All-Star ‘The Last Waltz’ Tribute Show During Jazz Fest To Feature Robbie Robertson, Warren Haynes, More

first_imgAn all-star tribute to The Band‘s iconic The Last Waltz farewell show from Thanksgiving 1976 is set to take place during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and feature Robbie Robertson, Warren Haynes, John Medeski, and many more.The concert, slated for the Saenger Theatre on May 2nd, will also feature Jamey Jonson, Don Was, Terence Higgins, Dave Malone, Ivan Neville, Bob Margolin, Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns, in addition to special guests that have yet to be announced.Related: Martin Scorsese Releases Trailer For ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson & The Band’ Documentary [Video]“New Orleans has always been a special and influential place,” Robertson said in a statement. “I am honored to continue the tradition of celebrating The Last Waltz with this extraordinary lineup in a city that has meant so much to me.”This edition of The Last Waltz comes as the latest installment of Blackbird Presents‘ annual celebration of The Band’s farewell to fans and each other. Last year, a similar lineup of musicians, including Haynes, Medeski, Was, Lukas Nelson, and more, took The Last Waltz on the road for a 13-city tour across the country. Robertson even joined in on the celebration during the tour’s closer in Nashville, TN.A pre-sale for tickets for The Last Waltz at Saenger Theatre during Jazz Fest begins today, March 3rd at 12 p.m. CST via Ticketmaster. The general on-sale begins on Friday, March 6th at 12 p.m. CST.last_img read more

Trauma Training in Pakistan

first_imgI’m sure you’ve seen the recent news of unrest in Pakistan. As things were coming to a head, I was part of a team that was conducting the inaugural ATLS program in Karachi, Pakistan. As the president of Pakistan was declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution, the last of us were on our way home. Hopefully, things will settle down quickly, and organizers will be able to continue their plan, which includes PHTLS for prehospital providers and training for nurses as well. We were working at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, which is a secure facility in Karachi that provides training and testing for doctors in Pakistan and several other countries. The facility has classrooms, libraries and e-learning facilities, as well as living quarters for faculty and students. With all that was going on while we were there, we felt quite safe in these facilities and the attention of our hosts. The program in Karachi may sound like an example of a rare occurrence — representatives from various countries coming together to improve prehospital care in developing countries. However, it’s just a personal and recent example of international cooperation that takes place all over the world. On any given day, it’s likely that U.S. paramedics, physicians and nurses are working with our brothers and sisters in established and developing countries.Back at home, I’m happy to have been a part of this and feel strongly that this type of cooperation — especially when it’s not easy — will save lives in many ways. First, the training will give the country’s medical personnel a chance to use their skills and passion to give the best possible care. Second, these types of international cooperatives teach all of us about one another and the benefits of sharing knowledge of science and culture — bridging gaps, and finding common missions and passions. Although the attention to trauma in much of Europe and the Americas has resulted in a reduction in deaths due to trauma, in this part of the world death due to trauma is on the rise. In his address to the media during a recognition of the inaugural ATLS program, Professor Zafarullah Chaudhry, the president of the college, described the country’s recent history of earthquakes, road traffic injuries and other examples of trauma that require an organized approach. He continued that countless lives could have been saved with the training that 16 Pakistani doctors went through during the week. The course is the beginning, and trauma systems planning and prehospital education are the keys to the overall plan for Pakistan.center_img Given the diverse populations — including congested urban settings and sparsely populated rural areas — getting EMS organized in Pakistan is a huge undertaking. In the vicinity of Lahore, a system similar to 9-1-1, called 1122, was recently inaugurated. Results of implementing the 1122 system have been encouraging, and Pakistani officials hope to expand further as they learn. An international team consisted of Dr. Christoph Kaufmann (ATLS International Coordinator) from Portland, Ore.; Dr. John Kortbeek (ATLS Chair) from Calgary, Canada; Dr. Jameel Ali from Toronto, Canada; and Dr. Subash Gautam from United Arab Emirates. It also included Prof. Zafarullah Chaudhry, Prof. Mahmood Ayyaz and Prof. Irshad Waheed — Pakistani physicians trained in the U.S., — and Dr. Mohammad Farooq Afzal and Dr. Kamran Khalid Khawaja — Pakistani physicians trained in Saudi Arabia. What we found when we arrived was a dedicated staff; the doctors and nurses we worked with were committed to working toward improving opportunities for improved trauma outcomes and to participate in the international community that focuses on improving those outcomes.last_img read more

