Perpetual Groove Announces Brooklyn Bowl Webcasts

first_imgThis weekend, Perpetual Groove will make their New York return at the famed Brooklyn Bowl venue in Brooklyn, NY. For those who can’t make the shows, fear not, for Nugs.TV has you covered!In-Depth With Brock Butler On The Past, Present, And Future Of Perpetual GrooveP.Groove and Nugs are joining forces for a PPV webcast of the two shows, on October 9th and 10th. Price are quite reasonable, as an HD webcast of both nights will run you only $24.99. SD and single-day options are available too. Check out Nugs.TV for details.Tickets for the shows and more Perpetual Groove tour information can be found on the band’s website.last_img

Sprint to Deploy Advanced Emergency-Alert Solution

first_img“The ‘biggie’ for us is that here is a feasible way for us to target these messages down to a few blocks if we need to,” Botterell said. “New York City, for example, is very sensitive about this issue because they had that steam-pipe explosion, and they wanted to address an eight-block area, and they didn’t have any technology that would let them do that.” “The FCC is already looking at this as an issue and how to address it, and we as a carrier want to be as proactive as possible, so we decided to go down this path,” Hackett said. “Ultimately, we think that’s the right thing to do for all of our customers, and we assume that eventually the other carriers will get on board — they just haven’t gotten there yet.” Sprint Nextel will deploy the Mobile Alert Network in Contra Costa County, Calif., which is located in the San Francisco Bay area and is the state’s ninth-largest county with about 930,000 residents. Sprint is the first carrier to agree to deploy the network, which will be used to push emergency alerts to Sprint subscribers living and working in the county. “One of the big challenges has been, how do we get geographic targeting without it turning into a big database-management issue for the carriers and without it becoming invasive to people’s personal privacy?” he said. “Nobody wants to be tracked by their cell phone.” “Every time there’s an event, there’s a ‘hero’ technology,” he said. “During the California wildfires, it was reverse 911, for example. But there is no hero — you have to use a lot of technologies in concert.” “When we send a message out, we embed an authentication key, the location where the message is valid and a timeframe,” Walsh said. “That application grabs the message and asks, ‘Am I in the right location?’ If the answer is yes, it displays the message. If the answer is ‘No I’m not,’ it will ignore the message. That way, we don’t need to know where the subscriber is to target a message. It’s almost a message-filtering capability.” Though excited about the deployment, Botterell stressed that SquareLoop’s solution is just one of many tools in the emergency-alert toolkit. Editor s Note: For more information on California s wireless alerts system, read Got Wireless Alerts? The county will pay $50,000 to use services provided by the network in what amounts to a one-year trial, according to Art Botterell, community warning system manager for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department. Botterell said that one of the network’s attractions is its ability to geographically target alert recipients. Emergency-alert technology has evolved well beyond simple text messages, thanks in large part to advancements in handset technology, Botterell said. Another benefit of the Mobile Alert Network is that it is a hosted service that delivers redundancy and efficiency other platforms can’t match, Walsh said. Walsh added that SquareLoop is talking to other wireless carriers about deploying the alert platform. For Sprint, the decision to become the first carrier to use the system was easy, according to Chris Hackett, vice president of public sector sales programs for Sprint. “We have a direct connection into Sprint’s network, which gives us a much more reliable delivery structure. … Each of the connections is monitored, and we maintain redundant connections, which delivers the reliability,” Walsh said. “That’s really necessary if you look at some of the campus-alerting scenarios where you’ve heard of messages being delayed.” SAN FRANCISCO — Sprint Nextel has agreed to deploy an emergency-alert solution developed by location-based services vendor SquareLoop that is designed to notify cellular subscribers in even small geographic areas targeted by emergency officials. Square Loop of Reston, Va., solved the privacy problem by creating an application that resides on the subscriber’s handset and executes an authentication handshake, according to Joe Walsh, the company’s chief operating officer. However, location-based emergency-alert technologies generally leverage global positioning system (GPS) technology embedded in wireless handsets. Whenever GPS is present, privacy issues loom, which is why alert services historically have been made available to subscribers on an opt-in basis. This creates a problem for both public safety and wireless carriers, according to Botterell. “It strengthens the relationship we have with first responders and differentiates us to first responders, because of their understanding that Sprint is focused on the needs of first responders and developing solutions so that they can more safely do their jobs,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re seen in that light.” “You can have distinctive ringtones, you can transmit pictures, you could even have a wireless milk carton for missing kids,” he said. “That’s one of the things we’re really interested in — it gives us so much flexibility in terms of the user experience.” But Hackett added that Sprint hopes its proactive embracing of SquareLoop’s platform will provide it with a competitive advantage in the public safety marketplace.last_img read more

