Don’t Have a Family Tartan? Brian Wilton Can Design One for You

first_img Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Editor’s Note: In November 2017, we had the pleasure of spending 10 captivating days in Scotland. Below is but one adventure of many from our stay. We hope the joy we experienced comes through in all our posts and missives from our adventure, which no doubt read better with a wee dram in hand. There are some things in life we just take for granted until we stop to think about them. Who made the first martini? Where do neckties come from? Who designs tartan?The beautiful thing about tartan is that its colors and patterns are designed to tell a story.We know the last question has kept you awake at night, so we are here to provide an answer. Mr. Brian Wilton MBE (Most Excellent order of the British Empire!) has designed many of the tartans you may have seen on a daily basis, from Brooks Brothers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fred Perry, and The Ryder Cup to name a few. Of course we are most excited about the tartan he designed for The Manual.What do you do with a tartan you may ask? The sky is the limit. You can print it on stationary, neck ties and cocktail coasters, or you can have it woven for scarves, man cave curtains, or liquor bottle totes. And of course, you can make it into a kilt.But, the beautiful thing about tartan is that its colors and patterns are designed to tell a story.We sat down with Wilton and gave him the back story on The Manual and he came up with what we think is a very handsome design. The story behind the color combination goes like this:Brian Wilton with the Saks Fifth Avenue TartonBlack/Green– the colors of our websiteRose– ‘The City of Roses’, Portland, Oregon where our West Coast offices are locatedYellow/Red– reflects the taxicabs in New York City, home to our East Coast offices, as well as the color of ‘The Big Apple’Purple– The Editor-in-Chief’s favorite colorWe were curious to learn how exactly one becomes a tartan designer and Wilton was kind enough to tell us more. Read on to hear his tales from working with a Prime Minister’s wife, flying north of the Arctic Circle, and penning several books all on the world’s most distinctive brand. How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shockedcenter_img How did you become a tartan designer?By accident! As Director of the Scottish Tartans Authority at the time, I was asked by the British Government to organize a special tartan for the 2005 G8 Summit at Scotland’s premier hotel – Gleneagles.I decided the fairest way was to ask all the major weavers to submit two or three design from which the government officials could make their choice. To me, none of the submissions were very inspiring and at the eleventh hour, I decided that I could do better and hastily added three designs to widen the choice.I seem to have ended up as the world’s only full-time tartan designer.My embarrassment was acute when I learned that of the three short-listed designs sent to 10 Downing Street (official home of the British Prime Minister), two of them were mine. The final choice was made by Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie, who chose – you’ve guessed it – one of mine!It was then that it dawned on me, that this previously hidden skill had possibilities and I seem to have ended up as the world’s only full-time tartan designer.Is there a school or degree for it?No, surprisingly. Although there are many specialist textile design courses in Scotland, up to degree and master level, none that I know of covers tartan – unbelievable in the country that ‘owns’ the world’s most distinctive brand!Has the job taken you to far off lands for interesting projects?It certainly has! In Britain alone it’s taken me to a reception at 10 Downing Street, a Royal Garden Party, Buckingham Palace for appointment by HRH Prince Charles as a Member of the British Empire (MBE); to TV studios, to film shoots, and radio interviews around the globe.Overseas trips to deliver presentations or visit clients include north of the Arctic circle to the Norwegian port town of Harstad; to Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia; Belgium, the Netherlands, Northern Spain, Japan, and of course many places in the USA with the favorite, of course, being the Big Apple.Downing Street, BritainBesides ours, is there a tartan that you are most proud of designing?Yes – out the 160 tartans that I’ve designed, one stands out head and shoulders on the ‘pride parade’ and that’s the Russian Arctic Convoy Tartan that I was commissioned to design by the Russian Consul General in Edinburgh, Andrey A. Pritsepov. It was to mark the 75th Anniversary of the first of those death-ridden oceangoing convoys of World War II that sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland, and North America to northern ports in the Soviet Union, a route described by Winston Churchill as the “worst journey in the world.”More than 3,000 lives were lost on those convoys and it was indeed a very humbling experience to become involved in such a commemorative project.The Russian Arctic Convoy tartan encapsulates the essential colours remembered by convoy veterans.Design rationale:“With echoes of the MacLeod and MacKenzie tartans from the clan-lands bordering Loch Ewe – departure point for so many of the World War II Arctic Convoys to Archangel and Murmansk – the Russian Arctic Convoy tartan encapsulates the essential colours remembered by convoy veterans. Colours of dread, death and destruction but colours too of bravery, hope and survival. White brings a multitude of memories – ice flows, wind-whipped wave-tops, snow and ice-encrusted superstructures and today . . . the classic white berets of the surviving veterans. Grey is for the sea and the sky, for the allied battleships and for the ever-threatening enemy U-Boats. Black is for line upon line of Luftwaffe bombers and their devastating cargoes, while silver is the most chilling sight of all – the bubbles in the wake of an oncoming torpedo. Brightening the hopes of many thousands of those Arctic mariners however, was the Red Ensign of the escorting Royal Naval vessels and red too, was in those merchantmen’s own flag – the Red Duster – and that of Russia, their hazardous destination.” You have written several books- are those available stateside? My book Tartans met with critical acclaim, but unfortunately is now out of print – but certainly still available on Amazon, although they’re quoting crazy prices!I’ve also worked closely with Collins Publishers on their clan maps and tartan guides and am in the process of writing a major guide on Highland Dress. One of my other books has nothing to do with tartan – Breakfast – 200 Recipes to Jump Start the Day, written during my love affair with Scottish food.Where did your love of tartan come from?I returned to Scotland a few decades ago to publish and launch a new – and short-lived – national magazine, and one of the early articles that I commissioned was on tartan. That glimpse into a hitherto unknown world was fascinating and I realized the untapped potential of tartan as a non-political cultural tool, seemingly unappreciated in its homeland. Those who were involved in it seemed either motivated purely by its commercial applications or by esoteric research opportunities. And never the twain did meet!My unusual and varied skill set suited me admirably to plant a foot in both camps – mammon and academia. The more I learned the more interested I became and soon discovered the truth of that old maxim – ‘In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.’If you are interested in a custom tartan for your family or business, reach out to Mr. Wilton here. Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Photos Heidi Klum And Pau Gasol Honored At Childrens Hospital Gala

