Former MLB star Steve Garvey talks Myeloma campaign

first_img Written by April 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Former MLB star Steve Garvey talks Myeloma campaign FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Steve Garvey was one of the most-feared hitters in baseball during the prime of his career. Now, the 10-time All Star first baseman is looking to give back, and fight a disease that affected his family directly.“There are times when certain diseases hit close to home. My father-in-law almost a decade ago suffered from that [Myeloma]… we put together a great, great ‘Myeloma MVP,’ Most Valuable Plan, and a wonderful website,” says Garvey, in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. He says the campaign has “been a great success.”Garvey partnered with Amgen and former ballplayers to form Myeloma MVP, an online campaign that works to raise awareness for Myeloma patients and their affected families. His goal was two-fold. He wanted to fight a disease that took his father-in-law’s life and set an example for current Major Leaguers and youth baseball players:“My philosophy is I’ve been given this great, great life, and it’s so very, very important for me to give back and thank God for it. And with this campaign it’s a wonderful way to do it.”Garvey speaks to teens and young professional ballplayers, encouraging them to find a way to give back because it “shows the public that pays their hard-earned money and time and effort to come watch us on the field and on TV to know that we care about them, we’re neighbors, and we’re part of the community.”Myeloma MVP provides users with a guide to create a better dialogue with health professionals, find support groups, and understand treatment goals. For Garvey, he wants the campaign to reflect the same team-building principles he employed while a player in the Major Leagues, saying in his life, he has learned a team can help people through their most difficult hardships:“We encourage patients to go online, learn more about this disease, to develop a stronger dialogue with their doctor’s and support team, and to build a team. I played a great team sport, and in life it’s important to do that because the most important team is our family.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

L.E. Aoife Detains British Registered Fishing Vessel

first_img View post tag: fishing Training & Education View post tag: Detains Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: AOIFE View post tag: Defense The Naval Service Vessel L.É. AOIFE detained a British registered fishing vessel approximately 90 nautical miles south west off Mizen Head, Co Cork on wednesday 21st.The detention was in relation to an alleged technical breach of fishing regulations.The vessel is being escorted by the L.É. AOIFE to Castletownbere, and it is expected to arrive alongside tomorrow morning, where it will be handed over to An Gardaí Síochána.This brings to 730 total vessels boarded by the Naval Service in 2013. There have been 24 warnings issued and this is the 7th vessel detained by the Naval Service so far this year.[mappress]Press Release, August 23, 2013; Image: Navy August 23, 2013 View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: British Back to overview,Home naval-today L.E. Aoife Detains British Registered Fishing Vessel View post tag: Registered View post tag: L.E. L.E. Aoife Detains British Registered Fishing Vessel View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: vessellast_img read more

Castle Mill controversy draws to a close

first_imgThe development has been attacked for the environmental impact on Port Meadow, a declared a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’.The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) took the case to the High Court, with the support of the Save Port Meadow Campaign, which has held a number of demonstrations in opposition to the development which has cost over £20 million. An online petition against the Castle Mill project attracted more than 3,000 signatures, and the development has also been criticised by UKIP in Oxford.The High Court judge who ruled against a judicial review this week, Mr Justice Lewis, highlighted the fact that an environmental assessment is being carried out by the University, but rejected Oxford City Council’s demand that the campaigners pay for the council’s legal costs.The buildings, which opened this term to house 439 graduate students, were approved by the Oxford City Council, a decision which has been heavily criticised by its opponents. According to the Save Port Meadow Campaign, “The buildings vandalise the views of the Dreaming Spires and ruin the tranquil experience of Port Meadow.”Helen Marshall, Director of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Oxfordshire, said, “So far, we believe the University has acted very poorly in its supposed role as guardian of the City’s heritage. The pressure is now on for it to step up to the plate and act honourably in fulfilling its promises made in court.”She added, “Providing the voluntary Environmental Impact Assessment is carried out in the way the Court envisaged, including the full public consultation we were originally denied, there is still hope that we can reverse at least some of the damage done to Port Meadow.”Jeremy Thomas, head of law and governance at Oxford City Council, stated, “The court refused permission to the CPRE to continue the judicial review and did not find any errors in how the council handled this planning application.“We will now focus our attention on the voluntary environmental impact assessment which is being prepared by the university and the independent inquiry that is being held which is also under way.”However, James Rainey, Chair of OUSU’s Environment and Ethics committee, told Cherwell, “The high court ruling is extremely disappointing. A judicial review could have addressed the valid concerns held by those in Oxford and further afield about the validity of the development and the scope for dealing with skyline issues in the planning process. The Castle Mill development has significantly damaged the University’s and Council’s reputations, and it is in their best interest that a similar development is not permitted again.”A University spokesperson said, “We are pleased with the ruling. We will continue to work with the city council to address concerns about the Castle Mill development.”last_img read more

