Student sells artisan crafts

first_imgAfter spending time in Gao, Mali, graduate student Katie Conlon stayed in touch with a group of artisans and will sell their handmade goods at a fundraiser today from noon to 6 p.m. in the Hesburgh Library Main Hall. Conlon, a first year Master’s student in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, said she lived in Mali for more than two years and worked with artisans in the northern part of the country. “When I was in Peace Corps in Gao, Mali [from 2005 to 2007], my post was in Small Business Development and I worked with this group of artisans,” Conlon said. “I have been in contact with them ever since.”   The Sahara jewelry Conlon is selling, mostly metalwork and beadwork made by Tuareg and Songhai refugees, will benefit approximately 60 artisans and their families in Mali. Rebels took over Northern Mali in March 2012, and Islamic fundamentalist rebels conquered in April 2012, according to Conlon. More than 400,000 people in northern Mali became refugees, fleeing the repression by going south or into neighboring countries. “The town was taken over by extremists, buildings were destroyed, the market bombed, and economy has been put in ruin and people have been just barely surviving,” Conlon said. Conlon said the economic situation has been incredibly difficult as most infrastructure, including the markets, was destroyed in the fighting.   “This fundraiser is to help people rebuild and make a peaceful transition,” she said. “It is also a way of honoring the culture and traditions of the North.”   Conlon said she hopes people at the fundraiser will learn more about a part of the world they might be unfamiliar with and walk away with an interest in Mali’s culture. “Hopefully, … people will find a nice treasure to buy to support the people of Gao in their post-conflict reconstruction,” Conlon said. “Students who are also interested in peace studies and Peace Corps will find this helpful and informational.” Contact Charitha Isanaka at [email protected]last_img read more

Beaumont man indicted for Port Arthur drive-by shooting

first_img One of the women made threatening comments, which were heard over the camera as they left.According to the probable cause affidavit, the three left in a silver or grey SUV that was parked in front of the house. The vehicle went a short distance, turned around and passed back by the residence, with the Ring camera capturing the scene as shots are fired at the house.A few days later the three went to the Port Arthur Police Department and made voluntary statements on the shooting.The man and one of the women maintained their innocence, but the second woman eventually implicated Senegal as the shooter, authorities said. A Beaumont man was indicted for deadly conduct in relation to a Port Arthur drive-by shooting caught on camera.A Jefferson County grand jury indicted DeMarcus Lee Senegal, 36, of Beaumont for the Dec. 9 shooting of a home in the 3000 block of South Park in Port Arthur.The targeted home is located near Tyrrell Elementary School and Iglesia Apostolic Church.The incident began with two women and a man showing up at the home with a disagreement over a phone. Their arrival was captured on the homeowner’’ Ring doorbell camera. No injuries were reported, and Port Arthur police did not specify how many shots were fired or how many struck the home.The deadly conduct charge is a third degree felony.An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Cynthia Erivo to Sing in New Film Gig & More

first_imgCynthia Erivo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cynthia Erivo to Sing in New Film GigTony winner Cynthia Erivo will lead the cast of Drew Goddard’s new thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Erivo will play an out-of-luck singer in the movie focused on a group of people at a Lake Tahoe hotel whose shady agendas collide. Erivo will be lending her exquisite singing voice to the film, so gear up for the magical sounds that only this Color Purple star can provide.Once on This Island Star Lea Salonga to Pay Tribute to Ahrens & FlahertyLea Salonga, who is set to return to Broadway in the new revival of Once on This Island, will tip her hat to the show’s songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, at the 2017 Primary Stages gala. Salonga, who will perform at the October 16 event at Tribeca 360º, will be joined by Liz Callaway, Quentin Earl Darrington, Terrence McNally, Margo Seibert and more singing tunes from Anastasia, Ragtime, Rocky and other Ahrens & Flaherty scores.Rent Original Fredi Walker-Browne to Join Lilli Cooper & More in Starry ConcertsA slew of stars will come together for a pair of Rent concerts at Jonathan Larson’s alma mater, the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center in Garden City, New York. Rent’s original Joanne, Fredi Walker-Browne, will appear alongside Lilli Cooper, Felicia Boswell, Sydney James Harcourt, Danielle L. Greaves, Douglas Lyons, MJ Rodriguez and Mike Squillante in a look back at the 1996 Tony-winning musical. T. Oliver Reid will direct the performances set for September 16 at 7:00pm and September 17 at 2:00pm.Hamilton Tony Winner Thomas Kail at Work on Fox Interactive Comedy SeriesThomas Kail, who took home a Tony Award for his work on the Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, is developing a new comedy series for Fox, according to Variety. The interactive series, titled Immediate Family, follows a real-life hero who is convinced he’s the only one who can keep his family together. Kail will direct the series’ pilot as well as serving as the show’s exec producer.Cherry Jones Joins Cast of New Film Boy ErasedTwo-time Tony winner Cherry Jones is set to appear in the new drama Boy Erased, which will be led by Oscar nominee (and stage vet) Lucas Hedges along with Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. The movie follows Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends and faith. View Commentslast_img read more

