Merrill’s 23 lifts Utah St. over Lobos 91-83 in MWC tourney

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill had 23 points as Utah State beat New Mexico 91-83 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night. Tags: Mountain West/Mountain West Tournament/Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball The second-seeded Aggies will now play No. 3 seed Fresno State in the Mountain West semifinals Friday at 9:30 PM MDT in Las Vegas. Merrill shot 11 for 12 from the foul line. He added nine assists. Neemias Queta had 16 points and six blocks for Utah State (26-6). Justin Bean added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Diogo Brito had 14 points for Utah State. Written by Vance Jackson had 25 points for the Lobos (14-18). Corey Manigault added 16 points. Anthony Mathis had 14 points and five steals. March 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local Merrill’s 23 lifts Utah St. over Lobos 91-83 in MWC tourney Associated Presslast_img read more

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is Underway

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! CCI4*-SThere is a rare three-way tie for the lead after the first day of dressage in the CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by MARS Equestrian™ at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Tamie Smith (USA) and Danito, Doug Payne (USA) and Starr Witness, and Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) and Cooley Moonshine all received a score of 28.1 from judges Helen Brettell (GBR) and Mark Weissbecker (USA).The Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Arena was eerily quiet due to the absence of spectators and combined with bitterly cold temps in the mid-30s F and a stiff breeze, a number of the tests were “expressive” to say the least.“He was really fresh and kind of naughty [in warm-up],” said Smith of her horse. “You just have to compromise with him. You’ve got to be firm but you can’t get after him or be mad at him or he freaks out. I went into that test today not being able to really ride him, so I was disappointed after my ride. He can produce a much better test than he did today.”Payne piloted Starr Witness to an equal score. The mare started out as a hunter/jumper but showed early promise in eventing, earning a team gold medal with Payne at the 2019 Pan American Games.Jessica Phoenix and Wabbit were first in the ring in the CCI4*-S. (MacMillan Photography)“She’s a unique case. She had jumped through 1.25m prior to coming to us. In many aspects it’s not so much to teach her how to jump but more to teach her the nuances that are presented in eventing,” Payne said. “She’s wicked smart, quick on her feet, and very athletic. The Pan Ams were a big ask and she just stepped up to it and she’s continued to do that as we’ve gone forward.”Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine rounded out the three-way tie for the lead. “He’s still pretty green and this is his second four-star. It’s such a great opportunity to get a horse like him into this atmosphere. He can be a bit hot and is keen to get on with the job all the time. I think he’s very world class and hopefully an exciting one for the future.”In the CCI4*-S the scores are close at the top, with the best nine of the first session all scoring under 32.0 penalties, including Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye with 31.9 in 9th place.“‘Goldie’ is fairly inexperienced at this level,” said Loach. “He did go to the Pan Ams [in Lima], so this is kind of his second time in this bigger-type atmosphere. And he handled it really well. The first halt he got distracted and then he only got better from there. Overall I was pleased with the ride; I feel like where we are at with his in his training and experience level, I could not have asked for too much more today.”Kyle Carter and Reddy Or Not. (MacMillan Photography)Loach, of Dunham, Quebec, has had the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding since he was a four-year-old. “He’s mine and my parents and Amanda Bernhard’s. He is really sweet horse―a pet. He is a favourite in the barn.”Of the lead-up to this event she explained, “I was lucky to be able to spend the winter in Ocala. I have not been back home [to Canada], which I wouldn’t have anyway. Usually I would stay in the States until after Kentucky, but this year I am going to stay in the States until Jersey Fresh and then go home. When I go home I think I’m allowed to quarantine at home if I do a land crossing at the border rather than flying.”Jessica Phoenix, who has four horses in this division, earned 35.7 with Bogue Sound and the pair sit in 13th place.“‘Bogie’ was amazing,” she said. “I thought he was very obedient. The only thing I would have changed was his last [canter lead] change. But wow, for his first turn of the season, his movement has just gotten so much better and he is so much stronger. We are definitely getting to know each other better now. We’ve been around a lot of big courses together and I have a ton of confidence in him.”Kyle Carter and the 12-year-old Trakehner mare Reddy Or Not scored 36.7, good for 15th place. Carter is based in Ocala, Florida, and this is the mare’s seventh 4*-S. “She’s been going great this week and I thought the environment was really going to help her, but I actually lost her attention a little bit in the ring, which is unusual. In the walk she got a little worked up about that camera down there, which yesterday she wasn’t bothered by. So it’s never everything you want, is it? But, I was happy with her.”