Budget Cuts May Force Kentucky State to Close, Says President
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Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse told students and faculty this week that budget cuts in the state may force the school to close, becoming the second HBCU president in less than a month to warn of a doomsday scenario stemming from state appropriations changes. 

In a letter to the campus community, Burse said that an emphasis on collecting outstanding balances from students has dropped the school’s enrollment and tuition revenues. This reduction, paired with a proposed nine percent cut over the next two years to higher education, and a 4.5 percent request before June 30, would force the university into financial exigency, the higher education version of bankruptcy, or closure. 

Kentucky State cannot withstand what is being proposed in the budget. If the budget as proposed is enacted, our options would be to declare financial exigency and/or prepare a closure plan. I do not like either one of those options and I am working hard to make certain we can do our work smarter, logically and effectively to ensure that Kentucky State University is here for another 130 years

In late January, Southern University System President Ray Belton told stakeholders that proposed state cuts in Louisiana would force the cancellation of programs, layoffs, and would disrupt operations to the point of closure. System officials recanted that analysis.

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Ok Go's Latest Zero Gravity Music Video Is Absolutely Bonkers

Ok Go’s Latest Zero Gravity Music Video Is Absolutely Bonkers

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They’ve come a long way since that treadmill video.

Just like every single OK Go music video, this video gets more and more bizarre as it goes on.

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According to a statement on their website, this video was filmed on an aeroplane that’s capable of parabolic flight, which means it ascends and descends rapidly to cause weightlessness.

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Mango Margaritas!

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I’ve got Mango Margaritas on the brain for three very important reasons: 1. It’s one of my favorite recipes in my new cookbook. I mean my second cookbook. It came out in March. Newer cookbook. I’m glad we had this talk. 2. I served to ten guests I had…

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Pork & Apple Burgers with Plum Relish & Cucumber Dill Salad

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I love making burgers, there’s something so satisfying about mixing all those ingredients together into a bundle of flavours – especially when you get to use your hands. This recipe is inspired by one I saw in the paper and adapted and expanded. The…

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Junior Doctor's Strike: Lessons from the Past
We are on the eve of the doctor’s strike over the proposed junior doctor contract. What are the reasons that this most conservative of professional groups is taking strike action? Is it just about the money?

The background to the doctors’ strike is the righteous search by the Government to improve on standards of medical cover in hospitals and in GP practices. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary has been charged with introducing ‘24/7’ care into the NHS, to improve services. There is a cost to this effort and an additional need to limit spiralling NHS spending, currently running at 9.8% of our GDP, and at £115 billion in 2014/15, an increase of 15% from 2010/11.

One way of reducing expenditure is to cut the wages bill. Pay accounts for £45 billion of NHS annual spend. So, salaries look like a good place to start saving money. But this approach may not be reasonable. The typical junior doctor, starting work after a five to six year period of training has a basic pay of £22,636. A police constable earns £22,221. Payment for unsocial hours work adds to junior doctors’ salaries, typically by an extra 40%. The Health secretary has offered to improve basic salaries by up to 11% but wants to cut unsocial hours’ payments. For some doctors this will result in a pay cut. This prospect has proven unpopular with the doctors whose salaries have been reduced in real terms by 10.9% since the year 2000. Although current salary levels will be guaranteed until 2019, and secures current trainees, the juniors are worried about the financial status of doctors employed after 2019. But it is not just about the dosh!

More than money, doctors are concerned that the safeguards to protect working hours will be removed. There are concerns that this will affect junior doctors training because changing shift patterns will mean that they may not see their consultants whilst they are at work, which means that the opportunity for learning from effective consultant review of patients is reduced. In addition without the financial penalties imposed on hospitals for breaking the safeguards there is less incentive to prevent hospitals bringing back the unhealthy hours of yesteryear to cover an already struggling service due to dwindling doctor numbers.

This is not the first doctors’ strike. The first strike was in November 1975, when one of the authors of this blog had just qualified as a doctor, and was working a one in two shift, a 120 hour working week. This was not a perfect way to practise medicine. It wasn’t good for the doctors and… oh yes; it wasn’t particularly good for the patients to be cared for by sleepless zombies. In 1975 we went on strike to establish the principle of 'overtime working’. We provided emergency cover and routine procedures were cancelled. The NHS did not close down, and care was maintained. We all worked even harder during the strike period because a skeleton service had been provided to ensure patient protection. The industrial action united the doctors just as it has this time around and no patients came to any harm because of the action. The strike was successful, and the principle of overtime was established.

