International Fire Fighter and EMS Safety Stand Down

first_imgFocusing on proper training, preparation and equipage before a callPromoting the idea that all members can respond to, work and return home safely from the emergency they are called to mitigate Departments across the United States and Canada, as well as internationally, are preparing for the Stand Down (June 17-23, 2007) by planning schedules and discussing questions and concerns that department members may have. JEMS compiled it’s most recent training, safety and response readiness articles, read them HERE. This year s theme is Ready to Respond. The IAFC, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section are pleased to sponsor the third International Fire Fighter and EMS Safety Stand Down.last_img

JTG Daugherty Racing enters 25th anniversary with new sponsor strategy, youthful lineup

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ahead of its 25th season, JTG Daugherty Racing unveiled a new sponsorship strategy with Kroger behind its two fully-funded cars for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with drivers Chris Buescher and Ryan Preece.The cars and plan were made public on Wednesday morning during an announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The No. 47 Chevrolet of Preece will highlight Kroger’s shopping and delivery options including online ordering. The No. 37 Chevrolet of Buescher will carry seven different shopper themes with each theme carrying a specific group of brands to communicate with fans when they are most likely to be focused on specific buying occasions such as spring cleaning in April or grill season in June and July.“It’s huge,” team co-owner and five-time NBA All-Star Brad Daugherty said. “Sponsorship is the lifeblood of the sport. We’ve got two fully-funded race teams and it’s just remarkable. … We’ve been fully funded the last several seasons so now we are getting to the point where we have our relationships in place, our drivers in place, our personnel, people in place, so it’s time for us to have some success because we feel we’ve done everything we need to do to in order to be better.”RELATED: Drivers on the move for 2019 seasonThe team is also introducing a new mobile technology where fans will be encouraged to text a key word from JTG Daugherty Racing advertising that directs fans to fun tips, sweepstakes and savings from Kroger for the various brands highlighted on the cars.“It’s the biggest blessing ever,” team co-owner Tad Geschickter said of the Kroger partnership. Geschickter’s wife Jodi is also a team co-owner as well.“It’s really like having big brother in the room when you are talking to sponsors. They’ve got a lot of stores and they sell a lot of products, so it’s fun.”The organization moved to two cars ahead of the 2017 season and this season will see Preece and Buescher behind the wheel. Buescher, 26, is the “veteran” of the group, having spent three seasons at the Cup level – the past two with JTG. The 2018 season saw Buescher post his best average finish (21.0) in the sport’s top series.“It is really nice to have that relationship and be able to be in the same place and the same car without a bunch of moving pieces for now the third year,” Buescher said. “For me, that’s something I haven’t had in a long time and can really appreciate. I feel like that can only help going forward.”(Twitter: @RyanPreece_)Preece enters the year with just five Cup starts to his name and spent the past two seasons running part-time with Joe Gibbs Racing. Two wins for JGR over the past two seasons impressed plenty around NASCAR and showed what the 2013 Whelen Modified Tour champion can do in a national series. The 28-year-old Connecticut racer will be competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors against Daniel Hemric (RCR), Matt Tifft (Front Row Motorsports) and Tanner Berryhill (Obaika Racing).DEBATE: Who will win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year in 2019?“I’ve never won a rookie of the year to this date,” Preece said. “At the same time, I’m focusing on it but I’m focusing more on our team and achieving goals that we have set throughout the year and if we can achieve those goals, that’s going to put us in that hunt for that. Right now, if we obtain those goals, we are going to be fine.”Optimism is high heading into the season for the two-car operation especially with the team building its own cars (except for superspeedway cars) and Hendrick providing engines and pit crew support.“This is our 25th year in NASCAR and it started in a barn and every time we made a buck, we invested in more equipment,” Geschickter said. “We worked a long time to get here just like Ryan Preece has—pulling his own cars around the country and racing. Just like Chris Buescher has living above an ARCA shop trying to get a shot. I love the people we got in the cars. I love how everything has kind of come together after 25 years. We got all the tools. We got smart people. We got great partners. I really think it’s going to be a breakthrough year.”last_img read more

