The Chicken Parmigiana at Urban Table.Today marks the start of Kansas City Restaurant Week, that annual celebration of the metro’s lively culinary scene. More than 100 restaurants are offering special multi-course menus for a fixed price, $15 for lunch and $33 for dinner.Nearly two dozen Shawnee Mission area eateries (or those just across the county line…) are participating this year. They are:Westwood:Blue Sushi Saki GrillKansas City, Kan.:Taco Republic1889 Pizza NapoletanaFairway:Houlihan’sStroud’sPrairie Village:Tavern in the VillageStoryThe Blue MooseC. Frog’sUrban TableBRGR Kitchen + BarO’Neill’s Restaurant and BarLeawood:Tavern at Mission FarmsRoom 39Overland ParkFiorella’s Jack Stack BarbecueJ. Gilbert’s Woodfired Steaks & SeafoodLenexa:Brewbakers Bar & GrillSaints Pub + PatioIgnite Wood Fire GrillGrand Street CafeShawneeBarley’s Kitchen & TapHereford HouseBlind Box BBQYou can take a look at these establishments’ Restaurant Week menus on the event website here.Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Jan. 21.
Share on Twitter Share LinkedIn The driving force behind this behaviour is our fear of regret, which makes us stick with the status quo even if our reasoning or intuition says we shouldn’t. We are unwilling to sell the asset at a loss because, if we do, we have to admit to ourselves that we made a mistake in buying it in the first place. Holding on to it therefore allows us to avoid regret for the time being.A more general example is the “sunk cost bias”. This describes the fact that we often start new projects with high expectations of them doing well. While putting enormous effort into a project, we may gradually notice that it’s going nowhere. We can still opt out easily, but instead we find ourselves hanging on to it longer and longer, exerting more and more effort in spite of our gut feeling and common sense that it will bring nothing in return.Here, we experience regret if we terminate a project before it materialises. We therefore fall into the trap of irrationally hanging on to it in order to avoid regret temporarily. This bias is often at play in romantic relationships. For example, many people hang on to relationships that they well know are going nowhere. A botched relationship that lacks love or passion can therefore still survive due to the inconvenience of terminating it. Ending such a relationship ultimately forces us to admit a failure and experience regret. To avoid regret we instead tell ourselves that as we have come this far with the relationship we should give it another chance – despite knowing there hardly is any hope.The same fear also keeps us away from a new relationship. Fearing regret makes the status quo remarkably attractive, even if it doesn’t make us happy in the long term.The science of regretBut why are we so easily manipulated? Regret is a highly important emotion that evolution equipped us with to facilitate learning. Without regret we can hardly learn from our mistakes. We need this painful stimulus to avoid repeating the same mistake again and again.But the way our brain processes regret and determines the level of pain we experience is counterintuitive: missing a bus by one minute triggers more regret than missing it by ten (regardless how long we expect to wait for the next bus). Similarly, a decision to depart from the status quo that later proves to be wrong triggers more regret than making an unwise decision to remain within the status quo. It seems that actively taking a decision to change something creates a false impression that the decision does not qualify for mitigating circumstances, making the punishment we inflict on ourselves through regret more severe.Recent brain imaging studies have helped identify the neural circuits that are involved when we feel regret. They show that substantial activity is taking place in the hippocampus, which we know is responsible for memory. They also show that experiencing regret and being scared of feeling regret involve very similar neural circuits – indicating that fearing regret is actually practically the same as experiencing regret. Clearly, this can help explain why the fear of regret can be so painful and powerful.Not all of us are affected identically by regret. People who suffer from high degrees of neuroticism are more likely to feel regret than others. This means that the tendency to feel regret is linked with the experience of anger, fear and loneliness. It is also intimately related to “loss aversion” – the tendency to focus on losses rather than gains. That makes people who are more prone to feel regret less likely to take risks.Challenging the status quoSo how can we tackle our fear of regret to get where we want in life? A starting point is actually realising how profoundly regret affects us. If we are aware that our brain plays tricks on us it may be easier to move forward. So if you find yourself repeatedly failing to achieve your life goals, maybe ask yourself if a fear of regret is to blame.If it is, remind yourself that while making a change always involves a risk it is equally a risk to do nothing. In addition, unlike anxiety – which reflects on the future – regret is reflecting on the past. So, while it helps us to learn from our mistakes, it won’t allow us to correct those we have already made.Allowing yourself to be advised by others is, I believe, the most effective remedy. For financial decisions, you can achieve this by hiring a financial adviser. Advisers reduce our fear of regret substantially because we share our decision with others and are not alone to blamed if it turns out to be wrong.The very same logic applies to romantic regret. Allow yourself to get advice from a close friend or a family member when starting a new relationship or before