BBB Serving Southeast Texas Announces 2020 Torch Award Winners

first_imgThe Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas recently announced the honorees of their 2020 Torch Awards.BBB is celebrating honorees throughout the month of August with a series of recognitions, presentations and an online auction. Stay up to date on BBB.org and on Facebook @BBBSoutheastTexas.The Torch 2020 Winners:Medium Business (11-50 employees): G&G EnterprisesSmall Business (1-10 employees): A-1 Peterson PlumbingNonprofit: Crime Stoppers of Southeast TexasSpark: Rebekah Maxwell, ReStep Marketing This is the first year that BBB Serving Southeast Texas included a medium-sized business category.“We hope to inspire other local business owners to strive to set high standards for their business.  We are blessed to have such great local support from this community,” stated Natasha Garrett, CEO of G & G Enterprises.BBB Serving Southeast Texas initiated the Nonprofit category of Torch in 2016.Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas is only the third organization to win in this category. Honorable Mention:Medium Business (11-50 employees): American Air SystemsNonprofit: Greater Beaumont Chamber of CommerceSpark: Brooke Bellanger, Spruce BarbershopFor over 20 years, the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics have recognized businesses and organizations that intentionally pursue the six TRUST! Principles — Leadership, Communications, Unity, Performance, HR Practices and Commitment to the Community.“It is an honor to our family and to the legacy of our founders to be recognized for ethics in business by the BBB,” said Donna Peterson, owner of A-1 Peterson and Plumbing. “For 52 years, our goal has been to treat our employees like family and our customers like friends. In that way, quality of service and success in business are linked so that everyone wins!”center_img “For over 38 years Crime Stoppers of SETX has been priding itself in offering our community a non-profit organization that values the highest standards of ethics most of which is trust,” Crime Stoppers Executive Director Stephanie Vanskike said.“The trust that has been built with our Law Enforcement, media, and our citizens throughout Southeast Texas is what drives our organization to continually grow in a manner that works efficiently and effectively in an ethical manner.”This is the second year that BBB Serving Southeast Texas has awarded the Spark Award, a Torch Award for Millennial Entrepreneurship.The award recognizes business leaders, 35 years and younger, that demonstrate a higher level of character, create a culture authentic to its mission and connect with their community.Rebekah Maxwell, owner of ReStep Marketing said, “So many friends and mentors were willing to help with the application process, their faith in me is truly inspiring. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given by the Southeast Texas community, and I look forward to growing and serving throughout my career.”Proceeds from sponsors and the online auction contribute to the BBB Education Foundation to fund the Student of Integrity Scholarships and expanding Foundation programming.BBB Serving Southeast Texas previously announced the recipients of 2020’s Student of Integrity Scholarships: Elizabeth Johns of Orange and Whitney Gipson of Newton.Torch 2020: Big & Bright is brought in part by Howell Furniture, Newtron, Best Hospice Care of Texas and KFDM Fox4.last_img read more

Ben Platt Reveals How Live From Radio City Music Hall Was Like the ‘Best Bar Mitzvah’

