Proudly displayed in their new distributors’ booths at Interbike this year, we were excited to come across another brand we’d admired from afar. Hailing from the Italian Alps, which is where the majority of their product is built, MET makes some great fitting and innovative helmets for both road and trail- and do it with a strong social conscience. While much of the range will be brought in by Tom Hall Enterprises in Cerritos, CA, click through for details on the award-winning Sine Thesis road and Kaos (pictured above) trail helmets…The $250 Sine Thesis is a pro-level helmet that was recently rated not only a best buy by a major German cycling magazine, but also the coolest that they’d ever tested. The venturi foils (here in green) are said to increase airflow at the scalp by 18%- no small feat. CPSC approval is pending and the helmet should be landing this winter.The Kaos (top photo) is a remarkably light (235g in medium) and comfortable trail helmet that I’ve personally considered ordering several times from Chain Reaction. As with the rest of the range, the detail is fantastic and ventilation reportedly among the best. Most models even use these breezy straps and color-keyed buckles. We’re looking forward to testing one once they’re approved this winter.www.met-helmets.comwww.tomhallent.com
Are you Broadway’s biggest fan? Prove it! If you can convince us of your undying love for all things Broadway, we’ll send you to the craziest and, let’s face it, best awards show of the season: The 2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! The May 30 ceremony is invitation-only, but one lucky fan (and a friend!) will win a trip to New York City to attend.All you have to do is create a video (no more than 60 seconds long) proving why you’re the biggest Broadway fan ever and deserve to attend the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and follow the instructions below. Major points for creativity! Upload your submission as an unlisted video onto YouTube, then submit it in the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on April 5, 2019. Ensure that you check the box agreeing to the Official Rules, and confirming that your YouTube URL is unlisted and will not be disclosed to anyone except on the entry form.If you do not have a YouTube account, here are some resources to help you get started. You are welcome to upload your video directly to your YouTube account using a computer, Android, or iPhone and iPad device. Once your account is set up and you have uploaded your video, don’t forget to change your video privacy settings to “Unlisted.”Broadway’s Biggest Fan prize includes: You and a guest will attend the 2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards You will guest-star on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive web series live from the 2019 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards cocktail party Roundtrip airfare to and from NYC for 2 3-night hotel stay at Sofitel New York 2 tickets each to see 3 Broadway shows Now’s your chance! Submit your video here. View Comments Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:22Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -0:22 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.
Armie Hammer Danny McCarthy The Minutes Related Shows Jessie Mueller Tracy Letts Ian Barford Austin Pendleton Blair Brown View Comments Sally Murphy Star Files Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-finalist play The Minutes. Anna D. Shapiro will direct the production, set to begin previews on February 25, 2020 and officially open on March 15 at the Cort Theatre.Described as a comedy, The Minutes refracts the current state of America and our politics through a town meeting in the small fictional city of Big Cherry.Playwright Letts will also appear in the cast, with co-stars including Jessie Mueller, Armie Hammer, Ian Barford, Sally Murphy, Blair Brown, K. Todd Freeman, Austin Pendleton, Cliff Chamberlain, Danny McCarthy and Jeff Still.The design team will be announced at a later date. Production art for “The Minutes”(Provided by Polk & Co.) from $49.00 View All (8)
The University of Vermont Medical Center,Green Mountain Care Board Determines Certificate of Need Approval Conditions MetVermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center plans to begin construction of an inpatient bed building this month. Although approval of the $174.9 million project was obtained in July 2015, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) set conditions requiring additional financial reporting, philanthropic requirements and changes to debt financing prior to the start of construction. This month, the Board determined those conditions had been satisfied. The building is expected to open in the summer of 2019. The project will begin with site work and other prep and the heavy construction likely will not begin until the fall.“We have worked hard to meet the conditions set by the GMCB on this complex project and I am glad that we have been given the green light to proceed,” said John Brumsted, MD, chief executive officer and president, UVM Health Network and chief executive officer, UVM Medical Center.