Election Day may still be a week away, but a change in officeholders has already taken place at one of the area’s most prominent political organizations.Late last month the Johnson County Republican Party elected Mike Jones as its new chair. Jones takes over for Theresa Seagraves, who stepped up to fulfill the remainder of former chair Ronnie Metsker’s term when he was appointed Johnson County Election Commissioner in January.Jones, a longtime party volunteer who has been active in grassroots groups like the Northeast Johnson County Conservatives, challenged Democratic incumbent Nancy Lusk for the District 22 seat in the House of Representatives back in 2014, falling 52-48. He said that he was impressed by the work of the county party’s previous leaders, but saw an opportunity to improve the party’s on-the-street operations, which compelled him to seek the leadership role.“One of the biggest complaints I’ve received from candidates and legislators this year is that the volunteer base is down, Jones said. “Over the last three election cycles Republicans have had a great deal of success and it’s important that we don’t become complacent with that success. Politics in Kansas has been much like a pendulum and for us to continue to maintain the success we’ve had we need to double down on our efforts to talk to voters at their door.”Jones defeated Mike Kuckelman, who has served as the group’s treasurer the past eight years, in an election among county party members to select the new chair Oct. 20. Jones said he has been drawn to the Kansas Republican party based on its platform, which reflect his views “both morally and fiscally.” He says he believes many of the things Republican stand for are under attack both at the national and local level. “Too often those who are elected feel that once they have be placed in a position of representation that they have to convince people they know what’s best and we should fall in line behind them,” he said. “My feeling is I have been elected to represent people who have joined our party because of our platform and the things we stand for. It’s my responsibility to fall in line with them and protect and honor that which caused us to become Republicans in the first place.”
Merriam residents wanting to add solar installations to their homes will no longer have to go before the planning commission.Three months after the initial discussion, the Merriam City Council last week approved amendments to its solar installation ordinance. The amendments streamline the solar panel collection systems permitting process, meaning residents have more opportunities to take advantage of solar energy.Councilmember Whitney Yadrich, a key player in getting the solar installation ordinance reviewed and ultimately approved, told the Shawnee Mission Post the city is “actively creating equity opportunities” for residents — and she’s ready to see where the city goes next.“The message is, ‘we want to make this easier for you, and we want it to cost less,’” Yadrich said. “It’s a testament to the city’s mission statement by reducing government obstacles and focusing on progress. I hope leaders at the county and state levels follow suit.”Below are the specific adjustments to the ordinance, as outlined in city documents:Removal of the conditional use permit requirementRemoval planning commission review requirementsElimination of abandonment and disrepair provisionsAllows solar panels to face the right-of-wayBackground: Merriam first discussed streamlining its solar installation ordinance on June 8 and the planning commission was charged with reviewing the ordinance. The city council made suggestions during its Aug. 5 meeting and the planning commission agreed with the proposed changes.Following a public hearing in which no comments were made, the planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the draft ordinance on Sept. 2.Big picture: The efforts around the solar installation ordinance address a city council objective to encourage residents to participate in sustainability initiatives. Additionally, the solar collection systems mentioned in the ordinance would be covered by the sustainability grant the city is offering in 2021.The sustainability grant would provide a 20% reimbursement for residents installing energy saving systems, including solar panels. The minimum reimbursement is $500 and the maximum is $2,500.
The Atlantic:Nationalism that’s rooted in respect for laws and institutions, not race or religion, makes citizens the happiest, according to new research.PROBLEM: Previous research has shown that national pride makes people feel good about their own lives. But does what you’re proud of matter too?METHODOLOGY: Tim Reeskens, a sociologist from Catholic University in Belgium, and Matthew Wright, a political scientist at American University, categorized national pride into “ethnic nationalism,” which is tied to ancestry and religious beliefs, and “civic nationalism,” which prioritizes respect for a country’s institutions and laws.They analyzed the responses of 40,677 people from 31 countries to questions that related to happiness and national pride in the 2008 wave of the European Values Study, and controlled for various demographic variables, including gender, work status, and per capita GDP.Read the whole story: The Atlantic
The New York Times:“Does being over 40 make you feel like half the man you used to be?”Ads like that have led to a surge in the number of men seeking to boost their testosterone. The Food and Drug Administration reports that prescriptions for testosterone supplements have risen to 2.3 million from 1.3 million in just four years.There is such a condition as “low-T,” or hypogonadism, which can cause fatigue and diminished sex drive, and it becomes more common as men age. But according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, half of the men taking prescription testosterone don’t have a deficiency. Many are just tired and want a lift. But they may not be doing themselves any favors. It turns out that the supplement isn’t entirely harmless: Neuroscientists are uncovering evidence suggesting that when men take testosterone, they make more impulsive — and often faulty — decisions.