first_img It’s been almost three years since Tony winner Ben Platt took his final bow in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and he’s been going nonstop ever since. In that time, he’s released his first album Sing to Me Instead, starred in The Politician on Netflix (which just announced its season two release date), gone on tour and has been announced to star in the movie adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along with his BFF Beanie Feldstein. As if that weren’t enough, Platt’s concert at Radio City Music Hall was filmed for Netflix. Broadway.com chatted with the star about the night he’ll never forget and more. Ben Platt (Photo:David Giesbrecht/Netflix ) Ben Platt Judith Light and Bette Midler in The Politician (Photo: Giovanni Rufino/Netflix) Having been on vocal rest the week leading up to the concert, Platt was ready to hit the dance floor and let his voice be heard. “My birthday had been three days before, so I turned my birthday party into the after-party,” he said. “As soon as the concert was over, I had a party with all my family and friends. I curated my favorite playlist, and we just danced and drank. It was one of the best days of my life.”Now that the concert is available for all to enjoy, Platt is preparing to dive back into the world of Payton Hobart thanks to The Politician’s second season dropping on Netflix on June 19. “Payton is a lot more adult,” Platt said. “He kind of gets to grow up a bit. It centers around an election where Judith Light and I are going head to head, which is just an amazing sentence to say. Certainly, my favorite part of the season is watching Judith and Bette [Midler] work together. I think they give really hilarious performances and people are going to go apeshit, for lack of a better word.” Although this isn’t the premire he pictured for his Netflix special, Platt is excited about fans getting to enjoy the concert while being quarantined. “I think it couldn’t have come at a more, unfortunately, at a more opportune time,” he said. “People can’t experience any live theater or live performance right now, and I think this is a really way to feel like you’re in a room with people at a show. I wanted it to feel that way before all this happened. It strangely works really well for the moment. I think, hopefully, it will bring people a nice escape.”Originally filmed on September 29, 2019, Platt had many pals in the audience. From former Pitch Perfect co-stars Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow to his Dear Evan Hansen family—Michael Park, Andrew Barth Feldman— and more. The love was almost too much for Platt to handle. “It was a beautiful crossroads of my life—like the best bar mitzvah ever,” he said. “Everybody from my life, all in the same room together, felt like the end of leg one of the journey. I really tried to do my best to prepare in every way so that I could be present when the moment actually came, and I think it paid off.”After an hour and a half of belting, dancing and telling personal stories about dealing with anxiety and coming out, Platt’s time at Radio City came to too quick of an end. “There’s always a planned encore, and you always hope that people will stay and keep clapping so you can come out and sing again,” Platt said. “Because of the cameras, I was supposed to come off stage and then wait for a certain amount of time, so they could readjust and such. The audience’s energy was just so special and loud that everything else just went out of my mind. I just ran back on stage without telling anyone I was going back out. The way that that moment is filmed is a tiny bit janky, but it’s so worth it to me. I just needed to get back out there. I’ll always remember that.” center_img During this season of quarantine, which made Merrily We Roll Along filming come to a “grinding halt,” Platt has had the opportunity to duet with both Feldstein and Idina Menzel. “I’ve always loved to sing with Ariana [Grande] someday,” Platt said. “Cynthia [Erivo] and I really haven’t gotten to sing together yet. We’re always singing on the same programs, and we’re always singing in the same spaces, but I think we’re waiting for that one special reason to sing together. So, I’m excited for whatever that becomes.”As for when Platt will return to Broadway? It will happen. “I miss everything about Broadway. I miss the lifestyle, the routine, the audience, the community. It’s my favorite thing. I’ll always want to do that the most. When, God willing, this all goes away and we can go back into theaters, I’m certainly looking to come back.”Watch the trailer of Ben Platt: Live From Radio City Music Hall below! “The audience’s energy was so special and loud that everything else went out of my mind. I ran back on stage without telling anyone. I just needed to get back out there.” View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

College students and low-income designation

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Keith LeggettNumerous studies show that lifetime earnings and level of educational attainment are positively correlated.However, there are some college and university credit unions, which have received a low-income designation from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).According to NCUA’s regulations, “[t]he term “low-income members” also includes those members enrolled as students in a college, university, high school, or vocational school.”In other words, NCUA does not consider the income of the member enrolled in college or university nor the financial wherewithal of the student’s family. Also, NCUA does not take into consideration that upon graduating college students will on average see a significant increase in their earnings relative to the broader population.For example, Georgetown University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Union has a low-income designation. continue reading »last_img read more

CDC sees sustained H1N1 activity in Southeast

first_imgMar 26, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Flu indicators are showing signs of increased and sustained pandemic flu activity in some Southeastern states, though rates remain steady at the national level, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Today’s CDC report tracks closely with media reports this week of a rise in flu hospitalizations in Georgia and rising flu-like illnesses in Louisiana and surrounding states. The report of increased activity in the Southeast is also consistent with regional flu activity at college campuses in the Southeast reported by the American College Health Association.Three of the CDC’s 10 regions reported increases in doctors visits for flu-like illnesses, including the one encompassing Southeastern states; the region that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska; and the area that covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. The increases were over regional, not national, baselines. On a national level, the doctor’s visit flu barometer stayed below the national baseline.No states are reporting widespread flu activity, and only three—Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina—are reporting regional activity. Local activity was reported by Puerto Rico and eight states: Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.Some Southeastern states are reporting recent increases in flu-related hospitalization, though very few hospitalizations involving lab-confirmed pandemic H1N1 were reported in the rest of the nation, the CDC said.The nation’s deaths from pneumonia and flu increased slightly during the previous week to above the seasonal baseline, but the level is still below the epidemic threshold.Only one new pediatric flu death was reported, which was linked to an undetermined influenza A subtype, which health officially typically assume is the pandemic H1N1 virus. The death occurred in a Mississippi child during the week that ended on Mar 6.The pandemic H1N1 virus is still the dominant flu strain, the CDC reported. Though several other countries are increasingly detecting influenza B cases, only two of the 3,050 respiratory specimens tested in the United States last week were that strain.One more case of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic flu was reported to the CDC last week. Most patients have been given oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for treatment or prophylaxis.The CDC is still recommending the pandemic flu vaccine for anyone who is age 6 months or older, and officials strongly urge that people with underlying health conditions, the very young, and people age 65 or older get vaccinated. Vaccine supplies are plentiful and the circulating virus still closely matches the one in the pandemic vaccine.See also:Mar 26 CDC flu updatelast_img read more

