Star Files Lindsay Mendez Wicked from $95.00 Related Shows The Broadway blockbuster Wicked turns 10 on October 30, and as Glinda says, “Oh what a celebration we’ll have today!” The cast kicked off the festivities surrounding the musical’s landmark anniversary with a special appearance on The Today Show. The show’s stars Lindsay Mendez and Alli Mauzey took the stage at Rockefeller Center to perform Wicked’s comical duet “What Is This Feeling,” in which Oz’s misunderstood green witch Elphaba (Mendez) realizes she’ll be boarding at school with the perky, blonde and popular Glinda (Mauzey). Watch Mendez and Mauzey’s dazzling early morning performance in the video below, and check back with Broadway.com for complete coverage of Wicked’s milestone 10th anniversary bash at the Gershwin Theatre. View Comments
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) today announced that after a thorough national search its Board of Trustees has named Jeffrey Tieman as the organization’s new president and CEO. Tieman, currently Chief of Staff of the Catholic Health Association in Washington, DC, will join the team in late August. Tieman has been with the Catholic Health Association since 2004. Prior to serving as chief of staff, he led advocacy work regarding health care reform and the Affordable Care Act.Jeffrey Tieman”We have chosen a leader who we believe will bring a great deal of new energy to the association,” said VAHHS Board Chair Thomas Dee. “Jeffrey Tieman’s considerable experience at the forefront of national health care policy will be an asset as Vermont’s hospitals work to chart a successful course through the challenges of health reform.”Tieman received his Master of Professional Studies from the George Washington School of Political Management in 2014, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Colorado College in 1996. Prior to joining CHA in 2004, he served as Washington Bureau Chief for Modern Healthcare magazine and held a variety of health care communication positions around the country.”I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead VAHHS at this exciting time for health care in Vermont,” Tieman said. “I look forward to working with the Board, hospitals and others around the state to continue building a health care system that works well for everyone and can be a model of innovation, creativity and partnership.”VAHHS began the search process in early spring, after former President and CEO Bea Grause was named President of the Healthcare Association of New York State (Story). Vice President of Finance Michael Del Trecco and Vice President of Policy and Legislative Affairs Jill Mazza Olson have been serving as Interim Co-Executive Officers.Source: VAHHS 7.7.2016
by John McClaughry For decades – indeed, centuries – American politics has been a rough game. The Adams-Jefferson contest of 1800 was notably ugly, when the Federalists and their media constantly attacked Jefferson for being a pro-French revolutionary, a religious heretic, and the secret lover of “Dusky Sally.” Abraham Lincoln was mocked as a “baboon.” In 1884 a prominent minister backing Republican James G Blaine (“the continental liar from the State of Maine”) attacked the Democrats as the party of “Rum, Romanism and Rebellion”. (That backfired; Cleveland won.)In 1971 Richard Nixon’s notorious “enemies list” came to light. As Nixon’s counsel later testified, “This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration; stated a bit more bluntly—how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies.”That revelation, coupled with the activities by the FBI, CIA, IRS and the White House itself, led to Nixon’s forced resignation in 1974, on the eve of certain (and well deserved) impeachment.But Nixon’s misdeeds pale in comparison with what we are seeing in national politics today: the vast power of the national government itself mobilized to crush the voice of any opposition. This is “The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech”, the title of a new book by Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal.The book is an exhaustively detailed 376 page indictment of the Left’s unrelenting campaign to hammer down free speech. Those forces are led, directly or indirectly, by President Barack Obama, and include his Democratic supporters in Congress and an astonishing range of well-coordinated Leftist organizations.Strassel is conservative but even-handed. In fact, she begins her book with the “Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act” of 2002, also known as “McCain-Feingold”. BCRA was a sweeping measure to limit political spending and deny people freedom to speak out on issues and candidates. Eighty percent of Republicans in Congress opposed it on First Amendment grounds, but the Democrats had the votes, and John McCain’s bipartisan cover, to push it through.The Citizens United case brought BCRA before the Supreme Court in January 2010. At issue was the airing of a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton. The five conservative justices held that BCRA’s “prohibition on corporate independent expenditures is an outright ban on speech, backed by criminal sanctions. The government may not suppress political speech based on the speaker’s corporate identity.”The Left went crazy. In Vermont, Senators Leahy and Sanders, Rep. Welch, and Gov. Shumlin all called for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and restrict the First Amendment’s freedom of political speech. A Democratic Senate mustered 54 votes to advance it in 2014, but fell far short of the required 67 votes.Strassel documents the astonishing range of attacks from the Left on their opponents’ freedom of speech. These include the Obama IRS targeting and stalling Tea Party applications for exempt classification, punitive IRS auditing of known opponents of Obama and the Left, and an effort by the staff of the Federal Election Commission to force issues advocacy groups to register as political action committees. There were shocking threats and personal attacks by Leftist groups on business and trade organizations, and especially on the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which the Left fantastically claimed was responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin.There were the partisan “John Doe” prosecutions, including SWAT team assaults of the homes of aides to Gov. Scott Walker, to repay Walker for ending most public sector union bargaining in Wisconsin. (Finally the courts threw out the cases.)There were orchestrated personal attacks, including vandalism and death threats, on persons who supported California’s Proposition 8, that affirmed traditional marriage, and similar attacks on scientists and others who didn’t buy into Al Gore’s version of atmospheric physics (“climate deniers”). And of course the Left, led by Bernie Sanders, almost daily pillories billionaires Charles and David Koch for supporting libertarian causes.The key to this strategy, Strassel says, is forcing disclosure of names of the supporters and donors to causes the Left opposes, so they can be attacked by the Obama agencies, Democratic politicians, and a host of organizations with little commitment to the truth , to the Bill of Rights, and to basic decency. She sees the Left’s demands for disclosure as equivalent to the (unsuccessful) attempt by the Alabama attorney general, in 1957, to force disclosure of the names of NAACP members, so white segregationists could intimidate them, or worse.Yes, money in politics is a legitimate concern in a democracy. But so is the corruption of the national government and the destruction of free speech by the President and his allies on the Left. Strassel convincingly argues that forced disclosure to allow vicious retaliation by the Left is the essential ingredient of The Intimidation Game. If it succeeds, the First Amendment will become an empty shell.John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org(link is external)).
