Wrestling with choices

first_imgFor the bad guys of pro wrestling, boos are the equivalent of cheers. And for David Otunga, J.D. ’06, nothing draws boos like his tag line, “I’m the only Harvard-educated lawyer in the history of the WWE [World Wrestling Entertainment].”Otunga was the keynote speaker at the Harvard Law School (HLS) Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law’s 2014 symposium on Friday. “Wrestling school is different than law school,” he told the audience of more than 100 students and faculty.Otunga bills himself as unique — the only Harvard lawyer, movie star, professional wrestler, reality star, bodybuilder, and TV personality in the world. But his biography may sound familiar: His father is Kenyan, his mother is a white American, and he grew up in Chicago. Otunga also clerked and worked at Sidley Austin, the Chicago law firm where Barack Obama, J.D. ’91, and Michelle Robinson Obama, J.D. ’88, met.Encouraged by his mother (who sat in the front row at the HLS talk) to get an education before he pursued his acting dream, Otunga was securely in his law firm job when he received an offer to appear on the reality TV show “I Love New York 2.” The experience reawakened his acting dream, which his mother encouraged him to pursue.Off the wrestling mat, Otunga is also known as the fiancé of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, with whom he has a 4-year-old son. He also provides legal commentary to news networks CNN and HLN.Otunga said people often ask him what he would say to his son if he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. “I will say, ‘You can do anything you want, but you need to get your education first,’ ” Otunga said. “And I strongly recommend Harvard Law School.”last_img read more

Student groups host immigration prayer night to commence Hispanic Heritage Month

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB), Campus Ministry and the Better Together club worked together to hold the Immigration Prayer Service at Regina Chapel on Tuesday evening. This prayer service kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations on campus.Senior and SDB president Carina Garza said Hispanic Heritage Month’s proximity to the upcoming elections is important to remember.“As it is getting close to election season we want people to understand that immigrants are usually seeking asylum, or are looking for a better life not for themselves but for their children,” Garza said. The service began with a land acknowledgment, recognizing the native people that use the land the groups gathered on — the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and the Miami were forced to move to the area in the 18th century. “It’s important to recognize the people that were here before us, they may not have been like the people who eventually came here,” Garza said. “They weren’t white, they weren’t Christians but … it’s something that needs to be recognized, it’s something that needs to be talked about, which I feel like today it’s kind of taboo to talk about.” Having prayer in times of global suffering is much needed during a time with much division in the United States, director of Campus Ministry Regina Wilson said.“Prayer benefits us by drawing us together in a common experience of being together in God’s presence reminding us that we are sisters and brothers. … That unity includes all immigrants,” Wilson said. “We are with them on their journeys and hopes for a new life.“The community continued praying as whole, naming different intentions, including those seeking asylum and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Senior and president of the Better Together club Jaqueline Rojas said it is important to recognize that immigrants are humans worthy of being treated in an equal way.Another prayer intention was for children of immigrants who live in fear of their families being torn apart because their parents are undocumented.Rojas said coming from El Paso, Texas informs her perspective on the experiences of immigrants.“I am truly able to see and witness everything that happens and how much immigrants suffer, so it’s really important to me for people to acknowledge that this suffering does exist in our country,” Rojas said.The service ended with Rojas singing “Iglesia Peregrina.” “The song is about a pilgrimage and how we are all one church — we are all one people,” Garza said.This is the first time Saint Mary’s has held a prayer service like this, but organizers said they look forward to doing it again in the future.  “Not only do we have to fight for justice, we also have to pray for it,” Rojas said.Tags: better together club, Campus Ministry, Immigration, Prayer service, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Commissioner Trims Rate Increases in Establishing 2007 Hospital Budgets