“I very much look forward to breaking ground on this facility. It will provide patients and families in our region with a healing space that matches the high quality of health care our doctors, nurses and staff deliver every day,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, chief operating officer and president, UVM Medical Center. Construction will take place on the west side of the Medical Center Campus above the existing Emergency Department parking lot. There will be four patient floors, each containing 32 single-occupancy, medical-surgical rooms for a total of 128 inpatient rooms. There will be two floors of mechanical space, and a first floor will provide ambulance access to the Emergency Department entrance. There will not be any increase in the number of UVM Medical Center’s inpatient beds. Additionally, UVMMC said in a statement that the project will not require any additional rate requests or increased revenue specifically to fund it.Artist rendering of UVMMC’s new inpatient building Northwest View. Top photo is of the Southwest View. Courtesy of UVMMC.To keep the public well informed about the project, the medical center has asked to present regular updates to the Green Mountain Care Board. About the University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) is a 447 bed tertiary care regional referral center serving approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together its partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, it is Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network(link is external), a five-hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community with a shared mission. Its partners are:The University of Vermont – Alice Hyde Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital(link is external)
SunCommon,Vermont Business Magazine A Utah firm is the latest national solar firm to enter the Vermont market. Vivint Solar, Inc, (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, today announced that its residential solar energy systems are now available to Vermont residents. Vermont ranks number 2 on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Energy Momentum State Ranking, and is noted for leading the country in clean energy jobs per capita and for its carbon reduction target. Vermont has committed to attain 90 percent of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2050. Vermont residents who wish to install solar energy systems can currently interconnect to the grid under traditional net metering.Vivint joins Tesla subsidiary SolarCity as a national player to go along with local firms competing for residential solar, such as Waterbury-based SunCommon(link is external).”We applaud Vermont for providing a consistent regulatory environment to help spur renewable growth in this tremendous state,” said David Bywater, CEO of Vivint Solar. “We look forward to becoming the residential solar provider of choice for Vermont residents and helping them start on the path to energy independence.”Through Vivint Solar, residents in Vermont can purchase a system outright or finance the system with monthly payments, either through one of the institutions Vivint Solar has relationships with or their preferred lender. Customers will also be eligible to apply for any applicable utility-sponsored rebates and federal tax credits.As part of each sale, Vivint Solar designs and installs the system, allowing customers to enjoy the benefits of affordable, renewable solar energy. Vivint Solar has deep installation expertise, having completed over 100,000 installations throughout the United States.Vivint also partners with an auto company, Mercedes-Benz Energy.Vivint Solar now operates in 18 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Vermont) and Washington DC. The company also plans to relaunch its residential solar energy services in Nevada.About Vivint SolarVivint Solar is a leading full-service residential solar provider in the United States. With Vivint Solar, customers can power their homes with clean, renewable energy and typically achieve significant financial savings. Offering integrated residential solar solutions for the entire customer lifecycle, Vivint Solar designs, installs, monitors and services the solar energy systems for its customers. In addition to being able to purchase a solar energy system outright, customers may benefit from Vivint Solar’s affordable, flexible financing options or power purchase agreements. Through an exclusive collaboration, Vivint Solar offers solar plus storage systems with Mercedes-Benz batteries. Note on Forward-looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements as defined within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including statements regarding Vermont’s commitment to attaining energy from renewable energy sources, Vivint Solar’s ability to become the residential solar provider of choice for Vermont residents, the ability of Vivint Solar’s customers to become energy independent, the availability of utility-sponsored rebates and federal tax credits, and Vivint Solar’s plans to operate in Nevada. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and they will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the date of this press release, and they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the risks set forth in the registration statements and reports that Vivint Solar files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on the Investor Relations section of its website at www.vivintsolar.com(link is external). Vivint Solar does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.Source: LEHI, Utah, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vivint Solar www.vivintsolar.com/state/vermont(link is external).