Jefferson County indictments for July 31

first_imgThe following indictment were returned by a Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday:Lee Jared Bossette, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Jadon Thad Castille, 19, possession of controlled substance in drug-free zoneCindy Lynn Griffin, 51, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Cindy Lynn Griffin, 51, tampering with physical evidenceRaquan Lee Mickens, 21, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Tammy Michelle Pratt, 51, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ryan Clay McCall, 38, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Marquise Edward McGhee, 24, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Marquise Edward McGhee, 24, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ashlei McGown, 26, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1John Nguyen, 37, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Matthew Jerome Parker, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Jessica Lynn Peterson, 18, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Quintel Craig, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ismael Ramirez, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Ismael Ramirez, 25, possession of marijuanaDeandre James Ballou, 24, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Kendrick Jarae Renfro, 32, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Russell Sampson, 56, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Glen William Simpson Jr., 29, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Kristain Lee Smith, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Maurice S. Smith, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Maurice S. Smith, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Trevan Michael Smith, 27, possession of marijuanaCody James Sonnier, 35, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1David Tezeno, 42, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1David Lee Thomas, 61, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Lawrence William Thomas, 67, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Mark A. Truax, 41, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Gilbert Wayne Valdez, 35, evading detention with a motor vehicleRonnie Jermain-Jacob Walker, 29, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Dionandre Marquez Walton, 31, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Dalveus Williams, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Tramon James Williams, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Jayla Dania Armstrong, 25, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Brian Alexander Daubenheyer, 18, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Chase Morgan Kimball, 34, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Zemyra Travell Lee, 22, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Alex Kiwan Narcisse, 22, tampering with physical evidenceAlex Kiwan Narcisse, 22, possession of controlled substance penalty group 3John Christopher Sastre, 36, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Dan Shelton Jr., 56, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Andrew Alan Sherman, 39, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Brandi Irene Sherman, 39, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Chance Shofner, 44, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Nicholas Ray Smith, 31, possession of controlled substance penalty group 2Cody Lee Williamson, 31, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Paula Michelle Daigle, 39, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Alexander Ira Griffin, 32, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Tracy Lavon Carry, 28, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1Miles Cody Fulbright, 32, injure childMiles Cody Fulbright, 32, injure childMiles Cody Fulbright, 32, injure childAngel Galvez-Cardenas, 20, aggravated sexual assault on a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childChristopher Lynn Robinson, 43, abandon/endanger a childDalveus Williams, 25, injure childlast_img read more

BCBSVT launches option for non-subsidized individuals to direct enroll in Vermont Health Connect

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) has begun notifying non-subsidized individuals with BCBSVT plans purchased through Vermont Health Connect that they will be able to enroll directly with the health plan when open enrollment begins on November 1, 2015. Individuals and families currently enrolled through Vermont Health Connect that do not receive state or federal subsidies like tax credits or premium assistance are invited to give BCBSVT a ‘heads up’ if they plan to enroll directly through the health plan for 2016 coverage.“BCBSVT is pleased to offer non-subsidized customers the option of directly enrolling with us.” said Don George, President and CEO. “Our enrollment and billing capabilities are reliable and easy to use.”Current, non-subsidized Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont members can give a ‘heads up’ now by either going online to is external) or call our Consumer Support team at (800) 255-4550. In-person assistance is available in Berlin or South Burlington locations Monday – Friday 8:00 to 4:30 with no appointment needed.Individuals that are not currently BCBSVT customers can directly enroll after November 1 by visiting is external).Individuals and families that enroll directly for 2016 coverage will forego all State and Federal subsidies or cost sharing reductions during that plan year. There are no additional processing costs or fees associated with direct enrollment.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 250,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermontlast_img read more

