Carl Monzo, the longtime event services professional who worked with countless bands and festivals and served as the head of security for Phish, passed away on Monday. Monzo was also the president and CEO of National Event Services, which provides artists and event organizers with emergency medical services, event staff and security, public safety consulting, and more.Per the National Event Services website, “Carl began his career in Emergency Services in 1979. During his early career, Carl found the sports and entertainment industry was lacking in quality, professional emergency medical care. Based on this, Carl helped develop the first private ambulance service in Pennsylvania exclusively serving the special events industry.”As Emergency Services grew and evolved considerably over the last four decades, Carl led the charge, ensuring a safe environment for mass gatherings like sporting events, concerts, and music festivals. He wrote some of the first safety planning manuals and built staffing models where none previously existed, setting the bar for emergency services in the modern festival community.In the wake of Monzo’s passing on Monday, various artists and members of the live music community recognized the loss with heartfelt posts on social media. In addition to posts by the Phish accounts, guitarist Trey Anastasio posted a personal note along with a photo of himself, Monzo, and drummer Jon Fishman backstage at a concert. As Trey noted, “Whenever I arrived at a venue on the bus, Carl’s smiling face was always the first to welcome me. In the hallways outside of our dressing rooms, when we showed up at a venue and when we left at the end of the night, Carl was everywhere. He was always laughing and smiling, and made us feel safe and relaxed.”Various other artists and industry professionals have offered tributes to Monzo, including Bob Weir and Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) and Dave Schools (Widespread Panic). Scroll down to see a few of the touching Carl Monzo posts. Rest in Peace, Carl. Thank you for keeping everyone safe all these years.
Paula, who tied the knot with her now 73-year-old husband Joe on August 28th, 1980, was heartbroken by the disappearance of her cherished 18 carat gold band.RELATED: In Twist of Fate, Hotline Volunteer Learns She Has Been Working With Man Who Saved Her 7 Years Ago“My house backs onto woodland and I thought possibly that the ring flew in there. I thought it was gone forever,” recalled Paula. “Over the years—whenever we’ve been in the garden or out there—I’ve always said ‘have a look for the ring,’ but we never found it.”To her delight, however, the missing ring was finally rediscovered last month.Paula’s lucky break came when she hired local landscaping company Man for All Seasons to clean up her garden a few days before her wedding anniversary.“We had a gardening company come in and landscape our garden and I told them about the ring and the whole story,” says Paula.MORE: Blind, Deaf Senior Dog Found in Good Health Just 28 Hours After Being Carried Off By a HawkAlthough the yard had been dug up multiple times in the past, the gardeners struck gold.“They called me out into the garden a while later saying they had a surprise for me and then handed me my wedding ring,” she exclaimed. “It was in the garden where I was standing and where I had been playing ball with my son all those years ago.“I was so shocked, but incredibly grateful. It’s wonderful to have it back.”Paula Walter and her dog Kira. SWNS.Multiply The Good News By Sharing This Sweet Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePaula Walter and Joe on their wedding day.An English woman who lost her wedding ring in the garden almost four decades ago has just found it buried in the soil—just days before her 40th anniversary.65-year-old Paula Walter lost the precious wedding band back in 1983 when she was playing catch with her son outside their home in Plymouth, Devon.The ring flew off her finger as they were frolicking in the garden, and despite conducting a lengthy search of the grounds with a metal detector, it was never found.