Extended working hours continued largely unchanged for junior doctors until the 1990’s when workers’ conditions came under the scrutiny of the European Union. The European Working Time Directive, introduced in 1993 and modified in the year 2000, ensured that the working week was restricted to 48 hours and that no worker was allowed to work for more than 11 hours without a break. At the time, these changes were railed against by another Hunt, David, the UK employment secretary who claimed that the ruling was an attempt by the EU to introduce the Social Chapter 'By the back door’.

But the Working Time Directive led to a further improvement in doctors’ conditions. However, these improvements have been largely lost because the numbers of junior doctors have been so pared down by local cost saving initiatives that a doctor’s life has become hugely stressful. These costs savings have led to just one junior doctor covering hundreds of patients and this compromises care and is dangerous. Dissatisfaction with the enormous stress of working in the NHS has led to huge numbers of doctors emigrating or leaving the profession. It is no wonder that today’s junior doctors are apoplectic! They feel demoralised and devalued. They should not be forced to strike. A compromise must be found that improves 24 hour care in the NHS but a compromise that doesn’t disadvantage those that give so much to our nation.

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These Unstaged Photos Of Couples Canoodling Will Change Your Mind About Public Displays Of Affection
Public displays of affection often get a bad rep. But one photographer has made us look at loved-up couples in a whole new light.

In his ongoing series ‘Street Love’, photographer Mikaël Theimer snaps unsuspecting couples getting up close and personal - and the images will make even the greatest cynic feel warm and fuzzy inside.

“I just like seeing people in love, I find that beautiful, pure. For a moment, nothing around them matters… I like to focus on the good within the human race, the more you see of it, the more you want to be a part it,” he tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle.

“Except for the very first picture (the one at Café de la Butte), which is staged, all the other ones are authentic street photography. I just walk around town and whenever I see a couple, snap a picture.”

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Theimer often walks up to the couple after he’s taken their picture to see if they’d like him to send it to them. But he admits he doesn’t always ask permission.

“That’s the big ambiguity of street photography. I never post a picture that may be degrading to someone appearing in it though,” he says.

A self-confessed romantic, Theimer is no stranger to taking relationship photos. He appeared on our radars earlier this year when photos he’d taken of his camera-shy girlfriend went viral.

Check out some of the images from 'Street Love’ below, or visit Mikaël Theimer’s website and Facebook page to see more of his work.


Photographer Takes Photos Of His Camera-Shy Girlfriend And The Results Are Beyond Adorable

