A 34-year-old security guard attached to the Sandy Mining Company was on Monday placed on $60,000 bail for reportedly cuffing a former friend.Dexter Cush, a father of three children, denied the charge read to him by city Magistrate Judy Latchman when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that on March 20, 2018 at Sussex and Lombard Streets, Georgetown, he assaulted Edwin Miles so as to cause him actual bodily harm.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the men had a misunderstanding and Cush dealt Miles one punch to his head.The matter was reported by Miles, and Cush was arrested and charged for the offence.The case will continue on June 31, 2018.
Australia’s young adults are setting themselves up for major depression and social upheaval. Here’s why.A sense of purpose and meaning in life, often derived from sincere faith in a loving and good Creator, produces measurable health benefits. But what does lack of faith produce?The God of small things (James Cook University, Australia). The purpose-filled life doesn’t just look at the big picture for evidence of God. According to Jonathan Ramsay, a lecturer at JCU’s Singapore campus, the faith that improves health in people sees the hand of God in small things, too.Dr Ramsay said the results show that all people, but especially religious people, regularly assign significance to unremarkable events—such as discussing hobbies with a work colleague, receiving a small but unexpected gift, or spending time with a family member.“We found the more people gave meaning, purpose, and significance to such events the more they experienced positive emotions such as gratitude and contentment,” he said.Friending God increases purpose in life in the socially disconnected (Michigan State). Some psychologists assume that community is vital for developing a sense of purpose in life. That helps, but an MSU doctoral student found that even the socially disconnected find a sense of purpose in life when they can look to God as a friend. While not discounting the importance of friendship with other people for mental health, Todd Chan looked at the responses of 19,775 people, and concluded that even lonely souls can benefit from a sense of purpose when God is central in their lives.Chan and colleagues say that having a belief system that adequately “substitutes” for some of the functions of human relationships, like having a God that values and supports them, may allow socially disconnected people to restore some of this purpose.“For the socially disconnected, God may serve as a substitutive relationship that compensates for some of the purpose that human relationships would normally provide,” Chan said.Steep decline in student belief that God created humans, 32-year Australian study reveals (Science Daily). The title says it all: more and more Australians are walking away from belief that God created mankind.Every year since 1986, the researchers polled first-year biology students at UNSW Sydney about their views on evolution and creationism. In 1986, 60% of students believed a god had something to do with the origin of humans, while only 29% held this view in 2017. In contrast, the percentage of students convinced that a god had nothing to do with the origin of humans increased from 25% in 1986 to 62% in 2017.The findings — published today in Evolution: Education and Outreach – are the longest continuous annual survey of opinions about creationism versus evolution among first-year university students world-wide.Putting it All TogetherThese findings can be summarized as follows:Purpose in life is important for positive emotions such as gratitude and contentment.Friendship with God, and belief in Him as our Creator, brings a strong sense of purpose in life.Lack of belief that God had anything to do with the origin of humans is on the rise among students and young adults.Conclusion: Australia is setting itself up for a major societal crisis: meaninglessness, hopelessness, and despair.Corollary: America, with its Darwin-only teaching policy, is heading down the same path. Evolutionists, quick! You must do something about this. Your students are becoming depressed, leading lives where everything seems pointless, as if they are wandering through a world that shows blind, pitiless indifference toward them and everybody else. Natural selection must have selected for humans who find purpose in life by believing in God. If so, they must be the fittest. Then help the fittest: you need to teach less Darwinism, and more Bible. This is vital for the health of society!But wait; that would imply that natural selection teaches people to believe in lies. Maybe belief in natural selection is a lie, too; would you have any way of knowing? And by choosing to do something about the crisis of purposelessness in your society, wouldn’t you be assuming that you are a free moral agent with a conscience? Wouldn’t making an effort to solve the crisis amount to your own purpose in life? [Cue sound of short circuit.]Let’s get back to the wisdom of God’s word. Purpose—the intelligent plan of God—permeates the Bible from first verse to last. In a magnificent passage, Paul tells the former pagans in Ephesus about the purposes of God. Look at all the purpose words in this one passage, that relate to our ability to have a sense of purpose individually in a purposeful, created universe:Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1)Paul said to the Romans, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). He is indeed the God of small things! He works His purposes in us every day, for judgment on sinners, but for goodness and joy to those who trust Him. Think of how richly meaningful it can be to walk with God as your closest Friend. (See Site Map.)Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” [John 10:9-10; read whole chapter.] God the Son—the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life for us—purposes good for us: abundant life. Who is the thief, but the one who steals away people’s hope in God? Who is a worse thief than Charles Darwin and his disciples, who preach that there is no God at all, but just a material universe of blind, pitiless indifference? We need to see Darwinians as not just wrong, but evil, merciless thieves!To learn to love God and appreciate His purposes for us, go to TheJohn1010Project.com, which takes its name from the passage above about abundant life. Watch the 50+ free videos that will build your confidence in God, answer hard questions, and enrich your life with the joy our Creator intended for us.Exercise: Compare the purposelessness of an atheist astronomer in this short film, “God and the Astronomer,” with the confidence of Joni Eareckson Tada, who had to struggle with God’s purposes when she became paralyzed in an accident. Watch her abundant life come to light in “Can God Bring Good From Suffering?“After watching these two episodes, you will likely want to watch many others. They’re easy to share on social media, and they are all free. 