Fighting a Fragmented Embedded and IoT Market

first_imgAfter attending Embedded World last month in Germany it was clearer to me than ever before – the embedded PC industry is not dissimilar to the desktop computer PC industry 30 years ago. When Dell entered the PC market back in 1984 and in the years shortly following, there were 430 PC companies who were each trying to compete based on some level of unique customization they could offer. Dell turned all this upside down with their direct configure to order model.Today there are 3 PC companies making up 60 percewent of the share. Why? Because scale matters, and because customers realized that price, reliability, and availability trumped customization. Early on in the PC industry often times individual teams within a company were purchasing and managing their own computing – and each business owner had unique requirements. When IT departments came into the picture they valued consistent, easy security and manageability which was another reason why they wanted to standardize their IT infrastructure with a single or maybe a few PC providers.At Embedded World there were over 300 unique embedded PC providers showing off their broad portfolios and touting their customization capabilities. In one case I had a vendor offer me a catalog of their ‘IoT’ PC solutions which was 250 pages long (really). As jaw dropping as that was, it was nothing compared to when the salesman continued to say “but wait… you should also take our Industrial PC catalog” which was another 250 pages! From my assessment, this industry sees this a normal. Vendors really act more as Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs) creating a custom solution (4 USBs, 3 VGA ports, 2 PCI expansion slot, 8 GB of RAM, and a partridge in a pear tree) and then they put that in a catalog, and try to sell it to as many other customers as possible since they have already invested in the engineering.The challenge with this model as it converges with the new IoT market is when you value customization over everything else, you end up with many challenges when you try to scale. First you have the challenge of availability, just because a product is in a catalog does not mean you can actually buy it. Often times it can take 12-18 weeks to get the product with minimum order quantities (MOQs) of thousands which does not give you very much flexibility if you are integrating this into your broader solution. The next challenge is reliability, because when you are offering hundreds of custom systems you can only spend one hundredth of the time testing the ruggedness of that particular system. You also do not have the volumes to guarantee the availability of all the components in the system, which means you might have to switch a component in the middle of a production lifecycle. To the end customer this means you get a new shipment of 1,000 plus units in (because you had to buy that many) and you go to load your image and some of the drivers are different causing a pretty significant engineering lift to go back and test everything.Dell stood out at Embedded World. Not only were we the only leading IT provider present at the show, but when you came into our booth the story was pretty simple. Here are our four edge computing products, which we can configure differently based on your core use case needs. We offer the highly configurable Edge Gateway 5000 which is our scalable workhorse and the small and mighty Edge Gateway 3000  which is design to have uncompromised connectivity for mobile/remote use cases and tailored I/O. In addition we offer the highly configurable Embedded Box PC 5000 with I/O and storage expansion slots and the Embedded Box PC 3000 with a smaller footprint, tailored I/O, and lesser compute. That is it!We realize we will not be able to address every use case because certainly some of them like connected cars for example will require very specific embedded PC specs. Our bet is that many of the use cases requirements will converge though. The real difference is you can order in quantities or 1 or 1,000s, get them in weeks not months, and trust that the five year product life includes no component changes because of our scale. On top of that we ensure that you can have a consistent security and manageability solution across all the products. It is because of this different approach to the Embedded PC market that Frost and Sullivan recently awarded Dell for our embedded PC “Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership.”On top of our core product offering of four systems we also work with contract manufacturers to develop custom enclosures, data acquisition cards, etc. where customers have specific requirements. A great example of this is the solution Dell EMC OEM Solutions and Sanmina put together for The Weir Group which we showcased in our Embedded World Booth. In this case Weir wanted to complete predictive maintenance of remote mining equipment and needed the solution to withstand an even more extreme environment, so we developed an explosion proof enclosure which also housed additional I/O to connect to their equipment.It will be interesting to see how the market and conferences like Embedded World change over the coming years. I believe we already began to see a shift at this year’s show with many embedded PC providers attempting to start differentiating through software instead of customization of the hardware. This will be just the beginning as IoT and embedded markets converge and the IoT customers demand significant enterprise level scale.What is your opinion? Do you think the embedded PC market will begin to consolidate as customer demand more scalability of solutions, or do you think the use cases will continue to demand broad customization?last_img read more