The 32nd edition of the Roc d’Azur off-road and mountain bike festival got going on 7 October under the sunny skies of Fréjus in south-eastern France. More than 1,400 schoolchildren kicked off five days of sport and fun —five days that have once again attracted over 20,000 fans.This week, Wednesday afternoon’s Générations Roc saw 1,250 primary and secondary school students from the Académie de Nice, 150 representatives of associations in Fréjus and Roquebrune-sur-Argens, and 100 disabled people leave the first tracks on the paths of the François-Léotard Nature Base in Fréjus.Produced by A.S.O, the numbers for the iconic trail and MBK events on 7-11 October are impressive:More 20,000 participants, more than 100,000 visitorsNearly 300 exhibitors and 200 bikes to test at the Exhibition10 tons of food supplies50 countries representedThe Roc d’Azur took things up a notch on Thursday, when the expo opened at 10:00 CET (09:00 for the rest of the week), with 300 exhibitors displaying their wares over 28,000 m2, and the Roc Test Camp getting under way, where visitors get to try out the latest products to hit the market.Visitors will also enjoy the wide range of activities on the main Roc d’Azur programme. The EnduRoc, a popular event for several years, will see sparks fly in its five timed specials. The Tri Roc, the off-road version of triathlon, which made its Roc debut in 2012, will challenge triathletes to 1.5K of swimming in the Mediterranean, 24K of MTB in Les Maures massif and 11K of trail running.The programme will be packed with events up to Sunday. Two of the traditional highlights come on Friday, with the Canyon Roc Marathon (82K) for the toughest riders and the Roc Ruelles through the historical heart of Fréjus.After Saturday, when the focus will be on leisure rides, such as the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire (50K); and Sunday’s Roc d’Azur (56K) will see 5,200 riders go head-to-head in the traditional but always awaited finale of the 32nd edition of the Roc. As the organising team points out, ‘the Roc continues to grow and evolve.’www.rocazur.comwww.asochallenges.com Related
Huffington Post:The anesthesiologist grabbed my hand as I woke up in the room. As I embraced her touch, my head was locked into metal equipment even when I could move other parts of my body. But I wasn’t supposed to. Standing behind me, my neurosurgeon reminded me not to try moving my head. With his hands in my brain, his touch worked to save my life.Sometimes life makes people return to difficult places and experiences for survival. For me, that includes my second awake brain surgery in September 2011. My first brain surgery in 1998 and recovery was completely new to me. Since then, I have come to understand some essential health and healing components needed when dealing with cancer. Cancer care cannot only address the cancer diagnosis and instead must support the whole person.Read the full story: Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >
Email Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook Some people frequently check and re-check their mobile phones. Once this impulse is triggered, it may be more a question of not being able to leave the device alone than actually hoping to gain some reward from it. These insights are drawn from a study by psychologists Henry Wilmer and Jason Chein of Temple University in the US and are published in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Their findings shed light on the reasons why some people are so attached to their smartphones and mobile technology, while others are less so.A better understanding of the impact of smartphone and mobile technology usage is needed to assess the potential problems associated with heavy use. Although these electronic devices are playing an increasingly pervasive role in our daily activities, little research has been done about a possible link between usage behaviour and specific mental processes and traits. Therefore, Wilmer and Chein set out to determine if people who report heavier mobile technology use might also have different tendencies towards delaying gratification than others, or might exhibit individual differences in impulse control and in responding to rewards.Ninety-one undergraduate students completed a battery of questionnaires and cognitive tests. They indicated how much time they spent using their phones for social media purposes, to post public status updates, and to simply check their devices. Each student’s tendency to delay gratification in favour of larger, later rewards (their so-called intertemporal preference) was also assessed. They were given hypothetical choices between a smaller sum of money offered immediately or a larger sum to be received at a later time. Participants also completed tasks that assessed their ability to control their impulses. Finally, participants’ tendencies to pursue rewarding stimuli were also assessed. Pinterest Share on Twitter The results provide evidence that people who constantly check and use their mobile devices throughout the day are less apt to delay gratification.“Mobile technology habits, such as frequent checking, seem to be driven most strongly by uncontrolled impulses and not by the desire to pursue rewards,” says Wilmer, who adds that the findings provide correlational evidence that increased use of portable electronic devices is associated with poor impulse control and a tendency to devalue delayed rewards.“The findings provide important insights regarding the individual difference factors that relate to technology engagement,” adds Chein. “These findings are consistent with the common perception that frequent smartphone use goes hand in hand with impatience and impulsivity.”