first_imgHeidi Klum, Pau Gasol and The Walt Disney Company were honored last week at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala: Noche de Ninos, for their compassion and dedicated support of the hospital’s mission.Antonio Banderas and Actress Melanie Griffith attend the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala: Noche de NinosCredit/Copyright: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los AngelesNearly 1,000 prominent philanthropists, local dignitaries and supporters joined them at The Events Deck at L.A. LIVE and helped raise more than $2.6 million to fund critical hospital needs.Heidi Klum attends the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala: Noche de NinosCredit/Copyright: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los AngelesEvening presenters Jamie Lee Curtis, Melanie Griffith and Phil Jackson, as well as Antonio Banderas, Kyle Richards, Mary Hart, Penelope Ann Miller, Garcelle Beauvias, Dustin Brown, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkosvkiy, AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke and Olympic gold medalist Carmelita Jeter joined the festivities in support of the hospital’s signature biennial event, which aims to raise unrestricted funds to benefit patient care, medical research and families in need at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.The event – proudly supported by AEG and presented by The Walt Disney Company, Delta, Costco Wholesale, Alyce and Warren “Spud” Williamson, Dayle and Ken Roath and The Estate of Cameron Glidewel – was inspired by 11-year-old terminal cancer patient, Dustin Meraz, whose last wish was to encourage adults to have the “courage to care.”Melanie Griffith and Jamie Lee CurtisCredit/Copyright: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles“I know how important great doctors and a great staff can be – they provide the care and consideration that parents need most in that moment of their lives,” said Jay Rasulo, The Walt Disney Company Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and former parent of a hospitalized child. “I’m here on behalf of the 150,000 people who work at The Walt Disney Company who would be as touched and honored as I am to receive the Courage to Care award. Disney’s work with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles spans nearly 30 years, and it’s an enduring relationship because we share the same values and goals: creating hope and building healthier futures for kids and families. Together we bring more comfort and care than each of us can do separately on our own.”“It’s such an honor to be recognized today, but it’s the incredible nurses and doctors who perform miracles every day,” said supermodel, television host, mom and designer, Heidi Klum, who was presented her award by three hospital patients. “I know as a parent I get nervous if one of my own has a fever or a cough, so I’m in awe of what’s accomplished every day inside the walls of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. What these kids go through everyday amazes me and it’s been an honor and a privilege to be part of such an incredible institution.”“I feel so fortunate to be part of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and to be able to touch peoples lives at this level,” said NBA superstar, Pau Gasol. “To be able to save a child’s life, to be able to have that kind of impact, that’s really powerful. The doctors, nurses and surgeons, those are the real heroes, those are my heroes.”To kick off the evening, guests enjoyed cocktails inside The Events Deck at L.A. LIVE, which was transformed into an enchanted forest complete with floating candles, beautiful rustic touches and sounds of the forest. Guests dined on food served by renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and enjoyed comedy from the night’s Master of Ceremonies, Emmy Award-winning “Dancing with Stars” host, Tom Bergeron. The evening also featured headline entertainment by Grammy-nominated artist, Five For Fighting, who donned a L.A. Kings jersey and cap for the performance in honor of AEG.last_img read more

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Bribery remains prevalent across Western Balkans UN report finds

17 May 2011One in six people living in the Western Balkans region has been exposed to some form of bribery with a public official in the past year, according to a new survey released by the United Nations anti-crime agency. One in six people living in the Western Balkans region has been exposed to some form of bribery with a public official in the past year, according to a new survey released by the United Nations anti-crime agency.The survey of 28,000 people – issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and funded by the European Commission – found that corruption is the third-most pressing issue for residents of the region after jobs and poverty, well ahead of security or education.Bribes remain common in many daily encounters, the report noted, with payments frequently given to doctors, police officers, nurses and municipal officers, and an average of four to 10 bribes paid out by a person each year.Nearly half of participants said the public official either explicitly or implicitly requested the bribe, with cash the overwhelmingly most popular form of payment. More than a fifth reported that food or drink was given instead.The most common reason for giving a bribe was, according to the survey respondents, to ensure that they “received better treatment,” while other reasons cited included the desire to speed up a procedure, avoid paying a fine or finalize a procedure.Just 1.5 per cent of respondents reported the bribe incident to authorities, with most saying that no one would care or that the practice was so widespread that it would be pointless to report.The average amount of money paid in a bribe ranged from €103 to €1,212, which in some countries or areas of the Western Balkans amounts to more than 140 per cent of average weekly salaries.Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, said the region’s countries deserved credit for at least signing up to the UN Convention against Corruption and for taking steps to try to combat the scourge.“The areas highlighted in this report provide us with a realistic viewpoint of the on-the-ground situation which is so critical to authorities as we collectively work together in countering corrupt practices at all levels,” he said. read more

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Helping to eliminate hunger is in the interest of rich countries UN