“I call her my Breyer horse. She is a poser; she just stands there and looks gorgeous. And she’s just got a really solid, kind personality. I rode her in there yesterday and within 30 seconds I had a grin from ear to ear and when I was coming out someone said, ‘What’s that all about?’ And I said, ‘It’s just nice to be on one who doesn’t try to kill you.’ She’s just a sweetheart. My kids could ride her.”Jessica Phoenix also rode the 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Wabbit, who were the trailblazers for the CCI4*-S division, scoring 41.7pp and currently sitting 19th.“It is the first time he has been the atmosphere of the Kentucky Horse Park and he just handled himself so well. It’s his first run of the season and for a 7 a.m. ride on a cold morning with a hot Thoroughbred, I couldn’t have been happier with him. His trot work was the best it’s ever been. His canter work was fantastic. It was just a little bit too early in the day for his walk, but wow, what an exciting horse for the future!”Phoenix continued, “Jim Phillips owns him and he came to me just after he had done some Prelims and we’ve just slowly produced him up to the four-star level. He is a galloping machine. He loves jumping and he’s getting so strong in his flat work now, which is a wonderful feeling.“After this we are going to go home [to Ontario] and our events are starting in the middle of May. Our next event would be Bromont in June in Quebec.”CCI4*-S leaderboard here.CCI5*-LIn the stacked CCI5*-L division, RF Scandalous and Marilyn Little (USA) delivered the best dressage score seen at LRK3DE since 2009. The pair, who were 2018 Land Rover/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Champions, had a stunning performance which earned a 21.7 to lead the field on day 1.Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. (RedBayStock.com)“It’s great to be back here in Kentucky. She’s so much more mature and we’ve both learned so much,” Little said of the 16-year-old Oldenburg mare. “She’s my horse of a lifetime. I’m acutely aware of that and trying to make sure I’m enjoying every moment with her.”Like many horses, “Kitty” was “exhilarated by the cold,” requiring Little to adjust her warm-up plan. “I got a little bit defensive and conservative in the first few movements. All of a sudden I felt her maturity and professionalism come through,” Little said. “I got braver as the test was going and she got some sparkling marks at the end.”Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class are attempting to defend their 2018 and 2019 Kentucky titles this week and are off to a good start, scoring a 24.1 to currently sit second.Three-time Kentucky champion William Fox-Pitt (GBR), currently third with Oratorio on a 27.9, is hoping the 12-year-old gelding’s experience at the level will stand him in good stead given their less-than-ideal preparation due to COVID-19 related event cancellations. This is the first time since his traumatic brain injury incurred in 2015 that he has competed in Kentucky. “It’s very nostalgic to be back here. Driving into the Park I felt quite emotional and excited. It’s great to feel like that. It’s been two very boring years [at home].”For Canada, Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes had a solid test, scoring 35.3 to land them in 19th place at the end of the day.“I was really happy with the test,” said Slezak. “He had a lot of energy, which is really where I struggle with him. But, these were the perfect conditions for him; everybody can blame me for the cold weather, because I was praying for it for the last two months!”He describes the 12-year-old gelding as “so laid back. We’ve given people up-down lessons on him. He is super quiet.”Slezak’s only other trip to Kentucky was in 2009 and was memorable for all the wrong reasons. “What a miserable time it was! I came in confident ―I was young and stupid. I fell early on and I had to do the walk of shame. I’ve been dying to get back here to redeem myself. And I could not be on a better horse.”“Home” for Slezak has changed, thanks to the pandemic. “We were based in Canada, but this past year COVID kind of forced our hand and we stayed Florida year round. And now, I believe what we are going to stay with. We’ll go home for competitions now and then, but I don’t think we’ll base there. I’m hoping he’ll go to Tokyo this summer, so fingers crossed.”Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. (MacMillan Photography)CCI5*-L leaderboard here.Competition will resume with the CCI4*-S level at 7:45 Friday morning followed by the CCI5*-L in the afternoon. Note that because of heavy rain in the forecast for Saturday’s cross-country, the 5* will be run first, then the 4*.~ with files from Classic CommunicationsWilliam Fox-Pitt in the 5* warmup. (MacMillan Photography) Tags: Jessica Phoenix, Colleen Loach, Karl Slezak, Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fernhill Wishes, FE Golden Eye, Bogue Sound, CCI4*-S, Wabbit, last_img read more