MDR Klebsiella cluster detected in Arizona nursing homeA paper today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes a small cluster of multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae detected at an Arizona nursing home.The cluster was first detected in August 2018 when the Mariposa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) identified two isolates of carbapenemase-producing K pneumoniae (KPC-KP) in urine samples from two residents of a ventilator-capable unit in a skilled nursing facility. Both residents had urinary tract infections and resided in neighboring rooms. Further analysis of the isolates by the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network suggested healthcare-associated transmission, and the Arizona Department of Health Services investigated the cluster to prevent additional cases.Immediate contact screening for KPC-KP colonization among 26 residents who were in the ventilator-capable unit at the same time as the index patients detected KPC-KP isolates in five asymptomatic contacts, three of which had indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns from the isolates in the two index patients, a finding that further supported healthcare-associated transmission. A site visit to the facility in September 2018 to observe infection control practices found missed opportunities for hand hygiene before and after physical contact with residents, and lapses in aseptic technique during routine sterile procedures.Re-screening of the 26 contacts in November 2018 to determine whether MCDPH’s recommended control measures were successful in containing the cluster identified three additional cases of KPC-KP colonization.The authors of the report conclude, “Closer adherence to CDC recommendations that could prevent health care–associated KPC-KP transmission include housing together residents with infection, improving adherence to hand hygiene, using gowns and gloves when interacting with residents who require mechanical ventilation or have tracheostomies, and implementing contact precautions for uncontained body fluids.”Mar 12 MMWR Notes from the field Pharmacy-led UTI test demonstrates benefits in UK pilot studyA community pharmacy-led test-and-treat service for women with uncomplicated urinary tract (UTI) infections helped support appropriate use of antibiotics and reduced demand on other National Health Services (NHS) resources, English researchers reported today in JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance.In the pilot study, researchers analyzed data on 764 women who presented to 23 pharmacies with UTI symptoms from December 2018 to April 2019. The test-and-treat service, developed by a team of physicians, pharmacists, and microbiologists, clinically assessed women aged 16 to 64 years for the possibility of uncomplicated UTI, with treatment based on the outcome of a urine dipstick test and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. A novel smartphone app provided instructions on use and analysis of the dipstick test and recorded test results. Women were either advised on self-care, supplied with antibiotics, or referred to their general practitioner (GP).Urine dipstick test results indicated 372 of 496 women (75%) were likely to have a lower UTI, and 360 of 372 of these women (96.8%) purchased antibiotics. Analysis of data indicating what action the women would have taken had the service not been available showed that nearly three-quarters (214/301, 71.1%) would have visited their GP, and more than one-third (116/301, 35.8%) would have attempted self-treatment.”As pharmacists working within the community become more integrated into primary care networks, there is an opportunity for them to embed services such as this to support self-care and appropriate use of NHS resources,” the study authors write. “This would support changing behaviour of patients with UTIs to utilize community pharmacies as the first port of call (i.e. changing to a ‘pharmacy first’ mentality) and allow for effective triage and treatment within this environment.”Mar 12 JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance study
Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago to sign Energy MOUOPM, Trinidad and Tobago – Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley departed for Barbados this morning where he will participate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The agreement, which will be signed tomorrow (Saturday 24 August, 2019), is related to cooperation…August 23, 2019In “Barbados”CARICOM and UN meeting on crisis in VenezuelaA Delegation from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) led by Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris of St. Kitts and Nevis is meeting today with United Nations Secretary-General His Excellency Antonio Guterres to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. Prime Minister Harris is accompanied at the meeting by Dr. Hon Keith Rowley,…January 28, 2019In “Barbados”Energy, agriculture, security high on agenda of Guyana, T&T high-level meeting(Guyana Chronicle) TRINIDAD and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will be accompanied by five of his ministers when he arrives in Guyana this week for bilateral talks with President David Granger. The high-level team from the twin-island republic is scheduled to arrive in Guyana on Wednesday for a two-day…September 17, 2018In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Sep 29, 2020 CARICOM Energy Ministers Meet CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Sep 28, 2020 The MOU establishes a general framework for both parties to undertake cooperative initiatives, in the areas of energy, energy security and energy exploration, development and production in relation to hydrocarbon resources that extend across their maritime boundary.In describing the push for cooperation in the energy sector between the two countries Dr Rowley said, “It is all good for Barbados and it is all good for Trinidad and Tobago.”He noted that once gas is found in the Barbados acreage and that gas finds its way to the market through the plants in Trinidad and Tobago, it would create a larger resource base for Trinidad and Tobago while allowing Barbados access to a market to sell whatever is found in their acreage.Energy company BHP has made gas discoveries in the North Eastern areas of Trinidad and Tobago’s maritime assets, drilling successful wells that are close to the Barbadian border. The company is also working in Barbados’ waters close to the border.(See highlights of the: Signing Ceremony)The Prime Minister said the agreement lays the groundwork for the two countries to act as one in encouraging investment in their offshore deep waters. In the coming months it is expected that both countries will sign a unitization and a general framework treaty which will enable the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbon resources.During a bilateral meeting before the signing both Prime Ministers earmarked other areas for cooperation including the fishing industry.Dr Rowley noted that this issue remains of particular interest to the people of Tobago who are closest to Barbados. He said there is a need to find a way forward that is beneficial to all stakeholders while attracting investors from both countries who could penetrate both the local and international markets.Both countries are also advancing discussions with respect to sharing diplomatic missions specifically in Africa and Asia. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… PM Mottley Renews Calls for Restructuring of Global… Oct 1, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 5, 2020 OPM, Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon Mia Mottley witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries today (Saturday 24 August, 2019) in Bridgetown, Barbados. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley (left) welcomes Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to Bridgetown for Saturday’s signing The Hon. Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and the Hon. Wilfred Abrahams, Minister of Energy and Water Resources for Barbados signed on behalf of their countries.