Condos: Good government solutions and earned trust

first_imgby VT Secretary of State Jim Condos Smart, focused and efficient government helps Vermonters, so why does it seem that levels of frustration and distrust are at an all-time high? I believe that listening to your customers, cutting red tape, finding efficiencies, and increasing transparency are all keys to earning that trust. At the Secretary of State’s Office, we serve Vermonters in many ways, including: overseeing the state’s elections, registering its businesses, licensing its professionals, managing its records, providing information, assistance and educational materials related to municipal and open government laws. We balance these critical priorities with Vermonters’ ability to afford them – ensuring fee revenue is spent wisely.  Recent news about broken contracting practices, failed Information Technology (IT) projects, and budget deficits are discouraging and don’t inspire confidence.      In my time as a City Councilor (18 years), State Senator (8 years), and Secretary of State (5+ years), I’ve heard it all regarding government reforms and efficiency. I am encouraged by recent conversations about change and meaningful reform. However, experience tells me – be skeptical – good intentions often become superficial calls to action that do not translate to real structural, long-term solutions. The Secretary of State’s Office has worked hard to fulfill its mission while upholding high standards, increasing efficiency while providing quality customer service. Our talented staff works smart and implements creative and flexible solutions to business problems.We have successfully completed four technology projects by focusing on solutions meeting the needs of the customers and the agency while improving cohesiveness and integration, creating efficiencies and reducing redundancies. We have implemented a new website and major overhauls of IT systems for three Divisions – Professional Regulation, Corporations, and Elections. These projects reduce processing times, eliminate paper/postage, and increase the public’s access to information.  Our implementations succeed because we “measure twice and cut once.” Before we go out to bid on a project, we study and improve our business processes and focus on customer service, and public protection.Government must review its mission, strategy, and processes, then streamline as necessary to right-size its programs.  Regulation should be risk-based and implemented only when absolutely necessary.  It’s not acceptable to follow a process because “we’ve always done it that way.” With every existing practice, we must ask “Why?” and “What are we trying to accomplish?”More than 30 years’ experience in the business sector taught me the value of listening to customers and front-line staff to achieve excellence in customer service.  This instills confidence and trust, providing for stability and predictability. I’ve spent countless hours talking about transparency in towns across the state, aimed at improving openness and accountability. Transparency in government drives:·        Measurable results and outcomes – engaging in clear and respectful exchanges with external and internal customers and stakeholders;·        Breaking down government silos – ending the old entrenched ways which will allow us to pool resources;·        Public confidence – by letting the sun shine in, we achieve greater accountability, prevent overspending and inappropriate contracting; and·        An authentic culture of accountability in government – as the Vermont Constitution demands!There are many opportunities for the State to listen to Vermonters, streamline its programs, and open its doors to inspection, constructive criticism, and improvement. By focusing on our core functions and mission, we improve the essentials. Hard work, efficiency and common sense solutions are not Republican, Progressive or Democratic values; they are Vermont values. Here at the Secretary of State’s office, we work hard every day to uphold these values and strive to promote confidence in government through excellent customer service, innovation, and accountability.I believe if our government is transparent, accountable and focused, it can improve Vermonters’ lives and earn their trust and respect.last_img read more

Taiwan to host 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship

first_imgThe 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship off-road triathlon festival weekend is set for March 30-31, 2019, at Kenting National Park on the southern tip of Taiwan in Pingtung County.Last year’s inaugural event in Taiwan was reportedly honoured as the ‘Best Off-Road Triathlon in Asia for 2018’ by correspondents, who added that ‘last September’s race lived up to the expectations of off-road triathletes and that Kenting National Park is an idyllic outdoor sports paradise.’The main event is Saturday, March 30, and boasts a US$25,000 elite prize purse, 51 qualifying spots to the XTERRA Worlds for amateur racers, and a 100-point scale scoring structure for both amateurs and elites vying for XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour honours.The race starts with a 1.5K swim at Little Bay Beach, follows with a 26K mountain bike that traverses coastal terrain to rocky riverbeds, to uncharted territory high atop Menmalou mountain, and finishes with a 10K trail run through the ‘enchanted forest’ of Chihniuling.Other weekend events include the Xticer beginner distance off-road triathlon, trail runs, kids races, live music, local cuisine, cultural demonstrations, and entertainment for family, friends, spectators and racers alike. All the action will unfold at the Kenting Youth Activity Center which showcases the area’s traditional Minnan style architecture.“Following a successful debut race at Kenting in September, it was clear Taiwan could host a world-class event and provide a magnificent experience for competitors,” said XTERRA President, Janet Clark.“I was impressed with their attention to detail, from the unique cultural experiences like the local song and dance performance at the start of the race to the 750m of red carpet they laid down from the beach to transition. Plus, getting in-and-out of Kaoshiung International Airport is a breeze, the fresh seafood is fabulous, the locals are warm and welcoming, and so is the weather and the water.”Lewis Ryan, who won the inaugural men’s elite race at XTERRA Taiwan, added “I think I can speak on behalf of everyone who participated in 2018 when I say this is an incredible event and should be on everyone’s bucket list.“The landscape is mesmerizing, the atmosphere is beyond words, and as far as race courses go, it’s got to be one of the best, if not the best in the world. The place feels so untouched you wouldn’t be surprised if a dinosaur was waiting around the next corner.”The sixth annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Taiwan is the first of five majors on the 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that also includes stops in Rotorua, New Zealand (April 6), Moorea, Tahiti (May 31), Marunuma, Japan (Sep 15), and culminates at the inaugural XTERRA China off-road triathlon in Kunming on September 22.For amateur racers competing in the 2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour the rules are the same as last year , i.e. ‘every race counts, most points wins’. For elites, those racing in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour count just their best three out of five races, and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in Taiwan must count as one of the three races.There are two 100-point scale ‘Gold’ races and three 75-point scale ‘Silver’ races.Gold races: Taiwan and ChinaSilver races: New Zealand, Tahiti, and Japan2019 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour ScheduleDate – Race – Location – Elite PurseMarch 30 – XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship GOLD – Kenting, Taiwan – US$25,000April 6 – XTERRA New Zealand Silver – Rotorua – US$7,300May 31 – XTERRA Tahiti Silver – Moorea – US$7,500Sept 15 – XTERRA Japan Silver – Marunuma – US$7,500Sept 22 – XTERRA China GOLD – Kunming – US$15, Relatedlast_img read more