XTERRA Ireland postponed to 2015

first_img Related It’s one of the worst scenarios for any event organizer – postponement. That’s the situation for the team behind off-road triathlon, XTERRA Ireland, with the announcement at the end of last week that this year’s event – scheduled to take place on 20 July – will be postponed.“There have been a number of unforeseen logistical problems that make it impossible to deliver the event to the high standards a prestigious international event like XTERRA demands,” said Race Director Dean Watson. “We’re really disappointed and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”(With XTERRA England closing its doors across the Irish Sea in February, due to the cessation in trading of former local organiser Brave Events, XTERRA England 2014 is now back in business and recently re-opened for entry. UK-based Limelight Sports has secured rights from Vachery Estate and XTERRA HQ to deliver the XTERRA England Championship race in Cranleigh, Surrey, at the same venue and on the same date, 24 August 2014, as previously listed.)Watson and the XTERRA Ireland team are already looking forward to the future in Ireland. “We’re working hard to secure a more suitable location for next year,” added Watson. “And we’re liaising with [XTERRA owners] Team Unlimited in Hawaii to sort out a date that will fit better with the XTERRA European and World tours.”All entrants in the 2014 event, which was scheduled to take place in Killaloe, County Clare, have been contacted and made aware of the situation. They’ve been offered a choice of a full refund or a postponement until 2015.“[XTERRA] Is a fantastic format with events run round the globe,” said Watson. “We’re excited Ireland is involved in the worldwide circuit and look forward to 2015 and seeing everyone who entered this year get the chance to race.”www.xterra-ireland.comlast_img read more

Study finds brain architecture alters to compensate for depression

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Patients were randomized to receive active medication duloxetine, a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or placebo. During the trial, patients receiving medication experienced significant improvement of symptoms compared with patients receiving placebo. In medication-treated patients, cortical thickness declined toward values found in healthy volunteers while placebo-treated patients showed a slight thickening of the cortex. According to Bansal, a researcher at CHLA and professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, this finding suggests that placebo-treated patients continue to require compensation for their ongoing symptoms.“Although this study was conducted in adults, the methodology developed – pairing a randomized controlled trial with MRI scanning – can be applied to many other populations in both children and adults,” said Bansal. “Also, our observations of neuroplasticity suggest new biological targets for treatment of persons with neuropsychiatric disorders.” A study led by Ravi Bansal, PhD, and Bradley S. Peterson, MD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has found structural differences in the cerebral cortex of patients with depression and that these differences normalize with appropriate medication. The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry on March 7, is the first to report within the context of a randomized, controlled trial, the presence of structural changes in the cerebral cortex during medication treatment for depression and the first to provide in vivo evidence for the presence of anatomical neuroplasticity in human brain.“Our findings suggest that thickening of the cerebral cortex is a compensatory, neuroplastic response that helps to reduce the severity of depressive symptoms,” said Peterson, director of the Institute of the Developing Mind at CHLA and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. “Patients off medication have a thickened cortex, and the thicker it is, the fewer the symptoms they have. Treatment with medication then reduces the severity of symptoms, which in turn reduces the need for biological compensation in the brain – so that their cortex becomes thinner, reaching thickness values similar to those in healthy volunteers.”The investigators acquired anatomical brain scans at baseline and again at the end of the 10-week study period for 41 patients with chronic depression, while 39 healthy volunteers were scanned once. This study was conducted with adult patients treated at Columbia University, when Peterson and Bansal were faculty members.last_img read more

