggest thing for us is to keep on pushing if we build an early lead.last_img read more