Umphrey’s McGee Announces Webcasts From Red Rocks

first_imgJam rockers Umphrey’s McGee will hit Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this weekend, spending July 2nd and 3rd at the famed venue over the holiday weekend. With support from a host of great artists, including Dweezil Zappa and Sinkane on night one and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Main Squeeze on night two, fans are in for two incredible nights of music.For those who can’t make it out to Red Rocks, UM has you covered. The band is teaming with TourGigs to present live streams for both nights, offering single show and two-show bundles here. There will also be looping playbacks for each stream, so you can get your UM fill for hours after each show, as well as On Demand viewings for 14 days after the shows.“We like to pull out the stops in Colorado,” writes Umphrey’s in a statement, “and these two nights will be no different.” We can’t wait.last_img read more

Tech Fast-Tracks Critical Tools In COVID-19 Fight

first_imgSeattle-area firmVentec Life Systems developed the first and only Multi-Function Ventilator – VOCSN – which combines a ventilator, oxygen concentrator, cough assist, suction and nebulizer into one unified respiratory system. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Ventec knew it had to increase production. The company was used to producing approximately 150-200 VOCSN critical care ventilators per month. However, increasing that number five times still wouldn’t be enough to meet demand. With PCs and servers from Dell Technologies and financing from Dell Financial Services, Ventec teamed with General Motors to produce VOCSN critical care ventilators at a GM facility in Indiana, employing about 1,000 people and taking giant steps toward filling the federal order of 30,000 VOCSN critical care ventilators, with additional ventilators to be manufactured after that order is complete. Learn more about how Dell Technologies’ Design Solutions is enabling customers and partners to redesign their business models and transform their production lines. Hamilton Bonaduz AG’s laboratory customers depend on the Switzerland-based firm for a variety of life-saving technologies, including equipment that automates testing for COVID-19, vaccine development and ventilators. COVID-19 prompted a surge in demand for Hamilton equipment from customers like global health care suppliers. Because of a close and longstanding relationship with Dell Technologies Design Solutions, Hamilton was able to upgrade its technology and lean on Dell Technologies consulting, custom imaging and support services. The result was successful fast-tracking of delivery, prioritizing COVID-19 and shipping Hamilton equipment within five days. Auto racing giant McLaren, a long-time Dell Technologies customer, is part of a group of UK-based Formula 1 teams, engine manufacturers and their respective technology arms committed to producing ventilators for the UK. The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium has been working hard to answer the UK Government’s calls for additional ventilators in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in 10 weeks the consortium produced the number of ventilators that would have been produced in 10 years. The consortium is focused on two models of ventilators based on existing technologies and ability to be assembled with parts currently in production. Together, Dell Technologies and McLaren are providing consulting services to the consortium. Dell Technologies has also provided equipment for the ventilator assembly sites, including conferencing equipment, workstations, interactive monitors for production line monitoring and laptops to enable remote working for team members. Manufacturers of medical equipment knew that as COVID-19 spread, they’d have to increase production at unprecedented rates. Still, it was impossible to anticipate the scale of the need, which would force some companies to find new ways to manufacture equipment. It required others to fast-track the development of critical products focused on test automation and vaccine development. No matter the path, manufacturers would lean heavily on technology to get more equipment out the door and meet rapidly increasing demand.“From ventilators to liquid handling equipment and robotics, manufacturers depend on technology to produce the equipment and materials the world is counting on to fight COVID-19,” said Bryan Jones, senior vice president and general manager, Design Solutions, Dell Technologies. “These companies have seen huge increases in demand and are pushing to complete projects on extremely short timelines. I’ve been inspired by how so many manufacturers are looking at this situation in innovative ways, thinking about what’s possible rather than all the obstacles they have to overcome, with the ultimate goal of treating patients and saving lives. We, at Dell Technologies, are proud to work alongside them.”Dell Technologies has partnered with manufacturers around the world to get more life-saving equipment out the door faster. Here are just a few examples:In addition to meeting urgent demand from large customers, industrial giant Honeywell decided to convert some of its U.S. factories to produce N95 masks and hand sanitizer when COVID-19 hit. The company had to deliver on its commitments while enabling most non-manufacturing employees to work from home. On top of all this, Honeywell faced potential manufacturing delays because of plant closures in India and Mexico; a tornado that damaged a warehouse in Nashville, Tenn.; and delivery complications caused by closed borders. To support manufacturing production in new and challenging environments, Honeywell worked closely with Dell Technologies to have its office employees working from home within eight days by establishing VPNs, remote access and encryption for 30,000 desktops. Dell Technologies also fast-tracked the configuration and deployment of more than 3,000 laptops, as well as hundreds of workstations and desktops. In addition, Dell Technologies Design Solutions met aggressive timeframes for delivery of hundreds of workstations and servers globally to support remote work. Now, the companies are discussing continuous improvements to enhance the overall work from home experience for all employees.last_img read more

