A scene from the touring production of “Trainspotting”(Photo: Geraint Lewis) Direct from an acclaimed world touring production, the immersive new work Trainspotting Live will arrive off-Broadway this summer. The theatrical production adapted by Harry Gibson from the hit film and novel will begin previews on July 5 at Roy Arias Stages with an opening night set for July 15.Set against a dynamic soundscape of ’80s dance music, Trainspotting Live takes an insightful and brutally honest look at friends Mark Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie and Allison as they live and struggle through the Edinburgh heroin epidemic. It is based on Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting, which was first published in 1993, and Danny Boyle’s film adaptation, which premiered in 1996.Casting for the off-Broadway production of Trainspotting will be announced at a later date. View Comments Trainspotting Live Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 19, 2019
Nikki Renée Daniels Claybourne Elder, Kyle Dean Massey & Bobby Conte Thornton(Photos: Getty Images) View Comments from $59.00 Katrina Lenk Related Shows Greg Hildreth Matt Doyle Christopher Fitzgerald Christopher Sieber View All (13) Principal players also include Claybourne Elder (Torch Song) as Andy, Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale) as PJ and Kyle Dean Massey (Wicked) as Theo; these roles were renamed for the new staging: Andy was originally April, PJ was originally Marta and Theo was Kathy.Elliott’s take on the Tony-winning 1970 musical follows Bobbie (Bobby in the original) upon her 35th birthday party as her friends begin to wonder why she isn’t married, why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to start a family. The musical features iconic songs including “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Being Alive,” “Side by Side” and “You Could Drive a Person Crazy.”The creative team for Company includes Liam Steel (choreography), Joel Fram (musical supervision), Bunny Christie (set and costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design), Ian Dickinson (sound design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Sam Davis (dance arrangements). Matt Doyle, Etai Benson, Jennifer Simard, Christopher Fitzgerald, Christopher Sieber & Nikki Renée Daniels(Photos: Caitlin McNaney & Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com | Getty Images) Terence Archie Kyle Dean Massey Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone are in good company. A talented lineup of co-stars have been selected to join them in Marianne Elliott’s gender-blind revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony-winning musical Company. The previously announced Broadway production, featuring Lenk as Bobbie and LuPone as Joanne, will begin previews on March 2, 2020 and officially open on March 22, Sondheim’s 90th birthday, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.The newly announced cast includes Matt Doyle (A Clockwork Orange) as Jamie (originally written as the female character Amy) and Etai Benson (The Band’s Visit) as his fiancé Paul, with Tony nominee Jennifer Simard (Mean Girls) as Sarah, three-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Waitress) as David, two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (The Prom) as Harry, Nikki Renée Daniels (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) as Jenny, Greg Hildreth (The Rose Tattoo) as Peter and Terence Archie (Kiss Me, Kate) as Larry. Star Files Etai Benson Claybourne Elder Patti LuPone Jennifer Simard Bobby Conte Thornton Company
Stephanie Meyer (left) with her fellow American colleagues on their 2014 trip to Tunisia. Photo courtesy of Stephanie MeyerShawnee councilmember Stephanie Meyer is gearing up for her second political trip overseas to represent the United States as a democratic country.This month, Meyer will lead a group of seven American political leaders on a weeklong trip through East Timor, a small Southeast Asian island country north of Australia. Meyer and her colleagues will talk with the country’s leaders about the initiation of their democratic process. The relatively new country gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.“I’m excited to talk to them about how the last 17 years have been and what struggles they still have,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, we can provide areas where we can be helpful in our insight, being in a little bit older democracy than they are.”The politicians’ trip, which is sponsored by the Timorese government, is part of an initiative by the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a nonprofit organization in part supported by the U.S. State Department that provides political leaders under 40 with the opportunity to share democratic ideas and best governmental practices with other countries. It’s also an opportunity for participants to practice diplomacy.“I think our democratic process, our political process, right now has become so nasty and polarizing that it feels even better to be a part of an organization like ACYPL because they’re really working towards coming across party lines and talking about what makes our democracy so unique,” she said. “It breaks down all that party nonsense that we’ve been mired in here.”On this trip to East Timor, Meyer and her colleagues will discuss with East Timor’s leaders the process of bringing democracy to the country, creating their constitution, establishing their parliament and also fostering youth engagement and citizen participation.Meyer said the goal is to create diplomatic exchange by identifying best practices and ways that American and Timorese political leaders can learn from each other and help each other.