Ann MacMillan Wacker, co-master of Cabot House from 1978 to 1984, died May 18. Wacker was married to Warren E.C. Wacker, Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene Emeritus and, from 1971 to 1989, the director of University Health Services.The Wackers were popular House masters, and Ann was a warm and generous person, known for her giving spirit. The two were ardent supporters of the Cabot Musical Theatre, as well as fervent advocates for public service.A memorial service is planned for Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. in Memorial Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
The USD 232 school district — which has schools in De Soto, Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe — livestreamed its two in-person graduation ceremonies last weekend for the Class of 2020 at De Soto and Mill Valley high schools.Commencement for both schools took place in person Saturday at De Soto High. The district streamed the ceremonies on YouTube. Graduating seniors wore masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Graduation ceremonies for both high schools were rescheduled from May 16 due to state orders to close school facilities through May 29.Mill Valley High“It doesn’t matter where you have graduation, and it doesn’t matter where you are; Mill Valley goes with you,” said Principal Tobie Waldeck in his remarks. Photo courtesy USD 232.Within a few minutes of his remarks, Principal Tobie Waldeck showed emotion to the Class of 2020 at Mill Valley.“First, I want to make sure that I tell you I’m sorry for what you had to go through to get here,” he said. “After watching you, I realized that you understand the greater issues at hand… If my dad were to ask me if you let this class leave Mill Valley High School better than they found it, I would say you did.”Waldeck also shared some words of encouragement.“It doesn’t matter where you have graduation, and it doesn’t matter where you are; Mill Valley goes with you,” he said. “With all sincerity, I love every one of you. I wish you nothing but success, and now you get to stop listening to me blubber, and we’re going to celebrate you.”Below is a video of commencement for the Mill Valley Class of 2020.De Soto HighThe De Soto Class of 2020 celebrated commencement Saturday afternoon. Photo courtesy USD 232.Last weekend marked the 100th commencement ceremony for De Soto High.In remarks to her fellow graduates at De Soto, senior Mya Conley shared her pride and gratitude for them, especially in their camaraderie and willingness to stand up for what’s right.“No matter where our paths in life lead us, each and every one of us can make our communities greater,” said Mya Conley, graduating senior, in remarks to her fellow classmates. Photo courtesy USD 232.“While most of us have never experienced or even witnessed police brutality in our community, I am proud to say that I am a part of a group of students willing to speak up for what we believe in, whether or not it directly affects us,” Conley said. “Seeing this has made me very confident that our class — and our generation, for that matter — has the capacity to change the world for the better.“No matter where our paths in life lead us, each and every one of us can make our communities greater. We are now adults, and it has become our responsibility to do that.”Below is a video of commencement for the De Soto Class of 2020.
July 15, 2007 Regular News Board lets stand RPPTL’s position on personal representatives Board lets stand RPPTL’s position on personal representatives Gary Blankenship Senior Editor An effort to reconsider authorization for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section to oppose any change to a state law barring most out-of-state residents — including Bar members — from being personal representatives in Florida probate proceedings has failed.The Board of Governors rejected, at its June 1 meeting, a motion from out-of-state board member Gary Leppla to reconsider permission for the section to advocate its long-held position.Not affected by the vote, though, was a separate request from the Out of State Practitioners Division to have the Bar adopt the division’s position on the issue. The division favors changing the law to allow out-of-state Bar members to be personal representatives in Florida probate cases. If adopted by the board as a Bar-wide position, it would automatically override the RPPTL position.The division request is pending at the Legislation Committee and is expected to come before the board at its August meeting.Leppla said the division deferred active opposition to the RPPTL section renewing its position on the law — which the RPPTL has had since 1987 — when the board gave the section renewed authority to maintain that legislative position last fall. (Under Bar policies, all Bar, section, and committee positions expire every two years. The RPPTL position was one of several from sections and the Bar that were “rolled over” or renewed for the 2006-08 legislative biennium.)But Leppla said the discussions between the division and the section were pro forma and the section apparently never seriously considered retreating from its stance. Therefore, the division sought its own legislative position to seek a change in the law, which was approved by the board at its March meeting.(Under Bar policies, sections are allowed to take opposing legislative positions, but sections cannot take a position contrary to a Bar-wide legislative policy.)