The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced the receipt of a $600,000 gift from John Gore to the National Theater Institute (NTI) scholarship endowment. NTI’s six semester-long programs offer students a springboard to the professional world. The John Gore Scholarship supports students from underrepresented backgrounds. The first three students to receive the John Gore Scholarship completed their training at NTI this spring.Founded in 1970, the organization’s credit-earning theater intensives—taught by industry professionals and master teachers—offer actors, singers, directors, dancers, designers, playwrights and composers comprehensive training. Graduates leave NTI with the skills to produce, write, direct and act in their own work, as well as create their own paths in the industry.This endowment gift will ensure that NTI is able to further advance access, opportunity and representation in American culture. John Gore joins other funders including the Miranda family, national foundations and private individuals in supporting scholarships for NTI.“In this uncertain time, it is critical to invest in the future,” said Gore, Chairman and CEO of the John Gore Organization. “We are thrilled to provide this support for NTI to help provide the training for the next generation of theater creators and performers to develop the shows that will engage audiences for years to come.”“John Gore’s commitment ensures that NTI’s unique multidisciplinary education is available to students across America and that our ensembles represent the diversity of the stories we seek to tell,” said NTI Artistic Director Rachel Jett.Winner of 14 Tonys, an Olivier Award, and an Emmy Award, Gore is a British producer and sole owner of the John Gore Organization family of companies. These include Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. The company produces shows on Broadway, in London’s West End, Japan, China as well as presenting in 47 cities across North America. A committed philanthropist, Gore and his companies provide support to a diverse array of more than 60 organizations spanning virtually every conceivable sector of not-for-profit theater work.The O’Neill endeavors to ensure access and opportunity for everyone seeking the intensive, transformative experience of the National Theater Institute, regardless of race, gender, or economic circumstance. Varying levels of tuition assistance are awarded each semester through the generosity of individuals and foundations. Learn more here. John Gore(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Comments
Feetures!, a leading performance sock brand in the run specialty industry, is expanding its original High Performance sock line to include fresh new colour options and construction updates for 2015.‘High Performance 2.0’ features a more technical knit design, ‘resulting in superior fit and enhanced comfort for runners of all skill levels.’ In addition, Feetures! will debut new colour spectrums in both Light and Ultra Light cushion Elite lines for spring 2015.Thanks to innovative, high-density knitting, the Feetures! upgraded High Performance 2.0 sock provides wearers with a softer feel and more comfortable fit without additional bulk. A seamless toe, and iWick moisture managing fibres, prevent blisters and hot spots, while uniform compression throughout the sock offers just the right amount of support for runners.The no show tab styles will be available in three new colours – Aqua, Coral and Periwinkle.“Whether they’re an elite ultra-runner or training for their first 5K, Feetures! believes that every runner deserves to experience the benefits of a high-quality performance sock,” said Joe Gaither, Feetures!’ Marketing Director.“High Performance 2.0 brings an even better fit and softer feel for athletes who value the ultimate in comfort and reliability in their running socks.”In addition to the updates to High Performance 2.0, Feetures! Elite Light and Ultra Light Cushion socks will be available in brand new colour spectrums for spring.Elite, which is positioned as Feetures!’ most technically advanced sock, is anatomically constructed using patent-pending Sock-Lock technology to provide targeted compression, resulting in maximum support and blister protection.All new High Performance 2.0 and Elite styles will be at Feetures! booth #39183 at Winter Outdoor Retailer, and will be available at retailers and at www.feeturesrunning.com in February 2015.High Performance 2.0 MSRP: US$11.99/pair. Elite MSRP: US$15.99/pair.Designed for runners, by runners, Feetures!’ mission is to support runners and other athletes in their pursuit of healthy, active lifestyles. Based in Conover and Charlotte, North Carolina, Feetures! works with ‘partners all over the globe to produce products of the highest quality.’ Feetures! maintains ‘a level of personalized service that only a family-run business can offer, and runs their business based on a set of six non-negotiable core values’www.feeturesrunning.com Related
The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its December 12 meeting: Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors: One attorney to serve a three-year term on its 20-member board of directors. Others having appointments are the ACLU, NAACP, several housing authorities, and various other small groups. The mission of Florida Rural Legal Services is to provide accessible legal assistance that empowers low-income and disadvantaged populations. Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Five attorneys, one from each appellate district, for two-year terms. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 10 lawyers appointed by The Florida Bar and 10 Realtors appointed by the Florida Association of Realtors. The committee promotes cordial relations between Realtors and attorneys and presents educational seminars. Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference: One delegate to represent the Southern District of Florida for a four-year term. The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing an event during the conference in every odd numbered year.All terms for the foregoing appointments are set to commence January 1, 2009.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the Special Appointment application from the Bar’s Web site, www.floridabar.org, or call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Friday, November 7. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. December appointments available November 1, 2008 Regular News December appointments available