Senate might ‘bail’ on health care bill

first_imgby Morgan True is external) After gathering testimony from dozens of witnesses and spending hours crafting a bill in several committees starting in January, the Legislature’s primary piece of health care legislation this session is likely going nowhere. The bill, S252, went before a committee of conference between the two chambers on Tuesday. Senator Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, told the other members of the committee that the timeframe for adjournment, which is expected to be Saturday, would not allow for the Senate and House versions to be reconciled.Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, is chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerRep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, confirmed that to get the bill passed by Saturday, the conference committee would have to complete its work Tuesday.“We can’t dedicate the time to digest the differences (between the two versions) in one day, let alone reach agreement, so maybe we should just bail,” said Ashe, chair of the Senate Finance Committee.Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, hears testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerFisher, chair of the House Health Care Committee, said the schedule for adjournment — which Ashe referred to as a “false construct” — is set by legislative leadership and out of the conference committee’s control. He urged Ashe and other senators to work toward a resolution.“I think we owe it to ourselves and the hard work of many committees to work our way though as much as we can and do our best,” Fisher said.“One day for the health care bill?” Ashe asked.“That would be my goal,” Fisher responded.“Many days for rinky-dink bills all over the building, but one day for this one?” Ashe asked.“That’s the goal,” Fisher said.The House of Representatives could vote to suspend its rules to allow legislation to move more quickly, but that would require a two-thirds vote. House Republicans have said that they won’t vote to suspend the rules for bills they opposed earlier in the session or bills that the caucus votes internally not to support.“The way the vote went on the floor, I doubt we would allow a suspension of the rules on [S.252],” said House Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton.The same could be true for a litany of other bills, some of which – like the budget and the tax and fee bills – must pass for state government to continue to operate.However, it appears that House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, has no intention of extending the session for the health care bill.“I don’t care (if it passes); it can die. It’s not a must-pass,” Smith said.In an afternoon session of the conference committee, Ashe delivered what he called “the one day option,” which uses the Senate language for virtually all sections that the two versions have in common and strikes several sections added by the House.The Senate proposal did not include a section in the House bill that would impose a deadline of January 2015 for the governor to present a financing proposal for universal health care.Other sections the Senate proposal left out include a provision raising the employer assessment to generate additional revenue, a provision increasing regulations for and banning certain practices by pharmacy benefit managers(link is external) and language that would create a pilot and study program for the use of adverse childhood experience questionnaires(link is external).The Senate proposal left in a controversial provision relating to the regulations for and practices of urgent care centers(link is external).However, if the House doesn’t agree to the Senate’s terms then those terms are moot and the urgent care provisions would be too.Fisher said he had a counter-offer for the senators that he planned to deliver by hand Tuesday night, the details of which were not immediately available.If the senators do not agree to his offer, Fisher acknowledged that the bill could not pass unless the date for adjournment is changed.It’s possible that sections of the bill could be splintered off and attached to one of the “must pass” pieces of legislation, but with the exception of the employer assessment provision — a version of which is included in the budget — it’s not clear if there’s an appropriate vehicle for many aspects of the bill.The health care bill was originally introduced by Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, as a concrete proposal to finance universal health care(link is external), but it failed to gain traction, because at the time the Legislature expected Gov. Peter Shumlin would come forward with his own financing proposal that would set the legislative agenda for health care reform during the session.When the Shumlin administration’s proposal never materialized, Ashe turned to Galbraith’s bill as a vehicle to advance the state’s health care reform agenda legislatively as well as adding several housekeeping measures such as tweaking the employer assessment – a per employee penalty for not offering affordable health care.The bill was greatly revised in the House, where the House Health Care Committee spent weeks taking testimony, revising sections and adding new ones.Both the Senate(link is external) and the House(link is external) versions of S.252 are aimed at clarifying and reaffirming aspects of Act 48, the state’s 2011 universal health care law, and ensuring lawmakers will have access to the information they need during the next legislative session to pass laws that will set the program in motion.While the principles laid out in the bill don’t need to be enshrined in statute to guide lawmakers going forward, Fisher said he was disappointed that sections in the House bill altering current practices by actors in the health care arena might be lost.last_img read more