first_imgCommissioner Trims Rate Increases in Establishing 2007 Hospital BudgetsMontpelier — The Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) administers the annual binding budget program for all Vermont hospitals in an effort to understand and contain hospital costs. The annual budget process includes an analysis by the Department and testimony by the hospitals at public hearings held before Commissioner John Crowley and the Public Oversight Commission. The hearing process took place over a three-day period, August 22, 23 and 24, 2006. The Vermont hospital fiscal year for 2007 runs from October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.It is the policy of the state of Vermont to ensure that all residents have access to quality health care at costs that are affordable. Vermonts community hospitals must operate within budgets set by the Commissioner. Those budgets must (1) be consistent with the Health Resource Allocation Plan adopted by the Governor on August 2, 2005; (2) take into consideration national, regional, or instate peer group norms; (3) promote efficient and economic operation of the hospital, and (4) reflect budget performances for prior years.When establishing the FY 2007 budgets, the Commissioner reviewed testimony from the hospitals during the budget hearings, the staffs analyses, the Unified Health Care Budget forecast, the Health Resource Allocation Plan, and the comments of the Public Oversight Commission.The Commissioner examined the budgets using a variety of factors, including: budget assumptions pertaining to utilization, new programs, operating surplus, inflation, prior period budget performance, and the individual circumstances of each hospital. Fundamental to the Commissioners decisions is the recognition that Vermonters continue to firmly believe the Vermont community hospital system is integral to Vermonts local communities and the economy of those communities.The average 7.1% rate increase requested by the hospitals was comprised of individual hospital rate increase requests that ranged from 4.1% to 8.5%. The Commissioner’s decision results in a change from the requested 7.1% to an average rate increase of 6.6% for the system. It is important to note that the 6.6% rate increase will result in only a 4.1% increase in net revenues to the hospitals because the hospitals do not receive full payment for the rates charged.The Commissioner established the following revised rates and expense reductions for the FY 2007 hospital budgets:RequestedRate IncreaseRevisedRate IncreaseExpense ReductionsBrattleboro Memorial Hospital5.1%5.1%Central Vermont Medical Center4.8%4.3%Copley Hospital4.9%4.9%Fletcher Allen Health Care8.0%7.5%$500,000Gifford Medical Center5.8%4.8%Grace Cottage Hospital4.4%4.4%Mount Ascutney Hospital6.5%5.5%$181,822North Country Hospital5.6%4.6%Northeastern VT Regional Hospital6.5%6.5%Northwestern Medical Center7.0%7.0%Porter Medical Center6.0%6.0%$220,173Rutland Regional Medical Center6.0%5.25%$250,000Southwestern Vermont Medical Center8.5%7.0%$718,361Springfield Hospital4.1%4.1%System Average7.1%6.6%$1,870,356For more information, call Michael Davis at the Division of Health Care Administration at (802) 828-2989.last_img read more

Spain’s Iberdrola to invest $4.5 billion in next four years in French renewable energy projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Spanish utility Iberdrola said on Wednesday it will invest up to 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) over the next four years in France to develop renewable energy.Iberdrola said it is already investing 2.4 billion euros in the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in France and plans to invest in new onshore wind, solar photovoltaic and participate in future offshore wind capacity auctions.“France is a strategic country for Iberdrola,” said Ignacio Galán, chairman and CEO of Iberdrola.“The company is very interested in participating in the new offshore wind capacity auctions to be held in the future by France,” he added.[Nina Chestney]More: Iberdrola to invest up to 4 billion euros in French renewable energy Spain’s Iberdrola to invest $4.5 billion in next four years in French renewable energy projectslast_img read more

HHS adds new anthrax drug to national stockpile

first_img Oct 6, 2005 CIDRAP News article “HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing” The HHS had previously awarded Cangene and another company, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., of Rockville, Md., contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs. “Our first line of defense against anthrax is antibiotics,” said HHS assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness Craig Vanderwagen, MD. “While additional studies are underway to determine its efficacy and ultimate role in treatment, AIG may have the potential to provide physicians with a source of human antibodies against the anthrax toxin that could improve the management of patients with the life-threatening toxemia associated with severe anthrax.” B anthracis is classified as a category A bioweapon. Anthrax spores sent through the US mail in the fall of 2001 caused 22 cases of anthrax,11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational. Five patients with the latter form died. The source of the anthrax has never been identified. Jul 28 HHS press release on adding AIG to the national stockpilehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060728.html See also: Jul 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government announced Jul 28 that it will add 10,000 courses of anthrax immune globulin (AIG) to the strategic national stockpile. Toxins produced by the anthrax bacteria are believed to be a major cause of mortality in infected patients. The HHS says AIG is a potentially promising addition to the options physicians have to prevent and treat anthrax infections. In a press release Jul 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it awarded a $143,833,719 contract to Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man. Deliveries of AIG, used to prevent or treat inhalational anthrax cause by Bacillus anthracis, to the stockpile are expected to begin in 2007. Full payment to Cangene hinges on the product being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, the contract permits delivery of the product before FDA approval in an emergency.last_img read more

Area Soccer, Tennis and Cross Country

first_imgCongratulations to all the area soccer and cross country teams.  A few years ago, soccer in southeastern Indiana was just beginning.  In the past 3 years East Central, Lawrenceburg, Oldenburg Academy, and Batesville have all won sectional championships and beyond.  This year has been no exception.Cross country in the area got a great start in the 1970’s when Batesville ran off 9 straight conference boys’ championships. Since then, Batesville, Greensburg, East Central, and Oldenburg Academy have all made deep runs in the state tournament.  This also is continuing this year.This year in boys tennis Batesville, Greensburg, and Franklin County all won their sectionals.  Unfortunately, none of them are still competing, but several of the teams in past years have gone deep into the state tournament.Best of luck to the teams who are still competing.last_img read more