Om Pande is headed to the Sunflower Spelling Bee representing Johnson County and Rushton Elementary.A Rushton fifth-grader is among the finalists from the Johnson County Spelling Bee who will be making the trip to Hays to compete in the state’s Sunflower Spelling Bee. The winner of the regional competition moves on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.Register to continue
Share on Facebook Share Pinterest Email LinkedIn Stuttering may be more than a speech problem. For the first time, researchers have found that children who stutter have difficulty perceiving a beat in music-like rhythms, which could account for their halting speech patterns.Michigan State University’s Devin McAuley, co-author of the study, said the findings have implications for treating stuttering, which affects 70 million people worldwide. The study appears online in the journal Brain & Language.“Stuttering has primarily been interpreted as a speech motor difficulty, but this is the first study that shows it’s related to a rhythm perception deficit — in other words, the ability to perceive and keep a beat,” said McAuley, professor of psychology. “That’s important because it identifies potential interventions which might focus on improving beat perception in children who stutter, which then might translate to improved fluency in speech.” Share on Twitter About 70 percent to 80 percent of children ages 3 to 5 who stutter will eventually stop, McAuley said. Yet, despite decades of research, the underlying mechanisms behind speech disruptions in people who stutter remain unclear.Being able to perceive and maintain a beat is believed to be critical for normal speech because it serves as a pacing signal. This is bolstered by past research showing that speech fluency improves dramatically for adults who stutter when speaking in time with a metronome.McAuley and colleagues tested a group of children who stuttered and a group who didn’t by having them listen to and then identify rhythmic drumbeats in the context of a computer game. Even after taking into account the kids’ IQs and language abilities, the study found that children who stuttered did much worse at judging whether two rhythms were the same or different.Many past studies incorporated a motor skills element — such as having participants tap to a beat — which made it impossible to tell whether the problem was rhythm perception or a motor production deficit, McAuley said.The research team is integrating the behavioral data with functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to identify which brain networks may be responsible for the rhythm perception deficit.McAuley is working with Soo-Eun Chang, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, who is a stuttering expert and has been conducting neuroimaging studies in children who stutter on the MSU campus since 2009. McAuley and Chang co-authored the study along with MSU researchers Elizabeth Wieland and Laura Dilley.McAuley also works with Juli Wade, professor and chairperson of MSU’s Department of Psychology, to investigate rhythm perceptions in zebra finches to probe the neurobiological source of stuttering.