Michael Arden & More Will Star in Paper Mill’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame

first_imgPatrick Page, Michael Arden, Ciara Renee, Andrew Samonsky & Erik Liberman(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Complete casting is now set for the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Michael Arden, Patrick Page, Ciara Renée and more will reprise their performance from last year’s run at California’s La Jolla Playhouse. Performances will begin at the New Jersey venue on March 4 and run through April 5. Opening night is set for March 15.Arden, who takes on the titular role of Quasimodo, has appeared on Broadway in The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Big River, as well as Bare, Swimming in the Shallows and It’s Only Life off-Broadway. Page, who will play Dom Claude Frollo, most recently appeared on Broadway in Casa Valentina, as well as A Time to Kill Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Man for All Seasons, The Lion King and Julius Caesar. Renée made her Broadway debut in Big Fish before going on to star as the Leading Player in Pippin. She takes on the role of Esmerelda.Also joining the cast are Andrew Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous) as Captain Phoebus de Martin and Erik Liberman (Lovemusik) as Clopin Trouillefou. The ensemble will consist of Julian Decker, Mary Joe Duggan, Ian Patrick Gibb, Beth Kirkpatrick, Samantha Massell, Neal Mayer, Nora Menken, William Michals, Anise Ritchie, Vincent Rodriguez III, Richard Ruiz, Joseph J. Simeone, Jeremy Stolle and Dashaun Young.Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and featuring music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Peter Parnell and directed by Scott Schwartz, the musical is a darker take on Disney’s 1996 film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel about Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer at the Notre Dame cathedral, and his unlikely relationship with the gypsy Esmeralda.The production features set design by Alexander Dodge, costumes by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Gareth Owen.last_img read more

Video: Spearfishing Catalina Island

first_imgClips of the WeekWe got to hang out with some of these extreme fishermen last year off the coast of Los Angeles at Catalina Island, one of the most beautiful and remote yet easily accessible get-aways that you don’t need a passport for. This sport combines kayaking, diving, sometimes free-diving, and spearfishing for one of the coolest foraging experiences ever.last_img

Ellis needs change in hospital management

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHaving seen negative and positive reports about experiences at Ellis Hospital, I had the misfortune of visiting a cousin who had spent over 20 days at this facility. My first contact was in the Ellis Hospital E-wing, which I was told is an intensive-care-type Unit. My cousin was treated rather poorly, from not getting proper nutritional support to obtaining no food at all. Attempting to remedy the no food situation on a particular day, I was told. “We have had an emergency and were very busy.” This is while all staff were making rounds with the doctor and plenty of people around to do something. But none took the extra step to proceed.He was then transferred to A-wing, sixth floor. Sorry to say the experience was no better. The staff is very friendly and is trying to help everyone. However on Feb 11, breakfast was not delivered until 11:30 a.m. This would be OK if he had to fast or have tests preformed. But that wasn’t the case. We questioned the staff why no food and they contacted the Dietary Department. The answer was food staff is very busy. They were so busy that breakfast never came up to this patient until 11:30 a.m. and lunch was sent up at 12:30 p.m.?Having been a director of a couple of departments at a hospital in Amsterdam for the better part of 40 years, I believe I have a working knowledge of what’s acceptable and what’s not in a hospital environment. This is totally unacceptable. No one even came up with crackers or a dish of ice cream.In the past, being biased as a former hospital manager, I took the negative writings about Ellis as just an unfortunate incident. But when so many of these incidents occur and are reported, a trend emerges. This trend is that Ellis needs to shake up management and staff to pull out of this downward spiral.Robert G. NicolellaRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Brave new world: Could pandemic lead to positive change?