McClaughry: Really affordable health care

first_imgby John McClaughry In this election season almost every candidate is promising to deliver “more affordable health care!” Most of them are at least subconsciously thinking  “I’ll support legislation to have the government compel somebody else to pay more of your health care costs. That ‘somebody else’ includes, variously, the taxpayers, your employer, others in your insurance pool, and the providers themselves.”Let’s ask this question: “where can I get more affordable prices for high quality medical services, at a facility that does a lot of the procedure I require, gets above average results, and knows how to cope with every complication?”   Let’s focus on commonplace coronary artery bypass graft surgery (“CABG”), as opposed to continuing treatment for chronic conditions, and let’s compare the quoted all-in bundled price (not including post-operational physical therapy sessions).According to one not atypical 2018 survey, your U.S. CABG operation will cost $123,000 on average, or in the best case as little as $80,000 if you negotiate payment in cash.Now look at Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which pioneered the bundled price. You can get your CABG done there by experts for $12,000. That’s mainly because SCO specializes in a small number of types of operations, keeps overhead low, takes only cash payments, and practices low markup on pharmaceuticals. That’s impressive. Of course you have to fly to Oklahoma City and back, and do your post-op recovery back home.Now let’s look at the bundled price of the same procedure, at a medical center that does thousands of that procedure, with British and U.S. board-certified surgeons. Let’s go on past Thailand and Singapore to the world’s extreme example: Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Bengaloru, in India’s Silicon Valley, the flagship of a group of 23 Indian private medical centers.At Narayana you can get your arteries repaired for $2,000. A lung transplant is yours for $7,000, and a heart transplant for $11,000. And this is not a back-alley discount operation. Its glistening modern equipment is maintained to world standards. Narayana’s coronary artery bypass fatality rate within 30 days is 1.4%. The US average is 1.9%.Its founder, Dr. Devi Shetty, got his surgical training at Guy’s Hospital, London and was the doctor for Mother Teresa. His son Viren (34, Stanford Business School) heads the world class data management operation. It’s designed to identify unproductive effort and inflated costs, which are eliminated.Instead of throwing away tubes, they are sterilized and reused. An in-house equipment repair team keeps CT and MRI machines in use long after their warranties expire, when many U.S hospitals send for new ones. Perhaps most important, the staff is “upskilled”- everyone performs at the highest level of their capabilities. Thus junior surgeons do patient prep and open the chest. A senior surgeon comes in, installs the graft, and moves on to another operating room leaving the juniors to sew up.Narayana’s cost-cutting business model is designed for high throughput, with a low margin per operation. Practiced turnaround teams clean, sterilize, recondition and reequip the operating rooms for their next patients in 15 minutes. For the more affluent inpatient, the hospital offers a premium package: private rooms and, for a measly $5US per hour extra, amenities akin to the first class section on an airplane.Narayana is one of many private hospitals in India. It makes a profit because of its low prices and efficiency, high volume, good results, largely cash operation, and relative freedom from India’s notorious British-created bureaucracies. As a specialty surgical hospital it does not offer care by primary care physicians, who generally work in clinics funded and controlled by the government.Narayana’s wages are of course at Indian levels, not American. Its model can’t be packed up and dropped into New England (although it operates a clone in the Cayman Islands catering to North Americans.) And the two 22-hour flights between New York and Bengaloru will set you and your companion back $10,000. Just the same, like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma Narayana offers an impressive example of how an entrepreneurial surgical hospital can deliver high quality services at strikingly low prices. American hospitals should emulate Narayan’s model, although American government regulations to protect the many interests within our health care systems would likely eat up a lot of the potential savings. John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute ( is external))last_img read more

