College EMS Crew Saves Professor, Gimmicky Ambulances and Living Wage Increases for San Diego…

first_imgSAVIOR STUDENTS Most emergency medical professional will tell you they’re in it for the money, mostly because for many there isn’t a lot of money to be made by becoming an EMT. But one city is changing that by making strides in paying medics a livable wage. When beloved Duke University associate professor of markets and management studies George Grody suddenly lost consciousness and became pale during a marketing club meeting, students in the classroom knew exactly where to get help. This isn’t the first time an ambulance has been used for nonmedical purposes– social media users may recall a picture of the “Winebulance,” a wine delivery service that uses a refurbished ambulance to give people wine in times of so-called “emergency.” The students were able to get Grody’s heartbeat back on the third shock, which is when first responders arrived and took him to a hospital. Grody is now recovering after heart bypass surgery, and responders say it was a good thing that he stayed late that day for the meeting because he lives by himself and may not have gotten the critical care he needed. Certain contract workers such as lawyers and engineers were excluded from the law when it was drafted because they typically make more than minimum wage. However, that clearly hasn’t been the case with the city’s EMS providers, and lawmakers are now saying that the exemption isn’t in the “spirit of the law.” A representative from American Medical Response, the company that runs San Diego’s ambulance service, said they’re willing to work with unions to get the law changed. Officials are working to see if the pay changes can be implemented immediately or if it must wait until the contract ends in 2018. Meanwhile, the city council is still in the process of voting to close the loophole, but it’s already cleared two council votes. Photo courtesy Paul Grantham/Duke University  MISUSING AMBULANCES We give a big thumbs up to San Diego for recognizing ways it can better serve its tireless EMT community and for moving swiftly on an effective solution. We encourage continued collaboration between the city and AMR to close the loophole. We also hope that cities and communities around the country follow suit and see the need to evaluate their minimum wage laws to decrease the need for medics to work grueling overtime hours. We give a thumbs up to Kristen Bailey, Kirsten Bonawitz, Ritika Patil and Kevin Labagnara–the four Duke EMS students whose dedication to learning emergency medicine has already saved a life. Their expertise combined with the other students’ quick alert of the situation helped make all the difference. They grabbed three students from the library who volunteer with the school’s student-run EMS crew. They immediately recognized Grody was suffering from cardiac arrest and two volunteer EMTs began CPR compressions while the third ran to fetch an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the Duke EMS ambulance. During the shuffle, a fourth student EMS volunteer heard the situation and notified local EMS and fire departments. More News from JEMS.com We at JEMS give a thumbs down to these unorthodox uses of emergency vehicles that confuse the public, particularly when red warning lights are left on the vehicles and encourage the public to not take EMS seriously, which can be detrimental in times of actual emergencies. We also oppose bringing fake ambulances to places with large crowds where civilians may need to actually seek out medical help and instead get confused by a fraud. San Diego officials are working on closing a 10-year-old loophole that excludes EMTs and paramedics from the city’s living wage law. If the law is fixed, it could boost hourly pay for medics by as much as $4 an hour. After receiving a donated ambulance, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, La., decided to use it for a different purpose. They transformed the ambulance into a “mobile confessional” in which people can confess their sins to a traveling priest. Bins that would usually hold bandages and lifesaving medications now house bibles and holy water. A father from the church said they plan to bring the ambulance to large local events such as tailgating and concerts.  A LIVING WAGElast_img read more

Looking down on the people

first_imgThe Boston Globe:BEING AFFLUENT MEANS you don’t have to rely on others so much. So why look at them in the first place? Psychologists at New York University found that social class is associated with what people pay attention to, and for how long. In one experiment, pedestrians in New York City were asked to don a pair of Google Glass glasses, which recorded what the pedestrians looked at as they walked down the street for a minute.Read the whole story: The Boston Globelast_img

USA: FMC Technologies Secures Subsea Equipment Order for Shell’s Stones Field

first_imgFMC Technologies, Inc. announced that it has received an order from Shell for the supply of subsea equipment to support the Stones field development.Stones is an ultra deepwater project located in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 200 miles (322 kilometers) off the Louisiana coast in approximately 9,600 feet (2,926 meters) of water. FMC Technologies’ scope of supply includes eight subsea trees, a subsea manifold, topside and subsea controls and associated equipment.“Deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico require advanced capabilities and innovative solutions,” said Tore Halvorsen, FMC Technologies’ Senior Vice President, Subsea Technologies. “FMC Technologies is pleased to be able to work with Shell to deliver the technologies that they need to develop these fields.”[mappress]Press Release, May 23, 2013last_img read more