“For me, it feels like an incredible honor to have the opportunity to go over and represent the United States and talk about all of the things that we love about our democratic process — particularly as ours has involved and changed and what it looks like in the modern world right now,” she said, “and then also talk to them about ways maybe they can improve their system, ways that we can learn from them.”Visiting Tunisia after Arab SpringStephanie Meyer and her colleagues met with members of Tunisia’s parliament during their 2014 trip. Photo courtesy of Stephanie MeyerThis is actually Meyer’s second trip with the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Her first trip was two weeks visiting Tunisia and Morocco in 2014.“Tunisia was particularly cool; it was right after the Arab Spring,” she said, “so Tunisia was in the process, actually, of drafting their first democratic constitution and having their first democratic presidential election. It was just a really interesting time for them because they were just getting in the beginning stages of democracy.”On that trip, Meyer met with presidential candidates and members of parliament and discussed some progressive items in their constitution, such as the number of women who should represent parliament. They also met with students and student journalists who were learning how to cover their government under a democratic structure.After that trip to North Africa, Meyer became an alumna of the program and was then selected to lead the East Timor mission this month.“I think it’s really personally fulfilling for me to be able to learn from what other folks are doing well as well and just have a good dialogue with folks who have different backgrounds,” she said. “So I’m excited about both sides of that conversation.”
NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association is assessing the effectiveness of current enforcement practices conducted under the authority of the National System of Fines, the enforcement mechanism for the ACH network.The National System of Fines (SOF) is the formal channel used to determine any possible violations of the NACHA operating rules. This channel provides a way for financial institutions to report and resolve potential violations of the operating rules. NACHA has identified several areas where current practices under the existing authority are being modified to aid in better enforcement:Requests for proof of completion of an ACH rules compliance audit: NACHA is requesting that a small sample of randomly selected financial institutions and third-party senders provide proof of a completion of an ACH rules compliance audit on a quarterly basis.Recurrences of excessive harm and authorization-related violations: Each individual allegation of a NACHA operating rules violation still will continue to be assessed and decided independently based on its specific facts – as is the process now – but the ACH Rules Enforcement Panel now can consider an originating depository financial institution’s prior history with the same violation in determining whether such a violation is an ongoing problem. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Court rules med mal caps unconstitutional July 1, 2017 Regular News Court rules med mal caps unconstitutional Three years after finding Florida’s law limiting noneconomic damages in wrongful death cases was unconstitutional, the Florida Supreme Court has struck down the second provision of that law that limited those damages in medical malpractice actions. In a 4-3 decision on June 8, the court majority cited the same reasons as in its 2014 ruling: The law contravenes the Florida Constitution’s equal protection clause, lacks a rational basis for meeting a state objective, and the “crisis” cited as the reason for the law no longer exists. The case involved a Broward County woman who suffered a punctured esophagus from anesthesia procedures when she was in the hospital for carpal tunnel surgery, was sent home when the mistake was misdiagnosed, and ended up with permanent debilitating injuries. State law limits noneconomic damages for medical practitioners to $500,000 unless the negligence causes a permanent vegetative state or a catastrophic injury where that award would be a “manifest injustice,” and in those cases, noneconomic damages are limited to $1 million. For nonpractitioners, the limits are 50 percent higher. A jury found the woman suffered a catastrophic injury and awarded $4 million in noneconomic damages against the doctor and hospital. Because of sovereign immunity for the hospital and the caps in the statute, that award was reduced by around $3.3 million. The Fourth District Court of Appeal, citing Estate of McCall v. United States, 134 So. 3d 894 (Fla. 2014), ruled the statute capping the noneconomic damages in medical negligence cases was unconstitutional. In McCall, the Supreme Court answered a question from the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on whether the