Share Pinterest Email A new study suggests that those at risk of hoarding disorder may have serious complaints about sleep.Results show that participants at risk of hoarding disorder scored significantly higher on the Sleep Habits Survey (SH) and on three sub-scales of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), including sleep latency; sleep disturbances and daytime disturbances.“Hoarders typically have problems with decision making and executive function; poor sleep is known to compromise cognition generally, so if hoarders have cluttered/unusable bedrooms (and less comfortable, functional beds), any existing risk for cognitive dysfunction, depression and stress may increase as sleep quality worsens,” said lead author Pamela Thacher, assistant professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Share on Twitter The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Monday, June 8, in Seattle, Washington, at SLEEP 2015, the 29th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.The study group comprised a sample of respondents from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website. Their advertisement asked for those interested in hoarding, sleep, or clutter, whether or not they had problems with these areas. Questionnaires included: Demographics; PSQI; Clutter and Hoarding Rating Scale (CHRS) and SH.The study was the focus of Thacher’s honor student last year, second author, Alexis Reinheimer, a psychology major at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Share on Facebook LinkedIn
Fifteen Northern New Mexico teachers celebrate completing Phase 1 of the National Geographic Educator Certification training during a workshop sponsored by the Bradbury Science Museum Association. Courtesy/BSMABSMA News:The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) recently sponsored the National Geographic Educator Certification training for 15 Northern New Mexico teachers.Alisha Lindsey, a National Geographic Educator and Grosvenor Teacher Fellow lead the training session at Los Alamos Middle School. Lindsey is a middle school teacher in Denver, Colo.During the training, educators were introduced to National Geographic’s Learning Framework, which is a set of attitudes, skills and knowledge areas that embody the attributes of an explorer. An “explorer” is defined as one who seeks solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Teachers reflected on their teaching missions and collaborated to build upon one another’s best project ideas using the National Geographic Learning Framework.This session counted as Phase 1 of the free professional learning program known as the National Geographic Educator Certification Program. As educators go on to complete Phases 2 and 3, they will have the opportunity to try out new lessons and activities that challenge students to solve real-world problems.Upon completion of Phase 3 Training, teachers earn a certificate and become a National Geographic Certified Educator. National Geographic Certified Educators also receive special access to National Geographic education resources and have access to an online community of like-minded educators. About the BSMA:The BSMA is the 501(c)3 non-profit partner to the Bradbury Science Museum with the mission of promoting STEM education opportunities for people of all ages; and providing teacher workshops is one example of the BSMA’s STEM education outreach efforts. To learn more about the BSMA, visit www.bradburyassociation.org.
BUSINESS News:Metzger’s Do It Best Hardware Store in Los Alamos and White Rock has just received the prestigious SuperStar Hardware Store Award for the state of New Mexico.“Thanks Los Alamos! Metzger’s Hardware is proud to announce that with your support we have been named New Mexico’s SuperStar hardware store!” Metzger’s General Manager David Jolly said. “Metzger’s is excited to be named the best of the best, and appreciate our customers in Los Alamos and White Rock for nominating and supporting us.”The governor deemed Metzger’s an essential business at the beginning of the stay at home order. Metzger’s is open for business to serve the needs of the community at 1607 Central Ave. in Los Alamos and 128 State Road 4 in White Rock.Visit www.metzgershardware.com.
