Read more. In a partnership with King Saud University, Creighton will provide a 10-month internship for 24 students in the Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services. After three years of planning, the students will arrive at the beginning of October. Creighton University will welcome a group of emergency medical services students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this fall. The students will fulfill internship requirements to receive their Bachelor of Science in emergency medical services degrees. Creighton’s emergency medical services program will provide the students with clinical experience and in-field paramedic training.
Michael Yu Members of Notre Dame’s ROTC saluted the American flag during Wednesday’s annual Pass in Review ceremony on South Quad.Yesterday, South Quad played witness to a display of precision, skill and patriotic commitment as Notre Dame’s tri-military organization, made up of Army, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Units, presented themselves for their annual Pass in Review. The annual ceremony, which commemorates the efforts and prestige of Notre Dame’s three ROTC branches, featured the presentation of student awards, a benediction by Fr. Pete Rocca and a speech by University President Fr. John Jenkins.In his speech, Jenkins alluded to the importance of the military for promoting and strengthening peace and urged servicemen and women to remember the mission of the military.Jenkins said Notre Dame’s ROTC is an integral part of the University’s Catholic identity and encouraged graduating cadets to let Notre Dame shape their commitment and purpose during and after their college years.The University has a long tradition with the armed forces, particularly the Navy. University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who passed away in February, was named an honorary Navy chaplain in 2013 after having wanted to do so for many years.Midshipman third class John Walker served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. During the review, Walker reaffirmed the origins and meaning of the Pass in Review for both Notre Dame’s tri-military organization and the campus community. Walker said the Pass in Review is a “formal ceremony rooted in the tradition of a commanding officer inspecting the men and women serving beneath him for their appearance, technique, precision, and battle readiness,” Walker said.“In addition to ceremonially rendering honors to the members of our distinguished stage party, a Pass in Review is an opportunity to pay respects to the Notre Dame family and South Bend community for their support and encouragement throughout the academic year,” Walker said.Walker spoke of Notre Dame’s history with the military and said Notre Dame’s tri-military organization embodied the values and mission of Our Lady’s University.“Today, Notre Dame is one of 56 schools in the Nation with all four branches of the military present on campus. Notre Dame men and women have served, and will continue to serve, in our country’s battles with honor, courage and integrity and are proud to reflect the true essence of that powerful motto of our service, ‘God, Country, Notre Dame,’” Walker said.As part of the Pass in Review, students were presented with the following awards for their distinguished contributions to the various ROTC programs.The Edward Easby-Smith Award, presented to the midshipman who exemplifies the core values of integrity, service and leadership in a senior staff position, was presented to midshipman first class Kelsey Hutchinson.Midshipman first class John Gary received the Colonel Brian C. Regan Award.The first Lieutenant Vincent J. Naimoli Award was presented to midshipman first class Cassandra Gettinger.Midshipman first class Elizabeth Terino accepted the George C. Strake Award in recognition for her leadership and dedication during her four years at Notre Dame.Terino said she was excited to find out she won the George C. Strake Award.“I admire the seniors that have received this award over my past four years and it is an incredible honor to be considered in the same league as them.,” she said.“For me personally, it also represents how much I have learned over my time at Notre Dame. ROTC provided me with challenges and opportunities to discover, develop and refine my leadership skills.”Pass in Review is an opportunity to share her ROTC experience with the larger campus, Terino said.“My friends have the opportunity to watch my fellow midshipmen and cadets salute and march in formation while displaying military bearings and discipline. Sometimes it is difficult to describe those skills to people that haven’t experienced any facet of the military before, and Pass in Review provides a comprehensive visual for some of the skills we are working to develop in ROTC,” Terino said.Terino said it is significant that the ceremony is held on South Quad because it allows passersby to witness the history of the military on Notre Dame’s campus.