Cohen expands Southwest presence with two new hires

first_imgCohen Financial, a national real estate capital services firm, has announced that it has hired Kevin Sellers, Director of Capital Markets, and Krisie Holdaway, Associate, in the company’s Phoenix office.  Mr. Sellers and Ms. Holdaway report to Manny Brown, President of Capital Markets. In May 2015, Neal Churney joined Cohen Financial to lead the Phoenix office.“We are quickly renewing Cohen Financial’s presence in the Southwest,” said Manny Brown, President. “Neal, Kevin and Krisie are all outstanding CRE professionals who will again bring our well-regarded mortgage banking services to current and new clients in this marketplace, as well as facilitate client access to a variety of direct lending programs via our partnership with Pillar.”Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Mr. Sellers was the Arizona Market President for First Fidelity Bank where he led the Arizona commercial lending team and served on the Senior Management Committee and Senior Loan Committee. Mr. Sellers experience includes leadership and business development positions in commercial real estate lending, private banking and small/middle market business lending.Mr. Sellers earned a B.S. in Finance from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a graduate of the Chandler (AZ) Leadership Institute and Leadership Tulsa. Mr. Sellers is a Board Member of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association. He is a former Board Member and Secretary of Southwestern Business Financing Corporation, a Certified Development Company authorized to originate and service SBA 504 loans. Additionally, Mr. Sellers serves on the Board of Directors of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.“Cohen Financial has a long-standing, excellent reputation in this market, and I look forward to expanding the company’s brand and to working with Neal and Krisie,” said Mr. Sellers.Prior to joining Cohen Financial, Ms. Holdaway was an Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets at Walker & Dunlop, LLC for 9 months. Prior to Walker & Dunlop, LLC, she worked for Johnson Capital for more than 10-years, serving as Vice President of Commercial Loan Closing.  Ms. Holdaway has closed more than $800 million in transactions since 2011 in loans ranging in size from $500,000 to $65 million. Ms. Holdaway has studied at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and College of the Desert.last_img read more

Could Hunger Make Us More Charitable?

first_imgThe researchers also had a hunch that biological impulses — like hunger — may influence our political opinions.So in a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science, they tested these ideas with an experiment involving 104 university students in Denmark.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media > But new research suggests that we may have another, innate response to hunger: a desire to encourage others to share what they have.Researchers Lene Aarøe and Michael Bang Petersen, both in the department of political science and government at Aarhus University in Denmark, wanted to explore the possibility that we are evolutionarily wired to want to share food. Their logic? Back in the days before we had a reliable food supply, people living in small communities often asked others to share food in situations of temporary hunger. NPR:Hunger can make people emotional, that’s for sure. Some people get “hangry” when their blood sugar levels drop and their irritability rises. Others get greedy.last_img read more

Do American adolescents approve of marijuana?

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Using survey data collected from the nationally representative National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted between 2002 through 2013, the researchers broke the sample into three subgroups based upon age: younger adolescents (aged 12–14), older adolescents (aged 15–17), and young adults (aged 18–25).  In breaking the sample into subgroups, distinct trends emerged within each category.The findings pertaining to younger (12-14 years) and older (15-17 years) adolescents suggests that adolescents have not become more permissive in their views on marijuana and have progressively decreased their use over the past decade.  The opposite was the case for young adults aged 18-25.  The survey results indicate a decreased amount of young adults who disapprove of marijuana use.  Despite the downward trend of disapproval among young adults, actual marijuana use did not increase.“Study findings point to the importance of examining changes in the perception and use of marijuana with an appreciation for developmental differences,” concluded Dr. Salas-Wright and the team. “Changes are certainly underway in terms of the perception and use of marijuana among American youth.” Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share Email Groundbreaking research published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse suggests that adolescents have become less likely to approve of and use marijuana over the last decade when compared to young adults. This is coming during a time where a majority of Americans support the full legalization of marijuana, according to a 2013 Gallup poll.The study, Trends in the Disapproval and Use of Marijuana among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States: 2002–2013, is free to read in the newest issue of the journal online.“With respect to drug use, we are in a unique historical moment – American adults are changing in the way that we think about marijuana and lots of changes in policy are underway in terms of the decriminalization, medicalization, and legalization of marijuana use in cities and states across the country,” explained Dr. Christopher Salas-Wright and his colleagues. “Given this context, we were interested in understanding how such changes might be impacting the way young people are thinking and behaving with regards to marijuana.”last_img read more