California Snowpack is Deepest in 17 years – Good News for Water Supply

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBlessed with a brilliant blanket of early winter snow, California’s snowpack is double its average for this time of year — and the deepest it’s been in 17 years.State officials delivered the good news for California’s water supply Tuesday after the first official monthly snowpack measurement of the season.(READ more at Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins & More Set for 2019-2020 Season at Classic Stage Company

first_imgJonathan Hadary, Victor Garber & Terrence Mann in the 1990 premiere of “Assassins” at Playwrights Horizons(Photo: Martha Swope/NYPL) View Comments A new staging of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical Assassins has been announced to appear at Classic Stage as part of the company’s 2019-2020 season. The off-Broadway nonprofit’s newest lineup of productions will also include Shakespeare’s Macbeth and a pair of beloved gothic plays performed in repertory.Artistic Director John Doyle, said, “All of the works this season explore disturbing aspects of humanity. Yet they all have beauty. There’s nothing more poetically beautiful than Macbeth’s ‘Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow’ speech; there’s tenderness in the two gothic plays; there’s so much humor in Assassins—and such deep psychological and social insight in all of them.”The season will kick off with a new interpretation of Macbeth (October-December 2019) directed by Doyle. He will also helm the revival of Assassins (April-June 2020), which first appeared off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1990 and was later seen in a Tony-winning Broadway production with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2004.The centerpiece of the Classic Stage season will be repertory stagings of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (January-March 2020).Casting, additional creative team members and exact production dates will be announced at a later time.last_img read more

Onsite: Viva Las Vegas – NAFCU’s Annual Conference & Solutions Expo

first_imgNAFCU’s 47th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo continued on in Las Vegas, NV.  Keep stopping for updated coverage on the site and through our social media channels.  Check out @CUInsight and #NAFCUAnnual on Twitter for real time coverage.NAFCU’s government affairs group had a panel discussion on Thursday. The panel included Carrie Hunt (SVP of Government Affairs and General Counsel), Brad Thaler (VP of Legislative Affairs), Katie Marisic (VP of Political Affairs), Jillian Pevo (Director of Legislative Affairs) and Mike Coleman (Director of Regulatory Affairs). The team reiterated NAFCU’s commitment to credit union’s interests and that they are urging regulatory relief from regulators and Congress and will continuing to protect the credit union tax exemption.Coleman predicted yesterday during a panel discussion that the implementation period for the risk-based capital rule would be extended to at least three years by the NCUA.Thaler talked about the letter to the NCUA that was signed by 324 members of Congress.  Stating that Congress knows how well credit unions faired during the financial crisis and continued to lend.Marisic discussed upcoming congressional races focusing on the ones of “friends” of credit unions.Pevo said that time was running out on Congress to act on housing reform and that NAFCU is fighting to ensure that credit unions have access to secondary mortgage markets.NCUA’s Director of Examination and Insurance, Larry Fazio, held a breakout session Thursday discussing the initiatives the NCUA has completed under the examination report modernization program. This program is outlined in Letter to Credit Unions 13-CU-09.Fazio stated the NCUA is focused on three key areas; fraud, credit and lending problems, and recordkeeping. These are the areas that cost the share insurance fund the most. One key items on on the to-do list was to separate Documents of Resolution from the Examiner Findings report.Various peer forums also took place on Thursday. Executives, board members and supervisory committee members discussed issues affecting their roles in the credit union industry.  There was also a small credit union round table for credit unions with less than $75 million in assets facilitated by the NCUA’s Bill Myers.Today six people and two credit unions are being honored as the winners of NAFCU’s 2014 Annual Awards Competition.  Congratulations to all the winners.  Drum roll please… the winners are:Federal Credit Union of the YearXCEL Federal Credit Union, Bloomfield, N.J. ($250 million or less)Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, East Lansing, Mich. (more than $250 million)CEO of the YearBill Nikolauk, 1st Community Federal Credit Union, San Angelo, Texas ($250 million or less)Bob Marquette, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (more than $250 million)Professional of the Year
Sarah Dale Harmon, Magnolia Federal Credit Union, Jackson, Miss. ($250 million or less)Robin Brulé, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Albuquerque, N.M. (more than $250 million)Volunteer of the YearPeter Lupi, First New England FCU, East Hartford, Conn. ($250 million or less)Bob Scott, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Alexandria, Va. (more than $250 million) 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Men have chance to bounce back in Indiana after fourth-place finish at Griak