[mappress]SBT Staff, November 26, 2013 Precious Shipping, in accordance with the company’s strategy to rejuvenate its fleet, has entered into newbuilding contracts for the construction of four bulk carriers.The company ordered two 38,500 DWT bulk carriers to be built at China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co., Ltd. (CSOC) and Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd.The bulkers, estimated at $22.3 million each, are scheduled for delivery in 2015.Precious also signed the order for two 64,000 DWT bulk carriers with Sainty Marine Corporation Ltd. The estimated contract price for the two panamax vessels is $54.8 million.Delivery date for 64,000 DWT bulkers is set for June 2014.After the acquisition and delivery of these vessels and the delivery of six more vessels (ordered earlier but not yet delivered) the company’s fleet will consist of 48 vessels with an aggregate capacity of about 1,636,583 DWT.
David Molenaar, Country Division Head Wind Power at Siemens Netherlands, will be one of our speakers during this year’s Offshore WIND Conference which will be held in Amsterdam RAI on 24th and 25th October.The theme of the Offshore WIND Conference this year is ‘Reaching Potential’ and will discuss the opportunities available in the industry and how the industry can develop its supply chain. Molenaar will be speaking during the opening session in which leading players from the industry will delve into ‘Calling the shots’.Molenaar worked during his doctoral research in the period of July 2001 – January 2002 for Siemens Netherlands N.V. to tender for the Dutch first offshore wind farm work. As a project manager, he was responsible for the design of a cost-support structure for the planned turbines.In 2004 he started as a project engineer at Siemens Netherlands N.V. At the end of 2004 he was involved, as a technical specialist, in the acquisition of Bonus Energy A/S. In October 2005 he was appointed Business Unit Manager Wind Power. In that position, Molenaar realized Siemens’ final turnkey wind farm with non-Siemens turbines.From October 2007 to date, Molenaar was also responsible for establishing and expanding the Offshore Engineering Center of Competence (CoC) from Siemens Wind Power in The Hague. He leads a team of young and experienced engineers who passionately work on both the realization of Siemens’ offshore wind farms as well as determining its strategy how to lower the life cycle cost of offshore wind further.For more information on the Offshore WIND Conference, to book tickets or to find out who our other speakers are, head to www.offshorewindconference.biz.Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is an annual event focused on the complete offshore energy industry, from oil & gas to the wind and marine energy.The two-day event, to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 25 & 26 October includes an exhibition where an expected 650+ supply chain companies will showcase their products and services. Next to that, there is an accompanying conference that covers key topics and solutions for the offshore community.Offshore Energy is the fastest growing gathering of offshore industry professionals. Founded in 2008, Offshore Energy has been breaking records year after year. The 2015 edition attracted 11,865 unique attendees representing 86 nationalities.Source: Navingo
In a heated market, clients are invariably competing in a limited and finite pool of specialist subcontractors as part of the procurement process.Even the larger main contractors with their extensive pre-qualified supply chains struggle to use their leverage to attract the right specialist subcontractors to bid at the right price and at the right time. The power lies with the specialists and without them, “managing” main contractors cannot succeed. Making a project attractive is essential and clients who have a portfolio of future workload are clearly in a better position to entice main contractors and their supply chains when the inevitable ‘shall I bid this project’ question arises.Clients are increasingly reluctant to become passive bystanders and a hostage to fortune as tenders are delivered late, are too high or have unacceptable termsThis leaves clients at the mercy of the market. At Future54 we are finding that our clients are increasingly reluctant to become passive bystanders and a hostage to fortune as tenders are delivered late, are too high or have unacceptable terms through a single or two stage procurement process. The outcome of this approach can be significant delays in getting a project to financial close and a lot of frustration.So, what is the answer? For those clients that are willing to become more actively involved in the procurement process there can be clear benefits in a different type of approach. We call it “reverse engineered two-stage” and involves clients and their teams getting involved in procuring the specialist critical and/or high value packages (typically up to 80% by value) and then “folding” them into a main contract, where the balance of packages are procured. The outcome is that the main contractor provides the “contractual wrapper” and single point responsibility that funders and clients like.There are certainly advantages to this approach. Clients get a much more open and transparent process where discussions on price, design and programme with the client’s team can be advantageous. Likewise, specialist subcontractors generally like the direct relationship with the client and the use of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) provide certainty of prompt payment. The benefits are that the direct involvement of the client and team means expectations are better aligned – design, commercials and programme – with a much greater likelihood that we get to contractual close quicker and with less pain.But, it is not straightforward. The approach needs a clear strategy developed at the outset and the subcontracts aligned with the main contractor so that when they are “brought together” there is no conflict. This early thought process needs the right skills but can only be a benefit.Paul Clark, project director at consultant Future54