“We believe this issue is ultimately divisive [among Bar members],” Leppla said. “All we’re asking, and we don’t ask for much as out-of-staters. . . is by a simple majority approve a review of the RPPTL position.”He read letters and e-mails from out-of-state members who said they were unhappy that after growing up and going to school in Florida, and in some cases owning property in the state, they were unable to serve as personal representatives.But board member Gwynne Young, liaison to RPPTL, said the law as written does not discriminate against lawyers.“This is a statute that prohibits any non-Florida resident other than someone related by blood or marriage, from service as a personal representative,” she said. “A personal representative is a lay person’s job. You don’t have to be a lawyer to be a personal representative.”She said many lawyers avoid naming themselves as the personal representative in an estate because of the potential conflict from being both the attorney for the estate and the personal representative.Young also argued that the board handled the matter in the correct way by allowing the section and the division to take their own positions on the issue. She also disputed that the issue is divisive among Bar members. (One of the few limitations on section lobbying is an issue that may cause deep philosophical or emotional divisions among Bar members.)“There are arguments that can be made on both sides of the issue,” Young said. “That there are arguments that can be made on both sides does not make it divisive.”Board member Dennis Kainen said the law dates to an earlier time before instant communications and now has little utility. He also noted it allows a lawyer in Key West to be a personal representative in Pensacola, but not a Bar member living a few miles away in Alabama.Out-of-state board member Richard Tanner, addressing Young’s point, said, “I don’t know if Florida lawyers write themselves into wills [as personal representatives] or not. But no Bar member who doesn’t have a Florida address can do that and every lawyer who has a Florida address can.”The board rejected Leppla’s motion by a 12-24 vote.
Share on Twitter Share In a new review article summarizing several cross-cultural studies, an Australian scientist argues that there is a cluster of psychological traits and attitudes that can be defined as a “conservative syndrome.”“I was not interested in this particular topic when I started the work some ten years ago,” explained Lazar Stankov of the University of Sydney and University of Southern Queensland. “My intention was to study cross-cultural differences. Much of my previous work was in the area of intelligence and I wanted to branch out into the non-cognitive field. Studying differences in personality traits, social attitudes, values, social axioms and social norms was appealing to me.”“It just happened so that the outcome of my studies could best be interpreted in terms of what is known in political sciences as social conservatism. It is a constellation of diverse psychological traits and dispositions focused on preserving the status quo. I chose the term ‘syndrome’ in order to emphasize that at least some components of this kind of conservatism do not have high correlations among themselves.” Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest His research was published May 29, 2017 in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.The syndrome describes people who want to preserve the current social order value, score low on the personality trait of openness, and who value authority, obedience, family, self-discipline, and conventional religious beliefs. Such people also display more hostility toward people from outside groups.Importantly, the conservative syndrome differs from other definitions of conservatism because it includes psychological dispositions — not just political beliefs.“Needless to say, there are considerable differences between individuals and countries in terms of conservatism/liberalism,” Stankov told PsyPost. “In our work the most important turned out to be the differences in two broad categories of psychological constructs. People scoring high on this syndrome tend to be more religious and harsher towards those who are not accepted as members of their own group. Religion and morality are seen as a way of maintaining the existing way of life and harshness towards outsiders is a defense against the threat of change. “It is interesting that the average IQ of conservative individuals and countries tends to be lower than the average of the population at large,” Stankov added. “In other words, conservative people tend to be less knowledgeable about the world they live in and are afraid of the unknown. They also seem to be more ready to fight the intruders into their environment.”The studies were based on two different datasets, which included a total of 11,208 participants from more than 30 countries. Stankov found that the conservative syndrome existed in virtually every country. In other words, the same conservative traits and dispositions tended to be associated with one another regardless of the country.But there are several political labels that can be a source of confusion. People who are socially conservative, for instance, value faith and tradition — and are opposed to “progressive” change in society. These people typically fall within the conservative syndrome. But there are also fiscal conservatives who oppose high taxes and government regulations. Their views are often similar to those who describe themselves as classical liberals. This latter group of conservatives may or may not be part of the conservative syndrome, depending on their other traits and attitudes.