Project BioShield adds Ebola vaccines, drugs to US stockpile

first_imgThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the first Project BioShield funding for Ebola countermeasures, which would add two vaccines and two treatments to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS): a single-dose vaccine licensed by Merck, a prime-boost vaccine regimen from Johnson & Johnson, and monoclonal antibody treatments from Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.The $170.2 million in Project BioShield funds covers late-stage development and buys up to 1.13 million vaccine regimens and an unspecified number of treatment courses of the two drugs.Ebola is considered a potential bioterror threat, as well as a naturally occurring public health threat, underscored by the 2014-16 outbreak in West Africa that sickened more than 28,000 people and led to more than 11,000 deaths.Funding clears wayProject BioShield, passed by Congress in 2004 in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, is designed to acquire medical countermeasures to biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. The funding was set to expire in 2013, but it was extended through 2018 via the 2013 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act.Rick Bright, PhD, director of the HHS’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said in a Sep 29 HHS statement that 3 years ago there were very few Ebola products, even in early-stage development, and now federal officials are poised to add four Ebola countermeasures to the SNS. “We reached this point at unprecedented speed, and that’s a direct result of innovative approaches to product development and to partnering across the US government, other nations, and private industry.”BARDA’s funding through Project BioShield will help companies validate their manufacturing processes and take final steps to apply for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. During those activities, BARDA can purchase the vaccines and drugs for potential use in a public health emergency.Two different vaccine strategiesBARDA said it would provide $39.2 million for Merck’s single-dose VSV-EBOV vaccine, which was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada with support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and initially licensed by NewLink Genetics. The vaccine is furthest along in clinical trials, showed good effectiveness in a phase 3 clinical trial in West Africa, and has been used in ring vaccination strategies in the outbreak region.Global health officials have said multiple vaccine strategies will likely be needed to battle Ebola outbreaks, such as ones that provide quick immunity and can be used to help tamp down outbreaks, and others that offer more long-lasting immunity and could be used to protect health workers or people who live in areas where the disease is endemic.The second vaccine to receive Project BioShield funding is Johnson & Johnson’s prime-boost regimen, which is slated to receive $44.7 million. The vaccine from Johnson & Johnson,  part of Janssen Vaccines, involves a priming dose of the Ad26.ZEBOV and a booster dose of Bavarian Nordic’s MVA-BN-Filo.Several vaccine trials are under way in Europe, the United States, and Africa.Monoclonal antibody cocktail drugsThe funding also includes $45.9 million for the drug ZMapp, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical. The drug, a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies, was used experimentally during the outbreak to treat some patients and continues to be available for expanded access protocols in the United States and West Africa.The second drug—which received $40.4 million in initial funding—is another cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies, REGN3470-3471-3479, made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. It is made using specialized Chinese hamster ovary cells with the company’s proprietary technology that is designed to quickly develop a candidate drug and quickly scale-up manufacturing.In its own news release today, Regeneron also announced a new collaboration with BARDA to develop a portfolio of antibody treatment targeting 10 pathogens, starting with influenza.See also:Sep 29 HHS press releaseSep 29 CIDRAP News scan “BARDA awards $45 million for prime-boost Ebola vaccine”Sep 29 Mapp Biopharmaceutical press releaseOct 2 Regeneron press releaselast_img read more

Health Fair Canceled But Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Is Oct. 10

first_imgBy PHIL GURSKYPresidentLos Alamos Heart CouncilThe Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center a (LAMC) announce that, due to COVID-19 New Mexico Health Emergency Health Orders and related health safety concerns, the 35th Annual edition of the Los Alamos Health Fair will be cancelled for 2020.The Heart Council and LAMC regret the need to cancel, but we prioritize the health and welfare of exhibitors, health care professionals, volunteers and especially our citizen visitors, some of whom are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.  We thank all our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers and look forward to seeing them in Fall 2021 with our 35th Los Alamos Health Fair, with all of its usual features and exhibits.As a community service, The Heart Council and LAMC announce a drive-through Influenza Shot Clinic will be held from 8-11 a.m. Oct. 10, 2020 at the parking lot for Sullivan Field at the High School. he Flu Clinic will be free and available to community members, 18 years old or older. While any adult is welcome to get a Flu Shot at the Clinic, we particularly would like senior citizens and other people with vulnerabilities avail themselves of the Clinic. The volunteer health professionals and assistance volunteers will all be equipped with N95 protective masks and gloves and will adhere to all appropriate safety protocols.Please save the date of Oct. 10, 2020 for the Drive-Through Flu Clinic and look for announcements and attendance instructions.last_img read more

Next stop for coach station as Grosvenor revamps Victoria

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Bellrock: a beacon for real estate management

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Osborne scores 0/10 for green budgeting

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Straightpoint weighs up in the Netherlands

first_imgLGH chose 10-ton (9-tonne) capacity wireless compression load cells to record data before the MRI unit was placed on a trailer for relocation. Westdijk Exceptioneel Transport handled the road transport of the component from the facility to Rotterdam.Straightpoint’s compression load cells have a wireless range up to 700 m from the SW-HHP or wireless centre of gravity software. In this case, the software was installed on a laptop.The load cells then verified the centre of gravity and weight of the MRI machine and displayed the data in a HTML report.www.straightpoint.comwww.lgh.euwestdijktransport.comlast_img read more