cap in F.S. §766.118 was legal in wrongful death cases. The court, in a plurality opinion with a concurring opinion, said it was not, and the Fourth DCA applied the reasoning of McCall to the medical malpractice sections of the statute. In McCall, the court noted the cap applied whether there were multiple claimants/survivors from an incident or a single claimant/survivor and also regardless of the severity of plaintiff injuries. It said that violated the Equal Protection Clause, that the Legislature failed to provide a rational basis that the law would address the crisis it said existed in medical malpractice rates, and that conditions had changed and the crisis no longer existed. In this case, the majority found “that the caps in §766.118 violate equal protection under the rational basis test because the arbitrary reduction of compensation without regard to the severity of the injury does not bear a rational relationship to the Legislature’s stated interest in addressing the medical malpractice crisis.” In McCall, the court found “no evidence of a continuing medical malpractice crisis justifying the arbitrary application of the statutory cap, [and] we reach the same conclusion with regard to the unconstitutionality of the caps in the present case.” The court noted that someone who lost a hand and someone left in a permanent vegetative state would receive the same maximum damages if, as specified by the law, the trial court determine a manifest injustice would occur if the higher caps were awarded. The majority also cited McCall in noting the law possessed no mechanism to ensure savings from lower awards would be passed along to medical providers. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Justices Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince concurred in the per curiam opinion. Justice Ricky Polston, joined by Justices Charles Canady and Alan Lawson, dissented. Polston, who also dissented in the McCall decision, said the majority misapplied the rational basis test, which he said under the court’s precedents must conclude that “if we can conceive of a possible factual predicate that provides a rational basis in furtherance of a legitimate state interest, the statute does not violate the constitutional guarantee of equal protection.” He added: “The majority just discards and ignores all of the Legislature’s work and fact-finding. But, under our constitutional system, it is the Legislature, not this court, that is entitled to make laws as a matter of policy based upon the facts it finds. See art. II, §3, Fla. Const.; art. III, §1, Fla. Const. It is the Legislature’s task to decide whether a medical malpractice crisis exists, whether a medical malpractice crisis has abated, and whether the Florida Statutes should be amended accordingly. For a majority of this court to decide that a crisis no longer exists, if it ever existed, so it can essentially change a statute and policy it dislikes, improperly interjects the judiciary into a legislative function.” The court ruled in North Broward Hospital District v. Susan Kalitan, Case No. SC15-1858.
Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate provider in the U.S., announced today they successfully negotiated a 5,000SF lease for Giant Bicycles at Scottsdale Plaza, on the northwest corner of 68th Street and Thomas Road in Scottsdale. Chris Hollenbeck, with Cassidy Turley’s Retail Group, negotiated the lease on behalf of the landlord, Marino Investments.Giant Bicycles started in 1972 with one goal: Create a better cycling experience for people around the world. Over the last four decades, Giant has grown well beyond its manufacturing roots to become the world’s leading brand of quality bicycles and gear. Giant has more than 12,000 retail partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.giant-bicycles.com.Scottsdale Plaza was built in 2008 by Marino Investments a Newport Beach, California based investor/ developer. The neighborhood retail center is located between Arcadia and Old Town Scottsdale. In addition to Giant Bicycles, the center includes Echo Coffee and Pizza RE’. The center has one remaining suite, 1,607SF. For additional information, contact Hollenbeck at 602.954.9000.About Cassidy Turley:Cassidy Turley is a leading commercial real estate services provider with more than 3,800 professionals in more than 60 offices nationwide. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the company represents a wide range of clients—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from local non-profits to major institutions. The firm completed transactions valued at $22 billion in 2012, manages approximately 400 million square feet on behalf of institutional, corporate and private clients and supports more than 23,000 domestic corporate services locations. Cassidy Turley serves owners, investors and tenants with a full spectrum of integrated commercial real estate services—including capital markets, tenant representation, corporate services, project leasing, property management, project and development services, and research and consulting. Cassidy Turley enhances its global service delivery outside North America through a partnership with GVA, giving clients access to commercial real estate professionals in 65 international markets. Please visit www.cassidyturley.com for more information about Cassidy Turley.