Video Odds & Ends: Lesli Margherita’s a Film Star & More

first_imgLesli Margherita Lin-Manuel Miranda & Patti LuPone Talk Justin BieberTony-winning grande dame Patti LuPone recently belted out “Give My Regards to Broadway,” for Hamilton’s #Ham4Ham, and now we can see what went on behind the scenes! Take a look at Entrances, Exits, & Everything in Between with Patti LuPone as she tours the Richard Rodgers Theatre with Lin-Manuel Miranda discussing cellphones, Justin Bieber and so much more. LuPone begins in the War Paint in Chicago on June 28. Lesli Margherita Hamilton Gets the VoicePlay TreatmentMore Hamilton! VoicePlay are young, scrappy and hungry…The group has teamed up with REBL HQ for a cover of “My Shot” from the hit tuner; watch the acapella music video below. View Comments P.S. Congratulations to Marilyn McCormick, drama teacher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan, who who has been awarded this year’s Tony for Excellence in Theatre Education. Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos you may have missed today. Lesli Margherita’s a Film Star!We have our first sneak peek of new comedy-musical Opening Night, starring Taye Diggs and Topher Grace, along with Olivier winner and former Broadway.com Vlogger Lesli Margherita. Check out the clip below, where Queen Lesli is being as demure as always (her words). The movie, which had previously been titled One Shot, will receive its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 3. Gloria Estefan Says 1-2-3 CryThe rhythm is currently getting everyone who goes to see Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s On Your Feet! at the Marquis Theatre, and the pop icon stopped by Live with Kelly (and Anderson Cooper)! on June 1 to chat about the show. What is she enjoying most about the bio-musical’s success? “Making people cry,” said Gloria. However, as we know, there’s no need to worry about bringing tissues to the tuner; we’re sure the Estefans still have a supply! Star Fileslast_img read more