Study describes incidence, risk factors for MDR Enterobacteriaceae in kidsA study yesterday in BMC Infectious Diseases shows that critically ill children with tracheal Enterobacteriaceae infection are at risk for multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections.The retrospective, single-center analysis was performed on ventilated patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit of the University Children’s hospital in Tubingen, Germany, from 2005 to 2014. While mechanically ventilated pediatric patients are known to be at risk for tracheal colonization with MDR Enterobacteriaceae, the underlying risk factors are poorly understood. The investigators were looking to determine the incidence of children with suspected MDR infection and the predisposing risk factors.During the study period, 167 Enterobacteriaceae isolates were obtained from the lower respiratory tracts of 123 intubated patients. Of those isolates, 116 (69%) were susceptible and 51 (31%) were identified as MDR Enterobacteriaceae. The most prevalent isolates were Enterobacter spp, followed by Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp. The most prevalent MDR organisms were E coli, Klebsiella, and Enterobacter spp.Using a classification and regression tree (CRT) analysis to predict risk factors, the investigators determined that antibiotic pre-treatment for more than 7 days increased the risk of infection with an MDR isolate by 62%. In addition, they found that gastrointestinal comorbidity increased the chance of MDR infection from 25% to 40% in patients who received less than 7 days of antibiotic therapy.”Collectively, our results imply that early identification of patients at risk, rapid microbiological diagnostics and tailored antibiotic therapy are essential to improve management of critically ill children infected with Enterobacteriaceae,” the authors write.Feb 21 BMC Infect Dis studyResearchers report MCR-1 in pets, pet food in ChinaAbout 9% of pets and 20% of pet food samples tested in Beijing, China, contained the MCR-1 gene, which confers resistance to the last-resort antibiotic colistin, according to a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.An international team of experts tested 566 Enterobacteriaceae isolates collected from cats and dogs via nasal and rectal swabs in the city from 2012 through 2016. Of the total, 49 (8.7%) of the isolates harbored the MCR-1 gene, which was first reported late last year in a 50-year-old man in China. The gene was found on 47 E coli isolates and 2 Klebsiella pneumonia samples. The overall count of colistin-resistant isolates was 79, mostly E coli.The researchers also isolated the MCR-1 gene from 1 of 25 Enterobacteriaceae samples collected from 32 nasal swabs from pet owners. The isolate had the same genetic fingerprint as 5 of the pet samples.In addition, the team tested 35 dog and cat food samples, 7 of which (20%) were positive for MCR-1, signifying a possible source for the animal infections.The authors noted that colistin is not used to treat companion animals in China, and the pets tested had minimal to no contact with food-producing animals that might have been treated with the drug. They conclude, “Because of frequent and close contact between humans and companion animals, our study proposes that opportunities exist to transmit colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae to and from both groups.”Feb 21 Emerg Infect Dis study Study: Xpert TB test not tied to increased rates of second-line treatmentA South African study yesterday concluded that the Xpert MTB/RIF tuberculosis (TB) test was associated with a reduction in treatment delay from a median of 44 days in 2011 to 22 days in 2013 for patients with drug-resistant TB but did not significantly improve the proportion of patients receiving proper antibiotics. The study appeared in PLoS Medicine.South African and Dutch researchers aimed to assess second-line antibiotic treatment before and after the Xpert MTB/RIF test was implemented in South Africa, so they analyzed data from 2011 and 2013 on more than 5,000 TB cases resistant to the key first-line drug rifampin.The investigators found that treatment delays were halved after Xpert implementation, from 44 to 22 days. But they found no difference in those who started second-line drug treatment within 6 months of diagnosis by Xpert (62%) and those diagnosed by other methods (64%). They also found substantial variation across the country’s nine provinces in both the rate of second-line 6-month treatment initiation and the median time to treat.Although Xpert appeared to have not improved rates of appropriate treatment, the authors wrote, “given improved case detection, a larger proportion of the total population of individuals with rifampicin-resistant TB will receive treatment.” They added, “Further strategies to improve linkage to treatment for all patients diagnosed with rifampicin-resistant TB are required.”Feb 21 PLoS Med study