Study: Last year’s flu vaccine yielded 42% to 50% protection in EuropeData from seven European countries suggests that last season’s influenza vaccine yielded about 42% to 50% protection, depending on the flu type, according to a recent report in Eurosurveillance.The researchers used a test-negative study design to examine flu vaccine effectiveness (VE) at sites in France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Spain in 2012-13. Patients who had a influenza-like illness (ILI) were tested for flu and their vaccination status was determined. The authors are members of the Influenza Monitoring Vaccine Effectiveness in Europe (I-MOVE) network.Europe saw circulation of H3N2, 2009 H1N1, and influenza B viruses last season. The authors counted the following numbers of ILI patients and cases for each strain: 2009 H1N1, 3,516 patients and 1,068 cases; H3N2, 3,340 patients and 730 cases; and type B, 4,627 ILI patients with 1,937 cases.The team adjusted for age, sex, week of symptom onset, and presence of chronic conditions to come up with these adjusted VE estimates: 2009 H1N1, 50.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 28.4%-65.6%); H3N2, 42.2% (95% CI, 14.9%-60.7%); and type B, 49.3% (95% CI, 32.4%-62.0%).By age-group, the adjusted VE estimates were somewhat higher for 15- to 59-year-olds than for children 0 to 14 years old. There were too few elderly patients to yield an adjusted VE estimate for that age-group.The estimates for H1N1 and type B came out lower than interim estimates that I-MOVE members calculated during the 2012-13 season (February 2013): H1N1, 50.4% versus 62.1%, and B, 49.3% versus 78.2%. The final and interim estimates for H3N2 were similar: 42.2% and 41.9%.Previously I-MOVE members had reported that vaccine effectiveness in the preceding season (2011-12) waned by 3 to 4 months after vaccination. This time the researchers found no clear evidence of waning protection late in the season, but they noted that the samples were small, and there was a hint of waning protection against influenza B. Feb 13 Eurosurveillance study Jan 31, 2013, CIDRAP News story on late-season waning of protection Jan 11, 2013, CIDRAP News story on US flu VE in 2012-13 Four recent H5N1 outbreaks kill 13,000 Vietnamese poultryFour H5N1 avian flu outbreaks in separate provinces in Vietnam last week affected almost 13,000 poultry, according to a recent World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report.The outbreaks, in Lao Cai province in the north and Long An, Phu Yen, and Dak Lak provinces in the south, were in flocks that ranged from 1,630 to 6,813 birds. From 206 to 1,100 birds in each flock were killed by the virus, with all surviving birds in the flocks culled to prevent disease spread.All told, the outbreaks involved 9,387 H5N1 cases, 2,771 deaths, and the culling of 10,173 poultry, for a total of 12,946 birds killed. The outbreaks began from Feb 10 to Feb 14, and disinfection of the premises is under way, according to the report.Feb 15 OIE report Avian H7N9 strains replicate better in pigs than do human strainsIn a study in pigs, avian-origin H7N9 influenza viruses were found to replicate well,but human H7N9 viruses replicated poorly after three passages, Chinese researchers reported in Virology.The team also found that nine specific mutations enhance the binding affinity for human-type receptors of avian-isolated H7N9.The researchers found that, after they inoculated 4-week-old pigs with either the avian strain or human strain and analyzed nasal and throat swabs and lung tissue, the avian virus was able to replicate to a high titer after one passage. The human isolates, in contrast, replicated poorly even after three passages in pig lungs. None of the inoculated pigs showed any clinical signs of flu.In addition, sequence analysis found nine substitutions in the avian isolates that led to enhanced binding affinity for human-type receptors. Except for one—Met67Ile in the hemagglutinin protein—the mutations were found in a number of H7N9 viruses in GenBank, with most in human isolates.The authors conclude, “These results indicate that avian H7N9 influenza viruses can be easily adapted to pigs and that pigs may act as an important intermediate host for the reassortment and transmission of such novel viruses.”March Virology abstract