Patient Service Coordinator/Certified Medical Assistant

first_img Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville FilingScanningPurgingRecordsClearing the fax machine and distributingdocuments appropriatelyPrinting EPRnotesMinimum Qualifications(Required)Requires high school diploma orGEDCompletion of an accredited Medical Assistanttraining program, such as courses provided through Medix, communitycolleges, and/or vocational schools.Must have currentcertification in CPR.Requires one-yearwork experience in a similar service orientedindustry.Additional education may be substituted for year ofexperience.* JHU EquivalencyFormula:30 undergraduate degree credits(semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute forone year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, upto two years of non-related college course work may be appliedtowards the total minimum education/experience required for therespective job. *Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesRequires successful interpersonal and communicationskills with patients, families, physicians, and other health careteam members in order to foster optimal quality of outpatientcare.Ability to use computer keyboard functions to inputand obtain data.Applicants must be able to drive and have access toa personal vehicle.Classified Title: PatientService Coordinator/Medical AssiWorking Title: Patient ServiceCoordinator/Certified Medical Assistant ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/ODStarting Hourly Pay Rate Range:$15.26 – $21.00/Commensurate with ExperienceEmployee group: Full TimeSchedule: Monday – Friday, 8::00am – 4:30pm/ 40hrs per weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:24-MD:JH at Greenspring StationDepartment name: 10002809-SOM DOM General Internal MedicinePersonnel area: School of MedicineThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employmentphysical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, workingwith research subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf JH at GreenspringStation The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Share Twitter Facebook Similar jobs Clinical Nurse Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified LinkedIn Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified CO Medical Assistant Salary Not Specifiedcenter_img Save Clinical Nurse Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Pediatrics Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville GeneralSummary/PurposeThe position within the Department of Medicine hasdual responsibilities as both a Patient Service Coordinator andCertified Medical Assistant to function in the newly launched COVIDVillage at Greenspring Station. Personal protective equipment willbe provided. Upon closure of the Village, the employee(s) areguaranteed a position in the Department of Medicine Float pool.Float Pool members will be required to work at all DOM un-regulatedsatellite locations including but not limited to: GreenspringStation, White Marsh, Knoll North (Columbia), Odenton, GreaterBaltimore Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins Bayview (Rheumatologyand Comprehensive Care). The employee will receive travel mileagereimbursement.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesPatient Service Coordinator positionresponsibilities: 50%Offer friendly, courteous, and confidentialassistance to every patient to ensure that the patient has apositive experience while at assignedclinic.Maintain accurate information on each patientto facilitate the patient encounter. Use automated systems toexpedite patient scheduling, pre-registration, check-in, andcheck-out. Work with others in a teamenvironment.Schedule patients for laboratory tests, medicalexaminations, and consultations. Relay information to patientsregarding preparation for laboratory tests andexaminations.Coordinate visits either within the departmentor between several departments. Telephone and interview patientsand/or family members to obtain accurate pre-registrationinformation and to confirm appointments. Print and mail directions,maps, fee schedules, and department specific information topatients. Send medical questionnaire forms to patients to obtainmissing information. Verify and enter pre-registration andinsurance information into the computer system and prepare dailyprinted schedules for designated areas. Obtain and/or verifypatient’s demographic data by phone or in person. Confirmappointments by telephone and/or mail. Fill vacancies due tocancellations.Obtain pre-certifications as required bypatients’ health care insurers or managed care providers. Registerpatients for clinical appointments using computerized database.Inform patients of costs of care being provided, and guide them toappropriate resources for further information, guidance, orassistance. Arrange or assist in arranging patienttransportation.Answer phones and provide routine informationto callers. If a patient has to be admitted to the hospital, takecare of administrative tasks of admission so that the patient maygo directly to the floor.Review patient charges and extract chargeableitems. Collect time of service payments, issues receipts, andprepare cash settlement records. Input diagnostic and procedurecodes to TAP system for computer billing. Discuss patient charges,if appropriate, with patients and/or patients’ families. Work withavailable downtown and local support to evaluate eligibility foralternative sources of financing such as Medicaid, Patient CareFunds, loans or other payment sources. Refer patient to appropriateoffice and ensure application for funds has been made. Preparepatient’s statement of charges and review withpatient.Assist with basic insurance and third partyqueries and explain payment policies. Mail lab and patient resultletters, file, create and maintain paper and electronic patientcharts, provide accurate and timely messages to MDs, fulfill HIPAAcompliant ingoing and outgoing medical records requests, manageincoming and outgoing faxes, provide accurate appointmententry/check in/ check out.Certified Medical Assistant Responsibilities:50%Clinical: Participates in the care of the patient,under the direct supervision of the Physician and in collaborationwith the healthcare team.Collectspatient information and assessment data. Obtains and recordspatient’s vital signs: temperature, pulse, respirations, bloodpressure, weight and height. Reports assessment findings topractitioner, and records on appropriate documentation forms in atimely manner. Obtains additional data from patient and significantother based on initial data collection. Performs chart review priorto clinic visit to obtain historicaldata.Monitorspatient status recognizing and reporting abnormal findings orchanges in condition.Organizespatient care activities based on assessmentfindings.Confirms andclarifies written orders prior to implementation of delegatedtasks.Maintains anduses principles of aseptic techniques and infection control whenperforming clinical duties andtasks.Underclinical supervision, performs delegated procedures common to thespecialty area in a safe, effective, and efficient manner accordingto Clinical Practice Policy and Procedures. (See attached skillslist).Assistspractitioner in identified patientprocedures/treatments/examinations, (preparation, positioning,supplies, equipment). Proactively problem-solves and identifiessolutions to barriers to safety.Appropriatelyobtains and manages specimens, including: labeling, formcompletion, transport to laboratories, and log maintenance.Performs quality control for waivedtesting.Recognizesemergency situations and implements emergency procedures accordingto clinic guidelines. Administers first aid, CPR, and maintainsemergency equipment and supplies.Providesappropriate patient education, health information materials andcommunity resource lists as directed, and maintains educationalsupplies. Identifies patient’s need for additional information, andrefers to appropriate healthcareresources.Performinjections, including but not limited to, flu, Hepatitis A, B, andCKnow how toadminister breath tests andcapsulesTakepre-visit vitals, including but not limited to, weight, bloodpressure, temperatureObtain labresults, and under MD guidance, does routine patient notificationof results.UnitOperations: In close partnership with health care team, assuressmooth and efficient patient flow and clinicaloperation.Assistspatients to exam room and prepares patients for examination.Assists patients in wheelchairs and stretchers with transfers toand from exam tables, procedure tables, and scales utilizing properbody mechanics and safety measures. Identifies patients withspecial needs.Directspatients with medical complaints who call or arrive to the clinicto the patient’s physician and/or emergency room forassistance.Orders,stocks, and maintains exam rooms and clinic areas with standardlevels of supplies, medications, linens, nourishments, forms andequipment. Recognizes patient care trends affecting unit suppliesand notifies clinic manager.Operatesclinical equipment according to equipment procedures includingsafety and quality control checks. Checks clinic area and rooms formalfunctioning equipment and general maintenance problems on aregular basis. Reports findings to appropriate person or arrangesfor repairs as required.Ensures thatsoiled linen, needle containers and potentially infectious wasteare appropriately disposed and removed from the clinic and examarea according to the infection controlguidelines.Performsrelated and delegated tasks, which includes requests forprescription refills, taking and relaying messages, directingpatient flow and running errands.Works withhealthcare team to assure smooth and efficient patient flow andclinical operation. Problem solves obstacles to throughput processand notifies manager and patients of waittime.Assist withfront desk duties, including but not limitedto- Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville Maryland, United States Save Patient Service Coordinator/MA Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Patient Service Coordinator/MA Save CO Medical Assistant More searches like this You need to sign in or create an account to save Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Lutherville Maryland, United Stateslast_img read more

