SM East’s straight-out-of-the-movies Hail Mary victory over Olathe Northwest surely gave the team a full head of steam — and they’ll need every bit of that momentum heading in to tonight’s matchup against Olathe North, a Sunflower League blue blood program with eight state titles to its name.Sunflower Football Blog scribe Eli Underwood says the match is something of a toss up:This game for SM East is where the rubber hits the road. The Lancers have had about as exciting of a start to a season as I can remember from any team in a long time. Meanwhile, Olathe North has shown they’re a very good unit with probably as much pure athleticism as any team they’ll go up against. When you compare these two teams on paper it’s extremely challenging to determine who has the upper hand. Olathe North is more athletic, but SM East’s offense creates a ton of big plays. SM East has a tough defense that forces turnovers, but Olathe North has a much better offense than either of SM East’s previous opponents. I guess we’ll just have to find out on Friday.So what have the Lancers done to get stoked? Watched Brian Libeer’s latest motivation video, for one:The game starts at 7 p.m. at the CBAC.
September 15, 2012 Regular News Applicants being sought for Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council Applicants being sought for Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council In February, the Florida Supreme Court recreated the Judicial Management Council of Florida, an advisory body designed to assist the Supreme Court in identifying trends, potential crisis situations, and the means to address them.The JMC will become part of a loop that will assist the court with forward-looking vision to better fulfill its mission to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.Applications are now being accepted from members of The Florida Bar in good standing who are interested in JMC membership. If you wish to be considered for appointment to the council, visit www.flcourts.org/gen_public/stratplan/JMC.shtml for specific information about the council composition, as well as detailed background information, an application form, and instructions for completing the application.
Gophers come away with seven titles at St. ThomasThe field events dominated as they came away with five titles.Easton GreenRedshirt Freshman Mason Roomes competes in the long jump on April 12 at St. Thomas. Kaleb MedhanieApril 16, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintField events were a big part of Minnesota’s success on Thursday.The Gophers competed in the Tomcat Twilight on Thursday at St. Thomas, an event where they came away with seven titles. Five of their seven titles came in field events.“It’s a meet where not a lot of top guys ran; it’s a chance to look at some younger guys and see what they can do,” head coach Steve Plasencia said. Mason Roomes won the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 4.25 inches, Jonathan Johnson came in at fourth at 22 feet, 4.75 inches.“I’ve been putting a lot of work in practice,” Roomes said. “For me to improve, I just have to not think too much — I just have to go and jump.”The throwing events took place at Hamline University, where Kaleb Siekmeier won the discus throw at 171 feet, 1 inch. He also finished ninth in the hammer throw at 149 feet, 4 inches. Connor Rousemiller went for second in the event at 183 feet, 9 inches. Inside the St. Thomas Complex, Ben Gucinski had a personal best of 6 feet, 7 inches to win the high jump, Jacob Buller finished in second at 6 feet, 5 inches. John Uchytil also had a personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 15 feet, 11 inches, Glen Harold came in third at 15 feet, 11 inches and Mike Herauf rounded out the Gophers in the event at 14 feet, 11 inches. James Travis won the triple jump with a jump of 47 feet, 10 inches.Cory Mensah was the runner-up in the 100 meters clocking in at 10.97, Shane Streich came in at fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 49.88, while Matthew Rosen finished sixth at 50.14. Alex Kelner went for eighth in the 200 meters with a run of 23.25 and Patrick Roos finished 10th in the 5,000 meters at 15:41.03.Five Minnesota runners finished in the top nine in the 1,500 meters. Owen Hoeft finished second at 3:51.95, Jack Manderscheid went for third at 3:53.81 and Nick Rink came in sixth at 3:58.87. Alex Plasencia clocked in at 3:58.91 for seventh and Joe Morrison finished ninth at 4:02.43.Grant Fuller and Collin Sieffert ran in the 400-meter hurdle this week. Fuller came in first at 54.83 and Sieffert finished second at 55.15.Teddy Frid and Jon Tollefson came in at first and second for Minnesota in the 110-meter hurdles, Frid with a time of 14.41 and Tollefson at 14.83. “Hurdles felt great, I was actually really pumped about it,” Frid said. “Next week at Mt. Sac I’d like to put down a pretty good mark [in decathlon] because that would help [to] just build confidence.”