“Part of Pass in Review is honoring the tradition of Notre Dame and simultaneously embracing the future service of ROTC midshipmen and cadets. The ceremony is reason to reflect on the powerful motto of service, ‘God, Country, Notre Dame,’ and personally I think being able to see midshipmen and cadets in front of the Basilica steeple, the American flag and the Dome really brings that motto to life.”The Chicago Navy League Award for exemplifying honor, courage, and commitment in a senior midshipman staff position was awarded to midshipman first class Maxwell Brown.Midshipman first class Maxwell Brown was presented with the Captain John A. McGurty Award.Midshipman first class Bryan Cooley, was a recipient of the Gallagher-Snider Award for superior military bearing and exceptional leadership.The USAA Achievement award was presented to midshipman first class Sean Fitzgerald.Kathleen Privateer, midshipman first class, was awarded The Carter Family Award.The Captain Paul Roberge Memorial award was presented to Cadet Connor Halloran.The Air Force Detachment 225 Commander’s Award was presented to Cadet Claire Mariani.Cadet Mary Hession was presented with the Reid Nishizuka Award in recognition of her dedication as a mentor .Cadets Eric Peace and Michael Loftus were both presented with The Army Officer’s Saber in recognition of their outstanding leadership while filling the Top Billet of Battallion Commanding Officer. Peace was also presented with the Henry Memorial Memorial Award.The Patrick Dixon Award, a $200 cash award presented annually to a distinguished senior Cadet, was presented to Cadet Raymond Donovan.Cadet Chelsea Ward was commemorated for her mastery of the Army’s Training Management System with the Patrick Haley Award.Cadet Peter Nolle was presented with the Dr. Michael McKee Award for his academic achievement in belonging to the top 20 percent of his class.News writer Michael Yu contributed to this report. Tags: Awards, Pass in Review, ROTC, tri-military
Green Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power has announced that it will rely on rating services from Standard & Poor’s credit agency and discontinue its practice of using two separate agencies.”S&P is a well respected and professional agency that will fulfill our rating needs,” said Dawn Bugbee, chief financial officer of GMP. “Using one agency will streamline our financial review and ultimately save our customers money.”In the past, Green Mountain Power engaged both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s rating agencies. This change, GMP said, is part of Green Mountain Power’s ongoing and continuous process to drive costs out of the company and provide customers with the most efficient and cost-effective service possible.COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwired – July 24, 2013) -GMP.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. The Company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America. For further information, visit www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external).
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said this morning that the city will not pursue the Trump Campaign through the court system in an attempt to collect an unpaid bill. Trump was billed for extra police and related services when he gave a speech at the Flynn Theater in early January. The much publicized event drew a long-line of supporters to hear the presumptive Republican presidential nominee speak. Extra police were called in and Main Street in front of the Flynn was blocked off. A small but vocal group opposing Trump also showed up. The entire event was peaceful.Left: Supporters line up January 7, 2016, to hear presidential candidate Donald Trump speak at the Flynn in Burlington. The line went down Main Street, down St Paul Street and all the way to Adams Street. Very Top Photo: Police keep a watch on the Trump rally and protest on Main Street. Vermont Business Magazine photos.The mayor issued this statement: “After careful investigation into the First Amendment and other legal considerations, we have come to the conclusion that it would be difficult to hold Donald Trump legally liable for the costs the City incurred to make his January rally in Burlington a safe and successful event. Thus, it would not be cost effective for the City to pursue collections remedies through the courts.Opponents of Trump, mostly Bernie Sanders supporters rally across the street from the Flynn.“That said, Mr. Trump’s failure to cooperate with local law enforcement officials and lack of communication with the public and ticketholders put undue strain on the City’s police, and unnecessarily hurt downtown businesses. Paying the invoice remains the right and honorable thing for Mr. Trump to do.“Finally, I want to again thank the Burlington Police for their exemplary work during Mr. Trump’s visit to Burlington. The skill and professionalism of our officers were critical in ensuring that Mr. Trump’s Burlington rally did not result in the kind of violence and chaos that have all too often accompanied his campaign events.”Source: City of Burlington 6.8.2016
Participants at a library listening session at the Cedar Roe branch voted for their most valued services during an exercise Saturday morning.The broad support for the Cedar Roe Library branch was evident by the turnout Saturday morning for a listening session held as part of the Johnson County Library’s master planning process currently under way.Register to continue