terminating one. In addition to getting an second opinion, this will also allow you to share the misery of regret with someone else – making the departure from a negative status quo substantially easier.Comfortable as it may feel, letting the status quo take over can mean that we miss out on important things in life. In fact staying with the status quo can often make us more miserable in the long term. And for what? Just avoiding the uncomfortable, but temporary, feeling of regret.By Eyal Winter, Andrews and Elizabeth Brunner Professor of Behavioural/Industrial Economics, Lancaster UniversityThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Pinterest Email How many times have you thought about starting a company, taking a year out to write that novel or leaving a loveless relationship but ended up doing nothing about it? A fear of regret – which is a powerful driver of maintaining the status quo in our lives – may be to blame.As research in psychology, neuroscience and behavioural science has unveiled, regret can have a huge impact on our lives. Money and relationships are arguably the two issues that consume most of our emotional and mental resources, and regret affects our behaviour in both.When it comes to money, a famous bias linked to regret is the “disposition effect”. This describes how investors hold on tight to losing assets. Whether it be a mutual fund, a specific stock or even the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, we are extremely reluctant to sell an asset at a loss. In fact, we rather hang on to it as it keeps dropping in value, hoping it will pick up again – regardless of whether that is likely. Share on Facebook
Saudi Arabia reports another MERS-CoV caseSaudi Arabia reported one new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case today, raising the country’s official total to 706 cases.The latest patient is a 45-year-old expatriate who is hospitalized in Riyadh, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in today’s update. He has no preexisting conditions and is not a healthcare worker. The ministry gave no information about how he was exposed to the virus.Today’s case is only the fourth in the past week, as the rate of reported new infections continues to be far below what it was in April and part of May, when hospital-related outbreaks sparked hundreds of cases. The previous week, Jun 6 to 13, brought nine cases.With no deaths reported today, the fatality toll in Saudi Arabia remained at 290. Forty patients are still being treated, the MOH says.Jun 20 Saudi MOH statementMOH coronavirus page with case count Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to feeder rodents declared overA Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to feeder rodents has grown to 41 cases in 21 states but is now likely over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a final outbreak notice.The total reflects four new cases and three new affected states since the CDC’s previous update on May 20. Colorado, Missouri, South Carolina, and Virginia all reported new cases, and the cases were the first for all those states but Missouri, which now has three. California confirmed the most cases: seven.Illness-onset dates range from Jan 11 to May 17, with patients ranging in age from younger than 1 year to 19 years. Of 37 patients with available information, 6 (16%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.”Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings linked this outbreak of Salmonella infections to contact with frozen feeder rodents packaged by Reptile Industries, Inc.,” the CDC said in its notice.”Feeder rodents” are those fed to pets such as snakes and birds of prey.The Food and Drug Administration said to dispose of any Reptile Industries’ Arctic Mice brand frozen rodents bought from PetSmart stores from Jan 11 through May 21 by placing the product in a sealed container in the trash, the CDC said. Reptile Industries is based in Naples, Fla.Earlier this month Canadian officials announced 20 Salmonella Typhimurium cases linked to snakes and feeder rodents. It’s not clear whether the two outbreaks are related.Jun 20 CDC notice Jun 3 CIDRAP News scan on Canadian outbreak Study: 7% of deer ticks harbor both Lyme, babesiosis pathogensDeer ticks (Ixodes scapularis, also called blacklegged ticks) sampled in upstate New York simultaneously harbored the pathogens that cause Lyme disease and babesiosis at almost twice the expected levels, according to a study in PLoS One.Researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (CIES) in Millbrook, N.Y., and elsewhere in the United States measured the infection prevalence in 4,368 “questing” nymph ticks (young ticks seeking to feed) that were gathered in the field in Dutchess County, N.Y. They tested for Borrelia burgdorferi, Babesia microti, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, babesiosis, and human granulocytic anaplasmosis, respectively.The investigators found that almost 30% of the questing nymphs were infected with B burgdorferi, and a third of those were also infected with at least one other pathogen.Specifically, 6.7% of the questing nymphs (292) were infected by both B burgdorferi and B microti, a rate 83% higher than would be predicted by chance alone. Infections with all three pathogens occurred in only 0.52% of ticks, and co-infection of A phagocytophilum with either of the other two pathogens was also low (0.53% and 2.4%).”People in tick-infested parts of the United States, such as the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Upper Midwest, are vulnerable to being exposed to two or three diseases from a single tick bite,” said senior author Felicia Keesing, PhD, in a CIES press release. “And, of course, that risk increases