So far 424 infections and 31 deaths, most of them involving the fungus Exserohilum rostratum, have been linked to three recalled lots of contaminated steroids from NECC, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an update today. The total reflects an increase of 5 infections and 1 death since the CDC’s last update on Nov 5. The number of affected states remained at 19, and the number of peripheral joint infections stayed at 10. When investigators explored the details of the drugs the patients received, they found that in one clinic, the age of the vials seemed to be associated with the infection rate, and they suggested that contamination could have increased over time, with fungal levels higher in the older vials. The group also found a possible link between higher infection rates and the volume of drug administered. One of the most striking features of the cases was the high incidence of strokes, which were more common early in the outbreak, the group noted. They said that stroke incidence dropped off as fungal meningitis infections were identified earlier, prompting aggressive therapy earlier in the illness course. Nov 7 N Engl J Med abstract The group’s report on the first 66 case-patients in the Tennessee also offers findings about exposure to the contaminated steroids, the clinical course of infections, and treatment. They published the details of the investigation yesterday in an early online report from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The outbreak’s index patient was a Tennessee man in his 50s who died from Aspergillus fumigatus meningitis after receiving an epidural injection of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate produced by New England Compounding Center (NECC). The doctors who treated that patient described his infection in an Oct 19 NEJM case report. Nov 7, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – A public health investigation into an unusual fungal meningitis death in Tennessee quickly uncovered other related cases and expedited detection and treatment that probably saved lives, while drawing national attention to the problem, according to a report yesterday from some of the state officials who worked on the probe. As of Oct 19, investigators had found 66 patients who met the fungal meningitis case definition. Their median age was 69. While A fumigatus was confirmed in clinical samples from the index patient, E rostratum was identified in 21 of the cases. The median time between injection and symptom onset was 18 days. Authorities found no obvious source of environmental contamination at the clinic, and by Sep 25, they identified a total of eight possible case-patients, all with connections to the clinic. Multiple common products were used for the patients, including preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate from NECC. In hopes of identifying other sick patients, Tennessee officials asked colleagues in Massachusetts to help identify other facilities that had received potentially contaminated steroid injections. “Stroke did not develop in any patients in this report in whom therapeutic doses of antifungal medications were instituted within 48 hours after the initial presentation,” they wrote, adding that all eight of the Tennessee deaths occurred in patients who received minimal, no, or delayed treatment. “Maintaining a strong public health infrastructure is critical to ensuring that there is capacity to investigate such outbreaks quickly and effectively,” the authors concluded. The aggressive public health response to the initial case triggered the identification of the multistate outbreak and a rapid recall of the products, underscoring the importance of close collaboration between public health and the medical community and the need to adequately support public health systems. According to the new NEJM report, a clinician reported the A fumigatus infection to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) on Sep 18, and the department launched an epidemiologic investigation that identified other puzzling meningitis cases in healthy adults who had received epidural steroid injections at the same clinic as the first patient. See also: Among 13 patients who had strokes, 8 initially presented with posterior circulation stroke, and strokes were involved in 7 of the 8 deaths in the Tennessee patients. The following day, NECC recalled three lots of methylprednisolone acetate, which had been sent to 76 facilities in 23 states. The TDH activated its emergency operations center and launched a larger investigation to find patients who had been exposed to the drug. Nov 7 CDC fungal meningitis outbreak update Oct 19 CIDRAP News story “Report describes case that launched meningitis outbreak probe”
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — WABCO Holdings Inc., a global technology leader and tier-one supplier to the commercial vehicle industry, has appointed an executive to the newly created position of chief quality officer, who will report to the company’s CEO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kazuo Kawashima joins WABCO as chief quality officer, responsible for further powering how WABCO ingrains quality across the value chain throughout its global organization. Further enhancing WABCO’s Operating System, one of the commercial vehicle industry’s most advanced management systems, Kawashima will reinforce the company’s capabilities to satisfy customer expectations for quality, service and value. WABCO says this appointment further strengthens the company’s senior leadership team and the company’s continued commitment to its three-pillar strategy of technology leadership, global expansion and excellence in execution. Most recently, Kawashima was president of Ichikoh Industries Ltd., a publicly listed company in Japan and manufacturer of vehicular lighting supplied to the automotive industry. Previously, Kawashima was vice president quality at Valeo, based in Paris. Prior to that, Kawashima held senior positions in quality, operations and engineering based in Japan and Mexico at Nissan Motor Co. “This new executive role reflects the evolution of WABCO’s commitment to the highest standards of quality across every function and in each location globally as we strive to grow quality in everything we do as a differentiator in how we continue to satisfy customers,” said Jacques Esculier, WABCO chairman and CEO.Advertisement “Kazuo Kawashima has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry gained on three continents in diverse positions in engineering and manufacturing and as a business leader in world class companies like Valeo and Nissan,” said Esculier. “The richness of Kazuo Kawashima’s experience and his superb achievements give him an outstanding ability to ingrain quality in all aspects of our company.”
