Foster system may lose funds without reform

first_imgWithout financing reforms, states could lose more than $600 million to help abused children, officials testified Monday at a legislative hearing on California’s foster-care system. Rob Geen, director of the Child Welfare Research Program at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., testified that California’s $4.7 billion child protective system receives a disproportionate amount of federal funds compared to other states. As a result, Geen said the budget reconciliation bill before Congress would cut more than $600 million over five years and proposed Medicaid changes may limit the use of these funds for foster children. “Without reform, it appears that states will lose access to federal funds for child welfare services,” Geen testified. “California should be an active participant in federal child welfare financing reform discussions (next year).” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Geen spoke at the first hearing of the California Select Committee on Foster Care held at the state Junipero Building in downtown Los Angeles. The committee is chaired by Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, who said she plans to make reforming of the state’s dysfunctional foster care system the focus of her tenure in office. The committee plans to look at changing how the system is funded to free up more of the money to help keep families together. The committee also plans to look at ways to better support relatives who care for abused children in the system, better address the needs of teens who age out of the system and improve court oversight. In February 2004, David Sanders, director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services, asked the federal government for permission to use $300 million of its $1.3 billion budget on services to help keep families together. But negotiations between the state and federal government have bogged down. The request followed DCFS admissions in a series of Daily News stories in 2003 that half of the children in the system had been unnecessarily taken from their families and placed in more dangerous environments because of financial incentives in state and federal laws. Sanders testified the DCFS has since sent thousands of children safely home, but those improvements are in jeopardy without the flexibility to use funds on services to help families be successful in safely raising their children. “We have 30 percent fewer children in foster care than in 2002, children spend, on average, 30 percent shorter time in foster care and we have experienced a 30 percent reduction in abuse of children in (foster care),” Sanders said. “However, given the current funding streams and fiscal climate, we will have difficulty continuing these gains.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

KXIP vs MI: Mumbai Indians look to continue winning streak against Kings XI Punjab

first_imgOn a roll with four consecutive victories, two-time champions Mumbai Indians would look to continue the winning streak when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match, here on Thursday.WATCH: How WAGS inspired their cricket star husbands in IPL 2017Having won four out of the five matches they played so far, Mumbai Indians are placed second with eight points and would certainly start as favourites against Kings XI Punjab, who have managed to win just two of their five games.Even though Mumbai’s top order is yet to click, the middle and lower order have more than made up for the poor starts.Skipper Rohit Sharma, who did not have an ideal start to the tournament, made a strong comeback in the previous match against Gujarat Lions with an unbeaten 40 off 29 deliveries, while Kieron Pollard continued with his fine run, scoring a quickfire 23-ball 39.Young Nitish Rana has been a consistent contributer for Mumbai this season. He chipped in with a brilliant half- century in the last match to enable Mumbai toppled Gujarat Lions by six wickets.In fact, one of the biggest positives for Mumbai has been the form of the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal. The duo have come up with significant all-round performances.Come tomorrow, Mumbai would look to their batsmen to shine again and dominate the opponents.Harbhajan Singh has been fantastic in the powerplay overs, while Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan have also been among wickets. McClenaghan returned with impressive figures of two for 24 to help the team restrict Gujarat to 176 for four in their last game.advertisementKings XI Punjab, on the other hand, will have their task cut out against a strong Mumbai outfit.Despite starting their campaign with back-to-back victories, Kings XI slipped in the next three games and would now be desperate to get back to winning ways.Kings XI have some dangerous batsmen, especially the three ‘Ms’ — skipper Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Eoin Morgan — besides Hashim Amla who can pile up runs but none of them clicked in the last three outings.The lone battle was fought by Manan Vohra in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, as he scored a fabulous 50 -ball 90 but Kings XI still lost by five runs while chasing a modest 160-run target due to lack of support from the other end.Kings XI would desperately want the big names to stand up and make their presence felt against Mumbai tomorrow.Their bowling unit, which includes a reliable Mohit Sharma, experienced Ishant Sharma and talented Axar Patel, needs to fire in unison.Teams (From):Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