first_imgWilson missed Minnesota-Duluth’s Pine Hills Invitational last week to be at his daughter’s wedding.The fourth-ranked Gophers head into the meet with their highest ranking in school history, but Wilson is quick to point out the parity of the nation’s top teams.“There are just no guarantees this year,” he said. “I think you could run the top 15 teams in the country every single weekend and get a different result every weekend. I really believe this.”His assessment will be put to the test as all but two of the top 10 teams will be at Terre Haute, including No. 1 Stanford.Wilson said he believes this year’s event will be more beneficial in giving his runners a chance to see the course they will run on if they make the NCAA Championships come November.Junior Gabriel Anderson, who finished second on the team at the Griak two weeks ago, said this course in particular is good to revisit because of its tricky nature.“It’s tough to gauge where you need to go,” she said. “This is more flat (than Les Bolstad Golf Course), but you can get lost pretty quickly. It’s important to know what you’re getting into.”Minnesota’s top runners have yet to compete in a meet they have not won this year. The Gophers have three first-place finishes when its top seven compete.In order for a trend like that to continue, a little luck might have to be involved this weekend.“We could easily be ranked sixth or eighth right now and others could be ranked fourth,” Wilson said. “There’s a target on everyone’s back this year.” Men have chance to bounce back in Indiana after fourth-place finish at Griak Mark RemmeOctober 12, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe last time the Minnesota men’s cross country team lined up at the starting line, leaves were not so evident on sidewalks and the air was not so crisp.It was the last weekend of September at the Roy Griak Invitational, a meet where the Gophers placed fourth and watched their national ranking drop six spots.Now ranked 24th, Minnesota will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend for a pre-NCAA meet with the nation’s top runners. Start time is 10:40 a.m. Saturday.The Gophers will meet up with 11 ranked opponents in the meet. Still, coach Steve Plasencia isn’t as much concerned about the teams surrounding his squad.He said he’s more concerned with closing the gaps in his top five runners, a feature that perhaps cost Minnesota a higher finish at the Griak.Roughly 42 seconds elapsed between the Gophers’ fourth-place finisher Matt Barratt and fifth-place Ben Kampf, which put Minnesota in a compromising position points-wise.Plasencia won’t have it any easier this weekend as Barratt will not compete. Plasencia declined to detail the injury but said it was along the lines of upper-leg soreness.“We’re just working to come together here as we get deeper into the season,” Plasencia said. “I’m not one to draw huge assessments until it’s actually played itself out.”Women to Indiana, tooCoach Gary Wilson will be back this weekend as his women’s cross country team also heads to Terre Haute for the pre-NCAA meet.The Gophers will compete at 11:20 a.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Bankers: Don’t try to time the market