There are not many happy days in a cancer hospital.This was going to be one of them.But a year and a half earlier, Ryan’s daughter Bridget, at age 38, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer.The tumor had at first been misdiagnosed by doctors at one prestigious hospital.“They admitted me, diagnosed me with diverticulitis, and treated me with antibiotics for five days,” Bridget says. “I never saw a urologist to see if the rupture had invaded my bladder or urinary tract. No tests done for the presence of cancer. I was released and scheduled for a colonoscopy in eight weeks.”Two long months later, Bridget had the colonoscopy. “They found a mass and took a biopsy,” Bridget says. “Three days later my husband was at work and I was playing with my two-year-old daughter as two workmen were fixing floor tiles in my kitchen when the doctor called. She told me I had colon cancer. I looked at my baby and asked the doctor what stage. She said, ‘Stage 4.’ When I hung up the two workmen saw me wiping my eyes. They asked what was wrong. I said I was just told I have stage 4 cancer. They both hugged me — complete strangers.”The misdiagnosis allowed the tumor to grow until it eventually burst, breaking through the colon wall and touching her bladder.Not good.Bridget went to a top surgeon at another hospital for a second opinion and the new doctor specializing in colon cancer downgraded her tumor to Stage 3. But he said it needed an immediate resection surgery. A bladder cancer surgeon would also need to cut a small crescent from her bladder.Those first few weeks of misdiagnosis, diagnosis, and a plan of action were a whirlwind of emotions and fears. All Bridget could think of was her baby girl growing up without a mommy.Bridget put on a brave public face, but many of her nights were spent staring at the ceiling reviewing her life and making plans for her little girl if she didn’t make it.Ryan went with Bridget on the day they embedded a port under her skin on her upper chest so that medicine and chemo could more easily be sent into her system. This port is like the gas tank portal of your car. It turns you into a pumping station for cancer drugs. Some cancer patients never have their ports removed.Then Bridget went into surgery, with doctors excising the tumor from her colon and skimming the bladder.No cancer surgery is ever 100-percent successful, but doctors told Ryan they felt very optimistic about his daughter’s chances for a full recovery.Then began the six grueling months of chemotherapy, dripping toxins through Bridget’s embedded port into her bloodstream to kill any wayward cancer cells. Bridget had to take another bottle of chemo home to attach to her port the following day. The port had to be flushed and cleaned and immaculately maintained to avoid infection. The port was a like a badge of cancer on her chest, a symbol of terminal illness.Ryan accompanied Bridget on every one of her sessions, spending that time lost in father-daughter-grandfather chats. Watching and discussing the news. Eating lunch in the chemo suite.At the end of her six months, chemo-related neuropathy caused balance-loss numbness in Bridget’s feet and a scary loss of dexterity in her hands. When she visited her neurologist for a prescription he became alarmed at the severity of the neuropathy in Bridget’s hands. “It’s usually only in the feet,” the neurologist said. “When it’s in the hands like that it could indicate that the cancer has spread to the spine and brain. I want scans of both.”This is the rollercoaster ride of cancer. The long slow climb to good news is often followed by sudden dips into new fears and dangers.Bridget undertook the scans on December 7. The results would take five anxious days, like awaiting a death penalty verdict. Then on the first day of Chanukah, Bridget sat with her husband and father in her oncologist’s office. The doctor entered with a poker face, a sheaf of papers in her hand, nodding to all.The female doctor asked Bridget how she was feeling. Bridget said she’d tell her once the doctor told her the results of her scans.“Oh,” said the oncologist, waving the test results. “I have nothing but good news. We’ve studied all the scans, brain, spine, colon, and bladder. You are cancer-free.”Ryan and his daughter and son-in-law hugged.But it still was not over.Six months later another colonoscopy had Ryan and Bridget nervous. But results found she was still cancer free.Okay, one last piece of business.Last week Ryan’s daughter entered the cancer hospital. A nurse asked her what she was here for. “I’m getting my port removed,” Bridget said.“That’s wonderful news,” the nurse said, smiling. “We love hearing that around here.”Ryan smiled at his daughter Bridget because at long last it looked like the war was over.Then Ryan’s daughter went home to life — sweet, beautiful life — with her own three-year-old firstname.lastname@example.org Share