Gophers women’s basketball struggles against No. 16 NorthwesternMinnesota faced the same issues in its third consecutive loss.Shannon DoyleGophers forward Kadi Sissoko blocks Eastern Illinois’ Karle Pace at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Gophers defeated Eastern Illinois 72-68. Tony Liebert, Sports ReporterDecember 15, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintTurnovers and a slow start were the story again, as the Gophers women’s basketball team fell to 1-3 on the season following an 80-51 loss at Northwestern.The Gophers’ women’s basketball team opened their 2020 road schedule Wednesday, in Evanston, Illinois, taking on the Wildcats of Northwestern University. Northwestern entered this matchup ranked No. 16 in all of the land, winning its only nonconference game against Eastern Illinois, a team that the Gophers defeated by 32 less points in their own matchup.A struggling Minnesota team had a tough test ahead of itself against a Wildcat team that was voted to finish fourth in the conference. They are led by two preseason All-Big Ten conference players, Veronica Burton and Lindsey Pulliam. The latter of which was voted as the preseason player of the year in the conference.Gophers’ head coach Lindsay Whalen began Wednesday’s game with some positive news, as Cornell graduate-transfer Laura Bagwell-Katalinich appeared in her first game as a Gopher, after missing the first three due to injury. The Ivy League graduate played 21 minutes recording three rebounds on 0-2 shooting from the field.“She worked hard. It’s her first game with us. I will have to watch the video, but I thought she gave effort. I appreciated some things that I saw out there,” said the Gophers’ head coach.As soon as the game tipped off, the Gophers were in a very familiar situation. Team turnovers were a struggle once again. After nine first quarter turnovers in their last matchup, the Gophers coughed up seven more today in the first 10 minutes of play. The sloppy play ultimately led to a Northwestern 25-14 first quarter lead. Minnesota has now been outscored 97- 54 in its four first quarters this season.Whalen has focused on communication as something that needs to improve going forward, and this game was no different. “I think communication is a constant thing. You have to be in constant communication with all five players on your team. It is something that you always have to be working on, or you’re not going to see results,” Whalen said.The first half as a whole was largely a synopsis of all of Minnesota’s struggles this season. Three point defense and turnovers continued to loom large. Thirteen Gophers’ turnovers led to 16 Northwestern points, and the Wildcats’ 4-of-9 shooting from behind the arc made it tough for Minnesota to find any rhythm defensively. On the offensive end, Jasmine Powell was not able to get much help if any at all, scoring 12 of the Gophers’ 28 first half points, ultimately leading to a 28-43 deficit going into the break.It got much worse before it got any better for the Gophers. Northwestern outscored Minnesota 17-7 in the third quarter extending the Wildcats’ lead to 25. Burton was having her way all night. The All-Big Ten guard eventually finished 20 points and 10 assists, missing only two shots and recording only one turnover. Minnesota faced an insurmountable 60-35 deficit heading into the final quarter of play.The Gophers did their best to make the box score look a lot closer in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get it done. Northwestern outscored the Gophers for a fourth consecutive quarter, 20-16. From the tip, Whalen’s team could not really get settled in, ultimately leading to a 80-51 defeat.“Everybody needs to look at ways that they can help and improve the team. There is nothing magical I can tell them and it starts with me. The biggest thing that I told them was that we need to stick together, because we’re all that we have,” Whalen said.Next on Minnesota’s schedule is a home game against preseason Big Ten favorite, Indiana, Dec. 23. at 1 p.m.
Survey notes possibilities, barriers in nurses’ stewardship roleAn online survey of 180 nurses found that nursing professionals are well positioned to be integrated into antibiotic stewardship programs, but clinical practice and hospital culture influence perceptions of their role—and barriers include nurses not included in rounds, interdisciplinary power differentials, and nursing input not actively sought—according to a study yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control.The survey assessed 10 practices that fall within the responsibility of inpatient nurses and contribute to stewardship efforts.Nurses were highly confident assessing for an adverse drug reaction history, obtaining cultures before antibiotic prescribing, and participating in patient education. They were less confident in reviewing microbiology results to determine antibiotic appropriateness. Clinical practice and hospital culture influenced perceptions of their stewardship role. Reported barriers to stewarding included exclusion from rounds, power differentials, and lack of coworkers not seeking their input.The authors conclude, “Barriers to nurse engagement were identified and could be addressed by improving education in microbiology and principles of antibiotic use along with more consistent inclusion of nurses in bedside rounds while also cultivating an environment where nurse contribution is actively sought.”May 2 Am J Infect Control study Study analyzes snapshot of K pneumoniae isolates in GermanyWhole-genome sequencing (WGS) of Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from German hospital patients suggests the prevalence of classical K pneumoniae strains with widely distributed carbapenemase genes, researchers reported yesterday in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.For the study, researchers with the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin compiled a representative subset of 107 carbapenemase-producing K pneumoniae isolates collected from 2008 through 2014 at hospitals throughout the country. The