Jacques Diouf, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told its biennial governing conference in Rome that more money is needed to tackle the latest challenges involving hunger and access to food. Mr. Diouf said it is essential that national decision-makers, civil society and other groups mobilize against the problems of hunger and malnourishment. “The existence of hunger in a world of plenty is not just a moral outrage, it is also the result of short-sighted economic policy…It is therefore in the interest of everyone, rich and poor alike, to combat hunger, injustice and exclusion,” he said. Mr. Diouf said hunger and poverty cannot be reduced without sustainable agriculture and rural development, pointing out that agriculture provides a livelihood for 2.5 billion people in developing countries. He said FAO faced many other challenges in the years ahead, including the protection of biodiversity and natural resources, the stabilization and growth of agricultural production, the protection of consumers and the mitigation of the impact of HIV/AIDS. The FAO chief also warned against financial cuts to the organization, which he said has not had a budgetary increase in seven years. “[The FAO’s] present budget of $651.8 million for 187 Member States is $21.4 million less than the 1994-95 budget, when the Organization had only 169 Members,” he told the conference. read more

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New bird flu strain in Europe threatens poultry sector UN agency warns

In a press release issued today, the FAO said that Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have confirmed the new avian influenza virus strain H5N8 in poultry farms, and German authorities have also found the virus in a wild bird.Earlier this year, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea reported outbreaks of H5N8 in poultry, as well as findings in migratory birds and waterfowl.The fact that the virus has now been found within a very short time interval in three European countries, both in a wild bird and in three very different poultry production systems, suggests that wild birds may have played a role in spreading the virus, according to experts from the FAO and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).H5N8 has thus far not been confirmed to infect people, FAO said. However, it is highly pathogenic for domestic poultry, causing significant mortality in chickens and turkeys. The virus can also infect wild birds, which show little signs of illness. It is known from other influenza viruses that wild birds are able to carry the virus long distances, the agency explained.If poultry systems with low-biosecurity conditions become infected in countries with limited veterinary preparedness, the virus could spread through farms with devastating effects, both on vulnerable livelihoods as well as on country economies and trade, FAO emphasized. The best way for countries to safeguard against these impacts is to encourage better biosecurity and to maintain surveillance systems that detect outbreaks early and enable veterinary services to respond rapidly, FAO said.Specifically, FAO and OIE are recommending at-risk countries to increase surveillance efforts for the early detection of H5N8 and other influenza viruses; maintain and further strengthen the rapid-response capacities of veterinary services; reinforce biosecurity measures, with particular emphasis on minimizing contact between domestic poultry and wild birds; and raise the awareness of hunters and other individuals who may come into contact with wildlife in order to provide early information on sick or dead wild birds.The new strain of avian influenza has not resulted in human cases, FAO noted. It is nevertheless related to the H5N1 virus, which is known to have spread from Asia into Europe and Africa in 2005 and 2006, and has caused the deaths of nearly 400 people and hundreds of millions of poultry to date. read more

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Baseballs Most Surprising Seasons Good And Bad

Adam Moore201026.340.2260.2 Jose Bautista201030.325.42199.9 Andruw Jones200831.350.2380.0 Tony Pena200827.299.1750.0 Alexi Casilla200723.354.2400.2 Carlos Ruiz201233.327.39698.4 Tyler Colvin201126.343.2130.0 Brandon Wood201025.300.1670.0 Travis Hafner200831.387.2700.0 Rob Brantly201324.347.2370.3 Jason Bartlett200930.325.39498.5 Josh Bard200628.311.39899.1 Chone Figgins201133.329.2320.1 PlayerYearAgeProj. wOBAActual wOBAPercentile Aaron Hill201230.309.38098.8 Tommy Manzella201027.339.2360.4 Garrett Atkins200627.339.41198.2 Mark Kotsay200732.333.2530.5 Luke Scott200628.316.43799.9 Brian Giles200938.346.2470.1 Brandon Moss201229.296.40299.8 Reid Brignac201125.320.2030.1 Clint Barmes200627.340.2510.6 Justin Morneau201130.367.2740.2 Carlos Quentin200826.334.41999.1 Ian Desmond201227.308.37598.2 Justin Morneau201029.358.43699.5 Jason Bay201234.331.2470.4 Jermaine Dye200632.338.42599.7 Nick Hundley201229.326.2090.0 Jim Thome201040.359.43098.8 Brent Lillibridge201128.297.37598.1 Mike Trout201221.330.42799.3 Magglio Ordonez200733.354.43599.4 Dioner Navarro201329.289.37298.8 Martin Maldonado201327.327.2280.4 Justin Ruggiano201230.311.40999.3 Chris Davis201327.337.41198.7 Mike Lamb200833.336.2530.6 Ryan Raburn201231.334.2190.0 Wily Mo Pena200826.350.2310.0 Scott Spiezio200634.301.37298.2 Pete Kozma201325.350.2390.2 Josh Hamilton201029.360.44199.4 Which baseball players have had the most surprisingly bad and surprisingly good seasons in recent years? I wondered about this while researching an article on whether spring training performance foreshadows regular-season production.I calculated the uncertainty in the Marcel forecasting system projection for batting wOBA — a measure of a hitter’s overall offensive production per plate appearance — based on the reliability of the forecast. This gives us a range of expected results and allows us to look at which players’ regular-season performances were the least likely going into the year. It’s a nice way of quantifying unexpectedly good and bad campaigns.First, the most surprising strong seasons in the dataset I used in my article, which extends back to 2006 (minimum 200 plate appearances): Adam Dunn201132.364.2690.1 Jose Bautista201131.359.43098.8 Mike Napoli201130.346.44499.9 Jacoby Ellsbury201128.337.41399.1 Adam Kennedy200731.335.2530.5 Jerry Hairston200832.290.38499.7 Ruben Tejada201324.321.2380.5 Ben Zobrist200928.311.41399.8 Ryan Raburn201332.305.38799.3 B.J. Upton201329.341.2600.4 Andy LaRoche200825.335.2320.5 Milton Bradley201032.372.2900.6 Melky Cabrera201228.326.39598.7 Carlos Gonzalez201025.342.41898.6 Jeff Francoeur201329.320.2350.3 Hanley Ramirez201330.346.44499.9 PlayerYearAgeProj. wOBAActual wOBAPercentile J.D. Drew201136.355.2750.6 Before the 2013 season, we would have expected there to be a 50 percent chance that Hanley Ramirez’s wOBA would be above .346. If you’d asked us what the odds were that Ramirez’s wOBA would reach or beat .444, we would have said practically zero — 0.1 percent, to be exact.The fact that Ramirez’s wOBA was .444 was an outcome in the 99.9th percentile of his preseason wOBA distribution.Flipping things around, here are the most disappointing seasons of the past eight years: Travis Hafner, if you’ll recall, had been one of the best hitters in baseball in the four years leading up to 2008, which was one of the big reasons why another statistical system for forecasting player performance, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver’s PECOTA, called for the Cleveland Indians to win 91 games that year. Instead, the Indians went 81-81 as Hafner’s wOBA sunk to .270 — an outcome that seemed almost impossible (hence, the 0.0 percentile score).Keep in mind that this method is based on the Marcel reliability score, which essentially measures how much of a given projection is made up of the league mean and how much belongs to the player’s statistical record. It employs a generic age adjustment, but it does not look at similar players at similar ages, as Silver did with PECOTA.Hafner, Andruw Jones, Chone Figgins, Adam Dunn and others on the second list hit their early 30s and, rather than declining gradually, completely fell apart. Marcel has no way to determine whether players with certain tendencies or body types are more likely to completely crater, which would affect our confidence intervals. Cleaning up projections on the margins like that is one of the ways a system such as PECOTA is superior to Marcel, even though the returns diminish sharply with extra complexity. read more