Teresa Shockley accepting her Prudential honor. Photo via SME Office Twitter.SM East sophomore named Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner. SM East sophomore Teresa Shockley this week received official recognition as one of Prudential’s Spirit of Community Award winners. Shockley, 16, helped assemble book collections for pre-teens and teens struggling with anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts. Lancers improve to 3-0 on strength of Wentz’s pitching. SM East’s baseball team — which recently improved to 11th in the country in a set of national rankings — kept its perfect season intact with a 5-3 win over Olathe North on Thursday. The Lancers were boosted by six innings of perfect pitching from UVA-commit Joey Wentz.SM North band accepting “spring cleaning” donations. The SM North Indian Band is holding a “spring cleaning” fundraiser on Saturday. Community members are encouraged to bring gently used clothing, shoes and small household items (not furniture) to Saver’s at 95th Street and Nall Avenue between 9 a.m. and noon. Saver’s will weigh the items donated on behalf of the band and make a contribution to the group.Former Johnson County Election Commissioner’s actions draw criticism from voting rights advocates. Former Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby’s troubled start to 2016 got worse this week when a report from the Associated Press indicated that he had used political ties to secure his position as executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and then implemented restrictions on voters in Alabama, Kansas and Georgia soon after taking office. Newby was recently chastised in a Johnson County audit that found he had purchased thousands of dollars of consumer electronics through the Election Office. [US elections head, formerly of Johnson County, used political ties, then curbed voting — Associated Press]Mission police conduct DUI patrol. The Mission Police Department will be conducting a state-sponsored DUI saturation patrol from 11 p.m. tonight until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The focus of the patrol is to deter and apprehend impaired drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. All officers participating in the saturation patrol are trained in DUI detection. Their patrol vehicles will display a “DUI Task Force” magnet on the door. SM East SHARE holding breakfast, blood drive Saturday. The SM East SHARE program will host “SHARE the Cause” Saturday in support of SM East area families battling pediatric cancer and blood disease. The event includes a pancake breakfast in the SM East cafeteria to benefit the Pinky Swear Foundation, which supports families battling pediatric cancer. Tickets are $5 at the door. Delete Blood Cancer and “18 and Swabbin” organizations will be there to provide information and conduct registration for bone marrow donation, a much simpler process than years ago. This registration is paying it forward in honor of Tyler Regier’s bone marrow transplant last January. The SM East basketball team “adopted” little Tyler this season. His mother is a teacher at Briarwood Elementary. The Community Blood Center will be doing a blood drive in the gym. People with leukemia and other blood diseases frequently need transfusions. UCS summit registration open. The 2016 Human Service Summit sponsored by the United Community Services of Johnson County will be held June 14 at the KU Edwards campus. Registration is now open for the event. The theme is “Reducing Poverty and Creating Opportunity: Expanding Income and Employability.”Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
An 80-foot Sprint cell tower along Shawnee Mission Parkway is getting an extension so it can host more antennas.Located at 12902 Shawnee Mission Parkway, the Sprint monopole was built in 1996 and will have a 5 feet in height added to accommodate new antennas.The Shawnee planning commission considered the plans in its Monday meeting, which was predominantly conducted via teleconference.Staff recommended approval of the extension, citing city policy that encourages co-location of multiple antennas instead of building new cell towers in the city.The applicant, Megan Flower of Crown Castle USA Inc., was absent at the meeting, which concerned some of the planning commissioners. Typically for special use permits, the applicant is present at meetings so they can answer questions and state whether they agree with the city staff’s recommendations.Kathy Peterson and her fellow commissioners wanted to ensure the applicant had the opportunity to provide comment and address their questions.“This was put on our agenda on multiple occasions and pulled off,” Peterson added. “I know that you instructed them that they didn’t necessarily need to be here — and (this is an) exceptional situation that we’re under for right now.”Mark Zielsdorf, planning staff member, said this was tabled because the city requested additional information for the cell tower.Chairman Dennis Busby said that if there were any concerns with the process, then the item would automatically come back to the planning commission for consideration.Commissioner Randy Braley asked about the design mechanisms for a monopole, and what city policy states on the fall zone for the proposed 85-foot cell tower. Zielsdsorf said city policy only requires two-thirds distance of the overall height for the fall zone. However, the monopole was designed to collapse instead of falling straight over at the base, Zielsdorf added.The planning commission unanimously voted to approve a four-year special use permit allowing the monopole extension. There was no public comment.Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct an error. All planning commissioners were present for the discussion and vote.