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By: Bari Sobelson & Hannah HydePixabay[Coins by Olichel, CC0]Change is important to personal finance managers. I’m not just talking about the kind you find at the bottom of your purse or in your pockets; I’m referring to the inevitable kind that we all face as humans on a regular basis. At its root, personal finance work is about helping clients become aware of, understand, and prepare for the inevitable change that will come with life within the context of their financial planning.So why all of this talk about change?We have an opportunity for you that you won’t want to pass up next month! Starting on September 26th, we will be offering a four-day virtual conference that is all about change! Whether you come as a PFM who is interested in assisting your clients with the multitude of changes they may experience, or as a person who is interested in learning about managing change in your own personal life, this conference is for you!This will be unlike any conference you have attended before—there will be keynotes, opportunities for conversation and networking, and a wide variety of topics surrounding change! So, if you want to keep the change, join us for this conference! You won’t regret it! To find out more information on this virtual conference, click here. We hope to see you there as we all LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW our understanding of our capacity for change, and begin to THRIVE as we connect with colleagues facing similar challenges!This blog was written by Social Media Specialists Bari Sobelson of the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde of the MFLN Military Caregiving Team. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Image created by Christopher Plein, Ph.D., 2018. Return to article. Long DescriptionRecently, I made a community presentation to social workers, education specialists, healthcare prevention workers and other helping professionals in my home state of West Virginia. Among those in attendance were professionals working with veterans, some of whom are long retired and others more recently separated from military service.The meeting helped my thoughts turn again to how closely military families are tied to the “civilian world.” I introduced the group to the work that we do in the Military Families Learning Network emphasizing the common bonds that we all share in helping families. We talked about recent trends in Medicare and Medicaid and possible future developments for these two keystones of the American health system.Active duty military families may find that family and loved ones are eligible for these programs due to health conditions, age or economic need. Those facing retirement and separation from the military also need to consider the road ahead and how Medicaid and Medicare may figure into their plans.Most know that Medicare is a federal health insurance program primarily for those over 65 years of age. It also serves those with specific diseases and disabilities. Medicaid operates as a state-federal partnership providing health insurance for lower income populations as well as those with special health conditions and disabilities. As we have noted in previous blogs and webinars, these programs are a complex yet vital part of our healthcare infrastructure.For well over a decade, both programs have changed due to various federal legislative and regulatory reforms. The best known of these is the Affordable Care Act of 2010 which made some revisions to Medicare but most importantly allowed for Medicaid expansion to newly eligible populations of low income adults.Along with demographic changes in our population (many of us are getting older), policy changes are resulting in more and more Americans being covered by either Medicaid or Medicare. Currently, 33 percent of the U.S. population is covered by one or the other helping to bring our overall uninsured rate down to 9 percent.Utilizing helpful data from the Kaiser Family Foundation and comparing these to data on active duty military populations in the states, we offer a quick glimpse of trends in the tables and charts below.As noted in a previous blog, almost half (49 percent) of all active duty military are based in just five states: California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia. The table below is from that blog that and relies on data from Defense Manpower Data Center (MDDC). We’ll call these states the “Big Five.” Texas16%11%15% Source: Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2016Both Virginia and Texas lag behind the national average for Medicaid and Medicare coverage. However, the picture in Virginia may change soon as it has recently passed legislation to expand Medicaid.Because Medicaid and Medicare can figure so prominently in providing assistance to family members, it is worth considering the status of these programs when making location and caregiving decisions. While Medicare coverage provisions are uniform across the United States, Medicaid varies widely from state to state.One trend that we can anticipate is that more states, even in traditionally “red” regions, will decide to expand Medicaid in order to help lower income adults. In the 2018 mid-term elections, three states, Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah all approved ballot measures to expand Medicaid eligibility to new low income groups.More broadly, there is growing interest in expanding Medicare coverage to new populations. This would be a real game changer — especially for those who have difficulty accessing care due to health conditions or age. There are active discussions and legislative proposals now being considered to allow those nearing retirement age (say between the ages of 55 and 64) and those with serious health conditions to “buy-in” to Medicare at a reduced premium or to be entitled to the program. Excellent and accessible analysis and reporting on these developments can be found online through the Kaiser Family Foundation.In the months to come, we should anticipate further conversations about Medicaid and Medicare as platforms for healthcare coverage and access. New Medicaid expansion efforts in states will no doubt inspire others, but will also have their own share of growing pains and difficulties. As for Medicare, we can anticipate that both sides of the aisle will give active consideration to ideas on how this program can help those in need.Note: The research assistance of Lonnie Long, MPA student and MFLN Military Caregiving special needs graduate assistant in preparing this blog is appreciated. Georgia17%12%12% North Carolina18%15%11% MedicaidMedicareUninsured United States19%14%9% Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Military Caregiving Team Return to article. Long DescriptionSource: Understanding Military Assignment Dynamics in the U.S.: A Look at the Data & Some Questions to Ponder (Plein, 2018).Medicaid & Medicare EnrollmentNow let’s take a look at Medicaid and Medicare enrollment trends in these states. What we find is an interesting and varied portrait of what is happening. In California, for example, 36 percent of the population is covered by either Medicaid or Medicare. To date, California is the only state among the “Big Five” to implement an expanded Medicaid program. By expanding Medicaid coverage to previously ineligible groups, enrollment numbers have increased. As the data suggest, this helps to reduce overall uninsured rates. This image (ID: 184954118) was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. California25%11%8% Virginia 12%14%10%
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Duke and Louisville are locked into a tight battle at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 but now trail late in the contest.During the second half, Duke’s Grayson Allen drove to the basket and was knocked down. While he was on the ground, he appeared to intentionally trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding, who had corralled the ball and was dribbling up court.yep, that’s a trip by Grayson Allen … https://t.co/hAfZbZaFGb— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) February 9, 2016Definitely looks like he meant to do that.