…The findings of the latest study, which have been presented at conferences and will be published in Psychological Science in January, offer more reasons to worry about testosterone supplements.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Twitter Email New research in the scientific journal Psychology of Women Quarterly suggests that sexually objectifying restaurant environments can be harmful to the psychological health of waitresses.“My research team and I noticed that some women are immersed in subcultures and settings where treating women as sex objects is not only promoted but culturally sanctioned,” said the study’s corresponding author, Dawn M. Szymanski of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. “One example of this is the so called ‘breastaurants’ that put women’s bodies and sexuality on display and elicit and approve of the male gaze. Given the growth of these types of restaurants and the recent media attention focused on them, we wondered if and how working in these types of environments might be linked to mental health problems.”The study examined 252 waitresses working in restaurants in the United States. The ages of the participants ranged from 18 to 66, but the average age was 30. About half of the participants were enrolled in college at the time of the study. LinkedIn The researchers found higher levels of anxiety and disordered eating among waitresses who agreed with statements such as “In the restaurant I work, female servers/waitresses are encouraged to wear sexually revealing clothing” and “In the restaurant I work, male customers stare at female servers/waitresses.”“Essentially, we found that working in sexually objectifying restaurant environments are not good for waitresses’ psychological health,” Szymanski explained to PsyPost. “More specifically, we found that working in higher levels of sexually objectifying restaurant environments were related to more anxiety and disordered eating among waitresses.”Additional findings suggest that the anxiety and disordered eating were linked to reduced levels of power and control among waitresses.“Waitresses working in restaurants that sexually objectified their female employees were more likely to have less organizational power and status in the restaurant than men, which in turn was related to a lack of personal power and control in that setting,” Szymanski added. “This lack of both organizational and personal power was then related to more rumination, which in turn is was related to more anxiety and disordered eating. Our findings reveal the important role that contextual factors may have on waitresses’ coping responses and mental health symptoms.”Szymanski said her study had some limitations.“The major caveat is that our study was based on cross-sectional data and conclusions about causality or directionality cannot be conclusively made. Thus, future research using experimental and longitudinal designs are needed. Research is also needed to examine variables that may intensify or weaken the links between working in sexually objectifying environments and waitresses’ mental health.”The study, “Sexually Objectifying Environments: Power, Rumination, and Waitresses’ Anxiety and Disordered Eating“, was also co-authored by Renee Mikorski. Share Share on Facebook Pinterest
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When looking around for a new podcast, how about an oldie but goodie?“Jazz Inspired,” independently produced by Sag Harbor’s jazz pianist/raconteur/author/chanteuse Judy Carmichael, is celebrating 20 years on National Public Radio, and Carmichael — who has tickled the ivories for rock stars and rulers — has had a plethora of diversely interesting people on her show, from show biz types like Robert Redford and Seth MacFarlane to architect Frank Gehry and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.The show is not about jazz musicians, said Carmichael this week. “I wanted something that would keep me interested, frankly, doing a show where I could bring in all kinds of different artists and come at it differently in terms of inspiration and creativity. That’s a broader subject,” she said. “I mean, Redford — he’s been at this awhile. He’s been asked pretty much every question about his career that anyone could ask. But when I say, ‘I think of your process as a jazz process,’ it’s a whole new subject.”Carmichael said she studies up on her guests, “and I really think, ‘What about them is different? What will have a bigger meaning for my audience: What will inspire them to find their own creativity?’ That’s what I’m really interested in.”Her most recent episode, taped toward the beginning of March but airing on 140 NPR affiliates across the country (including Southampton’s 88.3 WPPB-FM) the week of May 2 through May 8, is an interview with horror film legend Roger Corman, best known for the original “Little Shop of Horrors,” which he filmed in two days and one night.“Roger, who just turned 94, is one of the most engaged human beings I’ve ever met,” Carmichael said. “He really listens, and answers your questions with thought and passion. I was initially surprised,” she said.Corman, who is sometimes referred to as “the Pope of Pop Cinema,” wasn’t always taken seriously during his career, when he made scads of low-budget films, like the Edgar Allan Poe series with Vincent Price, “Frankenstein Unbound,” “Galaxy of Terror,” or “The Trip,” penned by Jack Nicholson and starring Peter Fonda.It was said in Hollywood that Corman could negotiate a movie deal over a pay phone, finance it with money from the change slot, and shoot it in the phone booth.But he managed to jumpstart the show biz careers of names like Nicholson, Diane Ladd, and William Shatner, and mentored other directors like Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and many more.It is detailed in his book, “How I Made 100 Films in Hollywood and Never Lost A Dime.”In his later years, Corman has finally received appreciation for his efforts, heaped with lifetime achievement awards and the subject of a documentary film, “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.”Meeting him at a party in Los Angeles a few months ago brought Carmichael to invite him on the show. Then she found herself woodshedding — watching some of his movies that she hadn’t seen in decades.