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Norddeutsche Affinerie receives EU approval to merge with Cumerio

first_imgThe path is set  to create the leading European copper producer and processor. The European Commission has given its approval to the planned merger of Norddeutsche Affinerie (NA) with the Belgian Cumerio, without conditions. After completion of the antitrust investigation, the Commission announced today that the EU had cleared the plan without reservations.Dr Bernd Drouven, NA’s CEO, said: “[The] decisions takes us an important step nearer to the targeted merger of NA with Cumerio. We are optimistic that we can carry out the merger quickly and efficiently and will now begin the tender period very shortly.” NA made the Cumerio shareholders a cash offer of €30/share in June 2007. Cumerio’s management board subsequently recommended its shareholders accept the offer.last_img read more

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Brasil and Norway are the best in Beach Handball

Very good organised Beach Handball WC in Antalya (Turkey) is finished with celebration of Brasil and Norway. In the Final of Men’s Tournament, Brasil won their second world title against Hungary 2:0 (15:7, 18:15).  Bronze medal won home team Turkey against Egypt 2:1.At the Women’s Tournament in clash of Scandinavians, Norway was better and beat Denmark 2:0 (18:14, 20:16). Third place won Brasil against Ukraine 2:0. ← Previous Story Filip Jicha is the Player of the Year in Czech Republic! Next Story → Argentina, Brasil and Chile won tickets for Sweden 2011! read more

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Geek deals save 449 on Dell XPS 15 quadcore laptop

first_imgXPS is arguably the best consumer line of laptops that Dell has going now. They usually have more power than the popular Inspiron line, offer parts upgrades that aren’t too pricey, all while being relatively easy on the eyes.This particular deal on a Dell XPS 15 is a great example. For $449 off the retail price, this build lands you a quad-core setup with Core i7 processors, 8GB RAM, discrete NVIDIA GeForce 540M graphics (2GB), and a spacious 1TB hard drive. It’s not super slim or light at 5.96lbs., but it’s still easy enough to tote around and powerful enough to supplant most desktops.It’s a fairly serious configuration and in the same general price range as those come-hither ultrabooks, which don’t offer nearly as much horsepower or space. Additionally, a Blu-ray player and burner comes built in, along with 2.1 JBL speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3 and a 2MP webcam. The HDMI, DisplayPort, and two USB 3.0 inputs are a nice addition, and the TV tuner might be the best-kept secret on this laptop.This model also has a 1080p display, which is pretty unusual for even high-end laptops, unless you’re willing to pay for the upgrade. Usually, all these extra would tack hundreds of dollars onto the price. Instead, Dell has it up for offer at a 27% discount, at $1199 for a nicely outfitted system.Check out this deal on LogicBuy.last_img read more

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Greek Australian fraudster pleads guilty to charges in England