XRL trainset arrives in Hong Kong by rail

first_imgCHINA: The signalling and communications systems on the Hong Kong and Mainland sections of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link high speed line were connected on July 5, enabling the third of the nine trainsets for the future service to be delivered from CRRC Qingdao Sifang’s factory by rail instead of by sea.‘This is one of the key milestones of the XRL project, marking full connectivity between the Hong Kong section and the Mainland section of the high speed rail network’, said MTR Corp Projects Director Dr Philco Wong when the trainset arrived. The 350 km/h XRL trainsets are based on the CRH380A design, with eight cars offering a total of 579 seats plus two wheelchair spaces. The remaining six sets are expected to arrive in Hong Kong later this year.According to MTR Corp, the XRL project was 94·3% complete by the end of June, and opening is envisaged for the third quarter of 2018. ‘Tracklaying works and installation of overhead lines have been substantially completed’, Wong reported. ‘Overhead lines in the main tunnels and along parts of the tracks at West Kowloon Terminus have been energised. The signalling and communications systems of both the Hong Kong and the Mainland section were connected on July 5. This allows the operation control centres at the Shek Kong stabling sidings and in Guangzhou to be able to jointly monitor trains operating along the whole Guangzhou – Shenzhen –Hong Kong section.’last_img read more

Cats from Florida eager to face Gators

first_imgKentucky wide receiver Garrett Johnson (9) makes a catch for a first down against South Carolina's T.J. Gurley in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Kentucky wide receiver Garrett Johnson (9) makes a catch for a first down against South Carolina’s T.J. Gurley in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)LEXINGTON, Ky. – Since the arrival of head coach Mark Stoops and recruiting ace Vince Marrow, a pair of Youngstown, Ohio, natives, Kentucky football’s recruiting success in the Buckeye State has gotten most of the attention. But talent-rich Florida has also been a significant supplier of top players for the Wildcats. UK has 15 guys on scholarship from the Sunshine State, including seven starters: left tackle Jordan Swindle (St. Johns), right guard Ramsey Meyers (Orange Park), receivers Jeff Badet (Orlando) and Garrett Johnson (Winter Garden), defensive tackle Regie Meant (Cape Coral) and cornerbacks Chris Westry (Orange Park) and Blake McClain (Winter Park). Saturday’s home game against the Florida Gators, then, carries a little extra weight for them. “It means a lot to those guys, because that’s where they’re from (and) a lot of them probably wanted to go to school there,” said running backs coach Chad Scott, a Plant City, Fla., native himself. “So it’s a big opportunity to show them what they missed out on.” Kentucky aims to snap another streak with win against FloridaLast year’s game in Gainesville certainly brought out the best in then-freshman Johnson, who caught six passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Gators. He only had 16 catches for 117 yards (and no touchdowns) in the other 11 games combined. Johnson went with the old “it’s just another game” line this week, but he immediately followed that with an example of why it isn’t. He, McClain and UK running back Jojo Kemp used to play on a 7-on-7 team with Gators defensive backs Marcell Harris, Keanu Neal and Duke Dawson.“Oh, I don’t know, maybe just some guys that we used to know back home,” Johnson said. “It’ll just be kind of like a friendly game.”He smirked. So there is a little extra – ahem, Juice (his nickname) – for this game? “You know,” he said, “yes, sir.” Three Keys | Kentucky vs. FloridaThe Cats have all learned from Kemp’s mistake a year ago, when he said that he looked forward to facing some of his high school teammates in The Swamp and “walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces.” Stoops didn’t like that, Kemp ended up on posters in Florida’s locker room and UK lost in triple overtime. So this week? “Nah, we ain’t doing that,” Kemp said, pretending to zip his lips shut. “It’s the next game.” UK football’s big-play Badet “clocked in”As for Johnson, whose big game against the Gators last year came out of nowhere and was not duplicated the rest of 2014, he’s off to a strong start as a sophomore. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound speedster leads the team with nine catches for 124 yards through two games. “We definitely see him more now,” Stoops said. “He’s a big-play guy and a very good receiver.” Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Email him at [email protected]last_img read more