IRONMAN VR23 Kona Strength Block

first_imgThe IRONMAN VR Kona Series is a five-week series of IRONMAN VR races culminating with the 2020 IRONMAN VR World Championship Celebration, which will take place in the week of October 5.Each IRONMAN VR Kona Series race in the five weeks leading up to the IRONMAN VR World Championship Celebration will be focused on one of five key training elements utilized in preparation for a full-distance virtual triathlon: Speed (VR22), Strength (VR23), Knowledge (VR24), Endurance (VR25), and Preparation (VR26) Related The IRONMAN VR23 Kona Strength Block opened on Friday, September 11 at 06:00 ET (10:00 GMT) with free registration. As the second training block in IRONMAN VR Kona Series, the virtual event required participants to swim or run 1.5km, ride 50km, then run 12km by race close at 19:59 ET (23:59 GMT) on Sunday, September 13.In total, at the time of writing, there were 2,845 finishers IRONMAN VR23 finishers out of over 5,000 registered athletes.last_img read more

Gophers snap nine-game losing streak on senior night

first_imgMason stayed consistent on the line, hitting 8-9 from the charity strike.“He was terrific,” Pitino said. “He did a lot of phenomenal things. His numbers you look at them from the points to the assists. What he’s done here over the course of four years, a guy who was a three-star player.”Guard Dupree McBrayer, in his second game back from injury, had the second-most points with 16 and Jordan Murphy had yet another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.The other senior that played Wednesday, center Bakary Konaté, fouled out in the final minutes of the game, and walked off the Williams Arena hardwood with the fans shouting his nickname, “BK, BK, BK.”“Honestly, I can not describe that feeling,” Konaté said. “It’s amazing.”The Gophers will play their last game of the season on Sunday against Purdue, ending a tumultuous regular season for the team.“Those three seniors embody what it’s all about,” Pitino said. “They’ve been through ups, downs, and they’ve never run and hide.” Gophers snap nine-game losing streak on senior nightSenior Nate Mason had 33 points in his final game at Williams Arena.Max OstensoThe camera follows forward Jordan Murphy as he maneuvers past Iowa forward Jack Nunge during a game at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Jack WarrickFebruary 22, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers have not had their ideal season, but guard Nate Mason made sure his final game at Williams Arena ended the way he wanted.Fans of Minnesota men’s basketball appreciated Mason running down the elevated floor of the Barn one last time, where he scored 33 points against Iowa. He hit most of his shots, 11-19, and commanded the floor to help his team earn a bounce-back, 86-82 victory.The 6-foot-2-inch guard, who has gone through an eight-win season, an NCAA tournament berth, conference awards and injuries, added another resilient performance to a long list.“The emotions were really high, especially after the senior introduction,” Mason said. “We just wanted to come out and do everything it costs so we can get this win. Me, [Bakary Konaté] and [Gaston Diedhou] knew it would be our last game on this court, and we just wanted to go out with a win.”Iowa’s Isaiah Moss cut the Gophers’ once 20-point lead to two with three seconds left in the game, but Minnesota’s Davonte Fitzgerald made two free throws to keep the game out of reach, snapping the nine-game losing streak with a win over Iowa (12-18, 3-14 Big Ten).“We came out, obviously, we were ready to go and played really good basketball for 38 1/2 minutes,” head coach Richard Pitino said. “Then we really got tired, they made some big shots, but proud of our guys.”It looked like Minnesota (15-15, 4-13 Big Ten) would keep the game out of reach in the final minute, as the Gophers had an 11-point lead with 1:05 left on the clock. But Moss, who ended the game with 32 points, scored 14 points himself in the last minute to bring Iowa within a well-shot basket of the win.The Gophers were leading 22-2 after Mason hit his free throw at 11:07 to play in the first. The best start all season was followed by a seven minute scoreless stretch, and the Gophers let Iowa back into the game at 22-13 with just under four minutes in the half, after they gave up 11 unanswered points and ended with a first half score of 31-19. last_img read more