Study: Intervention improves intraoperative antibiotic redosingA multipronged project to improve intraoperative antibiotic redosing led to dramatic and sustained improvements in antibiotic redosing rates at an Iowa hospital, according to a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control.The quality improvement project at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics began in 2015 with the introduction of a guideline-based intraoperative Antibiotic Administration Guide that listed recommendations for antibiotic choice by surgical category on one side and redosing recommendations on the other. The guide was distributed to anesthesia providers, and multiple education sessions were held for anesthesia providers, surgeons, nurses, and pharmacists who work regularly in the operating room. In addition, an automated redosing reminder was included in anesthesia electronic health records (EHRs). The department of anesthesia reported antibiotic redosing rates monthly to hospital leadership to encourage peer accountability and feedback.In the retrospective observational study, a total of 13,695 surgical procedures performed from 2013 through 2017 were assessed using an interrupted time-series model. The compliance rate with intraoperative antibiotic redosing criteria for all surgeries lasting more than 4 hours was the primary outcome. Although the interrupted time-series model showed there was an already improving trend prior to the multifaceted intervention (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 1.004 per week), a 15% increase in appropriate antibiotic redosing rates (IRR, 1.158) was observed at the end of the intervention, with no compromise in the baseline improvement trend.”Our experience demonstrates that combining EHR-based interventions with education and incentive models may help further improve compliance rates,” the authors of the study conclude. They note that further studies to determine whether the intervention had an effect on clinically meaningful outcomes, such as surgical-site infections, are ongoing.Jul 20 Am J Infect Control study Antibiotic-resistant E coli increasing in Swiss nursing homesAn analysis of 10 years of resistance data from nursing homes in Switzerland found increasing levels of extended-spectrum cephalosporin-resistant (ESC-R) Escherichia coli, but with declining levels of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).The study covers data from isolates sent to the Swiss Centre for Antibiotic Resistance from January 2007 to October 2017. Researchers from Switzerland published their findings in a Jul 20 online edition of Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.To explore carbapenem-resistance patterns in nursing homes among gram-negative bacteria, which included ESC-R E coli and Klebsiella pneumonia, MRSA, and glycopeptide-resistant enterococci (GRE), the group looked at 16,804 samples from 9,040 patients, mostly from urinary sources. Most patients were from the French/Italian speaking part of Switzerland in the west and south.ESC-R E coli increased from 5% in 2007 to 22% in 2017, while MRSA levels declined from 34% to 26% over the same period. Nitrofurantoin and fosfomysin retained high susceptibility rates against E coli, even for ESC-R isolates.The researchers said a significant increase of ESC-R among E coli and K pneumonia mirrors an increase seen in the antibiotic resistance database for hospitals and outpatient clinics. The team also noted that the proportion of MRSA among S aureus isolates is also declining in hospitals.The authors said the generalizability of their data is hampered by overrepresentation of the French/Italian speaking part of the country, but the prevalence of ESC-R E coli and K pneumonia among Swiss nursing homes has clearly been rising over the past decade. Also, they noted that more efforts should be taken to increase the number of nursing home samples from German-speaking parts of Switzerland to the resistance database.Jul 20 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control abstract PAHPA reauthorization moves forward, without new antibiotic incentiveA reauthorization of a pandemic preparedness bill approved last week by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee will not include an incentive aimed at spurring development of new antibiotics.According to reporting by Stat, proponents of the incentive, the language of which was originally included in a bill titled the Re-Valuing Anti-microbial Products (REVAMP) Act of 2018, had hoped to have it inserted as an amendment to the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), but that effort stalled. PAHPA, originally passed in 2006, now heads for a vote in the full US House of Representatives.The proposed incentive would award drug companies that