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Joseph Valadakis, 48, is expected to face a lengthy prison sentence after posing as the British royal family’s doctor and extracting £160,000 from his ‘patients’.Valadakis defrauded two families of vast sums after convincing them that they were the only ‘commoners’ he was permitted to treat. His treatments included creams consisting of snail excrement, ‘dinosaur clay’ and whale sperm that were used for massages. Valadakis’ patients footed enormous medical bills on the presumption they were being treated by a real doctor. His website listed all of his supposed credentials, including a PhD in quantum physics from Cambridge University and leading a team undertaking clandestine research at University College Hospital in London. The fraudster moved to the United Kingdom from Australia in the early 1990s, and told his patients he had treated well-heeled Britons such as Theresa May, Russell Brand, Robbie Williams and Sophia Loren, after setting up the website under the pseudonym of Josef Hoffman. His cons included convincing a father of two, Phillip Randerson, that he had pancreatic cancer. Randerson’s wife Emma said Valadakis scared them out of seeking a second opinion. “We trusted that he was going to cure Philip of cancer,” she said in court. “He told us we would only be paying for the products that we used. He said he didn’t charge for his time because this was a hobby to him. “He said he was allowed to treat 10 per cent of commoners. In return we would pay two per cent of the price of the product that we used and in return we would act as research for the government.” During proceedings Valadakis said he never presented himself as a doctor, rather a biophysicist, but a jury convicted him of two charges of fraud by misrepresentation, clearing him of one fraud offence. He has now been remanded and is awaiting sentencing.last_img read more

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WWE issues statement on current ongoing lawsuits

first_imgFacebook Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE issued the following statement today about two of their current, ongoing lawsuits that was included in their 10-K filing:“On July 26, 2014, the Company received notice of a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, entitled Warren Ganues and Dominic Varriale, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Vincent K. McMahon and George A. Barrios, alleging violations of federal securities laws based on certain statements relating to the negotiation of WWE’s domestic television license. The complaint seeks certain unspecified damages. A nearly identical lawsuit was filed one month later entitled Curtis Swanson, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Vincent K. McMahon and George A. Barrios. Both lawsuits are purported securities class actions subject to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”). On September 23-24, five putative plaintiffs filed motions to be appointed lead plaintiff and to consolidate the two cases pursuant to the PSLRA. Following a hearing on October 29, 2014, the Court issued an order dated November 5, 2014 appointing Mohsin Ansari as Lead Plaintiff and consolidating the two actions. On January 5, 2015, the Lead Plaintiff filed an amended complaint. Among other things, the amended complaint adds Stephanie McMahon Levesque and Michelle D. Wilson as named defendants. While these lawsuits are in the early stages, the Company believes the claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them.”“On October 23, 2014, a purported class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, entitled William Albert Haynes III, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., and on January 16, 2015 a purported class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, entitled Evan Singleton and Vito LoGrasso, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, v. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., both alleging that the Company ignored, downplayed, and/or failed to disclose the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries suffered by WWE’s performers. These suits both seek unspecified actual, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief, including ordering medical monitoring. The Company believes the claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against them.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WhatsApp Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Twitter Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest Bret Hart issues a statement following his attack at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday WWE issues statement on Bret Hart being attacked by fan during Hall of Fame ceremony WWE issues statement responding to John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” segmentlast_img read more

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Clark County seeks to fill Gorge commission seat

first_imgClark County is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Columbia River Gorge Commission, which oversees the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.There are 13 commissioner seats, with Washington and Oregon governors appointing three commissioners each to represent their state, and each of the six counties in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area appoint one of their own.The counties are Clark, Skamania and Klickitat, and Wasco, Hood River and Multnomah in Oregon. The Secretary of Agriculture appoints one nonvoting commissioner.The commission works with the U.S. Forest Service to implement the scenic area’s management plan and serves as an appellate body for land use decisions in the scenic area. It oversees a bi-state agency with six full-time staff, in White Salmon.The appointment for Clark County’s seat goes from July 1 through June 30, 2023. Commissioners serve four-year terms, to a maximum of two consecutive terms.The commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at different locations throughout the Gorge.Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Alyssa Weyhrauch, County Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000, or to alyssa.weyhrauch@clark.wa.gov.Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 26.last_img read more

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PDM reveals TCI financial plan in Budget debate

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 18, 2017 – Grand Turk – Historically today, the Turks and Caicos will hear the financial plan of a new government which is led by a lady, who also happens to be the country’s Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon Sharlene Robinson.It has been 13 years since the People’s Democratic Movement as Government has laid out their fiscal strategy for the Turks and Caicos Islands, and while the budget is said to have a continuation of many PNP projects there are allotments which the PDM is touting as characteristic of what their party deems important to national development.In a debrief this morning, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Dwayne Taylor shared with Magnetic Media that coverage of the session will be wide with live streaming online at Facebook courtesy of Life Productions, on Digicel Play Ch2 also courtesy of Life Productions; on radio via Radio Turks and Caicos which also has live audio streaming from its website and aired over Ch53 on the PTV network and there is live coverage by 4News on the Digicel network.Hon Taylor said he anticipates 100% attendance by all elected and appointed members of Parliament for the convening which opened at 10am and opening prayer is by Rev. Claire Robinson. Acting Attorney General, Dr. Michael Dillon will be sworn in to fill the ex-officio role of the AG in the House of Assembly, as Hon RhondaLee Braithwaite-Knowles is absent.The Appropriations Bill 2017-2018 will be presented by Premier Robinson, a rebuttal by the Leader of the Opposition PNP or a designate will follow.    “It is expected that debate on the Budget will take up most of the proceedings and we expect that the Bill will go through all three readings today,” explained Speaker Taylor.While you never know, the Speaker said he expects there to be no hiccups in HOA operations today, and announced that within this fiscal year it is expected that the House of Assembly will again be relocated for 3-4 months for repairs, which includes the leaky roof of the NJS Francis Building, which is where parliament is housed.  The building is a part of an already heralded ‘green project’ by the PDM Administration.Two other bills are on the agenda for a possible first reading, and the hot button issue of service charges to hospitality workers will see the Private Members Motion requesting an amendment to the law likely to a second reading within this session which runs until this Friday, April 21, 2017.The Premier does have the prerogative to re-order the agenda, so things could change explained the Speaker.  On the order paper, five questions from the Opposition; four from Leeward and Long Bay Hills member, Hon Akierra Missick and one question from Appointed member for the PNP, Hon Royal Robinson.The House of Assembly is currently in session.#MagneticMediaNews#HOAinsession#historicdayinTCIHouseofAssembly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#historicdayinTCIHouseofAssembly, #HOAinsession, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Holiday Wishes from ASA President Ron Moore