How to know when holiday drinking is hurting your brain

first_imgLinkedIn For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer – and, often, alcohol.Commercially speaking, alcohol and the holidays seem to be made for each other. Alcohol can be a quick and easy way to get into the spirit of celebration.And, it feels good. After two glasses of wine, the brain is activated through complex neurobiochemical processes that naturally release dopamine, a neurotransmitter of great importance. Share on Twitter After a period of abstinence from alcohol, which may last only hours, the drinker enters the Preoccupation-Anticipation Stage. This involves the prefrontal cortex, where executive decisions are made about whether or not to override the strong urges to drink. This part of the brain functions with a “Go system” and “Stop system.”When the Go circuits stimulate the habit-response system of the dorsal striatum, the drinker becomes impulsive with a craving and seeks a drink, perhaps even subconsciously. The Stop system can inhibit the activity of the Go system and is important especially preventing relapse after being triggered by stressful life events.Brain imaging studies show that binge drinking can disrupt the function in both the Go and Stop circuits. This interferes with proper decision making and behavioral inhibition. The drinker is both impulsive and compulsive.An illness that can be treatedThere is good news, as scientific evidence shows that this disorder can be treated.The FDA has approved three medications for treatment that should be offered whenever appropriate. There is well-supported scientific evidence that behavioral therapies can be effective treatment. This includes recovery support services, such as Alcoholic Anonymous.Most importantly, it is important to know that alcohol use disorder is a brain disorder causing a chronic illness. It is no different from diabetes, asthma or hypertension. When comprehensive continuing care is provided, the recovery results improve, and the binge drinker has the hope of remaining sober as long as lifelong treatment and maintenance of sobriety become a dedicated lifestyle choice.By Jamie Smolen, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of FloridaThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Pinterest Share on Facebook Share Email When the dopamine molecule locks on to its receptor located on the surface of a neuron, or basic brain cell, a “buzz” occurs. It is often desirably anticipated before the second glass is empty.As someone who has studied alcohol use disorder for over 15 years and who has treated thousands of patients who have it, I think it’s a major, yet often poorly understood, public health problem. Our culture seems to be moving beyond the point of labeling those with opioid addictions as “weak,” and I hope we can do the same for those with alcohol use disorder, too, which is more widespread than people may appreciate. Excessive drinking accounted for one in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States.There are those, however, who drink right past the buzz into intoxication and, often, into trouble. For them, the brain starts releasing the same enjoyable dopamine, no different than what happens in the casual drinker’s, but it doesn’t stop there. A compulsion to binge drink can result.Moving beyond judgmentAlthough alcohol can feel as though it is relieving stress, it contributes to 88,000 deaths in the United States each year. That is more than double the number of people killed by heroin and opioid prescription drug overdose, another major public health crisis, in 2014.In addition, more than 66.7 million Americans reported binge drinking in the past month in 2015, according to the recent report on addiction by the surgeon general.The consequences to the individual and the family are staggering, affecting physical and mental health, an increased spread of infectious disease, reduced quality of life, increased motor vehicle crashes and abuse and neglect of children, to mention a few.Scientific study of the brain has helped explain binge drinking even if it may be hard for family and friends to understand. It’s defined as drinking five or more drinks for men and four for women on the same occasion on at least one day in the past 30 days.Binge drinking is a medical condition. It happens through no fault of the individual, who is victimized by the comparative malfunction of the pleasure circuits in the brain. This causes the drinker to want more and more alcohol. Brains of binge drinkers have a disease, acknowledged by the American Medical Association since the 1950s, yet binge drinkers are often vilified.Americans typically want to know and are willing to make some lifestyle changes out of fear and common sense when it comes to diseases such as heart disease, obesity and cancer. We as a society are not quite at the same point with substance abuse disorders, but researchers are desperately trying to bring that same willingness for prevention and treatment to substance use disorders.Science understands the cause well enough to explain it and treat it so that lives can be saved and spared the devastating consequences for the millions who suffer with these conditions, their families and communities. This has become an urgent matter of national importance for scientists and medical practitioners.The three stages of addictionThe alcohol addiction process involves a three-stage cycle: Binge-Intoxication, Withdrawal-Negative Affect, and Preoccupation-Anticipation.It begins in the neurons, the basic type of brain cell. The brain has an estimated 86 billion of these cells, which communicate through chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.Neurons can organize in clusters and form networks or circuits in order to perform specific functions such as thinking, learning, emotions and memory. The addiction cycle disrupts the normal function of some of these networks in three areas of the brain – the basal ganglia, the extended amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.The disruptions do several things that contribute to continued drinking. They enable alcohol or drinking-associated triggers (cues) which lead to seeking alcohol. They also reduce the sensitivity of the brain systems, causing a diminished experience of pleasure or reward, and heighten activation of brain stress systems. Last, they reduce function of brain executive control systems, the part of the brain that typically helps make decisions and regulate one’s actions, emotions and impulses.These networks are critical for human survival. Unfortunately for the binge drinker, they become “hijacked,” and the bingeing continues even after the harmful effects have begun.Because binge drinkers’ brains feel intense pleasure from alcohol, there is a powerful motivation to binge drink again and again. What may begin as social binge drinking at parties for recreation can cause progressive neuro-adaptive changes in brain structure and function. The brain is no longer well enough to function normally. It’s getting sick. Continued partying can transition into a chronic and uncontrollable daily pattern of alcohol use. These maladaptive neurological changes can persist long after the alcohol use stops.Your brain on alcoholDuring the Binge-Intoxication Stage, a part of the brain called the basal ganglia rewards the drinker with pleasurable effects, releasing dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for the rewarding effects of alcohol and creating the desire for more.With continued bingeing, the “habit circuity” is repeatedly activated in another part of the basal ganglia called the dorsal striatum. It contributes to the compulsive seeking of more alcohol. This explains the intense desire (craving) which is triggered while a binge drinker is driving by a favorite bar and can’t resist pulling in, even after a promise to go directly home after work.During the Withdrawal-Negative Affect Stage, there is a break from drinking. Because the reward circuit has a diminished ability to deliver a dopamine reward, there is far less pleasure with natural (safe) experiences – such as food and sex – compared to alcohol.During abstinence from alcohol, stress neurotransmitters such as corticotropin-releasing factor (FRC) and dynorphin are released. These powerful neurochemicals cause negative emotional states associated with alcohol withdrawal. This drives the drinker back to alcohol in order to gain relief and attempt to reestablish the rewards of intoxication.Regions of the brain are affected differently by alcohol. (Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction)last_img read more