Central Vermont Public Service earnings down

first_imgVermont Business Magazine May 7, 2010 _ Central Vermont Public Service today reported consolidated earnings of $4.2 million, or 35 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the first three months of 2010, compared to $6.9 million, or 58 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2009.– First-quarter earnings of $4.2 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, 23 cents lower than 2009 — $0.3 million increase in operating revenue — $4.6 million increase in other operating expenses, primarily due to major storm in February 2010 — $1.0 million increase in equity in earnings of affiliates– Earnings for 2010 are forecasted to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.70 per diluted share.”Much of the change was due to a major storm in February,” President Bob Young said. “Despite the storm, we’re making great progress. I was particularly pleased by our recent inclusion in Forbes’ list of the 100 most trustworthy companies in America. This listing highlights the success we have had instilling key, core values within the company, and working to be open, transparent and complete in our financial communications, accounting and corporate governance.”Going forward, we have several investment opportunities that will benefit customers and shareholders alike. We plan to invest more than $43 million in the transmission system and $38 million in our core distribution system over the course of this year,” Young said. “We will also begin significant investments in CVPS SmartPower™, our smart-grid program, which will require more than $60 million over the next few years, about half that money coming from federal stimulus funds.”We will also invest in new service territory and new hydro operations through the purchase of the assets of Vermont Marble Power Division, for approximately $33 million,” Young said.First quarter 2010 results compared to 2009First quarter operating revenues increased $0.3 million, including a $2 million increase in retail revenues, a $0.8 million increase in other operating revenues, partially offset by a $2.6 million decrease in resale revenue. The increase in retail revenues primarily resulted from a 5.58 percent base rate increase, effective January 1, 2010 and $0.9 million from ESAM revenue to recover 2008 major storm costs, partially offset by lower residential and commercial customer usage, due to warmer weather in 2010. The provision for rate refund is related to deferrals and refunds of over-collection of power, production and transmission costs as required by the power cost adjustment clause within our alternative regulation plan. This included a $0.6 million refund of over-collections from the third quarter of 2009, refunded to customers during the first quarter of 2010, partially offset by a $0.5 million over-collection of power costs during the first quarter of 2010 that will be returned to retail customers in the third quarter of 2010. Other operating revenues increased primarily due to higher levels of mutual aid for other utilities in 2010 and the sale of renewable energy credits. Resale revenues decreased due to lower average market prices despite an increase in volumes sold.Purchased power expense increased $0.1 million, due to a $0.4 million increase in purchases from Independent Power Producers, partially offset by a decrease in other power costs of $0.3 million. The decrease in other power costs was due to lower volume and capacity costs from Hydro-Quebec, reduced by higher output at the Vermont Yankee plant in 2010 and higher capacity costs. Other operating expenses increased $4.6 million, due to a $3.2 million increase in service restoration costs from a major storm in February 2010, and a $0.4 million increase in transmission expenses driven by higher rates from ISO-NE, and reduced by lower VTA billings due to higher NOATT reimbursements. We also had higher regulatory amortizations of $0.8 million from the recovery of 2008 major storm costs, and higher property taxes of $0.5 million, partially offset by lower production costs of $0.3 million, due to lower Vermont Yankee outage insurance premiums. Operating income tax expense decreased $1 million as a result of a lower level of earnings and partially offset by an unfavorable charge of $0.7 million required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as modified by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $1 million, principally due to the $20.8 million investment that we made in Transco in December 2009.2010 Financial GuidanceCV anticipates annual 2010 earnings to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.70 per diluted share. As part of the alternative regulation plan base rate filing approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, the company’s allowed rate of return for 2010 will be 9.59 percent, down from 9.77 percent for 2009.WebcastCV will host an earnings teleconference and webcast on May 7, 2010, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. At that time, CV President and CEO Robert Young and CV Chief Financial Officer Pamela Keefe will discuss the company’s financial results, as well as progress made toward achieving the company’s long-term strategy.Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the “CVPS Qtr 1 2010 Earnings Call” link on the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s website atwww.cvps.com(link is external). An audio archive of the call will be available later that day at the same location or by dialing 1-877-660-6853 within the U.S. or internationally by dialing 1-201-612-7415 and entering Account 286 and Conference ID 347698.About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.Form 10-QOn Thursday, May 6, 2010, the company filed its quarterly 2010 Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of that report is available on our web site, www.cvps.com(link is external), under the “Investor Relations” section. Please refer to it for additional information regarding our condensed consolidated financial statements, results of operations, capital resources and liquidity.Reconciliation of Earnings Per Diluted Share 2010 vs. 2009 ————-2009 Earnings per diluted share $ 0.58Year-over-Year Effects on Earnings: Higher equity in earnings of affiliates 0.05 Higher operating revenues 0.01 Higher maintenance expense (major storm in February 2010) (0.16) Higher other operating expenses (0.06) Health Care Reform/Medicare Part D – Income tax impact (0.06) Higher transmission expense (0.02) Higher purchased power expense (0.01) Other 0.02 ————-2010 Earnings per diluted share $ 0.35 =============Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets, volatility in the financial markets, and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Central Vermont Public Service Corporation – Consolidated Earnings Release (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended March 31Condensed income statement 2010 2009 ———– ———–Operating revenues: Retail sales $ 76,062 $ 74,083 Resale sales 11,339 13,933 Provision for rate refund 125 0 Other 3,481 2,711 ———– ———–Total operating revenues 91,007 90,727 ———– ———–Operating expenses: Purchased power – affiliates and other 41,718 41,610 Other operating expenses 44,196 39,618 Income tax expense 1,838 2,876 ———– ———–Total operating expense 87,752 84,104 ———– ———–Utility operating income 3,255 6,623 ———– ———–Other income: Equity in earnings of affiliates 5,395 4,445 Other, net 36 113 Income tax expense (1,589) (1,433) ———– ———– Total other income 3,842 3,125 ———– ———–Interest expense 2,895 2,876 ———– ———–Net income 4,202 6,872Dividends declared on preferred stock 92 92 ———– ———–Earnings available for common stock $ 4,110 $ 6,780 =========== ===========Per common share dataEarnings per share of common stock – basic $ 0.35 $ 0.58Earnings per share of common stock – diluted $ 0.35 $ 0.58Average shares of common stock outstanding – basic 11,725,484 11,602,354Average shares of common stock outstanding – diluted 11,756,303 11,655,175Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.46 $ 0.46Dividends paid per share of common stock $ 0.23 $ 0.23Supplemental financial statement dataBalance sheet Investments in affiliates $ 132,439 $ 104,158 Total assets $ 627,692 $ 627,496 Notes Payable (reclassified to long-term debt) $ 0 $ 10,827 Common stock equity $ 230,513 $ 221,647 Long-term debt (excluding current portions) $ 188,233 $ 167,500Cash Flows Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period $ 2,069 $ 6,722 Cash provided by operating activities 24,942 15,128 Cash used for investing activities (6,007) (5,937) Cash provided by financing activities (15,866) (2,369) ———– ———– Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 5,138 $ 13,544 =========== =========== Refer to our first-quarter 2010 Form 10-Q for additional informationSource: RUTLAND, VT — (Marketwire) — 05/07/10 — Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV)last_img read more