first_imgTopics : Major social advances have often emerged from the depths of disaster: the Black Death brought an end to serfdom, and Britain’s welfare state emerged from the ruins of World War II.As the coronavirus outbreak took hold, many governments brought in policies previously dismissed as “utopian”, such as backing wages or housing the homeless.But as emergency measures are eased, and the world tries to get back a semblance of normality, there is debate about which, if any, could — or should — be kept. ‘Magic money’ In the United States, 30 million people have already lost their jobs because of the pandemic’s economic impact.To keep the economy afloat, President Donald Trump’s Republican administration has included direct cash payments of up to $3,000 per family in its stimulus package.Oxford University historian Timothy Garton Ash noted that a concept like basic universal income was considered “radical, if not utopian” not so long ago.But a recent study from his university indicated that 71 percent of Europeans now supported the idea.Doctors and nurses on the frontline of tackling the global pandemic have campaigned for years to get pay rises and more resources.In France, President Emmanuel Macron initially said there was no “magic money” for the sector but later promised more investment.In Britain, the state-run National Health Service has been hit by a decade of cuts in funding and staffing following the 2008 financial crisis.But Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose Conservative party has been accused of wanting to privatize the free service, has become one of its staunchest defenders.He was treated at an NHS hospital for COVID-19 and credits its doctors with saving his life. But Mark Harrison, a professor of economic history at Warwick University, said even that has policy implications.”The simple story of the PM who got saved by the NHS is very powerful, it will be hard for the Conservatives to try to go back on that type of commitment.”Elsewhere, the British government moved to house homeless people in empty hotels and hostels, because of the risk of them contracting the virus.Ministers have said some 5,400 people or 90 percent of those who usually sleep on the streets and are known to local authorities have been housed.The charity Crisis puts the total number of homeless at 170,000, and said many more were on the verge of being evicted from rented accommodation because of the outbreak.But Jasmine Basran, from Crisis, called the government’s response “incredible”.”It shows what is possible if there’s political will,” she said. In Britain, as elsewhere, the crisis has shone a light on the plight of underpaid delivery drivers, teachers, nurses and other key workers who have been vital to the response.The government has stepped in to guarantee salaries of the five million self-employed because of fears that without statutory sick pay they would continue to work while ill.Finance minister Rishi Sunak has already begun talking about scaling back the measures, which back 80 percent of someone’s average monthly salary up to £2,500 ($3,100, 2,850 euros).But David Napier, professor of medical anthropology at University College London, said withdrawal could prove problematic given the imbalances the virus has highlighted.center_img “The strong have been depending on the weak for their survival,” he told AFP. Goodwill limit As the full impact of the crisis becomes known, there are calls for the government to guide industrial policy, similar to the Marshall Plan for reconstruction after World War II.The director of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, has urged world leaders to prioritize green energy as they try to kick-start their economies.Germany has made state aid conditional on firms pledging climate targets and France has said a seven-billion-euro bailout of Air France is dependent on a cut in short-haul flights and emissions.But business leaders are resisting attempts to introduce initiatives to cut waste and the use of plastic.For Warwick professor Harrison, the crisis “has the potential to change people’s perceptions” for the better over the long term.But Sankalp Chaturvedi, a professor of organizational behavior and leadership at Imperial College Business School in London, said goodwill would only go so far.”This generosity will come with higher taxes,” he said, predicting that short-term help would lead to anxiety and frustration.last_img read more

Dreifa Energy secures first PSV for LNG conversion

first_imgImage courtesy of Dreifa EnergyDreifa Energy signed a deal to acquire the platform supply vessel Blue Betria from Blue Star Line in order to convert the vessel into an LNG floating regasification unit (FRU).Dreifa Energy was formed in 2016, by Flex LNG co-founders, Jostein Ueland and Trym Tveitnes that left Flex LNG in 2016 and teamed up with a third colleague Henrik Austgulen in the new company.The company is looking to develop mid-scale floating regasification terminals for LNG imports. The concept consists of regasification equipment and related utilities on a suited floating structure operating in combination with a standard LNG carrier providing floating storage.Image courtesy of Dreifa EnergyThe large deck space on Blue Betria makes it a suitable vessel for an FRU conversion Dreifa Energy said in its statement. The vessel, built in 1983, was extensively upgraded in 2015 and is currently trading in the North Sea.Dreifa Energy added it intends to provide the solution to prospective LNG importers targeting initial throughput of up to 1.5 mtpa.The company aims to build, own and operate a fleet of FRUs, noting a strong interest for the solution as it is working “to mature several LNG import projects around the world together with various partners.”Final investment decision for the first FRU conversion is expected by the end of 2017. Dreifa Energy has previously developed an outline conversion specification and commenced discussions with potential equipment suppliers and yards, and already started basic engineering.last_img read more

NWEA Supporting Partner of Offshore Energy

Offshore Energy is pleased to welcome the Netherlands Wind Energy Energy Association (NWEA) as supporting partner to the exhibition and conference.“Offshore wind plays a major role at Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference. In the midst of the energy transition, in which offshore wind will be vital, creating partnerships and learning from best practices is necessary. This is why we are so pleased to welcome NWEA a supporting partner,” said Philip Mulder, Business Development Manager at Offshore Energy.The Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA) is the Dutch sector association uniting the wind sector in the Netherlands and working to increase and accelerate sustainable wind energy on land and at sea.Offshore Energy 2018Offshore Energy attracts a global audience of offshore energy professionals and features an exhibition where over 600 companies will showcase their products and services. Offshore Energy covers both the exploration and production of the conventional energy resources, oil & gas, and the renewable part of the energy mix such as offshore wind and marine energy. It is the place to find out where the future of energy is heading. Regarding wind OEEC which features the Offshore Wind Event and several thematic sessions catered to offshore wind professionals alongside the many exhibiting offshore wind companies read more