California reports infant pertussis deathThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) yesterday announced that a baby from San Bernardino County has died from pertussis, marking the state’s first death from the disease since 2016.Karen Smith, MD, MPH, CDPH director and state public health officer, said in a press release that the baby’s death is a tragedy for the family and for the state, since pertussis is a preventable disease. “This serves as a grim reminder that whooping cough is always present in our communities, and immunizations are the first line of defense.”In 2010, a large pertussis outbreak in California—its biggest since 1947—resulted in 986 cases in children and 10 related deaths in kids younger than 3. Babies can’t begin vaccination against the disease until they are 2 months old, so public health officials depend on vaccination in pregnant women and infant contacts to protect the youngest, vulnerable population.Provisional surveillance totals for 2017 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that nationally there were 13 pertussis deaths that year, 4 of them in children younger than 1 year.Smith said no babies should have to be hospitalized due to vaccine-preventable disease, and certainly no baby should die. “I urge all pregnant women to get vaccinated against whooping cough as early as possible during the third trimester of every pregnancy,” she said. The CDPH also recommends that parents immunize their babies as soon as possible, that 7th-grade students receive a whooping cough booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine [Tdap]), and that adults receive a booster once in their lives.Jul 17 CDPH news release CDC provisional pertussis surveillance for 2017 Researchers detail contamination risk during PPE doffingResearchers who tested 10 different personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols for protecting healthcare workers from Ebola virus found a higher risk of self-contamination with doffing and fewer problems with PPE sequences involving powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) and assisted doffing. A team from University of New South Wales in Australia reported their findings yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control.Ten participants were randomly assigned to use three different PPE protocols. The 10 protocols tested were from the World Health Organization, the CDC, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada, North Carolina, New South Wales, and Doctors Without Borders. To simulate Ebola contamination, researchers applied fluorescent lotion and spray to the PPE surface. Then to assess self-contamination, they used ultraviolet light to count fluorescent patches on the skin.Large fluorescent patches were recorded after two sequences using coveralls, and small patches were detected after another coverall protocol and one involving gowns. Problems that were commonly reported included breathing difficulty, suffocation, heat stress, and fogged-up glasses. Most participants rated the PPE protocols high or medium for ease of donning and doffing, and those with PAPRs and assisted doffing were linked to fewer problems and had the highest ratings.The team said the risk of self-contamination with gowns may be lower than coveralls, but they said gowns may not fully protect the body, and larger studies are needed to confirm the findings. They concluded that the study confirms the risk of self-contamination with PPE doffing and that protocols containing PAPR and assisted doffing should be preferred whenever possible during outbreaks of highly infectious pathogens.Jul 17 Am J Infect Control abstract High-path H5 avian flu outbreaks strike poultry in Ghana, RussiaIn the latest highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak developments, Ghana reported an H5 outbreak at a farm, its first since the end of 2016, and Russia reported more H5 outbreaks, part of ongoing activity since June, according to the latest reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In Ghana, the outbreak began on Jun 27 at a farm in Ashanti region in the south central part of the country, killing 2,033 of 6,451 susceptible birds. The survivors were culled to control the spread of the virus. An investigation found that the outbreak may be linked to an illegal movement of infected birds.Elsewhere, Russia today reported 13 more H5 outbreaks from the western part of the country. The OIE report doesn’t list a subtype, but a report last week from the United Kingdom said the Russian outbreaks involve H5N8.Three of the outbreaks involved farms, and 10 were detected in backyard poultry. The events began between Jul 3 and Jul 15, killing 8,873 of 300,505 birds. Affected districts include Rostov, Republic of Tatarstan, Chuvashia Republic, and Nizhny Novgorod.Jul 17 OIE report on H5 in Ghana Jul 18 OIE report on H5 in Russia Male mice may clear flu faster because of rapid lung healingA new study showed that male mice may recover more quickly than their female counterparts from influenza infections because they produce more amphiregulin, a growth factor protein important in wound healing. The research was published in Biology of Sex Differences yesterday.Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted the study, which involved infecting live mice and human epithelial cells with a strain of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. Female mice showed greater clinical disease than male mice, including pulmonary inflammation.Expression of amphiregulin was greater in the lungs of male mice, as well as in primary respiratory epithelial cells derived from mice and a human male donors, than it was in females.”The novel finding here is that females also have slower tissue-repair during recovery, due to relatively low production of amphiregulin,” says senior study author Sabra Klein, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Bloomberg School, in a John Hopkins press release.The researchers said further study is needed to determine how amphiregulin is affected by testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Jul 17 Biol Sex Differ study Jul 17 Johns Hopkins University press release
Connect with the concert series at: www.SecretCitySummerConcerts.com To learn more about The Damn Band, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ To learn more about Moving Arts Española, visit: http://www.movingartsespanola.org To learn more about Divino, visit: https://www.facebook.com/DivinoNM/ The Damn Band has been rocking northern New Mexico for over a decade and has a musical background as diverse as the area they reside in. From their home base in Taos, the current lineup showcases the driving rhythms and guitar work by K Bolan and the soulful vocals of Mina Tank. The 2019 Los Alamos Secret City Summer Concert Series welcomes The Damn Band for its debut performance Friday night in Los Alamos. SUMMER CONCERT News: Divino is a product of traditional New Mexican music and has been known to experiment with different genres of music. Divino stands for three very important things: Faith, Family and Culture. They joined to bring back traditional New Mexican music and cultural roots to the community. While all the members began playing music at a young age; Fernando, Andrea and Anthony were all part of their high school bands and mariachi groups. The concert’s youth performance will feature a Mexican Ballet Folklorico dance performance by Moving Arts Española. The Damn Band. Courtesy photo As its ninth concert in the Series, the Sancre Productions team is working in tandem with various Los Alamos County Departments to ensure public safety, ADA accommodations, free parking and shuttle services and a diverse offering of Food Truck Vendors. The youth performance by Moving Arts Española starts at 6 p.m., Divino will perform at 6:30 p.m. and The Damn Band will perform at 8 p.m. The New Mexico Craft Distillery Garden will offer craft cocktails and beer from Rolling Still Distillery Bros., Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op and Santa Fe Brewing Company. To learn more about SMSI, visit: https://smsi.us With a huge dose of R&B, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Latin and Pop as its driving force, The Damn Band is known as “The Party Band of the Southwest!” To learn more about Rio Grande Motorsports, visit: http://www.riograndemotorsports.com Find the series on Facebook under @SecretCitySummerConcertSeries, and on Instagram using @secretcitysummerconcertseries. In the past the band was invited to play by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson at his election night celebration; Mina’s recent appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show has helped introduce a new audience to a band that is as unique as the Land of Enchantment. The Damn Band concert is sponsored by SMSI and Rio Grande Motorsports. This Friday’s opening act features Divino. Divino hails from Española and was established in 2013 by Fernando Romero and Andrea Lucero. It consists of four members: Andrea Lucero vocals, Fernando Romero on guitarron, Anthony Lucero on lead guitar and vocals and Mike Chavez on guitar.
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