CONGRESS IS WRITING THE PRESIDENT A BLANK CHECK FOR WAR

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare CONGRESS IS WRITING THE PRESIDENT A BLANK CHECK FOR WARBy Ron Paul While the Washington snowstorm dominated news coverage this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was operating behind the scenes to rush through the Senate what may be the most massive transfer of power from the Legislative to the Executive branch in our history. The senior Senator from Kentucky is scheming, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, to bypass normal Senate procedure to fast-track legislation to grant the president the authority to wage unlimited war for as long as he or his successors may wish.The legislation makes the unconstitutional Iraq War authorization of 2002 look like a walk in the park. It will allow this president and future presidents to wage war against ISIS without restrictions on time, geographic scope, or the use of ground troops. It is a completely open-ended authorization for the president to use the military as he wishes for as long as he (or she) wishes. Even President Obama has expressed concern over how willing Congress is to hand him unlimited power to wage war.President Obama has already far surpassed even his predecessor, George W. Bush, in taking the country to war without even the fig leaf of an authorization. In 2011 the president invaded Libya, overthrew its government, and oversaw the assassination of its leader, without even bothering to ask for Congressional approval. Instead of impeachment, which he deserved for the disastrous Libya invasion, Congress said nothing. House Republicans only managed to bring the subject up when they thought they might gain political points exploiting the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi.It is becoming more clear that Washington plans to expand its war in the Middle East. Last week the media reported that the U.S. military had taken over an air base in eastern Syria, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the U.S. would send in the 101st Airborne Division to retake Mosul in Iraq and to attack ISIS headquarters in Raqqa, Syria. Then on Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden said that if the upcoming peace talks in Geneva are not successful, the U.S. is prepared for a massive military intervention in Syria. Such an action would likely place the U.S. military face to face with the Russian military, whose assistance was requested by the Syrian government. In contrast, we must remember that the U.S. military is operating in Syria in violation of international law.The prospects of such an escalation are not all that far-fetched. At the insistence of Saudi Arabia and with U.S. backing, the representatives of the Syrian opposition at the Geneva peace talks will include members of the Army of Islam, which has fought with al-Qaeda in Syria. Does anyone expect these kinds of people to compromise? Isn’t al-Qaeda supposed to be our enemy?The purpose of the Legislative branch of our government is to restrict the Executive branch’s power. The Founders understood that an all-powerful king who could wage war at will was the greatest threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is why they created a people’s branch, the Congress, to prevent the emergence of an all-powerful autocrat to drag the country to endless war. Sadly, Congress is surrendering its power to declare war.Let’s be clear: If Senate Majority Leader McConnell succeeds in passing this open-ended war authorization, the U.S. Constitution will be all but a dead letter.FOOTNOTE:  Ron Paul is a former Congressman and Presidential candidate.  Sharing 2Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)2Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Jersey Officials Criticize Offshore Drilling Plan