New River Gorge Bridge Day

first_imgFree Fallin’, BASE jumpers highlight Bridge Day in the Gorge.In October of 1980, something incredible happened in West Virginia. Five men donning parachutes walked to the edge of the newly constructed 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge. With policemen, Park Service, and safety professionals looking on in approval, they stepped into oblivion.From these humble beginnings, Bridge Day has grown to over 800 jumps per year and 100,000+ spectators who all come to participate in a celebration of the sport, spectacular fall scenery, and the local community. Although originally started as a way for the general public to walk on the bridge, BASE jumping has taken center stage.Jumpers plunge from diving boards and platforms on the side of the bridge and land in the Fayette Station river access area far below. Safety boats patrol the waters, and spectators can view the whole show from the bridge itself, trails along the rim, or the National Park observation deck at the New River Gorge Visitor Center. It remains one of the most popular legal options for BASE jumping in the U.S., and it shines as an example of how fringe sport enthusiasts and authorities can work together towards a mutually beneficial solution.Summersville local jumper Marcus Ellison has witnessed the spectacle many times since he was a child. There was something about watching people submit to the forces of gravity that resonated with him. At the age of 23, Ellison began skydiving with the intention of moving to the BASE side of the sport. Before he knew it, Bridge Day 2008 had arrived, and he was standing on a platform looking over the chasm with friends and family watching. It was his turn to jump.“It’s a moment of clarity and relaxation,” Ellison explains. “When your feet disconnect from what you are on, there is an unbelievable feeling of release and freedom. That is what I’m after: that instant when you disconnect.”Marcus has disconnected across the country, and has over 300 skydives and nearly 200 BASE jumps to his name. He is drawn to the sport for many reasons, but in no small part because of the dramatic places that it brings him to. His favorite jumps are in massive alpine environments, and are sometimes combined with skiing. This focus on the beauty of the surroundings makes BASE jumping a soulful sport that is more similar to other outdoors pursuits than many think. It doesn’t require the manpower, airline fuel, and permits that skydiving does, and it is almost always a quiet, under-the-radar activity with just a friend or two. Due to the infancy of the sport, the rules of BASE are still being written.Bridge Day is hardly a normal day for these jumpers. In spite of the fanfare, lines, and spectators, it is often the only opportunity every year to reconnect with friends from across the planet. It’s a perfect chance for first-time jumpers to meet and learn from the legends of the sport. Personalities like Red Bull athlete Miles Daisher, oil rig lifestyler Chris McDougall, and wildman Jeb Corliss can be seen in the lineup, and are quick to give high fives and trade stories with aspiring young athletes.Jason Bell, BASE Coordinator for Bridge Day, says that it is without a doubt the best day for skydivers to make their first BASE jump. “We have over 100 first-timers every year, and due to setting, the system that we have developed, and the safety measures in place, it is a perfect way to get into the sport.”Rookies feel confident at Bridge Day for several reasons. First of all, it is the third tallest bridge in the U.S., and the more time that jumpers have to deal with the unexpected, the better. Jumping from a bridge also eliminates the danger of colliding with  a cliff or other standing structures should the jumper spin and open the chute the wrong way. The primary landing area is a deep river, and rescue boats are constantly fishing jumpers out of the water. Finally, there are ambulances and other safety personnel and technology at the bottom, ready to deal with injury. On the logistical side, Bell and his team vet applicants through interview questions, and there are two gear checks for all jumpers before they are allowed to queue up for freefall.While it’s appealing to beginners, advanced athletes can also get excited about Bridge Day 2012, and its newest creation: The Human Catapult. A mechanical engineer by trade, Bell envisioned and designed a mechanism that is capable of launching jumpers 20 feet vertically and 50 feet horizontally over the edge of the bridge during Bridge Day. This addition will augment the already classic launch platform and diving board options for jumpers, and will be mixed in to the other two as participants jump on 20-25 second intervals.BASE jumpers often struggle with being labeled as adrenaline junkies and daredevils. Just like any sport, there are those who take it to its limits, but the vast majority are there for the experience and the camaraderie.  “BASE jumping is what you want it to be,” says Ellison. “It can be the craziest, scariest, most sketchball thing you could ever do, or it can be the foundation for some of the most joyful moments of your life.”Jason describes his personal fascination with the sport, and touches on the fact that it is still an incredible and vivid experience, even after over 500 jumps. “From the powerful acceleration of the jump, to the peacefulness of flying the chute, and finally the satisfaction of landing back on earth, there is nothing else like it. You realize that it is an experience that very few people will have, and it’s almost as if you are privy to a secret.” •DateOCTOBER 20, 2012Hours9:00 AM – 3:00 PMLocationNew River Gorge Bridge,Fayetteville, W.Va.Website [email protected]/TjhUfiOther ActivitiesRappelling, highlining, car show, music, chili/cornbread cookofflast_img read more