first_imgTiming is everything.But when it comes to buying a house, Valley banking leaders says it’s best not to rely too much on timing.“Potential buyers who are still on the sidelines waiting for housing prices to decline further may see themselves priced out of the market if interest rates rise,” says Carl Streicher, regional sales executive at Bank of America. “Timing the market is risky in that we never really know when the bottom has hit until it has passed us by. Also, buyers should be sure they are ready financially and personally to own a home before they purchase, so timing the market shouldn’t be the sole driver of a home purchase.”According to Streicher, home affordability is at an all-time high, interest rates are at historic lows and home values are increasing. According to a Case-Shiller report released in December, Phoenix home prices have increased nearly 22 percent, leading the nation and indicating that the real estate market is on the rebound.“Interest rates are starting to rise and home prices are rising due to greater demand, a relatively low supply of homes for sale and foreclosure sales falling,” says Kevin Sellers, executive vice president with First Fidelity Bank in Arizona. “So, if you’re able to take advantage of the lower current market with still affordable homes and historically low mortgage rates, chances are you’ll be making a good investment.”Valley bankers are warning potential buyers that if they are waiting for home prices to “hit bottom,” they may miss the chance to be a homeowner altogether; prices may rise before we realize they were at their lowest point; or a rise in interest rate could potentially price buyers (particularly first-time buyers) out of the market.“Trying to time the market when it comes to the purchase of a home is very difficult in any environment considering the complex market dynamics,” says Robert Winter, Arizona manager of mortgage lending for Mutual of Omaha Bank. “For example, if you try to time the market when it comes to home pricing, you risk missing a low interest rate environment. If you try to time the market when it comes to interest rates, you risk purchasing something you don’t necessarily like and possibly paying more than necessary. This doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that not all transactions close successfully, potentially leading to a loss of the time invested.”While the real estate market and lending are starting to find their new normal, it depends on where you’re positioned as to whether we are currently experiencing a buyer’s market or seller’s market, Winter says.“The market advantage differs depending on the price point,” Winter says. “In general, the market favors sellers. However, the advantage shifts to buyers when it comes to higher priced homes.”If you are in a position to take advantage of the favorable climate in the real estate market, Streicher says to ask yourself a few questions before getting started in the home buying process:• Are you ready to settle in one location for a while?• What is the total cost of home ownership?• Is your job stable?“Buyers should also research their target neighborhood to establish a baseline for local selling prices and the amount of time properties in their target area stay on the market,” he says. “For those considering an upgrade to a larger home, there are still good options available to purchase higher-end properties using jumbo loans. Bank of America continues its jumbo financing, and offers competitive rates, when many other lenders were forced to discontinue these loans due to a lack of a secondary market.”While bankers say it’s not wise to try to time the market, they agree that working with a mortgage professional and real estate professional to help meet your real estate goals and objectives is a sure-fire formula for success.Affordability is great,” says Tim Disbrow, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. “Rates are incredibly low. It is a great time to buy as long as it meets your financial needs.”last_img read more

Why Superstitions Help Athletes Perform Better

first_imgNew York Magazine:In his acclaimed book The Game, Hall of Fame NHL goaltender Ken Dryden described some of the various superstitions he picked up over the years, from nodding at a particular Montreal Forum usherette before home games to shooting a puck off a certain part of the boards at the start of pregame warm-ups. “I don’t tell anyone about them, I’m not proud I have them, I know I should be strong enough to decide one morning, any morning, no longer to be a prisoner to them,” he wrote. “Yet I seem helpless to do anything about it.”…Dr. Paul van Lange, a professor of psychology at VU University Amsterdam, is the co-author of a paper called “The Psychological Benefits of Superstitious Rituals in Top Sport: A Study Among Top Sportspersons,” published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology in 2006. Among other things, that study found that commitment to rituals is greater for especially important games, like a league’s finals or even playoffs in general. Over email, he explained that these rituals serve as a sort of psychological placebo. “They help people cope with uncertain outcomes in the future, especially if these outcomes are important to them,” says van Lange. The paper van Lange co-authored contends that this can be beneficial to the athlete. “Our argument is that they strengthen feelings of control and confidence that may otherwise be lacking,” says van Lange.A 2010 article published in Psychological Science found that this perception of increased self-efficacy, as researchers call it, can apparently lead to real-world increased performance. Researchers used a series of experiments to show that activating good-luck superstitions improved performance in tasks like putting a golf ball, and that those performance benefits were, in fact, the result of increased confidence.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

FLU NEWS SCAN: CDC flu vaccine advice, antiviral drug effectiveness, intradermal H5N1 vaccine, H5N1 outbreaks in Vietnam