Briefly noted: Free cancer screening event Nov. 3; Local Pembroke Hill students earn National Merit Commended status

first_imgUniversity of Kansas Medical Center Dermatologist Rachel Flenderer performing a cancer screening. Photo credit University of Kansas Cancer Center.Free cancer screening event in northern Overland Park Nov. 3. The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Overland Park Masonic Lodge No. 436 are teaming up to offer a free cancer screening event next Saturday, Nov. 3. The event, which will be held at the Lodge at 8109 Overland Park Drive in Overland Park, will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Services offered include: skin and prostate cancer screenings; Screen-to-Save colon cancer home screening kits; Body Mass Index assessments; and breath tests to measure exposure to carbon monoxide.Four NEJC students at Pembroke Hill earn National Merit Commended Student status. Four Pembroke Hill students who live in northeast Johnson County have earned National Merit Commended status. The top 50,000 students out of the 1.6 million to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test earn Semifinalist or Commended Student status. The students are:Zosia Czerwinski, FairwayEmily Dickey, Mission HillsDaniela Rodriguez-Chavez, Roeland ParkAnna Shulman, Overland Parklast_img read more

Why millennials need to start investing and why they haven’t yet

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Robert FarringtonA recent Wells Fargo survey stated that even though 80 percent of millennials knew they should be saving money, only 55 percent were actually doing it.So if millennials know how important saving is, what’s stopping them? Apparently a lot.In tough economic times millennials are finding that earning and investing their money is harder than they thought it would be.Here’s why.The Great RecessionMillennials grew up during the dot com burst, the 2008 financial crisis, and the housing crash. Many millennials have seen their parents or grandparents lose all of their hard-earned retirement savings in the stock market.After witnessing their loved ones start all over again millennials don’t seem to be convinced that investing the little money they do have is the way to go.To top it off the great recession has left good jobs hard to find. The unemployment rate is still up, especially after factoring in the long term unemployed. Recent college graduates are now competing for jobs and taking work that they’re under-qualified and underpaid for. continue reading »last_img read more

Bar says lawyers in different areas may share 800 numbers

first_imgIt is permissible for lawyers and law firms in different geographic areas to share the same 800 phone number, the Bar Board of Governors has decided.The board, at its December meeting, also said a law firm TV ad can show clips of the firm’s mock courtroom including a shot of a firm secretary sitting in the witness box.Board member Larry Ringers, chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics which reviews advertising appeals, said the 800 number issue stemmed from a Missouri company that owns the 1-800-JUSTICE phone number. The firm sells the number to lawyers and law firms in different geographic areas.Even though only one lawyer or firm has the right to use the number in a given area, the Standing Committee on Advertising felt having several firms use the same number could erroneously imply to the public the lawyers were in the same firm or part of a franchise.The BRC voted 4-0 to reverse that finding, and the board agreed on a voice vote.On the second case, Bar staff and the advertising committee cited an earlier board decision that using the mock courtroom in a TV ad could be false, misleading, or manipulative. The appealing attorney argued that Bar advertising rules had changed since the board made that decision in an earlier case, and Ringers said the BRC voted 5-0 to reverse the staff and standing committee decision.The board agreed with a voice vote.On another matter, the board said a law firm did not have to file for Bar review a banner ad in an electronic business newsletter that included the phrase “Ambition is Good” because that is the motto of the newsletter.Not brought to the board were several other appeals where the BRC upheld the Bar staff and the Standing Committee on Advertising, including finding that using the language “legal firepower when you need it most” characterizes a law firm’s legal service, in violation of Bar rules. Another denied appeal showed model cars crashing into each other, which violates Bar rules against false, misleading, or manipulative images. Bar says lawyers in different areas may share 800 numbers Bar says lawyers in different areas may share 800 numberscenter_img January 15, 2007 Regular Newslast_img read more

Nominations sought for Crumbley Award

first_img March 1, 2007 Regular News Nominations sought for Crumbley Award Nominations sought for Crumbley Award Nominations are now being accepted for the Walter S. Crumbley Practice Management & Development Award, which recognizes a member of Florida’s legal community who has distinguished him- or herself professionally.The recipient of the award — sponsored by the Practice Management and Development Section — also must show good citizenship, significant contributions to the profession and to the management of the practice of law, as well as service to the Bar.The deadline for nominations is May 1. Nomination letters may be sent to Ricky Libbert, section administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399 or read more