Ellijay, Ga.

first_imgPopulation: 1,619Public lands: Rich Mountain Trail, Ridgeway Recreation Area/Bike Trail, Mountaintown Creek Trail, Amicalola Falls, Coosawattee River, Talking Rock Creek, Cartecay RiverOutdoor Highlights: Mountain biking, fly fishing, Appalachian Foothills Parkway, apple pickinglast_img

Authentic FUN at work

first_imgby: Alex CastleyI hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and is enjoying 2015 so far!  I took a lot of time off during the holidays and found some time to relax.  And, by found some time, I mean I became infected with a nasty sickness which forced me to lie on the couch and do next to nothing!  Looking at the positive, I would have probably felt too busy to relax had this not have happened, so it’s a bit of a blessing in disguise.  Whether talking about home life or work life, isn’t it true people tend to describe themselves as being “busy”?  It’s a sad fact in modern society that people are always feeling busy.  Often, we do it to ourselves; other times, we have little choice in the matter.Now that I’m back to work, I remind myself that no matter how busy I feel (whether real or perceived) I should always find time during the day to have some fun or do something creative.  There’s simply no excuse not to inject a little fun into the busy workdays, as it can have countless benefits. For example, people tend to feel less stress and morale is often boosted when we can have true, authentic FUN at work.One thing my team does on a regular basis is what I’ve called “Coffee Poker”.  It was based on an idea I read about when I was in University.  For the life of me, I cannot remember where I read it or how a person could reference it.  Anyways, the idea was presented in a case study in which the manager of a factory was having difficulty with staff absenteeism and punctuality.  To cope with this, he/she decided they would deal a card from a deck of cards every day to each employee who arrives on time and stays for the entirety of a day (I’d like to think they would be relatively lenient with those staff members who are home sick).  At the end of the week, the best five card hand would win a prize of some kind – something viewed as an incentive to most or all staff. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Side Effects