isolates possessed the four most prevalent carbapenemase types in Germany—KPC-2, KPC-3, OXA-48, and NDM-1.WGS data showed that the isolates belonged to 21 different sequence types (STs) of K pneumoniae, with 27 of 34 (80%) KPC-2-producing isolates belonging to ST258—a prominent lineage in healthcare settings—and 21 of 26 (81%) KPC-3-producing isolates belonging to ST512 (a variant of ST258). The most prevalent carbapenemase type, OXA-48 (42 isolates), revealed 15 different STs, and the 5 NDM-1 producers were assigned to 4 STs.One OXA-48 isolate in the collection contained an almost complete set of virulence genes and belonged to ST23, a hypervirulent strain which is frequently found in Asia. That strain appeared to be representative of an entire cluster of infections in a single German healthcare center in 2012.”The finding of a supposed hypervirulent and OXA-48-producing ST23 K. pneumoniae isolate outside Asia is highly worrisome and requires intensive molecular surveillance,” the authors write.May 2 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control study FDA panel OKs plazomicin for complicated urinary tract infectionsA US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has voted unanimously in favor of Achaogen’s plazomicin, an intravenous antibiotic, for the treatment of adults who have complicated urinary tract infections but not for the treatment of bloodstream infections.San Francisco–based Achaogen said the FDA Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee voted 15-0 that the company had “provided substantial evidence of the safety and effectiveness of plazomicin for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections,” but 11-4 against the same criterion for bloodstream infections in patients with limited or no treatment options.”We are encouraged by the Committee’s unanimous vote in favor of plazomicin for complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI). The discussion underscored the real-world challenges that healthcare providers face every day given limited or inadequate treatment options for certain pathogens,” said CEO Blake Wise in the company release.The FDA is not bound by the committee’s votes but takes its input into consideration when reviewing marketing applications. Plazomicin has a Prescription Drug User Fee Act date of Jun 25. If the FDA approves the drug by this date, Achaogen expects to launch plazomicin in the United States soon thereafter, the company said.Achaogen announced on Jan 2 that the FDA had accepted its New Drug Application for priority review for plazomicin.May 2 Achaogen news release Jan 2 Achaogen press release
Cerro Grande Fire taken in the morning of May 10, 2000. All of Los Alamos was evacuated the afternoon of May 10, 2000. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com Cerro Grande Fire viewed from Los Alamos County Golf Course May 7, 2000. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com Craig Martin this year standing near one of the tree seedlings planted in 2000. Courtesy/Craig Martin Topper Senior Katie Herrmann with her puppy Simon, 1, in front of their home on Kristi Lane with her Class of 2020 yard sign, given to every senior at Los Alamos High School as part of a month long schedule of activities to honor them. The governor ordered all the schools in New Mexico closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic so LAPS and the community are finding ways to honor the graduates. Courtesy photo Children plant a tree seedling 20 years ago following the Cerro Grande Fire. Courtesy/Craig Martin. All wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nurse Kim Temple welcomes New Beginnings Fellowship members Lanessa Auburgey and Moises Pinto as they deliver a meal recently to Los Alamos Medical Care Clinic staff. Courtesy/LAMCC Today we are in the midst of a pandemic of a novel corona virus (COVID-19: CO for corona Vi is for virus, D is for disease, 19 for the year it was discovered). This is a new infectious disease causing an acute respiratory syndrome for which there is no vaccine or immunity. Federal, state, and local responses have included cancellation and prohibitions of large-scale gatherings, closures of schools, and other educational institutions, and social distancing by staying home or working from home. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. People have lost jobs and the stock market has fallen faster than ever before in history. Each day the number of infected people increases.The Cerro Grande Fire and COVID 19 were and are calamitous events that disrupted the functioning of our community and society. They caused human, material, economic or environmental losses that exceed our community’s or society’s ability to cope. Regardless of whether the disaster is local or worldwide there are similarities and differences. The Cerro Grande Fire was a local event. The new event, COVID-19 is a worldwide problem-a pandemic. Unlike the Cerro Grande Fire there was no evacuation, but there is sudden life disruption! Life as we knew it came to a screeching halt and everything changed. Again, we must learn to adapt and become resilient in the face of adversity.There is no “them-and-us” in the COVID-19 event. There is no opening of homes as a way of reaching out. We are confined to our homes. We are all dealing with all the same fear and anxiety as people hundreds and thousands of miles from us. I am struck by the saying “We are in this together”. No one who lives on planet earth is immune to this event. We ARE all one