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiWarning about possible catastrophic impacts to the environment and tourism, a coalition of South Jersey officials on Monday strongly denounced a proposal by President Donald Trump’s administration to open up coastal waters across the country for oil and gas drilling.Calling the plan “ridiculous,” they predicted that New Jersey’s tourism, commercial fishing industry and beaches would eventually be severely harmed by a large-scale oil spill if companies are given final permission by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to drill offshore.“We don’t want it here, Secretary Zinke. I hope you’re listening,” said Vicki Clark, president of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce.Clark was among the business, political and environmental leaders who spoke during a press conference held in front of the Ocean City Music Pier on the Boardwalk. The event used the ocean as a backdrop to dramatize what is at stake if an oil spill did occur in New Jersey’s coastal waters.“This is a huge gamble and a huge risk,” said U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, a longtime opponent of offshore drilling and the highest-ranking political leader at the press conference.Gerald Thornton, director of the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was the only speaker to directly invoke Trump’s name while criticizing the drilling proposal.Thornton implored Trump to worry more about protecting the U.S. environment and tourism instead of searching the ocean for more oil that could be sold to foreign countries.“Donald Trump, protect our home first,” he said.Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton calls on President Donald Trump to protect the U.S. environment and tourism.Thornton noted that Trump’s proposal revives a battle that has raged on since the 1980s. He said he and his fellow freeholders have been overwhelmingly opposed to any plans for offshore drilling since then and will continue their fight now.“We’re talking about billions and billions of dollars that are jeopardized here,” Thornton said, referring to South Jersey’s tourism and commercial fishing industries.Overall, the Jersey Shore accounts for half of New Jersey’s $44 billion annual tourism industry. Cape May County alone contributes $6.3 billion per year in tourism spending, according to figures cited at the press conference.In addition, the port of Cape May produces $71.6 million in annual economic output, making it the second-biggest commercial fishing port on the East Coast and fourth largest in the country, officials said.“There’s a lot at stake here,” LoBiondo said of the potential harm to the commercial fishing industry.“We can’t afford to risk our economy and our home,” Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian tells the crowd.Speaker after speaker at the press conference warned that a devastating, large-scale oil spill is inevitable if drilling is allowed. They said such a spill could cripple the New Jersey seashore communities that depend on their beaches to attract millions of tourists each year.“We can’t afford to risk our economy and our home,” Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian said.“The future of our world depends on making sure that we take care of Mother Earth,” Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam added.Margot Walsh, executive director of the Jersey Shore Partnership, an organization that helps to protect the state’s 127-mile-long coastline, predicted, “We’re not talking about if there would be an oil spill. We are talking about when.”Walsh called the offshore drilling proposal “a frightening idea,” while Clark labeled it a “ridiculous plan.”Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, says New Jersey is united in the fight against offshore drilling.Another speaker, Cindy Zipf, executive director of the environmental group Clean Ocean Action, equated offshore drilling to the time when garbage dumps were formerly allowed along the New Jersey coast.Zipf said New Jersey acquired the reputation as the “ocean dumping capital of the world” before the practice ended. She said she believes that the opposition to offshore drilling is just as strong as it was to ocean dumping.“It’s a nonpartisan issue, because the ocean is out there for everyone,” Zipf said.In January, the Interior Department announced a proposal to open up nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, igniting a storm of protests from coastal states, environmental groups and the tourism industry nationwide.Trump has argued that offshore drilling could boost the U.S. economy and also reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil.Officials at the press conference urged opponents of offshore drilling to write letters to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is accepting public comment until March 9.Zinke, the Interior secretary, has already ruled out Florida for offshore drilling, citing its potential harm to tourism in the Sunshine State. New Jersey officials seized on Zinke’s action on behalf of Florida to demand the same type of exemption for the Garden State.“Why is Florida more important than New Jersey?” LoBiondo said in an interview after the press conference. “The hue and cry from states on the Gulf Coast, the East Coast and the West Coast that are against offshore drilling is growing louder.”Ocean City’s newly replenished beaches would be threatened if offshore drilling receives final approval, officials warn.While LoBiondo continues to fight in Congress against offshore drilling, New Jersey is looking to use its legislative powers to thwart it, according to state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic.“There is no way, no how, we would ever, ever, ever support this,” Van Drew said.Legislation pending in the state Senate and Assembly would allow New Jersey to block oil and gas companies from setting up pipes, rigs and other equipment needed for offshore drilling, Van Drew said.International waters start three miles off the coastline. But New Jersey and other coastal states control the ocean waters within that three-mile boundary, allowing them to throw obstacles in the way of oil and gas companies. California used the same strategy to fight offshore drilling along its coast, Van Drew explained.“It’s the California model, with our own little tweaks,” he said of the New Jersey legislation, which he has sponsored in the Senate.Van Drew was part of a delegation of state lawmakers from Atlantic and Cape May counties who attended the press conference. More than a dozen county and local officials from Atlantic and Cape May counties also showed up.State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, wears one of the patches symbolizing opposition to offshore drilling.Underscoring their unity against coastal drilling, many of the attendees wore patches depicting an offshore oil rig with a red line drawn through it. They said opposition to offshore drilling has resulted in a bipartisan coalition of New Jersey politicians, environmentalists and business groups – and may be strong enough to kill the proposal.“We are one voice and our voice is, ‘Not here in New Jersey. No way,’” Walsh said. A recent picture of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo when he was in town leading a press conference against offshore drilling in New Jersey.last_img read more