first_imgAs significant as Side Effects is to me, announcing it isn’t why I wrote this piece. I wrote this for Elizabeth.She’s not just the first member I met for Side Effects, not just the first stop on my storytelling journey that will span 17 states and nearly 10,000 miles, not just the images of her that I’ve included in this piece.I wrote this to tell her that an entire industry is praying for her, thinking about her, cheering for her, learning from her, eager to serve members like her.To show her that our industry’s heart is still big enough to break for hers.To help her smile once more, to feel the sun on her face once more, and to remind her that that those who love her will always find her. Set for release in early 2021, Side Effects will be the largest single project of my career, and one of the most important. You’ll hear more about it in the months ahead. 426SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andy Janning Andy Janning is a popular keynote speaker at events across the country, a national award-winning expert in talent development, the host of NCUF’s Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, and a … Web: https://www.andyjanningphoto.com Details Elizabeth’s smile is as bright as the late-summer sunshine outside as she sits behind the wheel of her car in the middle school pick-up lane, waiting for her son Jacoby to emerge.She’s laughing because she knows exactly what he’ll do when he gets in. “He won’t say much, except to ask about food because he has football practice tonight,” she predicts through another laugh.Her phone buzzes. It’s Jacoby, and he can’t find her. She shakes her head ruefully, then begins the smartphone-powered “where are you mom!?/I’m right here/where mom?!/right in front of you” Marco Polo-esque navigation routine familiar to every parent with a school-aged kid on their family plan.Jacoby sees his mom’s car a minute later, tries to climb into the front passenger seat only to find the guy with the camera there already, then folds himself into the empty back seat instead.She asks him how school was. “Good,” he replies. He glances out the window, pauses for a beat, then asks, “Hey mom, we got anything to eat at home? I’m starving and I gotta eat before practice.” Elizabeth laughs again, filled with joy because she gets another day with her baby boy, the only son she’ll ever have.To the casual observer, everything about this scene looks normal. A comfortable suburban ritual completed by a typical suburban family.But there is nothing normal here, because Elizabeth may not live to see Jacoby graduate high school.Elizabeth is fighting stage 4 metastatic colon cancer. It is a terminal diagnosis. She’s only 43 years old.No one, not even Elizabeth, knew she was sick until a terrible night in January 2018, when what started as a stomach ache on Saturday morning escalated to her moaning and writhing in pain by midnight on Sunday. A panicked trip to the hospital confirmed the worst – her bowels were almost 100% blocked by a tumor that was actively trying to kill her. Even though emergency surgery removed the mass, it flung enough of itself into Elizabeth’s lungs, liver, and stomach to keep her on a nearly continuous chemotherapy regimen ever since that has been, too often, more brutal than the cancer itself.Since then, cancer has tried to annihilate her physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It hasn’t succeeded. She’s kept a brave face and strong heart through it all, modeling courage and calm for everyone around her who’ve supported her in every way they can.She knows the statistics and the five-year mortality rates, but she is more than those bleak numbers. She has another five decades of birthdays to celebrate, grand babies to spoil, a baby boy to pick up from practice and dance with at his wedding someday.To the casual observer, everything about her response looks normal: get sick, get brave, get treated, get better. That’s what we talk about when we talk about cancer, and rightfully so.But there is a profound and deafening silence in this country about the financial crisis of cancer: the $75,000 emergency surgeries, $8,000 chemo treatments, $3,000 injections, prescription co- pays, and untold thousands more in unexpected out-of-pocket expenses necessary just to keep the lights on and loved ones fed.Collectively, this avalanche buries cancer patients and their families under a mountain of debt from which they’ll never escape, and makes them nearly 3 times more likely to declare bankruptcy.A growing number of medical experts and professional organizations are fighting the financial crisis of cancer with better education and awareness for patients, money management advice, and direct financial assistance. They’re marshaling the resources of insurance companies, healthcare advocacy groups, caregiver networks, and financial planners.As well intentioned as these efforts are, they’ve all overlooked one industry – ours.Virtually none of the research into the financial crisis of cancer has addressed the role that financial institutions like credit unions can and must play. The National Credit Union Foundation wants to change that, which is why I’m the guy with the camera in Elizabeth’s passenger seat.I’m creating a documentary for NCUF called Side Effects that will combine short films, photography, essays, and audio storytelling to paint the clearest picture possible about the challenges that cancer patients face, how credit unions have eased their burden, and how these members need us now more than ever.last_img read more