EXILES coach Daniel Anderson has named his team to

first_imgEXILES coach Daniel Anderson has named his team to play England tomorrow at The Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield (7.45pm).There are five changes from the 13 which started the first match of the International Origin Series against Steve McNamara’s men at St Helens.Saints forward Anthony Laffranchi moves up from the bench to start this game and there are four new Exiles caps. In-form Salford City Reds pair Joel Moon and Daniel Holdsworth are in the starting line-up. While veteran forwards Heath L’Estrange of Bradford Bulls and Steve Menzies of Catalan Dragons also make their Exiles debuts.Two new caps are also included at interchange with Hull Kingston Rovers pair Lincoln Withers and Constantine Mika getting the nod.Brett Hodgson of Warrington Wolves, unluckily side-lined with a late injury for the first game is named as captain.Daniel Anderson said: “We have some different players with a different style this time. Some not as high profile, but players on the rise. Players like Con Mika and Lincoln Withers have been journeymen and talismanic figures in Super League, so it’s good for them to get a bit of recognition.“We have a couple of changes in the outside backs. Joel Moon comes in, which is good because we can move Sia Soliola back to the forwards which I think is his best position and we have a new stand-off in Dan Holdsworth and a new hooker in Heath L’Estrange.Anderson is delighted to have Brett Hodgson as captain for the match, he said: “He brings a level of desire which is infectious.”Anderson is also hoping for better weather tomorrow: “So that we can put on a style of Rugby League that more resembles the Exiles brand. We want players that are asking coaches to play for the Exiles, we’ve got that now. They consider it a shop window for their endeavours, they want to play against England.”Exiles:Brett Hodgson; Joel Monaghan, Joel Moon, Daryl Millard, Francis Meli; Daniel Holdswoth, Scott Dureau; Anthony Laffranchi, Heath L’Estrange, Epalahame Lauaki, Willie Manu, Steve Menzies, Sia Soliola.Subs: Antonio Kaufusi, Constantine Mika, Kylie Leuluai, Lincoln Withers.Tickets for the International Origin Series Game 2 fixture between England and the Exiles at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, on Wednesday July 4 (7.45pm) cost from £21 (£10 concessions) and can be purchased through the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting read more

New therapeutic strategy treats viral infection and boosts immunity against cancer

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 31 2019A potential therapeutic strategy to treat viral infection and boost immunity against cancer is reported in the May 30 online issue of the journal Cell.The work, conducted by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine, found that boosting the body’s production of type 1 interferon helped clear viral infection and increased immunity against cancer by identifying a sensor involved in suppressing interferon production in an animal model.Interferons are a group of signaling proteins made and released by host cells in response to the presence of several viruses. In a typical scenario, a virus-infected cell will release interferons causing nearby cells to heighten their anti-viral defenses.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerLiving with advanced breast cancerInterferons also help the immune system fight cancer and may slow the growth of cancer cells.The principal investigator of the study was Hui-Kuan Lin, Ph.D., professor of cancer biology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health.In the study, Lin’s team discovered that RIG-I-like receptors (RLR) mediated interferon (IFN) production, which played a pivotal role in elevating host immunity for viral clearance and cancer immune surveillance. They reported that glycolysis, the first step in breaking down glucose to extract energy for cellular metabolism, was inactivated during RLR activity. That inactivation served as the key to turn on type I IFN production.Using pharmacological and genetic approaches, the scientists showed that lactate reduction by lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA) inactivation heightened type I IFN production to protect from viral infection in mice.The study established a critical role of glycolysis-derived lactate in limiting RLR signaling and identified MAVS as a direct sensor of lactate, which functions to connect energy metabolism and innate immunity, Lin said.Type I interferons (IFNs), produced by almost all type of cells, played a vital role in host defense against viral infection and cancer immunosurveillance, Lin said.Source:Wake Forest Baptist Medical CenterJournal reference:Zhang, W. et al. (2019) Lactate Is a Natural Suppressor of RLR Signaling by Targeting MAVS. Cell. read more

Study 81 of antibiotics prescribed by dentists to prevent infections are unnecessary