Watch Stephen Stills Join Tom Petty At Mudcrutch Show In Hollywood

first_imgRocker Tom Petty has been touring extensively this summer with Mudcrutch, his formative band that recently reunited to release their second album. Mudcrutch is a whole new outfit for Petty, with a number of original songs that you won’t find at a Heartbreakers concert. Still, the veteran musician can call upon a friend or two to help get the job done.Last night on June 26th at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA, the band rocked through an awesome set before bringing out a big surprise… Stephen Stills. Stills joined in for two Mudcrutch originals, including the set-closing version of “The Wrong Thing To Do” and the encore “Crystal River.”Check out fan-shot footage of the show from Ed Congdon, streaming below.You can also watch their take on Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” from earlier in the set, below.The full setlist can be seen courtesy of setlist.fm.Edit this setlist | More Mudcrutch setlistslast_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held Nov. 4

first_imgAt its fifth meeting of the year (Nov. 4), the Faculty Council discussed changes to the protocol regarding the use of human subjects in research and a proposal regarding the double-counting rule and secondary fields.  A report on the findings of the Advisory Committee on Non-Ladder Appointments was also presented at the meeting.The council next meets on Dec. 9.  The preliminary deadline for the Dec. 15 Faculty meeting is Nov. 30 at noon.last_img

Strong evidence

first_imgThe work of a Harvard history professor has bolstered the case of a group of elderly Kenyans who are seeking reparations from the British government for rape, castration, beatings, and other abuses that they say were part of systematic colonial-era efforts to suppress Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising.The case passed a critical milestone in July when a British judge allowed it to move forward despite government arguments that, if the abuses happened, the current government isn’t liable for colonial transgressions.The Kenyans are former detainees in British prison camps set up during the 1950s Mau Mau rebellion, which set the stage for Kenyan independence in 1963. The plaintiffs allege that their abuse came at the hands of British jailers in what was a systematic and government-sanctioned campaign to break the rebellion.Though there had been talk of reparations for colonial atrocities for years, the case was given new life by Professor Caroline Elkins’ Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya.” The book, published in 2005, blended government documents and eyewitness accounts to tell a compelling story of a horrific, systematic campaign by the British colonial government to crush the rebellion not only in the field, but through abuse of those held in camps around the country.“Caroline’s work has been absolutely fundamental to the case,” said Daniel Leader, a barrister for the London law firm Leigh Day & Co., which is representing the former Kenyan detainees. “She was uniquely responsible for beginning to change the public’s understanding of that period in history…. The victims are forever in her debt. She put their stories on the map.”It was Elkins’ work, Leader said, that indicated that the abuse was not only systematic, but known by the British government in London.George Morara, program officer for the Kenya Human Rights Commission, which has worked to identify plaintiffs who could bring the case before the courts, said that Elkins’ research built an important foundation that allowed the case to move forward.“Without her seminal work,” Morara said, “this story wouldn’t have come to the fore.”Elkins’ critics, however, have charged that, though there may have been abuses in the system, there was no systematic effort by the government to abuse detainees.The July 21 ruling denied a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the current British government has no responsibility for actions by the colonial government in Kenya. While the judge didn’t rule on the merits of the case itself, the decision represents a key victory for the former detainees.“I have decided that the claimants have arguable cases, fit for trial,” High Court Judge Richard McCombe wrote in a summary explaining his judgment. “I emphasize that I have not found that there was systematic torture in the Kenyan camps nor that, if there was, the U.K. government is liable to detainees, such as the claimants, for what happened. . . . I decided that the FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] have not established that the claimants are bound to fail.”The decision sets up a hearing on a second government motion to dismiss the case, Elkins said, this one based on a statute of limitations for such cases. The court can make exceptions to the statute of limitations, however, and Leader said the plaintiffs will use examples of other atrocities cases that have been prosecuted long after the acts were committed to illustrate that a fair trial is possible. Should the case clear that hurdle, expected in early 2012, Elkins expects the trial itself to begin next spring or summer.In addition to revelations contained in “Imperial Reckoning,” Elkins and two other historians acting as expert witnesses have submitted lengthy reports to the court; they’re also reviewing thousands of pages of previously undisclosed, colonial-era documents the government has brought forward because of the case. Elkins said the experts’ review of these documents has already yielded numerous memoranda that further substantiate both her thesis of systematized violence and the witness testimony she collected recounting abuse and torture in the camps.For Elkins, the court decision and the new documents substantiating her work provide a bit of vindication. Though her book garnered a great deal of praise in the U.S., winning the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, it was also attacked in both Britain and Kenya as inaccurate and based on unreliable witness testimony.Elkins said she’s grateful for those at Harvard who stood by her while, as a graduate student, she worked on her dissertation, which was the basis for “Imperial Reckoning,” and when, as a junior faculty member, she endured the attacks on her work.In 2006, Morara and the Kenya Human Rights Commission began interviewing veterans in hopes of bringing a case to British courts. Three men and two women were chosen, one of whom, Susan Ciong’ombe Ngondi, has since died.  The four remaining plaintiffs, Ndiku Mutua, Paulo Nzili, Wambugu Wa Nyingi, and Jane Muthoni Mara, are all elderly, in their 70s and 80s. The case was filed in 2009.The case itself seeks an apology from the British government for abuse in the camps and establishment of a welfare system for former detainees, some of whom, Leader said, were unable to have children due to their treatment. In Kenya’s traditional culture, where children provide for their elderly parents, detainees’ inability to have a family leaves them with little means of support, he said.From a historian’s viewpoint, the case is one of what actually happened versus what people say happened, Elkins said. The government and its supporters have dismissed the firsthand testimony and eyewitness accounts of those who suffered, compounding what occurred in the detention camps decades ago.“It’s now a duel between colonial-inspired history and revisionist history,” Elkins said. “On top of it all, some have called the people who survived these horrific tortures liars. The British government behaved badly in Kenya, and many have continued to do so in an effort to conceal or minimize colonial abuses.”Staff writer Corydon Ireland contributed to this report.last_img read more