when they’re bitten by more than one tick.”Jun 18 PLoS One study Jun 19 CIES press release Meta-analysis shows benefits of antibiotics for choleraAntimicrobial drugs substantially improve clinical and microbiologic outcomes in patients with cholera, according to a meta-analysis published yesterday in the Cochrane Library.The research team, based at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), reviewed 39 randomized and quasi-randomized controlled clinical trials that encompassed 4,623 patients, both adults and children.From a clinical perspective, the drugs shortened diarrhea episodes by a day and a half compared with placebo or no treatment. Antimicrobial treatment also halved stool volume, cut the amount of rehydration fluid by 40%, and shortened the duration of fecal bacteria extraction by nearly 3 days.Researchers found variation in the size of the antibiotic benefits, which they said probably related to differences in antibiotics, trial methods, and outcome assessments. They noted, though, that benefits were seen across a range of disease severity.No obvious differences stood out in drug head-to-head comparisons, but indirect comparisons seemed to show tetracycline had greater benefits than doxycycline, norfloxacin, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, and single-dose azithromycin shortened diarrhea by a day when compared with ciprofloxacin and by a half day when compared with erythromycin.Lead author Ya’ara Leibovici-Weissman from Tel Aviv University said in an LSTM press release that, for Vibrio cholerae infections, quick and accurate diagnosis is key, but the results of the study show antibiotics yield substantial improvements. “Our results also point to the likelihood that azithromycin and tetracycline may have some advantages over other antibiotics.”Jun 19 Cochrane Library abstract Jun 19 LSTM press release
Representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS) – a Community Institution – met on Monday, 3 June 2019, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. The Meeting was geared at determining the way forward following the decisions on regional transportation that CARICOM Heads of Government took at their Meeting held in St. Kitts and Nevis in February this year. The Single Aviation Authority and the implementation of the Regional Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) are among the matters for discussions. Mar 28, 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CASSOS, which was launched in 2019, is based in Jamaica. The CARICOM Secretariat team was led by Director, Economic Planning and Development, Ms. Evelyn Wayne, who chaired the meeting, while Director-General, Civil Aviation Authority of Jamaica and Chairman of the Board of CASSOS, Mr. Nari Williams-Singh, led the CASSOS team You may be interested in… LIAT deadline Jamaica Transport Minister signs CASSOS Headquarters AgreementJamaica Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Robert Montague has signed the Headquarters Agreement of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS), a Community Institution. Minister Montague signed the Agreement at the 25th Meeting of the Board of Directors of CASSOS at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on 21 February…March 3, 2020In “CARICOM”Pushing Regional Transportation issues at hemispheric meetingCARICOM’s Multilateral Air Services Agreement (MASA) was among matters presented to a meeting of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Directors of Civil Aviation, held this week in Ottawa, Canada. CARICOM Secretariat’s Head of the Transportation Unit, Dr. Pauline Yearwood delivered a presentation on ‘Assistance towards the Finalization of…August 3, 2018In “CARICOM”Safety, security in Regional aviation to be harmonised- Guyana sets stage for robust sectorMatters pertaining to security and safety in the aviation sector for the Caribbean Region are currently being discussed as the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System’s (CASSOS) Board of Directors holds its 17th Meeting in Georgetown, Guyana. CASSOS is the Region’s aviation oversight organisation. It is aimed at facilitating…March 1, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp
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LNG World News Staff; Image: Dominion LNG imports into the U.S. dropped 39,2 percent in 2014 to 50.1 Bcf, as compared to the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Energy data.The U.S. imported 26 liquefied natural gas cargoes in 2014, with no imports recorded in November, according to the data.Most of the cargoes were shipped from Trinidad and Tobago, and Yemen. The Everett LNG terminal received the majority of the LNG, followed by the Cove point import terminal.The country exported five cargoes of the chilled gas from Conoco’s Kenai facility in Alaska. All of them were delivered onboard the Excel LNG tanker to Japan’s Kansai Electric.One cargo was also re-exported in February last year from the Freeport LNG terminal to Brazil.
This Dry Support Bridge (DSB) Launcher, is an unusual military support vehicle weighing in at over 42 tonnes. It is sufficiently robust to support military vehicles and can independently bridge a 46 metre gap in less than 90 minutes. The specialist vehicle is vital not only in its support of military operations in hostile territory, but in assisting engineers to repair essential infrastructure and civil utilities. “This giant may be designed to get convoys wherever they need to be, but the vehicle also needs to be transported before it can be put to work. This is where Move One gets involved. ” said Stephen McKinney, Move One Logistics’ station manager at Camp Leatherneck.
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