humanity. One of the major lessons expressed over and over at the time of the Cerro Grande Fire disaster and now the COVID-19 event is the value of family and friends. Over and over in the Cerro Grande fire interviews, people expressed this lesson. Tasks and times were less important than family and friends. The five P’s were most important in evacuation: people, pets, papers, photos, prescriptions. In the COVID-19 event we are reminded over and over of the value of the lives of those close to us, family, friends, teachers, colleagues, and acquaintances. After the Cerro Grande Fire many people expressed gratitude to the firefighters and first responders. Today the power of gratitude is apparent in the ways we thank firefighters, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and the life of every loved one. We are grateful for all those we sometimes forget about: truck drivers, grocery store clerks, those who shelve food and items, and so many more. Disaster makes us aware of all we have and often forget to thank in our busyness.Thankfulness for the landscape that surrounds us, and its resilience is important. In nature we find beauty and hopefulness in times of despair. Taking walks, gardening, hiking, and bird watching all uplift weary spirits in a time of social distancing and being shut inside our homes. Sunshine helps the shattered spirit and enhances the immune system.Every day we must make a choice to stay home to stop the spread or gather for fun and companionship. We choose resilience and hope by rejecting that instinct to be with others. I am amazed at the creative ways we have found to connect with one another. At the time of the Cerro Grande Fire cell phones were the exception. But with cell phones and computers, connecting has become easier. At the time of the Cerro Grande, everyone scattered. My response was, “Will I ever see them again?” Today I can call or connect by computer and know that my friends and family are safe.A friend, Rosella Jardine, found one similarity between the event of the fire and COVID-19 was isolation. When we evacuated, we did not know where our friends and family went or if we would ever see them again. Now we have all sorts of ways to communicate, but we are still isolated in our homes. It is a twist! Either way we were and are isolated from each other. Interestingly, we often crave solitude and quiet, but once isolated we crave togetherness.After the Cerro Grande fire, FEMA experiences were sometimes lengthy and painful. With the pandemic, comes a stimulus package to help the unemployed, essential personnel, and others. There is already an indication that this too will be a painful process.At the time of the Cerro Grande fire, we saw Northern New Mexico and our community coming together. The Volunteer Task Force mobilized the community to help in restoration. Others helped people through the FEMA process or providing shelter for the displaced. People helped people and the environment. In our resilience, we are reaching out today in unique and different ways, using ingenuity in the COVID-19 crisis. Examples include a less vulnerable person asking a neighbor if they can go to the store for them or calling someone to find out how they are doing. Organizations where congregating is the norm are finding new ways of communicating and entertaining through computer programs such as Zoom, Facetime, Skype, and YouTubeAt the time of the Cerro Grande Fire there was great need. Scouts, churches, restaurants, and many others fed first responders. Homes were opened. People made quilts to give people comfort. Currently, I believe anyone who sews is probably making masks for family, friends, medical personnel, and neighbors. Making a mask seems insignificant but it may save someone’s life. Donations are given to those who are hungry and jobless. Today, though we may feel knocked down, hurting, and struggling, people are lifting each other up in their own way.Like the Cerro Grande Fire, we were not prepared for this pandemic. It took us by surprise. We are in the midst of this event and we do not know how it will end. The experience of the Cerro Grande Fire reminds us that out of the ashes of that fire we became more resilient and renewed. Out of the COVID-19 event, we will find resilience and be renewed in our relationships to one another. There is hope.This is part of the Afterword in the book Resilience and Renewal, Stories of the Cerro Grande Fire Twenty Years After. Also look for the new exhibit at the History Museum called Resilience and Recovery which is currently online (losalamoshistory.org/cerrogrande) and will be available in person when the museum is open again. See the Los Alamos Historical Society website for more information about the Cerro Grande Fire and the availability of the book. Cerro Grande Fire viewed from downtown Los Alamos Sunday, May 7, 2000. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comBy TERALENE FOXXLos AlamosThe week of May 4th is an anniversary week. Twenty years ago, the Cerro Grande Fire changed the physical and emotional landscape of the community. I had just breathed a sigh of relief that the interviews and writing of a book about the resilience after the Cerro Grande Fire was completed when a new event occurred. I had previously written stories about the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 and 2010. My first thought was, “Not Again!” That is my usual response to a new event that has the shadows of an old event.
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