Ruby, a local dog chased something into the bushes recently in her back yard on Andanada Street. The strong odor permeating from Ruby afterward confirmed she had tangled with this skunk. An online suggestion for ridding skunk odor thankfully worked very well: 1 quart hydrogen peroxide (3%), 1/4 cup baking soda and a tablespoon of dish-washing detergent; wash the dog twice with the solution and then once with regular shampoo. Photo by Ken Hanson
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – CARDONE Industries has announced that industry veteran Gordon Ulsh was recently appointed as lead director of the CARDONE Industries Board. Ulsh will assume all of the duties of CEO. Reporting directly to Michael Cardone Jr., chairman and CEO, Ulsh brings a wealth of industry experience to the role, having held leadership positions at Ford Motor Co., Cooper Industries, Federal-Mogul, Exide Technologies and the heavy-duty parts distributor, Fleet Pride. Ulsh retired from Exide Technologies in 2010. CARDONE’s leadership stated that the company has known Ulsh as a customer, supplier and mentor throughout his career, and is proud to add his expertise and leadership to the CARDONE business model. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 7220/11-2, in the production licence 609 in the Barents Sea. The well will be drilled from the Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig.The drilling programme for well 7220/11-2 relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 609. Lundin Norway AS is the operator with a 40% ownership interest, and the licensees are Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS with 30% and RWE Dea Norge AS AS with 30%.The production licence consists of the blocks/parts of blocks 7220/6, 7220/9, 7220/11, 7220/12 and 7221/4. The production licence was awarded in the 21st licensing round in 2011.This well will be the second exploration well in production licence 609.According to the NPD, the permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.[mappress mapid=”1151″]
The new service moves freight from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Fridays to San Jose, Costa Rica; San Salvador, El Salvador; Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Managua, Nicaragua, and Panama City and Colon, Panama.The new service uses Crowley vessels and customers will benefit from a single point of contact at Crowley Maritime Corporation, for effective shipment management and monitoring.Crowley Solutions is the project management arm of Crowley Maritime Corporation and offers turnkey solutions for clients with marine infrastructure, offshore construction, marine cargo and logistics projects.www.crowley.com
IF THERE had been any remaining doubts among investors about the financial health of the US rail industry, they would surely have been dispelled last month when Berkshire Hathaway revealed that it had taken substantial shareholdings in three Class I railroads.A spokesperson confirmed on April 9 that the investment group led by the so-called ’Oracle of Omaha’ Warren Buffet had acquired 10?9% of BNSF Railway, valued at more than $3?2bn, and stakes worth around $700m in two other major railroads. A week later, UK hedge fund TCI Fund Management filed to buy shares in CSX worth more than $500m.The railway industry is particularly capital-intensive, and the major US railroads have been struggling for many years to earn high enough returns to meet their full cost of capital. But a quarter century after the deregulation of the industry through the Staggers Act, three of the seven US and Canadian Class Is reported that they had achieved the benchmark, with two others expecting to do so imminently.As we have reported before in these pages, the long-term trends are very positive. Growing intermodal business, driven by the tidal wave of Asian imports, strong coal traffic for power generation, and the impact of increased costs on the domestic road haulage industry have enabled the rail operators to increase rates, boosting returns and funding much-needed capacity expansion projects. Rail’s share of the US freight market is back above 40% in terms of tonne-km, compared with less than 15% for much of Western Europe.Further globalisation of trade and increased containerisation are expected to continue driving up the demand for freight transport in Asia, Europe and the Americas (p264). In the US alone, freight tonne-km are forecast to grow by 50% over the next 25 years. At the same time increasing environmental regulation and a greater focus on energy consumption look set to benefit rail above other modes.With railways and suppliers around the world looking to raise private-sector finance for major projects, ranging from high speed lines in Europe, North and South America and China to high-capacity freight routes across Asia, last month’s manoeuvrings on Wall Street may well help to strengthen market sentiment. On April 18 a report for the California High Speed Rail Authority confirmed that ’the private sector can, and likely will, play a big role’ in financing that $10bn project. But if we are to learn anything from the rail industry’s roller-coaster ride over the past half-century, it is that big investors will only back well-managed businesses, putting their funds into well-planned projects with realistic prospects for a good rate of return.
Cairo has the world’s fastest-growing population in a city with a prediction of is 0.5 million growth in 2017, according to a report by Egypt Independent.Egypt’s cities Cairo and Alexandria are in a list of the fastest-growing cities in terms of population for the current year in Euromonitor International’s report of Global Economies and Consumers in 2017.Alexandria’s population (currently 4.9 million) is expected to increase by more than 100,000 people in 2017.The world’s urban population is growing at 2% annually, but some cities exceed this growth rate by a wide margin. Globally, the most rapidly growing cities are in the Middle East and Africa, as Abuja in Nigeria is forecast to grow by 4% in one year, and Doha, Qatar is set to grow at a 3% rate.The list of the fastest-growing cities include Shanghai in China with a growth of about 400,000 people, and Beijing, Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, and Manila in the Philippines with a growth of more than 300,000 people in each city.Euromonitor International’s report said the fastest-growing cities in 2017 will be in the Middle East and Africa.