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Αλκοόλ και Εγκυμοσύνη

Κάθε χρόνο στη Γερμανία γεννιούνται περίπου 10.000 μωρά με γενετικές ανωμαλίες που σχετίζονται με το αλκοόλ, αναφέρει η εφημερίδα Ζουντόιτσε Τσάιτουνγκ. Σχεδόν 4.000 από αυτά έχουν σοβαρές και μόνιμες αναπηρίες. «Δεν υπάρχει ασφαλές όριο στην κατανάλωση αλκοόλ κατά τη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης», προειδοποιεί η Ζαμπίνε Μπέτσινγκ, εντεταλμένη της γερμανικής κυβέρνησης για θέματα ναρκωτικών ουσιών. «Πρέπει να βοηθήσουμε τους γιατρούς, τις μαίες και τις έγκυες γυναίκες να συνειδητοποιήσουν πληρέστερα ότι έστω και ένα ποτό κάπου κάπου θα μπορούσε να βλάψει το παιδί διανοητικά και σωματικά ή να οδηγήσει σε προβλήματα συμπεριφοράς». Μια ιδιαίτερα τραγική συνέπεια της κατάχρησης αλκοόλ είναι η επίδρασή του στα αγέννητα μωρά. «Το αλκοόλ προξενεί πολύ μεγαλύτερη βλάβη στο αναπτυσσόμενο έμβρυο από ό,τι η κατάχρηση οποιουδήποτε φαρμάκου», αναφέρει η εφημερίδα Ιντερνάσιοναλ Χέραλντ Τρίμπιουν (International Herald Tribune). Όταν μια έγκυος πίνει, το παιδί που μεγαλώνει μέσα της πίνει και εκείνο, και η τοξική επίδραση του αλκοόλ είναι ιδιαίτερα καταστροφική σε αυτό το στάδιο διαμόρφωσης του εμβρύου. Το αλκοόλ προκαλεί μη αναστρέψιμη βλάβη στο κεντρικό νευρικό του σύστημα. Οι νευρώνες δεν σχηματίζονται κατάλληλα. Τα κύτταρα καταστρέφονται. Άλλα κύτταρα καταλήγουν να αναπτύσσονται σε λάθος σημείο. Το αποτέλεσμα, το εμβρυϊκό αλκοολικό σύνδρομο (FAS), είναι η κυριότερη αιτία νοητικής υστέρησης στα νεογέννητα. Οι δυσκολίες που αντιμετωπίζουν τα παιδιά με αυτό το σύνδρομο περιλαμβάνουν διανοητικές βλάβες, γλωσσικές διαταραχές, καθυστέρηση της ανάπτυξης, δυσλειτουργία ή ανεπάρκεια όσον αφορά τη συμπεριφορά, αργή ανάπτυξη, υπερδραστηριότητα και διαταραχές ακοής και όρασης. Πολλά τέτοια μωρά γεννιούνται επίσης με χαρακτηριστικές δυσμορφίες στο πρόσωπο. Επιπρόσθετα, παιδιά των οποίων οι μητέρες έπιναν ακόμη και μέτριες ποσότητες αλκοόλ στη διάρκεια της εγκυμοσύνης μπορεί να παρουσιάζουν μειωμένη ικανότητα σε κάποιους τομείς, όπως προβλήματα συμπεριφοράς και μαθησιακές ελλείψεις. «Δεν χρειάζεται να είσαι αλκοολική για να βλάψεις το μωρό σου», παρατηρεί η καθηγήτρια Αν Στράισγκουθ, από τη μονάδα βρεφών με εξάρτηση από το αλκοόλ και τα ναρκωτικά στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Ουάσινγκτον, «αρκεί απλώς να πίνεις αρκετά και να είσαι έγκυος». Η έκθεση του Εθνικού Ινστιτούτου Υγείας και Ιατρικής Έρευνας της Γαλλίας με θέμα Αλκοόλ—Η Επίδρασή του στην Υγεία (Alcool—Effets sur la santé) επισημαίνει: «Η απορρόφηση του αλκοόλ είναι επιβλαβής καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια της κύησης, και ποτέ δεν έχει προσδιοριστεί κάποια ελάχιστη δόση κάτω από την οποία δεν υπάρχουν κίνδυνοι». Συνεπώς, η σοφότερη πορεία για τις γυναίκες που είναι ή σχεδιάζουν να μείνουν έγκυες πιθανώς είναι να μην πίνουν καθόλου αλκοόλ. «Νέες έρευνες επιβεβαίωσαν ότι υπάρχει σχέση μεταξύ της κατανάλωσης αλκοόλ από εγκύους και του αυξημένου κινδύνου βρεφικής λευχαιμίας», αναφέρει η εφημερίδα Δε Μέντικαλ Ποστ (The Medical Post) του Καναδά. Η μελέτη περιλάμβανε 302 θύματα λευχαιμίας που ήταν 18 μηνών ή μικρότερα όταν έγινε η διάγνωση της ασθένειας και μια ομάδα επαλήθευσης που αποτελούνταν από 558 άλλα μωρά. Τα παιδιά των οποίων οι μητέρες έπιναν αλκοόλ στο δεύτερο ή τρίτο τρίμηνο της εγκυμοσύνης κινδύνευαν δέκα φορές περισσότερο να παρουσιάσουν οξεία μυελοειδή λευχαιμία από ό,τι εκείνα των οποίων οι μητέρες δεν έπιναν. Αναφέρθηκε ότι η νέα έρευνα συμφωνεί με άλλες μελέτες οι οποίες συνδέουν τις εγκύους που πίνουν αλκοόλ με τον αυξημένο κίνδυνο λευχαιμίας που διατρέχει το μωρό τους.