“It was funny to watch a bunch of those ‘B’ horror movies again,” she said. “And he’s famous for very short shoots, low budget, and what I thought was, ‘This wasn’t just to save money. What was he getting out of this creatively, to do this, this way?’ And it’s a very jazz process,” she said.“He has a great sense of humor,” she recounted of her interview. Acknowledging, with gratitude, the many illustrious folks she’s been lucky enough to interview, Carmichael said, “Even in that circle, Roger’s mind is so interesting. And the connections he makes, where we went in the conversation — I’m really proud of it. When we finished, Roger’s assistant said she had never seen him that happy,” Carmichael said with a laugh.“I think it’s more important than ever for people to tap into their creativity right now,” urged Carmichael. “Artists have an unusually high tolerance for uncertainty and delayed gratification. So, this is our time to learn things, to create things.”For more about Carmichael, her website is www.judycarmichael.com. To listen to her dozens of previous interviews and learn more about “Jazz Inspired,” the site is email@example.com Share
Screen Talk: the challenges and opportunities for film festivals during Covid-19 Click here to register Richard Lorber, president and CEO of New York-based Kino Lorber, Michael Rosenberg, president of New York-based Film Movement, and Eve Gabereau, managing director of UK-based Modern Films, join Screen’s Americas editor Jeremy Kay in a free live discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities of taking releases into the virtual realm.Gabereau’s Modern Films is presently streaming three independent titles: Nora Fingscheidt’s German arthouse hit System Crasher, Julian Jarrold’s true life triumph-over-adversity story Sulphur And White, starring Emily Beecham, and Haifaa Al Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate, the third feature from Saudi’s leading female filmmaker. Film Movement’s current virtual release include Jan Komasa’s Oscar-nominated Polish submission and Venice Days 2019 award winner Corpus Christi, Diao Yinan’s Chinese gangland thriller and Cannes 2019 Competition selection The Wild Goose Lake, and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic Oscar submission A White, White Day.Among Kino Lorber current releases are Kleber Mendonca Filho’s Brazilian mystery and Cannes 2019 joint jury prize winner Bacurau, as well as Kantemir Balagov’s Cannes Un Certain Regard best director prize-winner Beanpole, and Ken Loach’s Cannes 2019 selection Sorry We Missed You.The 30-minute discussion will be followed by a live Q&A in which the audience will be able to ask questions to the panellists; we can also take advance questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Screen Talk will be available to watch on Screendaily after it has taken place.PanellistsRichard Lorber is president and CEO of Kino Lorber, an independent arthouse distributor that releases films under labels Kino Lorber, Kino Classics, Zeitgeist Films, and Alive Mind Cinema. The theatrical release roster includes five of the recent Berlin Golden Bear winners including Mohammad Rasoulof’s 2020 recipient There is No Evil. In 2019, the company launched art house digital channel Kino Now. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lorber launched Kino Marquee earlier this year.Michael Rosenberg is president of Film Movement, the New York-based distributor that launched in 2002. After stints as president of eOne Films USA, and executive vice-president at Koch Lorber Films, among others, Rosenberg joined Film Movement in March 2014. He oversaw the creation of Film Movement Classics, and the launch in 2018 of online streaming service, Film Movement Plus. Recent theatrical releases have championed auteurs such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Bertrand Bonello, and Andrei Konchalovsky. The Virtual Cinema initiative launched earlier this year in partnership with Art House Convergence.Eve Gabereau is managing director of Modern Films, a London-based, female-led, social issues-driven film production, distribution and event cinema company. Its slate includes Haifaa Al Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate and Rubika Shah’s White Riot. At the end of March, the company invites audiences who stream films through the Modern Films website to select an independent cinema at the point of purchase. An undisclosed percentage of the proceeds will go directly to the cinema, with 22 venues initially signing up to the initiative. Source: Film Movement/Julie CunnahMichael Rosenberg, Richard Lorber, Eve GabereauThe second in our Screen Talks webinar series is taking place on Thursday, April 23 at 16:00 BST, and will look at how arthouse distributors and exhibitors are partnering in various revenue-sharing “virtual cinema” models in response to theatre closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Bristow Group, a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, has announced that the company’s Senior Vice President (VP) and Chief Administration Officer, Hilary Ware, has left the company for personal reasons.Bristow said on Tuesday that Ware left the company following a brief leave of absence.The company stated that the Senior Management and the Board of Directors are already taking actions in reorganizing the chief administrative officer role and responsibilities. An announcement regarding these changes will come by the end of August, Bristow added.In the meantime, the company said that Mary Wersebe will serve in the role of acting Chief Administrative Officer on an interim basis.Jonathan Baliff, Bristow Group CEO, said: “Hilary has played an important role in Bristow’s exceptional accomplishments for almost nine years and has developed and managed many of Bristow’s key administrative functions, including human resources, communications, government affairs and information technology.”Baliff further added: “Her insights in development and training have contributed significantly to Bristow’s success, especially in the creation of our Leadership and Management Development Training Programs. Her championing of these areas, along with Bristow Uplift and the company’s charitable and community affairs, has been integral in developing the Bristow culture.”