first_imgASA President Ron MooreAs we celebrate the holiday season, please give thanks to our Creator for all the gifts that we enjoy: The joy of being with family and friends. The successful conclusion of another harvest. The faith that the coming year will be a bountiful one. The knowledge that we are kept safe by those who sacrifice much during this Christmas season.Deb and I wish that your family feel the love, peace and joy that come with the spirit of Christmas.-Ron and Deb Moorelast_img

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10000 Musicians Fans Gather To Honor Fats Domino In New Orleans

first_imgFats Domino Second Line entering the Lower 9th right now. pic.twitter.com/nn8o3juQFT— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) November 1, 2017 Twitter Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 25, 2017 – 2:20 pm Recording Academy Remembers Fats Domino “Second line” parades are a classic New Orleans tradition, where in brass musicians, parade watchers and other partygoers hit the streets to form an impromptu procession following a parade’s “main line,” which is comprised of the actual permitted parade participants. The tradition is so deeply entwined in New Orleans culture and history that many parts of the city have an annual, semiunofficial “second line season,” in which residents engage in spur-of-the-moment second line parades almost every Sunday.As a New Orleans native and longtime resident prior to his passing, Fats Domino would surely have been touched by the outpouring of support and joyous celebration of his life and contribution to the city’s musical culture.Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Watch New Video For “Call On God” https://twitter.com/BeauWillimon/status/925862382726983681center_img The rock and roll pioneer received an unforgettable musical send-off from his hometown Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 2, 2017 – 12:00 pm An estimated 10,000 people gathered on Nov. 1 to say farewell to the late rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino, who passed away on Oct. 24 at the age of 89. In inimitable New Orleans style, the gathered crowd broke out their brass horns, tambourines, and Mardi Gras digs to give Domino an unforgettable “second line” send off as they marched through the city’s iconic Ninth Ward and past the singer’s former home on Caffin Avenue.  Participants included Dominos’ grandson Chevis Domino and fellow New Orleans natives Dr. John and Trombone Shorty, as Billboard reports. 10,000 Musicians, Fans Gather To Honor Fats Domino In New Orleans Fats Domino’s 10,000-Strong Second Line Send-Off 10000-musicians-fans-gather-honor-fats-domino-new-orleans Email last_img read more

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Advocates Call For More Sanctuary Congregations Ahead Of New Texas Law

first_img Share Julian AguilarOur Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Paso.The backdrop for Rev. Noel Andersen’s sermon last week wasn’t a church dais but the gates of the Governor’s Mansion in Austin. The unusual setting didn’t stop him from preaching about his disappointment in Gov. Greg Abbott for signing one of the most aggressive state-based immigration laws in the country the night before.“Somebody told me once that the Bible was important here,” Andersen said, ginning up an already fiery crowd of opponents that have, since January, railed against Senate Bill 4.Andersen is from Washington, D.C., where his nonprofit, Church World Service, is based. But he said he expects to spend much of the summer in Texas, working to reignite a movement of churches offering “sanctuary” to the undocumented, an effort that has taken on a new urgency since Abbott signed SB 4, which goes into effect Sept. 1.“We do expect to see a greater need now as immigrants are being more targeted through SB 4 and through President Trump’s policies,” Andersen said. “[The goal is] helping stop a deportation order and creating space to create a legal campaign to be able to stop that deportation and keep those people with their families.”The bill allows peace officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain or arrest. It also punishes department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents. The governor and other supporters of the bill insist it’s needed to deter people who are already in the country illegally from committing more crimes.But law enforcement agencies and faith-based organizations argue the law opens up the state to legalized racial profiling and threatens to undermine the trust immigrants place in local police officers. Some religious groups argue that those concerns have been largely ignored by Texas Republican leaders that have supported the bill. The governor’s office did not respond to an email requesting comment for this story.But Andersen said there is a silver lining if the new law draws more attention to the decades-long practice of recognizing churches and other buildings as “sensitive locations” when it comes to immigration enforcement.“Sanctuary congregations are committed to opening their congregations to undocumented people who are in need,” Andersen said. “Oftentimes, that includes someone facing a deportation order or an imminent deportation.” Andersen’s effort is just one example of how opponents of SB 4 are expected to mobilize over the summer across Texas ahead of the bill’s Sept. 1 implementation date. Last week, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Maverick County and the city of El Cenizo sued Texas over the bill. More lawsuits are expected.Faith-based groups have the wind at their backs in one respect: Immigration and Customs Enforcement have long recognized churches and other buildings as generally off limits, except under extreme circumstances.“The policies provide that enforcement actions at or focused on sensitive locations such as schools, places of worship, and hospitals should generally be avoided, and that such actions may only take place when (a) prior approval is obtained from an appropriate supervisory official, or (b) there are exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action without supervisor approval,” an ICE memo states.The “sensitive locations” policy predates Trump, but Andersen said he hasn’t heard the administration has plans to change it. In a memo released in March, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed the policy was still in effect.“They could rescind that, but we believe even without that policy … there is a certain symbolic protection that congregations and places of worship have,” he said.The movement has been around since the 1980s, when a wave of Central American immigrants came to the United States seeking refuge. After a meeting between Presbyterians and a Quakers in Arizona, the two networks joined forces and began offering safe haven to Nicaraguans and El Salvadorans, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The movement eventually spread to Illinois, northern California and South Texas.The movement has experienced a resurgence in the country since 2014 that included an Austin case involving a Central American undocumented immigrant. In June 2015, Sulma Franco, a gay woman from Guatemala, was taken in by the staff of First Unitarian Universalist Church after receiving a final deportation order. She said her sexual orientation made her a target in the violent Central American country and refused to report to ICE. The agency eventually relented, and Franco was granted a stay two months later.To be sure, not all faith-based groups view themselves as sanctuary congregations, but some have a history of aiding undocumented people in other ways. “Texas Baptist Convention has an immigration service center in San Antonio, but it doesn’t house anyone,” said Dr. Gus Reyes, the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. “But anyone who is here and has any possibility of receiving legal status or going from a green card visa to becoming a U.S. citizen, we try to help those folks.”Last week, Andersen expressed hope that Austin would set the example and spread the sanctuary message across the state.“We have a strong movement in Austin, and we have dedicated faith leaders that work with immigrants and refugees throughout Texas,” he said.Read related coverage:Here are five things you should know about Senate Bill 4 and how it will affect Texas’ undocumented immigrants and local authorities.Border town El Cenizo and Maverick County have sued the state of Texas over Senate Bill 4, claiming constitutional violations.The police chief of the largest city in Texas said he will enforce SB 4 but hopes his officers realize the risks they place themselves in by becoming de facto immigration agents.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/16/after-sb4-faith-based-groups-work-spread-message-sanctuary-congregatio/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