Green words need to be translated into practical regulatory requirements

first_imgAhead of the G20 meeting this week in Pittsburgh, the Legal Sector Alliance has released a communique addressed to the leaders of the G20, calling for practical regulatory requirements – not hot air. The Legal Sector Alliance is a group of law firms and organisations working together on climate issues under a set of core principles. Each member commits to measure and reduce its carbon footprint, but that is the easy part. The principles also encourage us to engage in the development of climate change law and policy, and to advise clients on opportunities and obligations arising from and under climate law. The 128 law firm members together represent over a quarter of the lawyers in private practice in England and Wales, and we hope that more will join us. Of course, we are not scientists. But anyone who follows current affairs knows that there is a broad consensus among scientists and policy makers around the world that climate change is man-made, that it poses major economic, social and environmental risks, and that deep emissions cuts need to be made. Even so, we will have to adapt to temperature change – at least 2C and possibly 4C by the end of the century. Disagreements, at least between governments, relate primarily to what solutions are needed, what short-term cuts should be imposed and who should pay. Negotiations will culminate in an intergovernmental meeting this December in Copenhagen, when an agreement is expected that will replace much of the Kyoto Protocol. Delivering these changes can only be done through law, and because of the encompassing nature of climate change, we are talking about a lot of new law. It is in this context that the executive members of the alliance have released a communique addressed to the leaders of the G20. We are calling for high-level statements to be translated into practical regulatory requirements – without regulatory force any policy is just hot air. We are all now fixed with knowledge of the science, but we have insufficient regulation to drive reductions. Many of us have clients who are frustrated with how climate and energy policy has evolved thus far. Without a clear understanding of the structure with which they will have to comply, companies cannot invest at scale. Some working in low-carbon energy markets are struggling with regulatory regimes that are under almost annual review. Building on this experience, we have suggested some core principles for future climate rules:Constructing a coherent set of new requirements in relation to such a complex problem is undoubtedly very challenging. We recognise this and our intention is not to criticise from the sidelines. We have expressed a willingness to contribute pro bono to the formulation of effective climate regulation. We hope this offer will be taken up and that other lawyers will join us in the initiative, both in the UK and beyond. Regulation and its enforcement should be clear, proportionate and form part of a coherent, integrated regulatory and enforcement framework; Existing legal and regulatory regimes should be reviewed and reformed to correct any failure to price or minimise carbon emissions, and to remove perverse incentives that, for example, may promote disproportionate investment in one technology at the expense of others; Broadly consistent national and international rules are required to clarify rights and responsibilities associated with emissions reductions or sequestration; Global product, industry and reporting standards are desirable; Incentives for investment in and deployment of emerging technologies are needed to provide certainty to those businesses that take significant technology or commercial risk; and Time-limited involvement of business in the development or piloting of climate regulation should be used to road-test ideas and build in a ‘snagging’ process. Vanessa Havard-Williams is chair of the Legal Sector Alliance policy committee. www.legalsectoralliance.comlast_img read more

House prices down 8%, but where is the bottom of the market?

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Progress made on ISO anti-bribery standard

first_img“During the past 15 years, many countries have made efforts at the national and international level to tackle bribery. Treaties have been signed and laws improved, and many countries are now prosecuting bribery offences. However, there is still work to be done,” said an ISO statement.”At the organisational level, bribery affects tendering and contract implementation, and increases costs and risks. One way organisations can help address this issue is by implementing anti-bribery management controls equivalent to those for quality and safety.”The organisation is working on the development of standard ISO 37001 to help large, medium and small organisations from the public and private sectors, and from any country, to prevent bribery and promote an ethical business culture. The standard specifies anti-bribery measures and controls and includes guidance for their implementation.Neill Stansbury, chair of the ISO committee developing the standard, said: “ISO 37001 will help an organisation comply with international anti-bribery good practice and legal requirements. It will also reassure the organisation’s owners, management, employees and business associates that the organisation is following ethical business practices and reducing risks of financial loss and prosecution. It will therefore, ultimately, provide a competitive advantage to organisations.” In the next issue of HLPFI, look out for an interview with president of anti-bribery association TRACE International, Alexandra Wrage, which discusses some of the ways that project forwarding companies can address the issue of bribery in the shipping industry.www.iso.orglast_img read more