Security Predictions for 2013

first_imgIt’s that time of year again when I make my bold (“somewhat safe” depending on your point of view) predictions about IT security for the upcoming year – 2013.The French journalist, novelist and social commentator, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, is the author of the witty expression, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” which, as is almost always the case, sounds much more melodic than the English, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” In reviewing my prior years’ prognostications, that phrase immediately popped into my head. How not to be repetitious when we face many of the same challenges?I am not sure I can because:1. The hackers will likely get even more sophisticated.Evidence of criminals collaborating with rogue nation states, exchanging methodologies, buying and selling information, and even subcontracting their respective capabilities expands their collective reach and enhances their mutual learning curves.2. Our attack surfaces will continue to expand and any remaining semblance of a perimeter will continue to wither away.Both will surely happen.My EMC colleague, Chuck Hollis, in his set of themes for 2013 says that next year organizations will come to terms with the pervasiveness of mobility and start to catch up on the offering of services to their users. Bingo. Wider attack surfaces. In addition, and somewhat needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway – the slow but steady march to cloud-oriented services will once again expand attack surfaces at the expense of the perimeter.This all leads me to my next moments of déjà vu which include:3. These changes will occur whether security teams are ready or not.In too many cases, not. There is a critical skills shortage of security professionals and many organizations can’t keep up.4. And, national governments will continue to diddle or, should I say, fiddle (while Rome burns), failing to legislate on rules of evidence, information sharing and the reforming of privacy laws.Lack of privacy reform is particularly troublesome based on today’s realities because many organizations have literally been put in the position of violating one set of privacy laws if they take the necessary steps to protect information (which they are legally obligated to do based on another set of privacy laws). Confused? So am I, but how would you like to be confused – and liable?I abhor the phrase “Cyber Pearl Harbor” because I think it is a poor metaphor to describe the state I believe we are in. However, I genuinely believe we are only a whisker away from some form of lesser catastrophic event that could do damage to the world economy or critical infrastructure.5. It is highly likely that a rogue nation state, hacktivists or even terrorists will move beyond intrusion and espionage to attempt meaningful disruption and, eventually, even destruction of critical infrastructure.If all of this sounds depressing, well, it is. This isn’t fear mongering. It is a plausible extrapolation from the facts. But we can change the trajectory. There is already a tectonic shift underway from a perimeter to an intelligence-based security model.In an age where breaches are probable, if not inevitable, organizations are realizing that static, siloed, perimeter defenses are ineffective against the evolving threat landscape. Only an intelligence-based model that is risk-oriented and situationally-aware can be resilient enough to minimize or eliminate the effects of attacks.So, now comes the good news:6. Responsible people in organizations from all verticals, industries and governments will move to that newer intelligence-based security model and pressure governments to act on our collective behalf.7. I also predict a significant uptake in investment for cloud-oriented security services to mitigate the effects of that serious shortage in cyber security skills.8. Big Data analytics will be used to enable an intelligence-based security model.Big Data will transform security enabling true defense in depth against a highly advanced threat environment.One final note. If we want to avoid going over the “security” cliff and really want change we can believe in, we must act more collaboratively and decisively than ever before. The stakes are getting too high for us to wait another year.This post originally appeared on Forbes.com on December 7, 2012.last_img read more