develop a priority antimicrobial product an extra 12 months of market exclusivity that could be used for another drug product. Companies could also extend market exclusivity for several drugs for less than a year. In return, drug makers would have to track resistance data, develop guidelines and procedures for appropriate use, and assess stewardship of the new antibiotic.Backers of the idea view it as an important “pull” incentive that could spur antibiotic development. But as Stat reports, a coalition of physicians, hospitals, insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers, concerned that the incentive would delay patient access to cheaper generic drugs, urged Congress not to include the proposal in the PAHPA reauthorization.Jul 18 Stat story Jun 29 CIDRAP News story “Bipartisan bill proposes new ‘pull’ incentives for priority antibiotics”
Samoa’s government has extended a state of emergency related to its measles outbreak as illnesses and deaths continue to climb, and health groups released status reports on measles activity in two other parts of the world—the Americas and Europe.Samoa deaths rise to 73In Samoa, government leaders on Dec 14 announced that the state of emergency, first declared on Nov 15 due to the measles epidemic, has been extended until Dec 29. According to a post on the government’s Facebook page, the measure bars children up to age 14 from attending public gatherings. It also requires all children up to age 14 to show proof of immunization before boarding a ferry for inter-island travel.In its update on cases today, officials said on Twitter that 57 more cases were reported over the last day, boosting the outbreak total to 5,267 cases. The number of related deaths has risen to 73, and as of Dec 15, 93% of the population has been vaccinated.The outbreak has triggered an outpouring of help from other countries as the small island nation battles measles, and in a related development, New Zealand’s government on Dec 14 announced that it would contribute $1 million to the UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO) Pacific regional action plan for measles.Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in a statement, “This plan offers immediate preventative action. It allows for the flexibility to respond to additional requests from other Pacific nations and offers an efficient way of working regionally.” The country had earlier announced funding to support vaccination and response activities in Fiji and Tonga.WHO weighs in on Pacific islands outbreaksIn a statement yesterday, the WHO said Pacific Island countries and areas are responding to the measles outbreak, with cases reported for the first time since 2014. The activity is part of a resurgence seen in all WHO regions since 2017Besides the outbreak in Samoa, Tonga declared an outbreak on Oct 22, with the first cluster of cases in teenage rugby players who had traveled to Auckland, New Zealand. Transmission has been occurring in schools, mainly affecting teenage boys and young adults.As of Dec 2, 440 confirmed or suspected cases have been reported, none of them fatal. Most cases have been reported from Tongatapu island. The WHO added that in 2018, Tonga’s health ministry estimated vaccine coverage to be over 95%. Vaccination activities that are part the outbreak response have reached 15,000 people.In Fiji as of Dec 3, 15 confirmed cases have been reported, 11 of them from or linked to cases in Serua/Namosi subdivision. No deaths have been reported. The WHO and UNICEF estimated that Fiji’s measles-containing vaccine coverage for 2018 was 94%. In the wake of the outbreak, 100,000 people have been vaccinated, with a second supplemental round underway targeting key risk groups.Updates from the Americas and EuropeIn the Americas, the WHO’s Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said since its last update on Nov 1, nine countries have reported 4,315 more cases, most of them from Brazil. The reports mark a 37.6% increase in cases. Other countries reporting recent cases are Argentina (47), Venezuela (32), Colombia (18), the United States (26), Mexico (4), the Bahamas (1), Canada (1), and Chile (1).Elsewhere, 14 European countries reported 259 cases in October, a decline compared to the previous 2 months, according to the latest measles and rubella update from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The largest portion of the cases were from Romania (100) and France (59).Notable declines were reported in Bulgaria and Italy, while increases were recorded in Belgium and Ireland.See also:Dec 15 WHO updateSamoan government Facebook pageSamoan government TweetDec 14 New Zealand government statementDec 13 PAHO measles updateDec 13 ECDC monthly measles and rubella report
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