philosophy, the women’s wellbeing beauty brand, is collaborating with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield on an exclusive, original song to spread hope to women everywhere.The song, “hope,” penned by Natasha and a new writing and production team made up of Matt Robinson, David Saw and Ryan Freeman, was written to draw attention to the mental health needs of women and further the message of the hope and grace initiative — an unending commitment by philosophy to support community-based mental health organizations. Releasing simultaneously with the product launch of renewed hope in a jar, “hope” will be available for download on iTunes on January 13th with 20% of the net proceeds from iTunes sales benefitting the hope and grace initiative until 2016.By encouraging and promoting the idea of hope when faced with any adversity, this original song clearly captures the spirit of philosophy. For over 18 years, philosophy has been devoted to bringing women products that inspire them to live better lives. Most recently, in July 2014, philosophy launched the hope and grace initiative, the cornerstone of the brand’s philanthropic mission wherein 1% of philosophy product sales across all retailers support community-based organizations working to empower women through the promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues.“At philosophy, we believe that it is important to nurture the skin as well as the soul, and music offers a powerful way to lift spirits and spread a message,” says Jill Scalamandre, Senior Vice President, philosophy and Chief Marketing Officer, skin care for Coty. “The philosophy of renewed hope in a jar is ‘live with optimism, renew with hope,’ a sentiment that not only ties perfectly to this beautiful song, but also to the hope and grace initiative’s mission of helping lift the stigma that surrounds mental health.”“philosophy understands the power of words, and as a songwriter this resonates deeply with me,” says Natasha. “I was thrilled to collaborate with philosophy on the song and to help raise awareness about mental health, particularly among women. This song is about how powerful hope is and that we all need to be reminded sometimes of how even the darkest nights become bright mornings, and hope can carry us through any hardship.”To celebrate the release of “hope,” which is named for its reimagined iconic product, renewed hope in a jar, philosophy will host a special event where Natasha will perform “hope” live for the first time. The performance will be simulcast via Livestream as part of a larger digital media campaign that will further promote the renewed hope in a jar product and the hope and grace initiative.Changing the landscape of philanthropic efforts in the beauty industry, the hope and grace initiative established the hope and grace fund as a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501c3 public charity dedicated to supporting innovative and effective public interest projects. With guidance from an advisory board made up of committed and notable leaders in the mental health arena, philosophy will annually award multiple grants with an average amount of $25,000 through the hope and grace fund to support hundreds of qualified organizations around the world.In its first year, the fund plans to target organizations that work with women in the United States who are currently underserved by mental health services by providing grants to community-based mental health organizations. These unsung heroes of the mental health field include those organizations that are working to overcome the barriers and stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental health issues, providing access to mental health treatment, and fostering support networks for women with mental illness.Join the movement at hopeandgracefund.com.
On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Hearts of Gold will host its 20th annual charity fundraising gala at Capitale, 130 Bowery in New York City.The event will be held from 6:00-10:30 p.m., followed by an after-party. The organization “reimagines the future of homeless mothers and their children, together” – a critical mission as homelessness in New York City has reached record levels.“Hearts of Gold’s ultimate goal is to break the cycle of homelessness among mothers and their children living in the shelter system,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, Hearts of Gold’s Founder & President. “Since 1994, we’ve raised more than $10 million to help 21,000 individuals. Join us to celebrate our commitment to empowering the next generation of confident, self-sufficient mothers and children. Together, we will help real families change their lives in 2017.”Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien, and actress, singer and songwriter Rhonda Ross will co-host the black-tie gala, themed “All That Glitters.” The event includes a cocktail reception and dinner, a Tracy Reese runway show, and a live auction. Event Chairs are Shelley Schorsch, Nicholas Schorsch, Michael Weil, and Dr. Shirley Madhère-Weil. AR Global, Century 21, Deutsch Inc., Elit by Stolichnaya, and Stolichnaya Premium Vodka are Host Sponsors.Sponsorship packages begin at $15,000, individual gala tickets begin at $650, and after-party tickets begin at $100. To participate, call (212) 206-1461 or click here.
“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe.