Lea Salonga, Ramin Karimloo & More to Sing Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall

first_imgLea Salonga(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Star Files Sierra Boggess Lea Salonga Ryan Silverman Carolee Carmellocenter_img Tony winner Lea Salonga and Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo will take part in Manhattan Concert Productions latest live event, Broadway Classics in Concert, on February 20 at 8:00pm at Carnegie Hall. The new entry from the company that brought audiences the Broadway-bound Crazy for You will feature direction by Don Stephenson and music direction by Kevin Stites.Broadway Classics in Concert will be a unique celebration of the past five years of Manhattan Concert Productions’ critically acclaimed Broadway Series which has featured award-winning composers, star-studded casts, esteemed creative teams, singers from across the United States and the outstanding New York City Chamber Orchestra. The evening will feature musical selections from past MCP-presented shows and other repertoire by their composers: Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Flaherty, George Gershwin, Alan Menken, Lucy Simon and Maury Yeston, many of whom will grace audience members with their special appearance at this event.Joining Once On This Island star Salonga onstage will be her Broadway co-star Norm Lewis and director Michael Arden along with Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Carolee Carmello, Allan Corduner, Quentin Earl Darrington, Ryan Silverman and Tony Yazbeck. Manhattan Concert Productions’ sixth concert follows the success of Crazy for You (2017), The Secret Garden (2016), Parade (2015), Titanic (2014) and Ragtime (2013). Quentin Earl Darrington View Comments View All (5)last_img read more

UnitedHealthcare runs with IRONKIDS Augusta

first_imgUnitedHealthcare is teaming up with IRONKIDS for the first UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Augusta Fun Run, aimed at inspiring and motivating young people to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles. For the first time in Georgia, IRONKIDS will offer one-mile and quarter-mile tracks for physically challenged youth athletes.The one-mile and quarter-mile UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Augusta Fun Run will take place on Saturday 26 September, at 09:00 at the Augusta Convention Center – Reynolds St. in Augusta.Onsite registration begins at 07:00, and each athlete will receive a race bib, t-shirt, goodie bag and finisher medal. The fun run course for ‘triathletes to be’ will take place along portions of the IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta triathlon course, which begins the next day.UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr Health E Hound will lead youth and their parents in warm-up exercises and join the kids at the starting line to officially kick off the fun run. The cost for registration and to participate is US$15 for kids ages 3 to 15. Registration details are available at www.IRONKIDS.com.UnitedHealthcare is also providing 50 free race admissions to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta to encourage participation.“The IRONKIDS fun runs give our community the opportunity to have fun together, and begin their day being active and healthy,” said Jocelyn Chisholm Carter of UnitedHealthcare. “Walking and running are exercises everyone can do to maintain a healthful lifestyle.”She added, “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with IRONMAN to help children in our community live healthier lives.”This is the fourth year UnitedHealthcare is supporting IRONKIDS as part of the company’s commitment to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through healthy lifestyles. The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS 2015 Series features nine one-mile fun runs and a dip-and-dash.Obesity among children and adolescents in the US has almost tripled since 1980, with nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings, an annual comprehensive assessment of the US nation’s health on a state-by-state basis.Georgia ranks 33rd in the country with 30% of adults and nearly 13% of youth estimated to be obese.“We are thrilled to have a partner in UnitedHealthcare to sponsor these youth events as part of our IRONMAN series,” said Carola Ross, Chief Sales Officer for IRONMAN. “The opportunity the IRONKIDS fun runs offer young athletes is tremendous, as these races can be the catalyst for a lifetime of exercise and healthy living.”IronKids is owned by Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC). After being acquired from the Sara Lee Corporation, which owned the event series since 1985, IronKids relaunched in 2009 with nine events in the IRONKIDS National Triathlon Series. Since the inaugural year, IRONKIDS has seen more than 60,000 participants and has grown to over 40 events worldwide including races in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.The brand represents a ‘multi-dimensional approach to creating positive experiences for athletes, families and communities as well as embodies achievement and determination while fostering self-esteem.’ The IRONKIDS mission is to inspire and motivate through the sport to live an active, positive and healthy lifestyle.www.ironkids.comwww.uhc.com Relatedlast_img read more

Kansas House candidates on the issues: What issue are you most passionate about?

first_imgWe’re finishing up today with the statehouse candidates’ responses to our questionnaire:Here’s question number five:What’s the issue facing the state that you’re most passionate about, and what do you plan to do on that front if elected to office in this election?District 14Angela Justus Schweller (Democrat)One of the issues I find facing our state is that constituents are not feeling heard or well represented. I was sparked to run by that feeling of being dismissed by my representative. If we are a government of the people, by the people, for the people, then the “people” need to be heard, and I plan to listen.Charlotte Esau (Republican)Did not respond.District 16Cindy Holscher (Democrat)Ensuring the children in Kansas have access to a strong education. Three years ago my oldest daughter (who was 12 at the time) looked at me and said “Go fix this.” She was referring to the effects of severe under-funding of our public schools at the time including: extremely large class sizes, loss of paras and janitors, lack of materials, and the loss of some of our best teachers. But I think the issue that hit her the most was seeing her teachers working at Target and Great Clips on the weekend to supplement their income. She couldn’t believe that her teachers – who were so dedicated to students, working long hours already – were not able to make a living by teaching. During the course of the Brownback years, many of our educators never got a pay raise; at the same time their benefits package was reduced. So, in essence, they were going backwards. We need to treat our teachers as the professionals they are and compensate them accordingly. This past session we added $500M to our public schools; it is a move in the right direction but even the most conservative estimates show we should be investing closer to $650M. I will continue working to ensure our education system is fully funded and that are teachers are respected and compensated fairly. Because in the end, our public schools are the backbone of our economy; ensuring our kids have access to a strong education isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing.Sue Huff (Republican)I believe the current challenge we face is regarding our taxes. We need to challenge the government to find ways to reduce spending. I believe we can pool resources to find savings in purchases made for the State, and the people who buy from the state contracts. We also need to find ways to lower our taxes to help those people on fixed incomes that were hurt when the legislators voted on the largest tax increase in Kansas history in 2017. I believe we can lower our income tax, sales tax, and property taxes to help keep money in the citizen’s pockets to spend how they see fit.District 17Tom Cox (incumbent Republican)There are two issues for this answer:Working to get the Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD) community carved back out of KanCare for their provider services. We used to have the model system that other states looked to copy. It brought families to live in Kansas just to be in the program and now we have a system people can run away from fast enough. Services, hours, reimbursement rates all get cut every single year and the ones suffering from it is the I/DD community. Our literal most vulnerable population. I have been honored to work with Rep. Nancy Lusk who has been leading this fight in the House for years as we formed a bi-partisan group to try and tackle this issue.A Foster Care Bill of Rights. After the Adoption Bill I sat down with constituents, with foster care/adoption specialists, with members of the LGBT community and I listened. A constituent, friend and member of the LGBT community said something to me that hit me so hard it felt like I was punched in the gut. They said, “Yes, the majority of agencies have to foster or adopt to us, but that doesn’t mean they and DCF have to make it easy, sometimes they make it very difficult.”The first question I asked was. “How can we fix that?” and the answer was a Foster Care Bill of Rights. This will impact all Foster Care parents, giving them specific rights and protections. Giving them a formal path for grievances when they are being treated unfairly or being singled out. We will include specific protections and language for LGBT parents. Currently, I am working with experts in the field to craft the bill and then will bring it to a small roundtable of different stakeholders to discuss and potentially revise as needed.Michael Kerner (Libertarian)It is hard to pick just one. There are several serious problems to solve. I have spoken on the school finance issue in question 1, so I will use this space to talk about marijuana. There is no reason to keep marijuana illegal and there never was. It was pure propaganda from the initial law in 1937. It is critical for some people with medical issues and I know several families who have moved to Colorado just to be able to treat their sick child. It has really worked in stopping seizures for kids that had multiple seizures per day. It should not be necessary to relocate to another state to have a supply of a useful medicine without risking arrest. It would be nice to start with medical Marijuana and, after 2 or 3 years, when the sky does not fall, go the rest of the way to recreational. The federal government has made that process unwise. In states that issue medical marijuana cards, they use the list generated from that process to deny gun purchases in the current background check system. A person should not have to give up the right of self defense to get a medicine. We must be sure that no such list of medical users exists. Laura Smith-Everett (Democrat)There are many ways our state policies impact children and families. Children have been my focus as a career educator. They will continue to be my focus in the statehouse. Whether it be properly caring for our children in the DSF system or expanding Medicaid so that families don’t have to live without healthcare-I will continue to advocate for the most vulnerable among us. Additionally once our basic school funding measures are covered we need to focus on populations in our schools who could use more support. From our earliest learners-our Pre-K children, to children with Dyslexia or Special Education needs we owe it to them to be aggressive with policies that support them. Finally-we need to think about the whole child and ensure that every Kansas school can have counselors or social workers in every building. So that tragedies like the suicides our highschool SMNW experienced never happens again and students get the support and intervention they need to be the most successful Kansans they can be. District 18Eric Jenkins (Republican)I believe that we need more attention directed at mental health, both at the state and federal level. While it may seem like an isolated issue on the surface, I believe it has a wide impact – and is connected to societal problems such as the drug and opium crisis, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, domestic abuse, as well as crime on a broader scale. Many of those in incarceration are there due to struggles stemming from mental health. Currently, we put people in jail, treat them briefly at DETOX and rehab centers, or isolate them. It is arguable that continuously putting persons with poor mental health through a revolving door where the cycle repeats itself endlessly and without resolution is in the end more expensive and damaging to society than addressing the problem up front, returning people to society as contributing members. Perhaps we in Kansas could be the state to bring this problem to the national stage and move forward with addressing this societal shortcoming.Cindy Neighbor (incumbent Democrat)I believe the biggest issue facing our state is having a stable revenue system. I say this because it is the only way we can address all of our needs across the State of Kansas. We have a broken technology system in Topeka that does not allow for communication to pass freely within agencies. It does not allow for transparency. We must fund our schools, now and in the future, so school districts can plan their budgets in a timely fashion. Our prisons are over- crowded and unsafe. We have huge debts to repay our transportation and KPERs agencies that have been bonded. Our foster care program is in dire need of more staff and foster homes, and mental illness is a major concern for our state. We have too many individuals on waiting lists for services in our disabled population.It would be my hope that we could continue addressing these issues during the next session with common sense approaches. If we do not, we will not have to worry about people and businesses coming to Kansas.District 19Stephanie Clayton (incumbent Republican)The issue about which I am most passionate is tax policy. We often hear about how the budget is the bill which best indicates the morality of the governing body, but second only to that is a government’s tax plan. The sales tax burden is much too high for citizens in the 19th district, and it hurts retail businesses in our area, because consumers have the option of traveling across State Line to take advantage of a lower sales tax rate. For many years, I have been a proponent of not only lowering the sales tax on groceries, but also on human dignity products, such as feminine hygiene products, adult diapers, bathroom tissue, and soap. We all have to eat, and we all have to adhere to acceptable levels of hygiene in order to function in the workplace, and Kansas citizens shouldn’t be taxed for that. I also look forward to pursuing other forms of tax relief for renters,homeowners, prescription drugs, and child care. Many legislators across the ideological spectrum share my views, so there is a strong possibility that such tax relief could come to fruition. It will be chief among the many pieces of legislation that I will pursue, should I be fortunate enough to have your vote. Thank you so much to the citizens of the 19th District for allowing me to serve. It has been a wonderful opportunity. Stephen Wyatt (Democrat) I am passionate about the expansion on Medicaid. I have worked in the healthcare industry for the last 15 years. I have worked with patients before the ACA and after the ACA and those states that have expanded Medicaid. States that have expanded Medicaid have a more healthy populace. Individuals are able to receive the medical assistance and medications they need. Expanding Medicaid helps our families, friends, and neighbors. Every person has a right to medical help and medications without the threat of bankruptcy. Most of the people that would benefit from the expansion of Medicaid are the working poor. District 21Jan Kessinger (Republican Incumbent)Education is my top priority. I will continue to seek to fully fund schools, plus invest in early childhood education and higher education, including community colleges and vo-tech schools. We must find a way to make higher education affordable for all, while also creating education opportunities in the trades.Becky Barber (Democrat)Did not respond.District 23Linda Gallagher (incumbent Republican)I have made social services and children’s and seniors’ issues my niche within the legislature, serving on both the Social Services Budget and Children and Seniors Committees. I am concerned that the Kansas social services safety net programs have been undermined and underfunded. One of the most important things the state must do is to take care of its most vulnerable citizens. We have failed in that measure, regarding our children, the elderly, the poor, the mentally ill and the disabled.The issue that I am most passionate about is the state of the child welfare system. Record numbers of children have been removed from their homes in recent years, putting tremendous pressure on the system at every point. We now have more than 7,000 children in foster care, and we need more foster homes. Several children have died due to abuse or neglect. Some kids have run away from foster care, and their locations are unknown. And, some kids are sleeping in child welfare offices because of a lack of beds for those with severe emotional and behavioral problems.As vice chair of the Children and Seniors Committee, I helped to write and pass the legislation authorizing the task force to examine various problems in the child welfare system and make recommendations to address them. The task force and its three working groups have been meeting regularly for more than a year. I am vice chair of the Reintegration and Permanency Placement Working Group. The other two working groups focused on General Administration of Child Welfare and Foster Care, and Protective Services and Family Preservation.After months of brainstorming and hearing testimony, the working groups formulated their recommendations and supporting strategies for improving the safety and well-being of children in the child welfare system as well as for changes to statute, rules and regulations and processes. The task force will review the working group reports in its two remaining meetings this year (Oct. 22 and Dec. 4) and determine what will go into the task force’s final report to the legislature in January.That report will likely include recommendations for several pieces of legislation, and I plan to introduce and sponsor those bills. Most of them will likely be assigned to the Children and Seniors Committee, where I look forward to shepherding them through the legislative process. We owe it to the children of Kansas to correct the issues in the child welfare system.Susan Ruiz (Democrat)I have spoken about education and the importance of access to early childhood education. I also recognize that there are many issues that we as a state need to focus on beyond education, and as a legislator. I will focus on Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion could add 150,000 more people to receive coverage. This means that more people will have access to mental health and substance abuse services/programs. It will also bring more healthcare dollars into the state economy and create more jobs around the health care industry. Medicaid expansion will help rural communities keep the doors open to their health clinics and hospitals. I look forward to helping to approve expansion during the next legislative session. District 25Melissa Rooker (incumbent Republican)The issue I am most passionate about is public education, because it is the issue our community is so passionate about. The quality of our public schools drew my family back to Kansas in 2004. After moving back to Fairway, I quickly got involved with my children’s schools. PTA offered a wealth of volunteer opportunities that ultimately led to serving as PTA president at Indian Hills Middle School. It was that experience that lead me to involvement with the advocacy work being done on behalf of our public schools.We have made tremendous progress with regard to K-12 funding in my tenure. We have re-invested $823 million dollars over six years. However, more work remains, including adjusting for the cost of inflation over that timeframe to ensure the dollars allocated retain their buying power. I look forward to turning my energy to the strengthening the continuum from Early Childhood programs to post-secondary opportunities. Reinvesting in higher education will help make tuition more affordable for hard-working families. Career and Technical Education programs help create pathways for students seeking to pursue career goals and successfully enter the workforce more quickly. The Kansans Can School Redesign project is underway in Kansas and already providing exciting new opportunities for our students to personalize learning. While education is a top priority for our community, I look forward to supporting other initiatives like access to healthcare, child welfare, comprehensive transportation planning, elections, gun safety and transparency (among many other worthy topics). And finally, I will protect the work done to reform our tax code and balance our state budget responsibly. Rui Xu (Democrat)We need to expand Medicaid to ensure that our citizens have access to affordable health care, especially in rural areas. With Ft. Scott hospital closing, it’s just another dire reminder that our rural communities, which are essential to our economy, are struggling to keep hospitals open and to keep schools open. They have every right to the same great schools and hospitals that we do, and we have to give them the funding and the tools to do so.We also need to deprivatize Medicaid. Almost daily at the doors, I get a story from a constituent who has seen quality of care decrease under KanCare, and that’s unacceptable. Health care outcomes absolutely cannot be tied to profit motives, so we need to make sure that we’re giving the best quality of care possible to our citizens.This is so intensely personal to me because my mother-in-law actually passed away, in part, because she could not get Medicaid early enough. Back in 2012, we moved her up to Kansas City to be closer to us and after finding her an apartment, and one of the first things we tried to do was get her health care. Like many of the rural poor, she had not seen a doctor in many years, so we thought it would a good idea to establish care. However, she fell into the coverage gap and was denied. When we looked at the marketplace prices without deductions available, there wasn’t any way that my wife and I could afford that on the salaries that we were earning when we were 23-years-old. A few years later, some health symptoms showed up, and at that point it was too little and too late. She passed away at 51 years old.We are the richest country in the world, and it is immoral and inhumane that we allow our citizens to die because politicians are playing a game of political capital and refusing to get people affordable access to health care. There are lots of additional economic reasons why expanding Medicaid makes sense, but to me, this is a moral issue. We need to do what’s right and what’s best, and expanding Medicaid is the right thing to do.District 29Brett Parker (incumbent Democrat)Fully funding our schools and rebuilding the reputation of Kansas will always be top issues to me, but we’ve covered those topics in previous questions. Instead I’d like focus on the need to lower Kansas’s incredibly high tax on groceries. While most states either don’t tax groceries or tax them a significantly lower rate, Kansas charges our full sales tax rate. In Johnson County we pay about 10% in sales tax at the grocery store. When my opponent was previously in the legislature, he cast a deciding vote to raise the sales tax in Kansas in a failed attempt to sustain the Brownback tax experiment. In 2017 I filed a bill that would have repealed the Brownback plan, left almost all Kansans paying less in income taxes than they did before Brownback, moved towards eliminating grocery sales tax, and provided the funds for core services. While we were successful in repealing Brownback’s failed experiment, we cannot ignore the burdensome grocery tax that remains.James Todd (Republican)The issue I think is most important is fiscal responsibility, the budget, because it affects everything the State does for the people of Kansas. Especially important is protecting our investments in education and transportation. When I previously served we dealt with both the 2012 tax cut, put into place before I came to office, and a rural recession in Kansas. I saw ending balances quickly vanish, revenue come in below projections, and dealt with legislative sessions that faced budget deficits of over $300 million. Yes, the tax issue has been addressed, but Kansas has also enjoyed a strong economy the last two years that has led to tax receipts exceeding projections leaving the State with a large balance to begin the next fiscal year with. We all know the economy will slow at some point before expanding again. We need responsible budgeting to make sure we can meet our commitments to education and transportation.Democrats and Republicans, but not my opponent, joined together to vote for $825 million in new money for education that will be phased in over the next couple of years. With available funds and smart budgeting we can meet that obligation and improve educational opportunities for students in Kansas. I will work with both sides of the aisle to find ways to improve education.We need to develop a new transportation plan to replace T-Works. A decade ago a comprehensive transportation plan, called T-Works, was put into place to maintain our highways and develop projects to improve them. We saw the fruits of this program in our area with the work done on 69 Hwy and the Gateway project that reworked the connections between I-435, I-35, and K-10. That plan is coming to an end in 2020 but anyone driving on 69 Hwy or I-35 knows that work needs to be done to widen these highways to reduce traffic and congestion. I will work to make sure we have a plan to keep our highways in great shape. Robert Firestone (Libertarian)Firestone has indicated to the Shawnee Mission Post that though his name will remain on the ballot, he will no longer be actively campaigning for the seat.District 30Brandon Woodard (Democrat)The cuts to higher education over the past decade have shifted the cost of a four-year university, community college, or vocational/technical education on to the backs of working families. When elected, I want to focus on restoring funding for higher education to build the workforce of tomorrow. As a higher education fundraiser at KU Endowment Association, I work every day to make college affordable for Kansans. I will work with Republicans and Democrats to begin to re-invest in our higher education institutions with the ultimate goal of getting funding to pre-recession levels. Our four-year universities are economic engines for Kansas and are the place where research discoveries help to change the world, so we must invest in the faculty, staff, and students who power the return on every dollar the state spends. Wendy Bingesser (Republican)The issue that I am most passionate about is cancer research. My family has been touched by this disease several times in my lifetime and I want to be on the frontlines fighting for solutions and educating citizens. My brother-in-law passed from melanoma in 2010 and my father passed from prostate cancer in 2011. My sister-in-law started Outpacing Melanoma in my late brother-in-law’s honor in order to help bring awareness to melanoma, a type of skin cancer.There needs to be a voice for this issue in the Republican majority that will be returning to Topeka after this election. I have a fire in my belly to be the public policy advocate for this community. I will be the voice fighting for innovations in cancer research and advocating for policies that increase research funding for our institutions of higher education. There should also be more state coordination with the private and non-profit sectors in order to bring awareness to the causes of cancer and how citizens can better prepare themselves psychological for the hardships of the disease. I would also work for the passage of a Kansas Joanna’s Law to help fund ovarian and cervical cancer awareness programming and research. Kansas is uniquely situated to be a nationwide leader on this issue. We have impressive programs through the University of Kansas Medical School and Hospital and we have a strong grassroots network in our area fighting for change. Let’s utilize this grassroots energy to put the state of Kansas on the right public policy trajectory.That’s it! Thanks to the candidates for participating.last_img read more

5 essential facts on your social security statement

first_imgWhether you receive a paper statement or view it online, look for these important pieces of information.by. Emily BrandonThe Social Security Administration is planning to resume mailing Social Security statements to some workers beginning in September 2014. The paper statements will be sent to workers ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 who are not registered for online statements or currently receiving benefits. These previously annual mailings to workers were suspended in April 2011 to save money, and the ability to view statements online was added in May 2012. Here’s how to make the most of your benefit statement.How much you will get when you retire. Most Social Security statements contain an estimate of how much you will receive if you sign up for Social Security at your full retirement age, age 62 and age 70. The full retirement age is 66 for most baby boomers and 67 for everyone born in 1960 or later. “The statement shows clearly that the longer you wait to claim benefits, the more you get each month,” says Jonathan Peterson, executive communications director at AARP and author of “Social Security For Dummies.” “Over time, the difference can be many thousands of dollars. So it makes a lot of sense to look at the projections at different retirement ages and think about what they mean for you.” For example, a worker eligible for $1,680 a month at age 67 would get just $1,159 monthly at age 62, but his benefit would increase to $2,094 each month if he delays signing up until age 70. However, it’s important to note that these benefit estimates assume Social Security law will remained unchanged and that you will continue to earn your current salary, both of which could change in the future. The statement will also let you know if you have not yet worked long enough to qualify for benefits.What happens if you become disabled. Social Security benefits aren’t just for retirees. Your statement will also tell you the benefit amount you will be eligible for if you become disabled in the coming year.What your family will get if you die. Social Security pays out benefits to families when a breadwinner passes away. Your dependent children and a spouse caring for those children will likely both be eligible for payments upon your death, and the amount they will get is on your statement. Your spouse may also be eligible for retirement benefits based on your work record, even if you die before retirement. A spouse or minor child may additionally be eligible for a one-time death benefit when you pass away. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Robbins makes preseason watch list

first_imgRobbins transferred from Drake earlier this year and is poised to make an immediate impact on the court.Being on the list doesn’t entirely mean you will be there throughout the season. Players can be subbed on and off it depending on their play during the season. Robbins is in good company on the list, but will need to prove he is ready to play at the Big Ten level to stay on it throughout the season. Robbins makes preseason watch listThe preseason list for the 2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award included Gophers’ Liam Robbins.Brad Rempel / Gopher AthleticsCenter Liam Robbins AJ Condon, Sports ReporterNovember 6, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintJunior Liam Robbins hasn’t even played his first minute for the Gophers’ men’s basketball team and he’s already catching eyes from across the league.The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Robbins was named to the preseason watch list for the 2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award on Friday.There were 20 total athletes added to the list, which will drop down to 10 in January before the final five finalists are named in late February. Robbins was joined by four other Big Ten players on the list, all of which have experience in the conference already.last_img read more

Hines leases high-profile downtown space to The Counter

first_imgHines, the international real estate firm, recently leased 3,200 square feet to The Counter, which has located its trendy build-your-own burger joint with a full bar in Renaissance Square’s free-standing, high-profile retail building.The Counter opened recently in the courtyard of Renaissance Square’s twin 25 and 27-story buildings near office tenants and visitors, as well as light rail riders at the Washington/Central Avenue stop. The Renaissance Square courtyard location will be the first Phoenix location for the California-based company.“The Counter is a perfect fit for our retail building. The burger joint is trendy and focuses on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. We anticipate The Counter will have a strong following in downtown Phoenix,” said Steve Hamel, Property Manager of Renaissance Square.“We are very excited to open our first Phoenix location in such a great location, and are enjoying the relationships we are building with other downtown businesses,” says John Lutz, COO and partner of TCB Arizona LLC.  “The support, positive feedback and well wishes we have received so far have been very enjoyable.”last_img read more

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Nov 23, 2018

first_imgCDC investigating multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas outbreak in TexasOriginally published by CIDRAP News Nov 21The City of Lubbock, Tex., Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in multiple healthcare facilities.To date, 27 cases of Verona integron-encoded metallo-beta-lactamase (VIM)-producing P aeruginosahave been identified since the outbreak was discovered in October. The cases were identified by the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network.”The cases are not associated with a single facility and there is no obvious epidemiologic link,” Katherine Wells, MPH, City of Lubbock director of public health, told CIDRAP News. “We are currently working with CDC to complete PFGE [pulsed-field gel electrophoresis] and WGS [whole-genome sequencing] to look for links. We are also working with acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities to do additional point-prevalence surveys.”VIM is a mobile resistance mechanism that confers resistance to carbapenems and several other classes of antibiotic and can be transferred between bacterial species. VIM-producing P aeruginosawas first reported in France in 1996 and has been documented in other countries, but it is less common in the United States. The organism can cause severe healthcare-associated infections, is difficult to treat, and is associated with high morbidity and mortality.City of Lubbock VIM resources page Endoscope linked to hospital outbreak of multidrug-resistant organismsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Nov 21An epidemiologic investigation by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh has found that an outbreak of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in hospital patients was linked to contamination of a single, defective bronchoscope, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.The outbreak was discovered in November 2014, when a cluster of patients with bronchoscopically obtained clinical cultures positive for carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CR-KP) and multidrug-resistant P aeruginosa (MDR-PA) was identified in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian Hospital. Of the nine bronchoscopes used in the MICU, only one (named B1) was positive for CR-KP and MDR-PA. To determine the link between bronchoscope B1 and the outbreak, investigators performed molecular typing and WGS on isolates from the patients and the device.A total of 33 case patients with cultures positive for CR-KP and MDR-PA were identified from July 2014 to December 2014; of these patients, 23 (69.7%) were exposed to bronchoscope B1. Molecular testing and WGS confirmed that isolates from bronchoscope B1 and 19 of the patients were genetically related, providing strong evidence for horizontal bacterial transmission. Ten of the 19 patients were classified as belonging to a “pseudo-outbreak” that occurred because of contamination of patient specimens as they were being withdrawn from the bronchoscope.Upon removal of B1 from service, the number of patients with newly detected CR-KP or MDR-PA decreased. Borescopy revealed a luminal defect that may have contributed to the establishment of biofilm and subsequent contamination, despite compliance with the manufacturer’s recommended reprocessing procedures.The authors of the study conclude, “In addition to adhering to endoscope reprocessing guidelines, hospital epidemiology programs should prioritize thorough periodic maintenance of endoscopic devices and emphasize scrutiny of endoscopic-derived culture data as an important intervention to hasten recognition of endoscope-associated outbreaks.” Nov 19 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstract High rate of multidrug-resistant bacteria reported in Ethiopian hospitalOriginally published by CIDRAP News Nov 20In a study yesterday in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, Ethiopian researchers reported an alarming level of multidrug resistance among patients with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) at a university hospital.The cross-sectional study was carried out by researchers at Jimma University Medical Center from May through September 2016. A total of 1,015 patients were admitted during this period, and microbiologic investigation was conducted for 192 patients who were suspected of having an HAI. Investigators collected different clinical specimens (blood, urine, wound swab, pus, and sputum) from the patients, identified the bacterial pathogens, and performed antibiotic susceptibility testing.Overall, 126 bacterial pathogens were isolated from 118 patients with culture-confirmed HAIs. The most commonly isolated bacteria were Escherichia coli (31 isolates, 24.6%), Klebsiella pneumoniae (30 isolates, 23.8%), and Staphylococcus aureus (26 isolates, 20.6%), all of which showed very high resistance patterns. Among the 126 isolates, 38 (30.2%), 52 (41.3%), and 24 (19%) were multidrug-resistant (MDR), extensively drug resistant (XDR), or pan-drug resistant (PDR), respectively. More than half of the gram-negative bacterial isolates (51%) were positive for extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) or AmpC enzymes, and 25% were resistant to carbapenems.The investigators found that the observed MDR rate was significantly associated with prolonged hospital stays. In addition, all 13 patients who died during the study period were infected with MDR bacteria.The authors of the study suggest the high rate of XDR and PDR bacteria could be linked to a lack of antimicrobial resistance surveillance or an antibiotic stewardship program at the hospital, as well as to the absence of national antibiotic policies in Ethiopia, where purchasing antibiotics without a prescription is common practice. The country also lacks a system to assess the quality of imported antibiotics, they note, and it is likely that some are sub-standard.”Coordinated effort is needed from all stakeholders working in [the] health system in Ethiopia to tackle this important public health problem,” the authors wrote. “An immediate action should be taken at the hospital to start [an] antibiotic stewardship program to reduce the observed antibiotic resistance and prevent further complications.”Nov 19 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control study   Study finds low adherence to CDC stewardship elements in NICUsOriginally published by CIDRAP News Nov 20A baseline assessment of a sample of the nation’s neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has found low compliance with CDC recommendations to improve antibiotic use in newborns and a wide variation in antibiotic usage rates. The findings appear today in Pediatrics.The one-day cross-sectional quality audit, conducted in February of 2016, involved 143 NICUs enrolled in the Vermont Oxford Network internet-based quality improvement collaborative, an effort to decrease antibiotic overuse during the newborn period. The first part of the audit was a structured, unit-level self-assessment of policies, procedures, and guidelines related to antibiotic stewardship, based on compliance with the CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs: leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action, tracking, reporting, and education.For the second part of the audit, auditors conducted patient-level assessments, looking at patient demographics, antibiotic use, reason for antibiotic therapy, and what appropriate cultures were obtained before therapy. Results were used to calculate the antibiotic use rate (AUR), defined as the number of infants who were on antibiotic therapy divided by the total census for the day, for each participating NICU.The results of the unit-level assessment showed that none of the NICUs addressed all seven of the CDC core elements, and only two elements—accountability (55%) and drug expertise (62%)—had more than 50% compliance. Only 15% of NICUs said they tracked AURs, and only 6% said they reported information on antibiotic use and resistance to clinicians.Of the 4,127 infants audited for antibiotic exposure, 725 received antibiotics, for a median hospital AUR of 17% (interquartile range, 10% to 27%).  Of the 412 infants who received antibiotics for more than 48 hours, only 26% had positive culture results, 17% had no culture obtained, and 69% had at least 1 negative culture result.”There are significant gaps between the CDC recommendations and current antibiotic stewardship capacity and practices in newborns,” the authors of the study write. “Systemic quality improvements can be used to address these deficiencies and should be tested for their ability to be used to promote adherence to the CDC core elements and the appropriate use of antibiotics in the newborn period.”Nov 20 Pediatrics abstract Antibiotic use declining in UK livestockOriginally published by CIDRAP News Nov 19A new report from the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) says the UK livestock industry is making progress in efforts to meet antibiotic use targets, but a group of leading British clinicians warns that progress could be threatened if the government doesn’t commit to changes in the way antibiotics are used in food-producing animals.According to RUMA’s “One Year On” report, the industry overall is making headway in its efforts to reduce antibiotic use. Sales of antibiotics to the livestock industry fell by 40% from 2013 through 2017, including a 52% decrease in sales of the most critical antibiotics for human health, and antibiotic use in food-producing animals is among lowest in the European Union. But progress in reaching 2020 targets varies among different animal sectors.The report shows that the pig sector in the United Kingdom is on track to meet the 2020 target for reducing antibiotic use, the poultry meat sector is already under the targets set for both chickens and turkeys, the laying hen sector is below its target, and the gamebird sector hit its target 2 years early and is now considering new targets. But the cattle and sheep industries have had issues with data collection that have made it difficult to assess progress, and progress in the fish sector (farmed trout and salmon) has been mixed.The targets were established in 2017 by RUMA’s Targets Task Force, a group that included a specialist veterinary surgeon and a leading farmer for each of the sectors covered.”Some species have met their targets already but now, with a measure of what’s happening in their sector, they know they can go further and are working on new goals,” RUMA secretary general Chris Lloyd said in a press release. “For others at or around their optimal level of use, progress is about animal health, continual refinements to what they do and working to overcome new diseases threats as they emerge.”Meanwhile, the Guardian reports that the leaders of the UK’s main medical associations have signed a joint letter to the secretaries of state for health and the environment calling on the British government to commit to a ban on the use of antibiotics to prevent diseases in groups of animals. In October, members of the European Parliament voted to limit the use of antibiotics to prevent disease to individual animals (rather than entire herds or flocks), and only in cases where a veterinarian believes there is a high risk of infection.But that legislation will not become law until 2022, and with the United Kingdom scheduled to leave the European Union in 2019, that means the British government won’t be bound by it. The letter asks the government to commit unequivocally to banning preventive antibiotic group treatments.”If the government allows group prevention to continue, the UK will have some of Europe’s weakest regulatory standards,” the letter states. “This could seriously undermine progress being made in reducing UK farm antibiotic use.”Nov 16 RUMA reportNov 16 RUMA press releaseNov 16 Guardian story PAHO issues guidance for antibiotic stewardship in Latin AmericaOriginally published by CIDRAP News Nov 19The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has published a new set of recommendations to help governments and healthcare providers in Latin America and the Caribbean set up antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs).The manual, published in conjunction with the Global Health Consortium at Florida International University, aims to provide practical guidelines on implementing ASPs for national health authorities in the region and recommendations for hospital managers and healthcare workers on cost-effective interventions to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use. The recommendations focus on stewardship in acute care and ambulatory settings”Antibiotics are responsible for having saved millions of lives all over the world, but we are currently experiencing unprecedented rates of resistance to some of the most common treatments,” Marcos Espinal, MD, MPH, director of the Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health unit at PAHO, said in a press release. “It is vital that efforts are stepped up to preserve these achievements, reduce the impact of resistance and ensure continued treatment and prevention of infectious disease.”ASPs are a critical part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and the PAHO Regional Action Plan, but hospitals in the region have been slow to adopt them. According to a 2012 survey, only 46% of hospitals in Latin America and the Caribbean have an ASP in place, compared to 58% in the rest of the world (and 66% and 67% in Europe and North America, respectively.)Observational studies estimate that the misuse of antibiotics by healthcare providers in Latin America and the Caribbean is around 50%, but there have been no regional studies on antibiotic use in hospitals. The authors of the manual say that standardized systems and indicators are needed at different health care levels in the region to promote benchmarking, guide policy-making, and implement effective strategies to change antibiotic behavior.Nov 16 PAHO press releaseNov 16 PAHO manual FDA approves new antibiotic for travelers’ diarrheaOriginally published by CIDRAP News Nov 19The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new antibiotic for adults with uncomplicated travelers’ diarrhea caused by non-invasive strains of E coli.Aemcolo (rifamycin), developed by Cosmo Pharmaceuticals, is an orally administered, minimally absorbed antibiotic that releases its active ingredient in the colon. It was approved based on results from two randomized, controlled phase 3 clinical trials of adult patients with travelers’ diarrhea, which showed that Aemcolo significantly reduced symptoms compared to a placebo and was well-tolerated, with headache and constipation being the most common adverse events.Aemcolo was not shown to be effective in patients with diarrhea complicated by fever and/or bloody stool or diarrhea caused by pathogens other than non-invasive strains of E coli. It should not be used by patients with a known sensitivity to rifamycin.Travelers’ diarrhea affects an estimated 10% to 40% of travelers worldwide each year and is commonly caused by bacteria found in food or water. The highest-risk destinations are in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.Aemcolo was granted priority review under the FDA’s Qualified Infectious Disease Product designation, given to antibacterial and antifungal drug products that treat serious or life-threatening infections. It will be available in pharmacies in the first quarter of 2019.Nov 19 Cosmo Pharmaceuticals press releaseNov 16 FDA press releaselast_img read more

CARICOM wishes St Vincent and the Grenadines Happy 39th

first_img Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Aug 29, 2020 You may be interested in… CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended congratulations to the Government and People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the celebration of their Thirty-Ninth Anniversary on Independence, Saturday, 27 October, 2018. Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a congratulatory message to Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, said “the chosen theme for this year’s festivities ‘Working together to enhance national pride’ encourages Vincentians to combine their efforts, not only to ensure a prosperous and secure future for the next generation, but also to strengthen their fraternal bonds”. “Prime Minister, the commitment of the Government and People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in promoting regional integration, particularly as it relates to the Regional agenda for transport, is most appreciated,” the Secretary-General stated. Sep 16, 2020 Oct 9, 2020 Oct 6, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp CARICOM congratulates Trinidad and Tobago on its 58th… CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Premier of Bermuda New Haitian Ambassador to CARICOM accredited “This is illustrated by the dedicated efforts to ensure that the importance of transport to the sustainable development of the Community remains at the forefront”, he added.  The Vincentian Prime Minister is the Head of Government with Lead Responsibility for Transportation (Maritime and Aviation) in the CARICOM Quasi-Cabinet. “CARICOM looks forward to the continued active engagement of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in strengthening the development of the Community,” the  Secretary-General said.last_img read more

Greenport Makes It Seven Straight

first_img Share In the back of every Bridgehampton player’s mind is a little voice telling him that the goal is to upset Greenport. The Killer Bees had a chance to level the score, going into the January 4 matchup with a 2-1 League VII record to the Porters’ perfect 3-0, but a high-scoring second half with a monster 25-point fourth quarter helped Greenport pull away unscathed with an 80-61 victory.“We all played our hearts out, but I think we wanted to win the game so much that we just couldn’t settle down and play with more composure,” Bridgehampton senior J.P. Harding said. “We played more to the crowd than we did together as a team.”Both squads have a handful of weapons, making it hard for either team to contain the threats. But that didn’t stop Bridgehampton from racing up and down the court, using a 2-3 defense to pressure in hopes of turning the ball over and converting those into easy points.Harding used that to his advantage early, and made it look easy racking up the first eight points for the Killer Bees and 14 of his team-high 22 in the first half.“I felt fired up and ready to go from the start — ready to execute,” Harding said. “I think on defense, we stepped up and were very aggressive, but there were times our conditioning caught up to us and we didn’t get back on defense in time, which allowed them to get their own easy layups in transition.”By halftime, Bridgehampton was down 33-24 following an 11-3 Greenport scoring spurt, but managed to even things at 37-all on a bucket by Jonathan DeGroot, who returned from a knee injury. The field goal capped a six-point burst, but the threat ended there.Ahkee Anderson, who led all players with 28 points, supplied eight of them during a 10-2 Greenport run on a pair of putbacks, and a pair of jump-shots, making it 47-39. He also added 10 assists. Jaxan Swann (23 points) scored seven of the next 11 consecutive Porters points, including a buzzer-beater to end the third and three-pointer to start the fourth.“Every time we left the huddle, we talked about playing together, and kept that in perspective,” Swann said. “We know we can rely on anybody at any time in any given game.”Swann’s older brother Jude, at 6-4, dominated the boards, chipping in 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Josh Santacroce and Zach Riggins added six points apiece.Nae’Jon Ward was a force from behind the arc in the second half. He finished with 18 points for Bridgehampton and four threes. Elijah White racked up 14 points and DeGroot rounded out the scoring with six.“There’s a lot of tough guys on that team,” Ward said. “One of our strategies was for us to be able to get them into foul trouble, and on the offensive end, coach really wanted us to slow the game down and really run our sets.”The team ran its sets early, but the Porters’ aggressive second half set a new pace of play to help them pull out their seventh straight win.“I like it,” Anderson said through a huge grin of remaining undefeated. “That was our toughest competition, but I’ll go to war with these guys. We showed a lot of poise, even when it got close. We played with a lot of energy and locked down on defense — our style is hectic, but that’s how we like to play.”last_img read more

Scana Subsea Secures NCS Riser Job

first_imgScana Industrier ASA has through its subsidiary Scana Subsea AB, won a contract for machining, welding test & assembly of riser forgings. The value of the contract is approximately 35 million SEK ($4.3 million). The company didn’t disclose the client, however, Scana has informed that the risers will be delivered to the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).“The contract is important for the business area Scana Energy that includes Scana Subsea and Scana Machining along with Scana Steel Bjørneborg. The contract will involve project management in Scana Subsea along with assembly and testing at Scana Machining along with several other sub contractors,” said the company in a statement.“The contract is a recognition of Scanas strategy to become a component manufacturer within Scana Energy group by taking responsibility for projects including several material processes and services,” states Jan Henry Melhus CEO of Scana Industrier ASA.According to Scana, the manufacturing will start immediately and deliveries are expected from fourth quarter 2015 to second quarter 2016.last_img read more