Governor Wolf, PennDOT Announce $195 million in Roadway Improvements in North Central Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf, PennDOT Announce $195 million in Roadway Improvements in North Central Pennsylvania April 26, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Clearfield, PA –Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced over $195 million in highway and bridge improvements that will come to fruition across the north central region during the 2017 construction season.“It’s exciting to note the many improvements Pennsylvanians will see this year across this rural, nine-county region,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Travel, along with the delivery of goods and services in our more rural areas, is vital to our residents and these improvements will make that travel more convenient, efficient, and safe.”Overall highlights in the 2017 construction season for District 2 (Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties) include:approximately 210 miles of paving;approximately 54 bridges will be repaired or replaced; andapproximately 276 miles of roadway will see seal coating or micro-surfacing to extend pavement life.District 2 Executive Karen Michael said, “In a PennDOT region that stretches from the Juniata River Valley to our northern state line, we strive to involve our planning partners, municipalities, legislators, and other customers as we prioritize projects across such a large area.”Notable projects that have been bid include:the Route 155 Cowley Run bridge replacement project in Portage Township, Cameron County, for $1.6 million;the continuation of the Route 3045 (Waddle Road) bridge and roadway project in State College, Centre County for $14.7 million;the Route 322 intersection safety improvement project in Bradford Township, Clearfield County at $3 million;the Route 255 highway restoration project from Sabula to Penfield in Clearfield County estimated at $6.2 million;the Route 120 (Paul Mack Boulevard) in Clinton County featuring concrete patching and resurfacing, along with pavement restoration and drainage in downtown Lock Haven at $5.4 million;safety improvements at the intersection of Route 66 and Route 948 in Elk County at $1.8 million. Project includes a partnership with Federal Forest Service;the Route 35 bridge preservation project to address repairs and preservation of five structures in Spruce Hill, Walker, Delaware, and Milford Townships, Juniata County at $3.9 million;the Route 4004 bridge replacement over Tunungwant Creek in Bradford Township, McKean County at $3 million, a partnership with the Pitt/Bradford campus;a Route 3002 bridge preservation project for three structures in Armagh Township and Lewistown Borough in Mifflin County at $3.6 million; andcontinuation of the Route 6 betterment project in downtown Coudersport, Potter County including a new bridge superstructure at $4.8 million.Notable projects that are expected to be bid this year include:the Interstate 80 restoration project of 14 miles in Centre County from mile-marker 138 to mile-marker 152 including preservation of two bridges, estimated at $35 million;the Route 44 highway restoration project from Coneville to Shinglehouse in Potter County, including preservation of three structures at an estimated cost of $10.5 million.The investments complement the department’s Road Maintenance and Preservation, or Road MaP, program, which Governor Wolf recently announced will invest $2.1 billion in maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years. Of the investments, $1 billion will go to roadway maintenance and $1.1 billion will go to highway and bridge capital projects. Of the capital projects, $500 million will be allocated to an Interstate preservation and reconstruction program, bringing that total program, begun in 2016, to $1 billion over the next 10 years. Another $600 million will go toward rehabilitation and reconstruction needs identified through the department’s district and regional planning efforts.More information on Road MaP is available at www.penndot.gov on the “Act 89 Transportation Plan” page.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL.last_img read more

Family ties bind this dual living opportunity in Brisbane’s north

first_imgThe entire home has been newly painted.His real estate agent Ivan Bertie of Harcourts Pinnacle – Aspley has been marketing the property as a strong “dual living” opportunity – close to public transport, schools and a few minutes to Aspley Pick N Pay Hypermarket and Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre.“Quality starts from the gate, manicured gardens, stone stairs leading to granite floor balcony with timber railings, newly painted, polished timber floor, ducted airconditioning.”The house has been scheduled for sale via auction at noon on Saturday October 28, 2017. The upstairs living room has polished floors which run throughout the home. The entire home has been updated.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019It followed an open plan for the living, dining and kitchen area and also has a large storage/workshop space.Upstairs, he put in two ensuite bathrooms, renovated the main bathroom, kitchen and one bedroom now has its own balcony.“The driveway got tiled to the road, we put in paths around the house, there’s massive storage and laundry. Everything has been done within the last 10 years. You don’t need to do anything. You can just walk in and live here for another 10 to 15 years.”Mr Nenadovic said he was selling because the time was right.“I want try something new. We’ve been in this house for over 10 years. We want to do something different and the market is very good right now in Chermside West.” The kitchen is a good size and well equipped. 50 Marban St, Chermside West, has a tiled driveway and paths around the home.MILAN Nenadovic has fond memories of his Brisbane home which has just come on the market – it originally belonged to his grandfather Johnny.“It was the house of my grandfather Johnny who bought it from the guy who built this house. He passed away and now I’m in the house. For myself there are lots of memories because of my grandfather. I know how it looked 20 years ago.”In the decade since Mr Nenadovic (Jr) moved in, major renovations were undertaken on the property – located at 50 Marban Street, Chermside West – to the point where it was immaculate and move-in ready.“Downstairs is now is a two-bedroom apartment. You can have dual living. You can rent to someone or have your parents live here or even a big family,” he said.last_img read more