Ivan Velchev-Kyustendil: Thousands of people have voted for me, do something…

first_imgSector D Tartar Ivan Velchev answered questions from disgruntled fans who accused him of speaking on behalf of all “Army men”. The ferment against him arose around the latest events in the capital’s grand.Here is what the Kyustendil resident wrote on Facebook: Petar Zhekov with a new attack on CSKA 1948: To be renamed!“The veterans of the club support Grisha Ganchev” “Because in the last few days known and unknown capacities are speaking on the topic of CSKA – should there have been a meeting or not, what did Ganchev say, what Naidenov, etc. will be as short as possible. I am tormented by a type of questions from such as “on whose behalf am I speaking at the meeting in question” and “why am I speaking on behalf of all the army members”.For those who ask, I answer – on behalf of several Sofia groups and over 40 fan clubs around the country, supporting CSKA. Thousands of people have voted for me to speak on their behalf and to represent Sector D. To those who are dissatisfied, try to give advice or do not like something, I will tell them to order and do something in the name of the favorite team. But outside of writing on social media. Make someone even realize that you exist, and then write, speak, and speak as a last resort. Until then, we will continue to act with the people around me in the name of the best interests of both CSKA and the united red community, “Velchev said on social media. Michaela: CSKA goes bankrupt on September 9, but will beat Levski in the Cup final“If a third CSKA appears, will they unite again?”last_img read more

It’s Bowers by a bumper at Heartland Park

first_imgTOPEKA, Kan. (July 17) – Heading into Sunday night’s Big Time Bail Bonds Sunday Showdown, there had been no repeat winners in three of the four IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing divisions at Heartland Park Topeka.As the season moved into its seventh event of the season, something had to give … or did it?The event of the night had to be the BillsBuilt Race Cars IMCA Modified feature.Jordan Grabouski moved quickly into the lead. He began to put some distance on the field. A yellow flag would spell trouble for the three-time feature winner as Grabouski pulled off the track with mechanical problems during a caution.This would hand the lead over to veteran Tom Charles.Charles, who started ninth on the field, kept the competition in check most of the night. That was until the last few laps.Steven Bowers Jr. began to eat into Charles’ lead late in the race. As they came to the white flag. Bowers was right on the back bumper of Charles. As the two worked the final turn Bowers took the extreme bottom and Charles was in the middle of the track side by side as the came out of turn four.As they sprinted down the stretch it appeared Charles had a slight lead as they sprinted to the flagstand. Bowers caught his groove down the straightaway. The two were again side by side.Heading to the stripe, Bowers edged in front of Charles by the slightest of margins. From the vantage point in the tower the margin of victory was about three-fourth’s of a front bumper.Brandon Conkwright hung on all the way to the finish and pick up his first Cars 4 Less IMCA Stock Car win at Heartland Park Topeka, the seventh different this season.Cody Williams raced from eighth starting to prevail in the Jersey Mike’s Subs IMCA Hobby Stock main event. Dustin Thulin topped the Jersey Mikes Subs IMCA Northern SportMod show.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, August 29, 2017:•2:24 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 1200 block N. A, Wellington.•3:36 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•8:03 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 300 block N. Washington, Wellington. •9:10 a.m. Officers took an animal complaint report in the 600 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•10:29 a.m. Jason M. Brooner, 43, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County order to arrest and detain order for probation violation. •11:19 a.m. Officers took a found wallet report in the 1300 block E. 16th, Wellington. It was returned to owner.•11:33 a.m. Officers investigated a food theft by a known suspect in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•12:35 p.m. Officers took a found cell phone report in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington. •1:29 p.m. Officers took a report of a verbal disturbance by known subjects in the 1400 block E. Michigan Ct, Wellington. •4:03 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1900 block N. H, Wellington.•7:59 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 300 block S. C, Wellington.•9:08 p.m. Officers assisted with a fire in the 1900 block Madison, Wellington.•9:08 p.m. Officers conducted a child in need of care report in the 1900 block Madison, Wellington.•10:29 p.m. Lindsie J. Oathout, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for No Parking Zone violation.last_img read more

Thatcher’s Monday Pool League

first_imgBlack Moonies6204484266 Diva Sports Bar64024941812 Thirsty Beaver650156342215 Retox Outback Bar64024644212 Honeybees62044050-106 Results & Standings Feb. 12 (week 6) TeamPWDLFA+/-Pts. Results: Black Moonies 7 – 8 Honeypot, Diva Devils 10 – 5 Leks Bar, Full Moon 4 – 11 Diva Sports Bar, GB Retox Outback Bar 4 – 11 Moonies Kitchen, Honeybees 9 – 6 Khao Noi Sports, Thirsty Beaver 11 – 4 Pride Pride63034248-69 Full Moon61053753-163 Moonies Kitchen650154361815 Leks Bar61053753-163 Khao Noi Sports63034248-69 Honeypot63034446-29 Diva Devils6303454509last_img read more