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Dalby Swale Goes to Work

first_imgDalby Swale has helft Alicat Workboats in Great Yarmouth and is now heading for Lowestoft, where she will begin her first job on the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm. Dalby Swale, the new 23m vessel built by Alicat, was delivered to Dalby Offshore at the Seawork Exhibition last month.Click to enlargeThe 500MW wind farm is located 23 kilometres off the coast of Suffolk in England capable of producing enough renewable energy to supply around 530,000 homes each year.Press release, July 07, 2014; Image: Dalby Offshorelast_img

Egypt lawyer files case to change president’s 2-term limit

first_imgEgypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference in Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference  in Cairo, Egypt. Image courtesy: Reuters/Alexander Zemlianichenko/PoolAn Egyptian lawyer says he and others have filed a court case to force the parliament to start a debate on amending a constitutional clause that bars President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi from running for a third term in 2022.Ayman Abdel-Hakim Ramadan told The Associated Press on Saturday that a Cairo court will hold its first hearing on the case Dec. 23.Egypt’s constitution was adopted in 2014, after Sisi, as defense minister, led the military’s ouster of a freely elected but divisive Islamist president.Sisi was elected president later that year. This year, he won a second four-year term in office. He ran virtually unchallenged after authorities either jailed or intimidated potentially serious candidates out of the race.Ramadan says Sisi has overseen an “incredible” number of achievements since 2014.Related Egypt records no illegal immigration case since 2016: president Egypt prosecutors order detention of Egyptian lawyer in slain Italian’s casecenter_img Slovenian President visits Egyptlast_img read more

CSA board’s cop-out won’t fool the players, says union

first_imgThe free pass that Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) board tried to create for itself through the suspension of CEO Thabang Moroe won’t fly when it comes to the players.The South African Cricketers Association (Saca) on Monday once again reiterated its call for the decision-making group at the embattled federation to resign en masse.“We are astounded that the Board of CSA which has led the organisation during a tumultuous period when all this has happened now refuses to take responsibility for the deep, deep crisis in which cricket finds itself,” said Saca chief Tony Irish.ALSO READ: CSA board throws Moroe under the bus“No one disagrees with the removal of the chief executive, but to suggest that the buck stopped with him alone, and for the Board to cling so desperately to power, is a matter for serious concern.”The players union’s biggest gripe with CSA president Chris Nenzani and his fellow board members, who are still reeling from losing three independent directors last week, is the argument they couldn’t have been unaware of the disastrous decisions taken from a corporate governance perspective.Massive financial strife, a high court battle between the two parties over domestic cricket’s restructure, the withdrawal of a major sponsor in Standard Bank and multiple contractual breaches are just some of the scandals that have unfolded under the board’s watch.Nenzani at the weekend stated that renewed engagement with the players would be an “urgent priority”, but even if it weren’t, Saca probably won’t be attending any meetings.“Saca has noted the appointment of Jacques Faul, as the acting chief executive, and is prepared to deal with him in good faith in order to attempt to resolve as many as possible of the current crises affecting the players.  Saca will not, however, lend credibility to the board of CSA by dealing with a ‘negotiating panel’ if this comprises any Board members.  It is hoped that the new chief executive will appoint a highly competent director of cricket so that, even at this very late stage, he can start putting the best possible professional structure around the Proteas team,” said IrishFor more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more