CDC study: Antibiotics still widely overused for respiratory infections

first_imgThe overuse of antibiotics to treat acute respiratory infections (ARIs), including influenza, is still widespread, according to a new study that covered close to 15,000 patients in five regions around the country over two flu seasons.Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 41% of antibiotic prescriptions written for patients with ARIs were inappropriate, according to their report published today in JAMA Network Open.Among other things, the team found that close to 30% of patients who had lab-confirmed flu were prescribed antibiotics, though flu is a viral infection, and that more than a few sore-throat patients received such prescriptions even though they tested negative for a bacterial cause.Flu vaccine network sites usedThe researchers used data collected by the five regional sites in the US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 flu seasons. The study included 57 clinics in the first season and 66 in the second.The clinics enrolled consenting patients at least 6 months old who had an ARI and a new cough. For research purposes only, all patients were tested for flu. The team checked the patients’ recent medical histories and gathered data on antibiotic and flu antiviral prescriptions written within 7 days after enrollment.A total of 14,987 ARI patients were included, with a mean age of 32; 58% of them were female and 80% were white. Providers prescribed antibiotics for 6,136 (41%) of the patients. Fifty-six percent of the prescriptions were for broad-spectrum antibiotics, with azithromycin accounting for 37% of all prescriptions.Of the 6,136 patients who were prescribed the drugs, 41% (2,522) had diagnoses for which antibiotics are not indicated, the report says. An overwhelming majority of this group (2,106, 84%) were diagnosed as having a viral upper respiratory tract infection or bronchitis.There were 3,306 patients (22% of the total) who had lab-confirmed flu and were not found to have pneumonia. Of these, 945 (29%) were prescribed an antibiotic, which accounted for 17% of all antibiotic prescriptions for patients with non-pneumonia ARI.The authors comment that widely available point-of-care flu tests—which were infrequently used in the study—vary in reliability and are not recommended for use in ruling out flu when making treatment decisions. They suggest that the development of better point-of-care flu tests may improve treatment decisions for ARI patients during flu season and thus reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.Antibiotics used despite negative strep testsThe study also revealed that 168 patients with pharyngitis received antibiotic treatment even though they had tested negative for Group A Streptococcus (GAS). They made up 38% of the 440 pharyngitis patients who were given antibiotics. The authors commented that national guidelines on pharyngitis recommend antibiotic treatment for lab-confirmed GAS only.In other findings, it appeared that many of the 1,200 patients who were prescribed an antibiotic for sinusitis were treated inappropriately, the authors said. Of that group, 454 patients (38%) had symptoms for 3 days or less before the outpatient visit, which suggests acute viral sinusitis.The researchers also found that older adults were more likely than younger adults and children to receive antibiotics without an appropriate indication and were far more likely to receive broad-spectrum antibiotics, especially azithromycin, which was prescribed for nearly a quarter of adults over age 50, regardless of diagnosis.The findings are consistent with previous studies based on national survey data that indicate clinicians too often prescribe antibiotics for ARIs, the authors said. However, “the proportion of patients prescribed antibiotics for conditions such as pharyngitis and bronchitis was lower in this study compared with other studies, and assessment of antibiotic overuse may be underestimated.”The researchers acknowledge several other imitations of the study. For example, medical histories for some patients may have been incomplete, leaving the possibility that treatment decisions were affected by unknown factors. Also, the clinics have been involved in flu research for years, which may have influenced clinician awareness of flu and prescribing practices.Nevertheless, they said the study “adds to evidence that misuse of antibiotics, characterized by antibiotic overuse and inappropriate antibiotic selection, is widespread in the treatment of outpatient ARIs. The study indicates a number of potential targets to achieve the goal of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria of reducing inappropriate outpatient antibiotic use by 50% by 2020.””Increased efforts,” the authors add, “are needed to support improved adherence to guidelines for antibiotic prescribing for common diagnoses, including more stringent adherence to GAS pharyngitis testing guidelines and clinical criteria for antibiotic treatment of sinusitis, as well as interventions focused on appropriate selection of first-line antibiotics for these conditions if treatment is indicated.”See also:Jul 8 JAMA Network Open studylast_img read more