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 31 2019A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published in JAMA Network Open has found that 81% of antibiotics prescribed by dentists – who are among the top prescribers in the U.S., accounting for about 10% of all antibiotic prescriptions – to prevent infections prior to dental visits are unnecessary.The researchers, led by Katie Suda, associate professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the UIC College of Pharmacy, say that this surprising finding highlights the need for improved antibiotic stewardship in dental practices, especially those located in the Western U.S., which were associated with the highest rates of unnecessary prescribing.Using Truven, a national integrated health claims database, the researchers retrospectively analyzed dental visits occurring between 2011 and 2015. They compared antibiotic prescriptions — which were dispensed prior to 168,420 dental visits — to the number of high-risk cardiac patients who, per national guidelines, are the only patients recommended for antibiotics prior to a dental procedure.They found that 81% of prescriptions did not align with the national guidelines and were provided for patients without high-risk cardiac conditions. Use of preventive antibiotics in these patients opens them up to the risks associated with antibiotic use — increasing bacterial resistance and infections, for example — when the evidence used to develop the guidelines suggests that the risks outweigh the benefits in most patients.”Katie Suda, the corresponding author on the study The researchers also looked at dentists’ antibiotic prescribing patterns by geography. They found that the Western U.S. and urban areas were more likely to have unnecessary prescribing. Among patients most likely to fill prescriptions for unnecessary antibiotics are those with prosthetic joint implants and those receiving clindamycin.”These results point to trends by geography that are unexpected — they are the opposite of what is seen in medical clinics — and to an alarming tendency of dental providers to select clindamycin, which is associated with a higher risk of developing C. difficile infections when compared to some other antibiotics,” Suda said.Related StoriesMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyUIC’s Susan Rowan, a dentist, worked with Suda on the research.”Dental providers are very thoughtful when they develop care plans for their patients and there are many factors that inform dentists’ recommendations and the medications they prescribe, but this study shows that there is an opportunity for dentists to reevaluate if necessary and incorporate renewed commitments to antibiotic stewardship into their practices that limit preventive prescriptions to a small group of patients,” said Rowan, executive associate dean and associate dean for clinical affairs at the UIC College of Dentistry. “I think dental providers should view this study, which is the first to look at preventive antibiotic prescribing for dental procedures and provide this type of actionable information, as a powerful call to action, not a rebuke.”The authors noted that because the study was limited to patients with commercial dental insurance and the analysis used a broad definition of high-risk cardiac patients, the findings may actually underestimate unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics.Source:University of Illinois at ChicagoJournal reference:Suda, K.J. et al. (2019) Assessment of the Appropriateness of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Infection Prophylaxis Before Dental Procedures, 2011 to 2015. JAMA Network Open. read more

3D printing of living cells

Engineers make microfluidics modular using the popular interlocking blocks In-air impact of jets (in blue, flowing from the top-left) onto a train of droplets (in red, flowing from the top-right). After impact, the droplets are coated by the jet’s liquid, as the jet’s surface tension is lower. By adding a solidifying agent to the jet, the droplets can be solidified into particles in milliseconds, and collected in a bath or deposited onto a solid substrate. Credit: C.W. Visser and T. Kamperman Journal information: Science Advances This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The research has been done by Tom Kamperman of the Developmental BioEngineering group of Prof Marcel Karperien, and by Claas Willem Visser of the Physics of Fluids group of Prof Detlef Lohse. Kamperman just recently finished his Ph.D. on this subject, Claas Willem Visser temporarily works as a scientist at Harvard University on a Rubicon grant. He will return to the University of Twente afterwards and become an assistant professor. Both scientists are involved in the new IamFluidics spinoff, in which in-air microfluidics is used to create functional particles and materials.The paper, “In-air microfluidics enables rapid fabrication of emulsion, suspension and 3-D modular (bio)materials,” was published online on 31 January in Science Advances. Provided by University of Twente In-air impact of jets (in blue, flowing from the top-left) onto a train of droplets (in red, flowing from the top-right). After impact, the droplets are coated by the jet’s liquid, as the jet’s surface tension is lower. By adding a solidifying agent to the jet, the droplets can be solidified into particles in milliseconds, and collected in a bath or deposited onto a solid substrate. Credit: C.W. Visser and T. Kamperman Explore further Citation: 3-D printing of living cells (2018, February 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from More information: Claas Willem Visser et al. In-air microfluidics enables rapid fabrication of emulsions, suspensions, and 3D modular (bio)materials, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao1175 Using a new technique they call “in-air microfluidics,” University of Twente scientists succeed in printing 3-D structures with living cells. This special technique enable the fast and ‘on-the-fly’ production of micro building blocks that are viable and can be used for repairing damaged tissue, for example. The work is presented in Science Advances. Credit: University of Twente In this way, it is possible to capture a living cell inside printable material. The resulting bio building blocks are printed in a 3-D structure that looks like a sponge, filled with cells and fluid. These 3-D modular biomaterials have an internal structure that is quite similar to that of natural tissue. Many 3-D printing techniques are based on using heat or UV light: both would damage living cells. The new microfluidic approach is therefore a promising technique in tissue engineering, in which damaged tissue is repaired by using cultured cell material of the patient. A tube with an outer diameter of approximately 15 mm and a modular internal architecture is printed in one step, by depositing core-shell alginate microparticles onto a rotating substrate. The nozzles are just visible in the top of the image. Credit: C.W. Visser and T. Kamperman Microfluidics is all about manipulating tiny drops of fluid with sizes between a micrometer and a millimeter. Most often, chips with tiny fluidic channels, reactors and other components are used for this: lab-on-a-chip systems. Although these chips offer a broad range of possibilities, in producing emulsions for example—droplets carrying another substance – the speed at which droplets leave the chip is typically in the microliter per minute range. For clinical and industrial applications, this is not fast enough: filling a volume of a cubic centimeter would take about 1000 minutes or 17 hours. The technique that is presented now, does this in a couple of minutes. Impacting jetsCan we reach these higher speeds by not manipulating the fluids in micro channels, but in air instead? This was one of the questions the researchers wanted to answer. And indeed it was possible, by using two ‘jets’ of fluid. From one jet, droplets are shot at the other jet. Creating the jets is relatively simple, and they move 100 to 1000 times faster than droplets from a microchip. Speed is not the only advantage. By choosing jets containing different types of fluids that react, the ‘collision’ results in new materials. Smart combinations of fluids will result in solid and printable building blocks in one single step. read more