Henry scores in SportMods at Sunset

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. (June 18) – John Henry hammered out a win in Saturday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Sunset Speedway.Henry took the coveted front spot on the opening lap and led all 20 laps. It was Henry’s second win of the year, making him the first repeat winner of the 2016 campaign.Michael Melton was second and Archie Somers was third.last_img

Baumli up to challenge at Doyle Lance Remembrance Race

first_imgBailey however showed Andersen where the fast line was, and on the final restart, Andersen got to the outside of Clancy. The two battled side-by-side for the final two laps and Andersen edged Clancy at the line by .026 of a second for his first trip to Westfall GMC Victory Lane. Bowers finished third, with Hale fourth and Munsen fifth. The IMCA Modifieds put on the race of the night as it came down to a photo finish to determine the winner. Chad Clancy drove to the early lead, using the bottom of the race track. As Clancy built a gap, Shayne Bailey, Steven Bowers Jr., Chad Andersen, Josh Munsen and Clay Hale were in the next pack of cars battling for position, while also searching for a line to chase down Clancy.  Chad Clancy, making his first appearance in a Stock Car this season, finished in the second posi­tion. Tim Eaton, also making his first Stock Car appearance of 2020, finished third with Thomas Roberts fourth and Brad Derry in fifth. Ross led more than half of the 20-lap feature, with Masoner in his tire tracks. With a few laps to go, Masoner got a run on Ross and the two made contact. Both drivers left the track with flat tires and Baumli inherited the lead and the eventual win. After halfway, Bailey found some speed on the high side and started gaining on Clancy. With the help of a few cautions, Bailey made his move on Clancy getting to his outside. After briefly tak­ing the lead, Bailey jumped the cushion and got into the wall ending his chance at a win. By Jacob Blair  J.J. Baumli drove to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Doyle Lance Remembrance Race check­ers at U.S. 36 Raceway. (Photo by Judy Staley) OSBORN, Mo. (June 26) – When the big money is on the line, it is historically J.J. Baumli al­ways challenging to run away with the winner’s check. However, for the Doyle Lance Remem­brance Race for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, it looked as though Mich Ross and Connor Ma­soner would be the one’s battling for the trophy.  Zach Nitsch was the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner.last_img read more

Campground hosts needed at DNR properties

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Several of Indiana’s state parks, state-forest and state-recreation properties are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in exchange for free camping during their service.Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week. The volunteer period length varies at properties based on the number of applicants and on the amount and type of work required.Properties are looking for dedicated campers who enjoy working outdoors, as well as with people and DNR staff.A complete list of site availability and detailed information about hosting duties is online or you can contact the property where you would like to serve as a host.last_img read more

Pellegrini hails Man City spirit

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed the character of his side after surviving a Sunderland fightback at the Etihad Stadium. The champions surrendered a 2-0 lead for the second time in a week, after Sunday’s draw against Burnley, but this time fought back to beat the Black Cats 3-2 in the Barclays Premier League. Frank Lampard, whose short-term spell at the club was extended on the eve of the match, came off the bench to head the winner in the 73rd minute. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said: “The disappointing thing of the performance is after 2-2, the last 15 minutes, we gave the ball away too easily. “It’s Frank Lampard, we know what he does. He’s going to arrive late in the box so we need to mark. “We opened up the game completely and we needed our goalkeeper to be very good at the end to save us from conceding five or six. “It’s not surprising when you open up against a team of Man City’s quality – we need to be realistic – but we gave the champions a decent game.” Lampard might not have been playing had City not reached agreement with their sister club New York City to retain his services on New Year’s Eve. The arrangement is an unusual one because of the close relationship between the two clubs but Poyet was not particularly concerned about the nature of the deal. He said: “It looked to me last week that it was not possible (for Lampard to play) but apparently it was. How I don’t know, I’m not an expert on the rules and regulations – but he made a difference, he scored the winning goal. “For me it’s clever, it’s smart. It’s legal, so I’ve got no problem with that.” Press Association The former England midfielder might even have had more in a frantic finish as he brought two fine saves out of Costel Pantilimon, who also denied Jesus Navas and Fernandinho. Pellegrini said: “Once again this team had the personality and the character to go for the third goal. “It was very similar to what happened against Burnley but I think we didn’t have any cost today. “We went for the third goal and we had three or four more clear chances to score goals. I think in that sense Pantilimon was their best player. “We are not trying to win to make pressure on Chelsea – we just try to win to continue playing in the way we are doing so far. We have won 29 points from the last 33. It’s a very important average of points and we are going to try and continue in the same way we are doing so far. “At the end of the season we will see which team which has more points.” The first half was goalless and dull, but the game burst into life when Yaya Toure crashed in a ferocious shot after 57 minutes and Stevan Jovetic added another. Sunderland hit back with quickfire goals from former City players Jack Rodwell and Adam Johnson – the latter a penalty – but Lampard stole the show. last_img read more