Midlands duo launch €500m Euro fund

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Automotive Industry Veteran James McElya Joins Superior Industries Board Of Directors

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. VAN NUYS, Calif. – Superior Industries International has announced the appointment of James McElya to its board of directors. McElya spent 17 years with Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading global supplier of various products for the automotive industry. He served the company in a variety of leadership capacities, including CEO from 2004 through 2012, and as non-executive chairman from October 2012 until May 2013. McElya currently is chairman of the board of directors of Affinia Group, a supplier of automotive aftermarket parts, and is the past chairman and current member of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  McElya, 66, fills a board seat that was temporarily held by Kerry Shiba, Superior’s executive vice president and CFO, who remains in his officer role. Shiba was appointed to the board on April 12, 2013, while the company embarked on a search for a qualified independent director to fill a vacancy.last_img read more

Driven Brands’ Jose Costa Becomes NACD Board Leadership Fellow

first_imgThe National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has named Jose Costa, group president for Charlotte-based Driven Brands, as a Board Leadership Fellow, the highest standard of credentialing for corporate directors.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe NACD Fellowship is a comprehensive program of study that empowers directors with the latest insights, intelligence and boardroom practices to stay at the forefront of evolving business demands. To maintain their credential, they have to advance their knowledge and boardroom stature through continuous learning and peer-led collaboration.The NACD Fellowship community is backed by more than 35 years of authoritative research and represents the combined knowledge of hundreds of the world’s largest companies.At Driven Brands, Costa leads MAACO, CARSTAR and Drive N Style. Collectively, these brands operate more than 1,000 body shops in North America and generate more than $1.2 billion in annual system sales. Previously, Costa was president of MAACO, where he managed and developed 500 body shops across the U.S. and Canada.Before joining Driven Brands, Costa was vice president of marketing, R&D and supply chain at Burger King. He also served as president of COSTA IMC, a branding and interactive marketing firm focused on the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American segments.With more than 20 years of experience, he has worked for companies like Young & Rubicam, Bank of America, PepsiCo and YUM Brands. He also has extensive experience in restructuring portfolio companies for private equity firms like 3G Capital, Harvest Partners and Roark Capital Group.AdvertisementIn addition, Costa is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the world’s leading peer network of chief executives and business leaders, and the chapter leader of the Charlotte chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest and most prestigious food society.last_img read more

Woman Dies Water Tubing On Peconic Bay

first_imgA family boat excursion on Peconic Bay turned deadly when a woman who had been tubing suffered a medical event and abruptly died.Southampton Town Police said four people were on board a pontoon boat in the open water on Sunday, August 4: the skipper, his wife, their 13-year-old daughter, and the skipper’s 65-year-old cousin. The teenager and the cousin, a woman, were water tubing. Eventually, they fell off the tube and the boat came around to pick them up. The teen climbed aboard but the woman told the others she couldn’t hoist herself up.They said she then lost consciousness. Southampton Town and Suffolk County rescue squads were called to the scene. A plane spotted the boat and a marine unit raced to the location. She was dead by the time help arrived. Police did not release the name of the deceased as of press time.Pedestrian Run DownAnn Marie Christina, 38 of East Quogue was walking in North Babylon with a companion on July 29, when she was struck by a utility van, causing fatal injuries. The driver fled the scene but Suffolk County police say they tracked him down.Donnell Hicks, 26, of Queens, was arrested and charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, a felony.Hicks was subsequently indicted on August 2, although he said he was unaware he struck a pedestrian. Another witness said the accused stopped briefly, saw the fallen woman, and then drove off.The van also struck Eric Krems, 40, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries; no further information was Sharelast_img read more

WITT introduces valves for biogas applications

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