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Pending Legislation May Be Lifesaving for Kidney Disease Patients

first_imgTwo pieces of legislation in Congress could help African Americans and others fight chronic kidney disease and survive, according to the National Kidney Foundation. One is the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (H.R. 4814), introduced by Reps. Tom Marino (R-Penn.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.) in June. The bill promotes chronic kidney disease research and education, expands care coordination efforts, and protect access to care for dialysis patients.“This legislation calls for the federal government to provide a report on all the research that has occurred in minority populations and what those findings are,” Tonya Saffer, senior health policy director for the National Kidney Foundation, said.The CDC defines chronic kidney disease as a condition where kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood, allowing wastes to remain in the body, which usually causes other health problems. According to the foundation, diabetes and high blood pressure are the two main causes of kidney failure in the United States. African Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney failure with 32 percent receiving dialysis for kidney failure even though Blacks account for only 13 percent of the U.S. population, according to the foundation’s website.She said the bill would help identify the reasons African Americans are less likely to receive a kidney transplant. “One particularly noteworthy provision in the legislation is that it requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to report to Congress the social, behavioral, and biological factors leading to kidney disease, current efforts to slow the progression of kidney disease in minority populations, and treatment patterns associated with providing care to minority populations,” Saffer said.The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2013 (H.R. 1428/ S. 323), insures Kidney transplant patients have continuous access vital medications needed to survive by extending Medicare coverage for kidney transplant recipients. Currently, patients who receive kidney transplants lose Medicare coverage 36 months after the transplant if they are younger than 65 and have no other disabilities. “This bill helps kidney transplant recipients, who are unable to obtain health insurance once their Medicare coverage expires, maintain access to the lifesaving drugs they need to make sure they don’t reject their transplanted kidney,” Saffer said.She said access to viable health insurance is still a problem for kidney disease patients, even though the Affordable Care Act has been initiated. “While the Affordable Care Act has helped many people access comprehensive insurance that would cover these medications, in some states many lower income individuals are still unable to get health insurance,” she said.Tony Washington, a retired D.C. Public Schools employee, said he was fortunate to have both Medicare and insurance from his job help pay for the treatment. After being on dialysis for 13 years, Washington received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor in 2011.As a survivor he goes to health fairs, speaking engagements, and other events suggested by the foundation to share his experiences and encourage people to have regular check-ups. “I want to put the word out there, just because you’re healthy and look good, that does not mean that you ok,” Washington said.The National Institute of Health is conducting a study on kidney disease, where they have discovered a gene, Apol 1, that is more likely to be found in people of African-American descent at rick for kidney failure.New cases of kidney failure among African Americans have been declining over the past few years, however, the total number of Black people diagnosed is still highest, said Constance Mere, associate professor of medicine division of Nephrology at Howard University Hospital.last_img read more

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WATCH Mom gives heartbreaking account of lesbian daughters death from overdose