Social media have 1 hour to remove terror propaganda EU bill

first_imgThe European Union on Wednesday proposed steps to force social networks and websites to remove terrorist propaganda within an hour of receiving the order from authorities, or companies like Facebook and Twitter could face massive fines. © 2018 AFP The legislation proposed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker marks a toughening approach after Brussels had relied on internet firms to voluntarily remove such content.The internet has become a major tool for extremists carrying out attacks that have killed hundreds of people in European cities in recent years.”Europeans rightly expect their Union to keep them safe,” Juncker told the European Parliament in his annual state of the union speech. “This is why the Commission is today proposing new rules to get terrorist content off the web within one hour –- the critical window in which the greatest damage is done.”The EU’s executive arm said that in January alone, nearly 7,000 new pieces of propaganda disseminated online from the Islamic State group, even as it has been driven out of most of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.The commission proposal calls for a “legally binding one-hour deadline” for firms to remove terrorist content once national authorities order them to do so.Voluntary efforts ‘not enough’It defines the content as that which incites or advocates committing terror offences, promotes a terror group’s activities or offers instructions for attacks.But it also provides for means of judicial redress in the event a content provider disagrees with an order.”Member States will have to put in place effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties for not complying with orders to remove online terrorist content,” the commission said. “In the event of systematic failures to remove such content following removal orders, a service provider could face financial penalties of up to four percent of its global turnover for the last business year.”The EU joined forces with US-based tech firms in 2016 to combat online extremism.Until now, Brussels had pushed for the industry to regulate itself, but EU officials have for more than a year given mixed reviews to firms like Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google’s YouTube.”While we have made progress on removing terrorist content online through voluntary efforts, it has not been enough,” EU Security Commissioner Julian King said in a statement.”We need to prevent it from being uploaded and, where it does appear, ensure it is taken down as quickly as possible –- before it can do serious damage.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img IS has been forced out of most of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, but it remains active online Citation: Social media have 1 hour to remove terror propaganda: EU bill (2018, September 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from EU wants to force internet firms to remove terror contentlast_img read more

New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday Goa

first_img Press Trust of India PanajiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 04:58 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday. (Photo: PTI)Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm.Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.Pramod Sawant said the three members from a coalition partner, Goa Forward Party, and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet.Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.Pramod Sawant said the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm Saturday.This would the second cabinet reshuffle by Pramod Sawant since he took over as the chief minister three months ago. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP’s breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership.”I don’t want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people,” he said.Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent.Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis.”The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party’s national leadership,” Sardesai said, adding, “The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre.””We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” he said.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by the leader of Opposition, Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday.While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.Also Read | Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkriti Anand New cabinet ministers to be sworn in at 3 pm Saturday: Goa CM Pramod SawantGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the Bharatiya Janata Party, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Delhi Farmers of Khera Khurd shift their tubewells due to depleting water

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