first_imgAug 16, 2012CDC renews its call for flu shots for everyone older than 6 monthsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today published its official recommendations on influenza vaccination for the 2012-13 flu season, renewing its advice that everyone at least 6 months old should be immunized, an advisory it first issued in 2010. The recommendations, prepared by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), were published in the Aug 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), released today. The document includes a minor adjustment in the recommendation on dosing for children aged 6 months through 8 years: that those who have received two or more doses of seasonal flu vaccine since Jul 1, 2010, need just one dose for this season, but the rest need two doses. Among other things, the document includes recommendations about flu vaccination for people with a history of egg allergy. It also notes that a quadrivalent flu vaccine made by MedImmune, containing two influenza B strains to cover both B lineages, was approved in February but is not expected to be available until the 2013-14 season.Aug 17 MMWR articleJun 20 CIDRAP News story on ACIP recommendationsStudy: Antiviral drugs effective in pandemic, post-pandemic flu periodsAlthough clinical symptoms in those infected with pandemic 2009 H1N1 flu (pH1N1) in Japan in 2010-11 were slightly more severe and peak body temperature was significantly higher in young patients than during the previous year’s pandemic, the effectiveness of neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs) like oseltamivir (Tamiflu) remained high, according to a study today in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. Researchers analyzed clinical symptoms and fever data after the first dose of an NI for 365 patients with pH1N1 in 2009-10 and 388 patients who had either pH1N1, H3N2, or influenza B in 2010-11. They found that peak body temperature were significantly higher for pH1N1 patients younger than 20 years in 2010-11 compared with 2009-10. In addition, the percentage of pH1N1 patients with loss of appetite or fatigue was significantly higher in the later season. The team found the percentage of patients without fever after 48 hours of NI treatment was significantly higher for pH1N1 than for the other two strains, but overall NI effectiveness remained high in both seasons and for all strains.Aug 16 Influenza Other Respi Viruses abstractFDA approves trial of intradermal H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for a phase 1 trial of an intradermal H5N1 flu vaccine containing an adjuvant, which will be the first clinical test of such a product, according to the vaccine’s developers. The announcement was made today by the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), a Seattle-based nonprofit group, and Medicago, a Quebec-based biopharmaceutical company. The organizations said the testing could lead to a vaccine that could be self-administered in the event of a flu pandemic. “Our idea is to ultimately produce a one-dose vaccine that you could give yourself—imagine a flu vaccine that you can easily administer using a simple, painless microneedle device arriving in your mailbox,” said Darrick Carter, PhD, vice president of IDRI’s Adjuvant Technology Program. The vaccine combines a virus-like particle antigen made by Medicago with IDRI’s Glucopyranosyl Lipid A (GLA) adjuvant. Plans for the trial call for enrolling 100 adults, who will receive the vaccine either intradermally or intramuscularly. The research is funded by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.Aug 16 IDRI-Medicago press releaseVietnam reports six H5N1 outbreaksVietnam has confirmed six new outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu in village poultry flocks, leading to the culling of more than 7,000 birds, according to a report filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday. Dates of outbreak onset varied from Jul 26 to Aug 11, and all the affected villages are in Nam Dinh province in the northern part of the country. Susceptible flocks ranged from 100 to 3,612 birds, and a total of 7,702 poultry were destroyed to prevent disease spread. The report did not specify how many birds were infected or died from the disease.Aug 15 OIE reportlast_img read more

Hideo Ishii Named Asahi Tec President

first_imgSHIZUOKA, Japan — Hideo Ishii has been named president and co-CEO of Asahi Tec Corp., parent company of Michigan parts maker Metaldyne. He will also become director and representative executive officer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Beginning June 28, Ishii will be responsible for the Metal Forming Group and Diversified Business Group. These businesses represent the operations of Asahi Tec prior to the acquisition of Metaldyne announced in January of this year. He will also become co-CEO with Timothy Leuliette, who also serves as co-chairman of the company with Shoichiro Irimajiri. Irimajiri had been serving as president, co-CEO and representative executive officer. He will resign those posts to focus on the role of director and co-chairman of the company. Ishii was most recently president and representative director of Honeywell Japan. He has also served as president and representative director of Honeywell International Japan and held other high level positions at that company. He has also held executive positions at Nissan including vice president, corporate strategy, Nissan Europe and vice president, operations at Nissan Motor Manufacturing Spain. Ishii has also served as managing director and member of the board of Vantec Corp. Ishii is a graduate of the Aero Engineering Department of the University of Tokyo. For more information, visit: and Advertisementlast_img read more