On the eve of Election Day, the United States is entering uncharted territory in the COVID-19 pandemic.According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, the nation reported 81,493 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 447 deaths, two days after nearly hitting 100,000 new infections. The 7-day average of new daily infections is higher than 81,000, according to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins data.And those numbers could be an undercount. Public health officials told the New York Times they’re worried that because several states don’t report the results of rapid COVID-19 antigen testing, there could be greater spread of the virus than is being reported. The paper reports that seven states plus Washington, DC, don’t publicly report antigen test results, while six keep the number separate from their total case count.COVID Tracking Project data, meanwhile, show the 7-day average for COVID-hospitalizations at 45,690, which is below the levels seen in the spring and summer peaks but is steadily climbing as states across the country see their hospitals filling up with COVID-19 patients.There have been 9,268,896 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in the United States, and 231,353 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker.COVID-19 shadow on the campaign trailAmid the nationwide surge in cases, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are crisscrossing the country in their last full day of campaigning, presenting starkly different message on the pandemic.While Biden has promoted the wearing of masks, warned of a dark winter, and said he will listen to the scientists, Trump has downplayed and sometimes mocked masks, criticized coronavirus restrictions, and repeatedly said the country is turning the corner even as COVID-19 cases rise. And at a rally in Florida yesterday, the president suggested he might fire Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House coronavirus task force, if he wins the election.”Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait until a little bit after the election,” Trump said in response to “fire Fauci” chants from the crowd, according to the Associated Press.The remark came in the wake of an interview in which Fauci told the Washington Post that that the country “could not possibly be positioned more poorly” heading into the winter, and needed to make an “abrupt change” in its approach to the pandemic. Fauci also said that the Biden campaign is looking at the pandemic from a public health perspective, while the Trump administration is more focused on the economy.Surveys suggest the electorate’s views of the pandemic is closer to the former vice president’s. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday, 55% of respondents said they think the worst is yet to come with the pandemic, compared with 25% who said the worst is behind us. A Pew Research poll from earlier in the month found that 57% of registered voters were confident that Biden could handle the pandemic, compared with 40% for Trump.New restrictions in MassachusettsIn other US developments:Massachusetts Gov Charlie Baker imposed new COVID-19 restrictions today, ordering residents to remain home from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am and requiring masks in public for anyone over the age of 5, WBUR reports. Venues such as theaters and casinos must close at 9:30 pm every night, and restaurants must stop table service at that time. Baker said new daily COVID-19 cases in the state have risen by almost 300% since Labor Day, and hospitalizations are up 145%. The restrictions begin on Nov 6.New York Gov Andrew Cuomo announced over the weekend that the state would start requiring incoming travelers to take a COVID-19 test 4 days before arriving and 4 days after entering the state. The order replaces the state’s quarantine list, which had required travelers from US hot spots to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.A Stat News investigation found that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) relaxed oversight of laboratory-developed COVID-19 tests in mid-August, despite reports that the tests had quality issues. Dozens of these tests are being used by states, universities, businesses, and sports leagues, but their accuracy is unknown because HHS directed the Food and Drug Administration to stop requiring emergency use authorization.
Join PEEC and Big Brothers, Big Sisters for a night of video games in the nature center’s planetarium 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday. Courtesy/PEECPEEC News:Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Big Brothers, Big Sisters 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday for a night of video games in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium.Test your skills and challenge your friends by playing games on the big planetarium screen.During Video Game Night, the nature center will have one gaming system set up on the big planetarium screen. Games also will be available to play on the smaller TVs around the sides of the room. Participants can play Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, other Mario games and more this evening.Best of all, this event is free to attend and is open to the public. Registration is not required.For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email email@example.com or call 505.662.0460.PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.
Wood Group PSN has appointed a new regional managing director to lead its Australia & Asia Pacific business.The company’s previous southern operations business manager in Australia Andrew Stewart is now being appointed new regional managing director. Stewart takes the reins as part of a planned handover from Matt Gavin, who has served as the company’s regional director for more than five years.Stewart first joined WGPSN in Melbourne, Australia in 2009 following a number of domestic and international assignments in India, the UK and the Netherlands. Since then he has held roles as project delivery manager, assignment manager and project director, before joining the Australia & Asia Pacific regional leadership team as southern business manager in January 2013. In his new role, Stewart will be based in Melbourne and report to WGPSN’s chief executive, Robin Watson.Stewart said: “It’s an exciting time to be a leading brownfield production services contractor in the Australia & Asia Pacific region. We have an amazing group of people spanning project management, engineering, business services and the full suite of maintenance and construction trades. What this means for our customers is low transaction costs and single point accountability for ‘cradle to grave’ delivery performance.”WGPSN’s chief executive Robin Watson said: “Andrew has played a key part in our regional growth story and in transforming our southern operations in Australia where we maintain contracts with Esso, Caltex and Melbourne Water. He is an exceptional leader who has a natural ability to engage with customers and employees alike.”Stewart has an honors degree in mechanical engineering, a post graduate diploma of management and a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School. In 2010, he was awarded Australian Financial Review BOSS Young Executive of the Year in recognition of his career achievements and his ability to manage a 300 strong team through adversity during the global financial crisis.[mappress]Press Release, February 12, 2014
IHC Merwede has commissioned a prestigious new jubilee book, entitled 70 years IHC Merwede.The first copy of this publication was presented to the mayor of Rotterdam, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, at the city’s Maritime Museum.Written by maritime historian Dr Joke Korteweg, this unique and beautifully designed book contains more than 300 pages and approximately 400 photographs. Describing the history of IHC Merwede in several phases, it highlights how the traditional Dutch company has been able to survive challenging circumstances thanks to its commercial and technical innovations.The book also provides an excellent overview of the national and international impact that IHC Merwede has had in political, economic and social spheres.70 years IHC Merwede is published by Uitgeverij Boekschap in The Netherlands and will soon be available in various bookshops.[mappress]Press Release, May 15, 2014