“An important issue is the relationship between conservative syndrome and political conservatism. The motivation of those voting for conservative parties varies,” Stankov explained. “In Western countries a sizeable proportion of people may do so for fiscal rather than social reasons. Their main concern is with the preservation of the free market and less so with social and psychological aspects of life. Given the rise of populism in politics it may be interesting to study the interaction between fiscal and social conservatives and the extent to which each is using the other to achieve political gains.”“Another line of our research has been the study of militant extremist mindset (MEM),” he added. “Our findings are that some ingredients of MEM resemble those of conservative syndrome. If some additional aspects of MEM were to be triggered, a new wave of conservative terrorism may emerge. The targets may be not only members of the out-groups but also professions that are perceived as advocating tolerance towards the dissenting views.”
Psychopathy is often associated with fearlessness and blunted emotions. But new research in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences has found that some psychopaths have higher levels of anxiety and stress.The study highlights the importance of taking different types of psychopaths into account.“What interest me the most is successful psychopathy; that is highly psychopathic individuals who possess core traits of psychopathy (e.g. lack of empathy) and who not only do not engage in criminal activities (e.g. drug taking, theft), but who also possess peripheral adaptive psychopathic traits (e.g. stress and anxiety immunity, social potency, boldness),” explained study author Guillaume Durand of Maastricht University. Share on Twitter Email Pinterest Share on Facebook Share LinkedIn “Currently, the research in the field of psychopathy is divided in two camps, with one arguing that by default psychopathy cannot include any form of adaptive traits, while the other side argues that adaptive features can be found, to some extent, in psychopathic individuals.“Several instruments have been developed to investigate psychopathic traits based on these two points of views, resulting in a lot of discrepancy between the results, whereas when some instruments are used, adaptive traits are found to be correlated, while with other instruments we do not observe any form of adaptive behaviors attached to it,” Durand said.The researchers ran 529 participants through a series of psychological tests that measured psychopathy, fear of pain, anxiety, and stress.They used a test that looks for two different types of psychopathy: Fearless Dominance and Impulsive Antisociality. The former is associated with boldness and fearlessness, while the latter is associated with egoism, blaming others, and impulsivity.The researchers found individuals who scored high on the measure of Fearless Dominance tended to have less fear of pain, anxiety, and stress. Individuals who scored high on the measure of Impulsive Antisociality, on the other hand, tended to have higher levels of anxiety and stress.“The present study suggests that the definition of psychopathy given by the media (mass murderer deprived of any form of morality) is quite a stretch from the truth,” Durand told PsyPost. “While such people obviously exist, there are other highly psychopathic individuals who have more adaptive traits than maladaptive traits, making them perfectly adaptable in the society.”“I think laypeople interested in reading studies in the field of psychopathy should always consider which of the two camps the researchers are from, as results on a same topic (for instance, psychopathic traits and the relationship with fear, stress, and anxiety) can highly differ based on the model (with or without adaptive traits) used by the researchers.”A diagnosis of psychopathy is often made using a test known as the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised. But this test mostly focuses on maladaptive behaviors and traits.“The focus of the present study was to examine the discrepancy in the results in the field of psychopathy, where the adaptive traits from the questionnaire were negatively correlated with fear of pain, anxiety, and stress, while the opposite was found with the maladaptive traits,” Durand explained. “Considering a ‘highly psychopathic individual’ needs to be high on both adaptive and maladaptive traits from the instrument we used in this research, it leaves open the problem of identifying those people.”“To solve this problem, I recently published an article describing the Durand Adaptive Psychopathic Traits Questionnaire (Durand, 2017; Journal of personality assessment), which exclusively assesses adaptive psychopathic traits. Following its development, my future studies will concentrate on using this instrument in individuals considered highly psychopathic, which hopefully will enable researchers to clearly tell apart the adaptive psychopathic individuals from the maladaptive ones.”The study, “The effects of psychopathic traits on fear of pain, anxiety, and stress“, was also co-authored by Erika Matsumoto Plata.