Basilica celebrates 125th anniversary

first_imgIn the beginning, the University of Notre Dame was a log chapel alongside a lake in northern Indiana. Following the chapel’s construction, a church was built, and this same church became the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.  Sacred Heart Church, now the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, was consecrated on August 15, 1888. Fr. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica, said the building’s exterior has not changed since that day in 1888, although it took four additional years to complete the spire and bell tower.  “Fr. Sorin was very progressive in terms of education theory, but he was very conservative in his tastes,” Rocca said. “The bells in the tower were made in France, and all the stained glass windows came from France. In the Basilica, we have maybe the largest collection of 19th century French stained glass in one place.” The original Sacred Heart Church was 90 feet long by 38 feet wide, Rocca said. Because the original structure was torn down as the second one was constructed, he said the two represent a continuity of communities although the exterior building changed.  When the history is traced back to the 1847 origins, the current Basilica is the oldest church built in North America by the Congregation of Holy Cross, according to Rocca. Acknowledging its historical significance and lasting vitality, Pope John Paul II declared the church a basilica on Jan. 17, 1992.  “Basilica is an honorary title given to a church for a number of reasons,” Rocca said. “First, it has to have great historical significance… and another reason would be because it’s a place of pilgrimage. We usually have 100,000 people visit the Basilica each year.  Thirdly, usually a church that is designated a basilica is a living, vibrant community of faith, and our Basilica is a place where worship is celebrated regularly.  “Finally, a church that has been dedicated a basilica should be beautiful and well taken care of. It’s no doubt that the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the most beautiful churches around.” The designation as basilica followed a 14-month multi-million dollar renovation financed by former University trustee Thomas Coleman, Rocca said.  “[During this renovation], all the frescos were redone and all the stained glass windows were cleaned,” he said. “The church received new lighting, air conditioning, carpeting and a whole new slate roof.  “It was especially important that those paintings be restored because many of them had been covered with dust and dirt and incense smoke and had become dull. They were redone using the same method used in the Sistine Chapel to restore Michaelangelo’s frescoes.”  Rocca said the completion of the spire with the bell tower in 1892 represented the fulfillment of one of Fr. Sorin’s dreams. “One of the reasons Fr. Sorin wanted a nice bell tower was because he had been buying all these bells in the 1850s. He loved bells,” Rocca said. “These bells were made in France, and the first Sacred Heart Church had two wooden towers that could not support bells.  “For the longest time, he was collecting these bells from France, and he built a giant black crate in front of the Main Building to hold the bells until he could build a proper tower for them.”  The bells currently housed in the spire of the Basilica are the same ones acquired by Sorin, Rocca said.  “There are 23 bells up there plus one additional bell that weighs eight tons,” he said. “The 23 form what is called a carillon, which means the bells can play carols or tunes. We believe that this is the oldest carillon in North America.” Rocca said the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is not synonymous with Sacred Heart Parish, which is housed in the crypt of the building and is a “totally separate operation” with its own pastor and programming. The only person buried in the basilica proper is former University president John Francis Cardinal O’Hara, who led Notre Dame before World War II, he said. O’Hara served in the military archdiocese and went on to be the bishop of Buffalo, New York, and archbishop of Philadelphia, Penn. “The story goes that the people of Philadelphia loved Cardinal O’Hara and… they wanted him to be buried in the crypt of the cathedral in Philadelphia,” Rocca said. “But Cardinal O’Hara wanted to be buried with his fellow Holy Cross priests and brothers in our Holy Cross cemetery here.  “Apparently, after he died they realized there was a Church law that forbade cardinals from being buried underground, so he could not be buried in the community cemetery. Instead, they buried him in the then-Sacred Heart Church.” Though the true 125th anniversary occurred on August 15, Rocca said a celebration was held on August 16th to commemorate the original consecration while still observing the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on the 15th. A “pick-up choir” made up of mostly past and current members of Notre Dame’s liturgical choir sang for the Mass celebrated by Holy Cross Bishop Daniel Jenky of the diocese of Peoria, Ill., he said.   “Following the Mass, there was a grand reception for everyone in the rotunda of the Main Building,” Rocca said. “Following the reception, there was a dinner for about 90 invited guests on the 14th floor of the Hesburgh Library, which was the perfect location because it has an incredible view of the side of the Basilica, the same view it would have been so long ago.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more