first_img‘Through HRC’s work in the South, we have found that the most effective way to change hearts and minds is simply to share the stories of our LGBTQ friends and neighbors,’ said Ben Needham, director of Project One America.‘With #LoveYourNeighbor, we take the stories of LGBTQ people living in the South and share them with a broad audience – many of whom may not have had an opportunity previously to hear these powerful accounts.’Other videos feature Zeek and Dick, a married gay couple from Eureka Springs, Arkansas who have been together 45 years, and Tommie a gay priest from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All the videos can be viewed at the HRC YouTube page.‘The sting of rejection’Eva Kendrick, HRC Alabama state director, told GSN, ‘Jolie and Lillie Ben’s video speaks to a troubling reality: even with family support, LGBTQ people can still feel the sting of rejection from society.‘That rejection can create a cascading effect, where the expectations put on a young woman can feel stifling, leading to addiction or depression.‘While Ann Emory’s story is deeply sad, it is an important one to tell because it can perhaps open up the eyes of the same society that made her feel she was less than equal.’Struggling with coming out or homophobia? Check out these helplines if you are in need of urgent support.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A mom has given a heartbreaking account of the death of her lesbian daughter from a drugs overdose. Jolie, who lives in Birmingham, Alabama, says part of the reason her daughter was driven to drink and drugs was because of the homophobia she experienced when she came out. Ann Emory came out to her mom when she was 17 by writing her a long letter. Jolie says it was a beautiful letter and she was heartbroken when Ann Emory told her she had been scared to give it to her. She adds she had always known her daughter might be gay.However, Ann Emory believed her friends would be less accepting: the Southern States in the US are not known for being widely LGBTI-friendly. Evangelical churches often preach less than loving messages about gay people.At High School, she began drinking, telling her mom she was ‘drowning the gay girl … I’m not as gay when I drink’.As feared, several friends distanced themselves when Ann Emory came out to them. She turned to prescription medication, on top of her heavy drinking.#LoveYourNeighborOn the night in question, the family were angry with Ann Emory for having gone out drinking again. The next morning, they thought she was sleeping in late.‘Her dad went down to check on her, to tell her it was time to eat and … she was dead. He screamed, and I knew, I knew from his scream that she was gone.’The video has been made by Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT advocacy and civil rights organization. It is part of a series of videos, #LoveYourNeighbor, highlighting stories from the southern US states. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Mom’s story: Why did you let chemsex kill my trans daughter?Celebrity Big Brother: Courtney Act argues with housemates over Ann Widdecombe’s stance on LGBT rightsThis 11-year-old’s best friend ‘dumped’ him for being gayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ann-emory-mom-overdose/last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | April 05, 2012 RadiaGuard Skincare Helps Protect Radiation Therapy Patients April 5, 2012 – Now, the RadiaGuard line includes Beginning and Advanced Treatment Lotions, Post Treatment Cream, Metallic Free Deodorant and two Moisturizing Lip Relief lip treatments. This scientifically advanced skincare system is specifically designed to counteract the effects of radiation and includes natural ingredients like marigold extract, aloe, jojoba oil and Vitamin E. While RadiaGuard products are reasonably priced as individual products, the new set of all products is value-priced at under $85. Further discounts are available to patients at radiation treatment centers and hospitals. No prescription is required.“We consider the new RadiaGuard treatment line a support group for the skin. If patients take care of their skin starting with the very first treatment and continuing throughout radiation therapy, RadiaGuard can help prevent radiation dermatitis and leathery-looking skin and just make the experience more manageable. The products go on smoothly and are not greasy,” according to Lynda Smith, R.N., a nurse familiar with the product line.The ingredients used in RadiaGuard products are completely safe to use. While originally designed by nurses for radiation patients, the RadiaGuard skincare system may also be used by any individual dealing with damaged, at-risk skin. The uniquely compounded ingredients have received many reviews from patients across the US.For more information: http://www.radiaguard.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Contentlast_img read more

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Costa Rican pitching prospect signs with MLBs Houston Astros

first_imgAt Thursday’s press conference, held at Antonio Escarré Park in San José, agent Álvaro Montalván recalled the day trainers brought Solano to Nicaragua more than a year ago on a recommendation from a friend and scout.“We had him go into the bullpen and he seemed like an intriguing prospect to us,” Montalván said. “He’s a fast-armed prospect that relies on two types of pitches: a slider and a fastball. He came to us with velocity problems, reaching 87 mph when he should have been reaching a minimum of 90 mph. After some training throughout this time we’ve been able to get him throwing up to 92 mph.”Solano will begin in Houston’s farm system, where the team will be able to call him up the minor league ladder and possibly even give him a shot at the majors. The Astros are slated to start Solano off in the Dominican Republic summer league that begins in a matter of weeks.“Bryan is an athletic righty with a good pitch repertoire,” scout Locadio Guevara, who signed Solano, told reporters at the press conference. “He throws a lot of strikes and keeps his ball count low.“For our manager Jeff Luhnow and our international director Oz Campo, it’s of great pride that we have a Costa Rican player signed on to our farm system,” the scout added.According to Montalván, the contract runs for an indefinite amount of time and depends entirely on Solano’s progress and conduct on and off the baseball diamond.Alex Torres was the last Costa Rican-born player with an MLB contract in 2009 as part of the Cleveland Indians organization.“This is the reward for his hard work and toughness during all this time as a pitcher for the National Team and during national games,” said Vladimir Murillo, president of the Costa Rican Baseball Federation. “We are very proud as a federation and as a country to see him reach these heights. This can also open the door for more organizations to look at Costa Rica as a place for talent.” Facebook Comments In football-obsessed Costa Rica, searching for a big-time baseball talent is often a fruitless task. That didn’t stop a Major League club from scooping up right-handed Costa Rican pitching prospect Bryan Solano.On Thursday, the 19-year-old Limón native signed a contract with the Houston Astros, becoming the first Tico signed to a Major League Baseball (MLB) club in eight years.Currently playing in Nicaragua’s MLB developmental league, Solano is said to have an arsenal that includes a fastball north of 90 miles per hour, a solid slider, and an improving curveball. El prospecto costarricense de 19 años Bryan Solano estampó su firma con los #Astros de Houston ¡Espectacular noticia! pic.twitter.com/OeIDnnnld3— TDMás (@tdmas_cr) March 30, 2017center_img Related posts:Costa Rica tops Russia 4-3 in road friendly Colombia’s Luis Mejía claims second straight Ruta de los Conquistadores title Costa Rica scores key victory over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying Costa Rica’s Laurens Molina wins Los Angeles Marathonlast_img read more

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