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The multi-port transit involved a freight consignment leaving Busan, Korea onboard Scanscot Shipping’s multipurpose ro-ro carrier Scan Brasil; before she collected the second part of the consignment from Kobe, Japan. The consolidated shipments were then carried to Santos, Brazil. The consignments, amounting to over 1,200 cu m, included a compressor and lube oil motor, spare rotor and cooler equipment in over 100 packages and one container. The total weight of the shipment came to some over 2,200 tonnes. Advance International President & CEO, Jawad Kamel says: “This was a straightforward collection of vital goods for Brazilian petroleum and petrochemical refineries but no less complex and well-planned for all that. The need to collect some of the equipment in Korea and then Japan created no headaches for our planners and went off as smoothly as we anticipated.” Kamel is certain that Advance International Transport has a important role to play in that Brazil’s economic and business development. He adds: “Our project freight forwarding services support companies that are active in the oil and gas industry worldwide. This is just as important to Brazil as any of the oil and gas producing countries we serve. By delivering a first rate service we help manufacturers such as Mitsubishi provide the technology and know-how the sector needs.
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Sharing is caring! Share The national executive of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has endorsed the government’s decision to adjourn the sitting of Parliament without consideration of eight amendment bills.A statement issued to the media by the DLP’s secretary, Dr Philbert Aaron on Wednesday 31 May 2017, indicates that the decision was taken during the National executive’s meeting in Bagatelle on Saturday 27 May 2017.According to the statement, the DLP executive passed the following motions;“1: The Executive of the Dominica Labour Party strongly condemns the senseless blockage of the Salisbury section of the E. O. Leblanc Highway on Monday, May 22, 2017. The mayhem caused by the burning of debris and vehicles halted the flow of traffic between the second town of Portsmouth in the North and the capital city of Roseau in the South and compromised the integrity of the road in the Salisbury area.We frown upon the throwing of stones at the members of the general public and at the police who came to restore order after this brazen act of lawlessness. These illegal actions put life and property at risk of injury from missiles, impeded the movement of students on their way to sit CSEC examinations, and disrupted access to vital medical and other services.We commend the patience and the forbearance of the Dominica Police Force during this shameful display of lawlessness and criminal behaviour and urge them to spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators to justice.2: We, the Executive members of the Dominica Labour Party, noted with alarm and consternation, the orchestrated build up of unabated passion of supporters of the opposition United Workers Party leading up to the last sitting of the House of Assembly which commenced on Tuesday May 23. We are dismayed at the threat of violence, the possible loss of life and the destruction of state property that was signalled by the clandestine gathering of stones in the vicinity of the House of Assembly by a riotous mob.Therefore: We, the Executive of the Dominica Labour Party, endorse and stand firmly behind the decision of the DLP Political Leader, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica, who is the leader of Government business in the House of Assembly to adjourn the last sitting of parliament without further consideration of the remaining items on the Order Paper.We are convinced that the Prime Minister’s decision prevented chaos which could have led to death and destruction. And we, the Executive, are eternally grateful for this!!” Share Tweet Share 263 Views 6 comments LocalNewsPolitics DLP endorses decision to adjourn Parliament by: Dominica Vibes News – May 31, 2017