Ingredients1 lb penne pasta5 medium sized vine ripened tomatoes1 yellow onion (diced)1 zucchini (diced)1 small head of broccoli (cut into florets)1 small head of cauliflower (cut into florets)3 sprigs of thyme (washed)1 bunch of basil (washed)3 Tbsp olive oil2 Tbsp butter1/2 c chicken stock1/2 c white wine1/2 c grated parmesan cheeseZest of 1/2 lemonSalt and pepper to tasteDirectionsOnce you’ve prepped all the vegetables, heat the oven to 350 and get two large pots of water boiling, about a gallon each, add three tablespoons of salt to each pot of water. Put the tomatoes in the oven for five minutes until the skin splits and begins to peel back. Meanwhile, cook the cauliflower and broccoli in the same pot separately one-minute each, cooking the cauliflower first, then the broccoli. Remove them from the boiling water, strain them, and toss with one tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast for 10 minutes on a foil lined sheet tray, remove, and set aside.While the veggies are roasting, you can start the simple sauce. Heat a medium sized sauce pot over medium-high heat, add the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil, followed by the diced onion and sliced garlic. Stir them gently and often until you have nice toasted brown color on the onion and garlic, then toss in the zucchini and cook another minute.Deglaze with the white wine and reduce that liquid by half, then add the chicken stock and reduce by half again, now turn the heat down to a simmer. Then we can take the tomatoes we roasted and peel the skin off where it has begun to split and is separating from the flesh of the tomato. Once the skin is off, use your hands to crush the peeled tomatoes into the sauce pot (chunks are good). Add half the bunch of washed basil and the thyme to the sauce, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes.Once the sauce has simmered 30 minutes, season with salt and pepper to your liking, and remove the thyme and basil. Cook the pasta eight minutes in the other pot of boiling salted water. Remove, strain, and add the pasta to the sauce pot. You can add about a third-cup of pasta water to the sauce as well. Cook the pasta in the sauce for three to four minutes at medium-high heat, stirring frequently to finish. Add the butter at the very end. Heat the veggies in the oven. Place pasta, and sauce in the bowl and add warm veggies on top. Tear the rest of the basil and sprinkle over the top with grated parmesan and lemon zest. Share
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Flood fears renewed as California braces for another storm Author: AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Published: February 20, 2017 8:06 AM EST TRACY, Calif. (AP) Some Northern California residents are preparing for another powerful Pacific storm by patrolling levees for signs of danger, reviewing evacuation plans and filling hundreds of sand bags.One resident near Tracy, which is 80 miles east of San Francisco, said that though the levees appear in good shape, they decided take charge after the San Joaquin River started rising.“We have a levee response team, a sand bagging team, teams to check on what walkers checking on the levees find,” said San Joaquin River Club resident Paula Martin, who is helping coordinate emergency plans for the private neighborhood of 800 homes.Martin said the neighborhood has sirens in the clubhouse and at a church that can warn residents of impending flooding.“Our community is pulling together like real champs,” she said, adding that volunteers have been patrolling the levees every two hours.The area saw rain and wind Sunday afternoon but forecasters said a storm packing a bigger punch will reach the San Francisco Bay Area overnight before moving to the Central Valley.The San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis – about 10 miles southeast of Tracy – remained Sunday at “danger stage,” meaning it keeps approaching the top of levees, said Tim Daly, a spokesman with San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services.“When the water gets that high and more water is coming, there is just too much pressure and levees can break,” Daly said. “They can be topped.”Another area of concern is the Don Pedro reservoir, which officials said was at 98 percent capacity on Sunday. The reservoir captures water from the Tuolumne River, a key tributary of the San Joaquin.Meanwhile, water was receding in the farm community of Maxwell, about 70 miles north of Sacramento, where dozens of people sought higher ground Friday after creeks topped their banks and inundated houses. Crews used boats to rescue residents from the low-lying neighborhood.Officials advised residents to be ready to evacuate.“We’re telling those people to keep a bag close by and get ready to leave again,” said Colusa County Assistant Sheriff Jim Saso Saso. “If the water comes back up, it’s going to be those areas affected.”About 60 miles east, the water level continued to fall at Oroville Dam, where a damaged spillway had raised major flood concerns and prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people last weekend.The amount of water flowing down the spillway was increased from 55,000 cubic feet a second to 60,000 cubic feet a second Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the storm, the California Department of Water Resources said. Last week, outflows were at nearly 100,000 cubic feet a second.During recent storms, authorities up and down the state have dealt with overflowing creeks, mudslide threats in foothill areas blackened by fires, road collapses and hundreds of toppled trees in neighborhoods. At least three people have died.