In “Half Brothers,” Méndez stars as Renato, a successful Mexican aviation executive who is shocked to discover he has an American half-brother, the free-spirited Asher, played by Connor Del Rio (“Unfriended: Dark Web,” “Level Up”). The two very different half-brothers are forced on a road journey together, masterminded by their ailing father, tracing the path their father took as an immigrant from Mexico to the United States. They are joined by Juan Pablo Espinosa (“El Secretario”), portraying a man whose history isn’t as simple as it seems. The movie will employ approximately 150 New Mexico crew members, 30 New Mexico actors and stunt performers, and 300 background players. Background talent will include numerous Hispanic males, females, and children ages 1-12. Individuals wishing to be cast as background talent should send an email with their photograph and phone number to Robert Baxter at: email@example.com. Based in Albuquerque, “Half Brothers” will film ithrough late August, shooting on locations in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Cedar Crest, Los Lunas and Hatch. The film is being directed by Luke Greenfield (“The Girl Next Door,” “Let’s Be Cops”) and produced by Jason Shuman (“Role Models,” “Lone Survivor”) and Eduardo Cisneros (“Instructions Not Included,” “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson”), from a screenplay written by Shuman and Cisneros. Focus Features will distribute the movie domestically, and Universal Pictures International will handle foreign distribution. SANTA FE ― New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen has announced that the feature film “Half Brothers,” a moving comedy with heart in the vein of “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Green Book” and “Rain Man,” is starting production today in New Mexico. Luis Gerardo Méndez will executive produce and star in “Half Brothers.” Méndez can currently be seen in the film “Murder Mystery” opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, and will appear this fall in the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” reboot opposite Kristen Stewart. He previously starred in and executive produced the popular Spanish-language series “Club de Cuervos.” NMFO News: Also serving as executive producer is Udi Nedivi (“Wedding Crashers,” “Creed II”), with Jason Benoit (“Safe House,” “The Last Airbender”) as co-producer. Other key members of the production team are director of photography Thomas Scott Stanton (“Take Me to the River,” “Benji”), production designer RA Arancio-Parrain (“Odd Thomas,” “Safe Haven”), and costume designer Daniela Moore (“The Last Stand,” “Gamer”).
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Editor’s Note: The following memorial was written by Spectronics Corp. to note the passing of CEO and Founder Bill Cooper. No additional details were available as of press time.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFounders see opportunity and act. They are the first on the field, taking risks and imagining the rewards. Founders change how the world operates. They possess characteristics to be admired and create legacies to be followed.With great regret, Spectronics Corp. this week announced the passing of its Founder and CEO, Bill Cooper. He leaves behind the sum of his insight and aspiration. Bill and his brother, Morris Cooper, founded Spectronics Corp. in 1955. The two brothers saw the promise of ultraviolet technology and its many applications – the breadth of which began with detecting fluid leaks inautomobiles.Over the years, Spectronics has developed many pioneering products and continues to be a world leader in dozens of markets, including non-destructive testing, biotechnology, forensics and leak detection. Hundreds of major OEMs across the globe rely on the Spectronics brand.For more than six decades, Spectronics Corp. has been an enterprising partner in the research and scientific fields. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Spectronics the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for developing technology that reduces harmful emissions of ozone-damaging chemicals. The company supplied UV lamps that were used aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle to study the effects of zero-gravity on matter.AdvertisementSpectronics provided UV crosslinkers and transilluminators that were used for groundbreaking research to map human DNA as part of the Human Genome Project. And as of today, Spectronics’ fluorescent dyes have been used on more than 210 million cars to pinpoint fluid and air conditioning leaks.Bill Cooper, a true pioneer of his time, recognized that the people he recruited were critical to his vision. Because of this, it was Bill’s mission to foster a close, tight-knit environment at Spectronics, making sure that everyone who worked at his company supported and elevated one another. Even in his latter years, Bill was active on a daily basis at Spectronics’ Westbury headquarters, asking each employee how they were progressing in their work – and inquiring about what they were doing in their personal lives, always making himself available to them.Spectronics Corp. is moving firmly into the 21st century, embodying Bill Cooper’s entrepreneurial spirit and keen business acumen. The values Bill had demonstrated continue to live on at the company he created. The same pioneering innovation and market leadership advances into tomorrow. The people Bill guided will take the next steps, setting the company on a new path toward even greater success and global impact.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, awarded the final contract to complete the Roseau, Minnesota, flood diversion project on July 9.R.J. Zavoral & Sons, Inc., from East Grand Forks, N.D., was awarded a $12 million contract to begin working on the final phase of the diversion project once all of the necessary bonds are secured and the Corps issues the notice to proceed.The final phase of construction includes completing approximately 6,500 feet of the diversion channel, and the channel inlet and restriction structures. The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015.The Corps and the city of Roseau began constructing the project in 2009 and have collectively invested more than $29 million to reduce the flood risk within the community.[mappress]Press Release, July 14, 2014
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