A quota system should be introduced to address the under-representation of women and ethnic minorities in the senior judiciary, a report likely to become Labour party policy recommends today.The report Judicial Diversity: Accelerating Change, by Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (pictured) and Karon Monaghan QC, also proposes abolishing the circuit system and replacing it with regional appointments.Another recommendation is that more solicitors should be encouraged to seek appointment to the High Court bench and obstacles to their appointment be removed. Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan said he hoped that after May 2015’s general election ‘a Labour government will be in a position to put into practice policies that will deliver a more diverse judiciary’.Among the report’s recommendations are: A candidate’s ability to contribute to a diverse judiciary should be taken into account when assessing their merit;All judicial posts should be available part time or as a job share unless the need for a full-time appointment can be justified;A quota system should be introduced to address the under-representation of women and black and minority ethnic judges in the senior judiciary (including the Supreme Court);The circuit system should be abolished and replaced with regional appointments;There should be greater progress towards the concept of a judicial career in which promotion can take place from the lower levels of the judiciary to the High Court.The report says that ‘the time has now come’ for quotas. ‘Without a requirement to appoint qualified women and ethnic minorities, we believe that the pace of change will remain intolerably slow.’Bindman said: ‘The law cannot command respect if those who administer it do not reflect a diverse population. The senior judiciary is dominated by white males selected from a narrow pool of candidates. It is widely agreed that the efforts so far made to change this and achieve a fair balance of women and ethnic minorities at this level have not been effective.‘We hope the work we have done and our recommendations will help to make a difference.’In a section on solicitors, the report notes that only one High Court judge was previously a solicitor (Mr Justice Hickinbottom) and he was not recruited through practice but came through the tribunal system.‘There is no reason in our view why solicitors should not apply directly from practice for appointment to the High Court bench,’ it says. ‘There is no existing statutory prohibition on recruitment direct to the High Court bench. However, there are few precedents and so no real encouragement for solicitors to apply.’The report describes Hickinbottom’s precedent as ‘not helpful’, because of his extraordinary commitment. He did not take holidays and worked ‘13-day fortnights’ to achieve his goal while also ‘doing as many billable hours as anyone else in his firm’.The report adds: ‘That is not a trajectory that those with caring responsibilities (overwhelmingly women) and those seeking to achieve a healthy work-life balance could hope to achieve.’The report also queries the perception that being an equity partner in a magic circle firm is the ‘hallmark of the highest ability for solicitors’ and therefore indicative of their suitability for the bench.It adds: ‘There are many solicitors who choose to pursue a career in publicly funded (legal aid) work or work as employed solicitors with public authorities or commercial entities who are exceptionally well-qualified for office.‘Making the assumption that it is the magic circle graduates that make the best judges will simply replicate the patterns that exist among the senior judiciary.’The report acknowledges that many solicitors find it difficult to secure release from their firms for judicial tasks. But it says little about how this barrier can be overcome, other than appealing to the Law Society and the judiciary to ‘encourage’ and ‘assist’ them while citing the ‘public service’ ethos.It accepts that the Society has already done much to help members make the bench.‘More effective measures need to be introduced to ensure solicitors have the opportunity to secure judicial appointment, including at the highest level,’ the section on solicitors concludes.