Stage & Screen Star David Cassidy Dead at Age 67

first_imgDavid Cassidy(Photo: Getty Images) Broadway alum and The Partridge Family star David Cassidy died on November 21 at age 67 as a result of liver failure, according to The New York Times. Known for playing Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family, Cassidy rose to stardom as a teen and went on to be a major showman of both the stage and screen.Cassidy’s Broadway credits include Blood Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Fig Leaves Are Falling. He garnered an Emmy Award nomination in 1978 for an appearance on Police Story. His numerous screen credits include Ironside, Bonanza, Malcolm in the Middle and many more. Cassidy also had a successful music career; his debut solo album Cherish peaked at nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971.Born on April 12, 1950, in New York City to the actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward, Cassidy is survived by his son, Beau, his daughter, Katie, his stepmother Shirley Jones, and three half-brothers: Shaun, Patrick and Ryan. View Commentslast_img read more

What’s Holding You Back?

first_imgWhether you’re working on improving yourself personally or professionally, it’s essential to have the ability to be introspective and analytical, in order to identify what you need to work on.That’s also true when you’re coaching others.In that, self-improvement has a lot in common with troubleshooting systems and equipment at work: Diagnose, Analyze, Repair, Test, Prevent.I’m not going to spend this entire column beating on that analogy. I’ll give it a rest and move on after pointing out that with either troubleshooting or coaching, you spend your time identifying and fixing what’s not working, as opposed to what’s working fine.It’s a normal tendency to want to focus on the things that we’re already good at doing. I’ve often said that no one’s ever won a medal at the Olympics in their worst sport. But a long-term improvement in performance comes from recognizing weak points and working on them until either they’re no longer weaknesses, or, ideally, they become strengths. Systematically approaching weaknesses like that, one after another, and improving them is what coaching and self-improvement are all about.If you’re a sales manager, even if your sales team is good, and delivering good results, it’s still important to look for opportunities to help them grow. None of us is perfect; even your best salespeople always have something they can improve on. The same is true for salespeople: Finding ways to improve what you do and how you do it is what will take your production to the next level.When it comes to identifying opportunities for improvement, there’s endless grist for this mill, so let’s recognize one of the most common: lack of confidence — more specifically, lacking the belief that what you are presenting to clients is something that they will want. The importance of belief in yourself and your products and services is everything. Assuming that you’ve qualified the client correctly after asking questions and listening to their answers, your proposals should be on target.As harsh as it sounds, as a salesperson if you don’t have a deeply rooted belief that your products or services are worthwhile, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. I think that all of us can think back to instances where we didn’t make a sale, or we made a smaller sale than we could have because we lacked the confidence to go for broke. It was a lesson that I learned way back in the earliest days of my first job in retail. And it’s something that I’m still confronted with from time to time.This past fall, the company I worked for launched a new product that, to be completely honest, most of us found baffling. I don’t want to get too much into it here and swerve hard into self-promotion. Suffice to say that it’s a product that if you’re charitable, you would call revolutionary, and if you were cynical, you’d call crazy. Long story short: We, the people whose job is to promote and sell it, found ourselves dealing with Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt over our own product. It took some effort, and a bit of a trip outside the comfort zone to get our heads around it, and find both the belief in its necessity and the value proposition we could present to our resellers.I bring that up to underline that no matter how long you’ve been at this, you’ll find you’ll need to revisit the same ground more than once as work to improve yourself and your results. Prepare for it, and embrace it.last_img read more

CABA Pro Bono Project receives $150,000

first_imgCABA Pro Bono Project receives $150,000 OLIVIA RODRIGUEZ, from the left, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami; Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami; Lesley Mendoza, Maria Garcia, Annie Hernandez, and Giselle G. Madrigal.CABA Pro Bono Project receives $150,000 The Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) recently held an event at Marlins Park benefiting the CABA Pro Bono Project. Members of the Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation, including Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, presented CABA Pro Bono Project with a check for $150,000. Approximately 40 child clients were able to attend the event and experience their first Major League Baseball game. “I am extremely grateful to the Miami Dade Delegation for their continuous support,” said Lesley Mendoza, executive director at the CABA Pro Bono Project. “Funding provided by the State of Florida allows us to continue to passionately serve our community by providing free legal services to those that are most in need.” The mission of the CABA Pro Bono Project is to assist the indigent community in Miami-Dade County by serving as a nexus and providing a referral source between needy clients and pro bono attorneys who can provide direct legal services to them. Practice areas include unaccompanied minors, foreclosure, immigration, and divorce clinics. For more information about becoming involved in the project, contact Mendoza at July 15, 2016 Regular Newslast_img read more

Gophers’ Cinderella run ends with Big Ten Championship

first_imgGophers’ Cinderella run ends with Big Ten ChampionshipMinnesota won in a penalty shootout 5-4 after a 0-0 draw.Ellen SchmidtApril Bockin dribbles down the field during the game against DePaul on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Erik NelsonNovember 5, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers were underdogs at every turn. The No. 7 seed against the No. 2, against the No. 6, finally for all the glory against the No. 1.Some didn’t expect the Gophers to beat the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten championship. Minnesota proved the critics wrong.Minnesota (11-8-2) defeated No. 15 Penn State (15-5-1) 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw on Sunday at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. The Gophers, who were seeded seventh in the Big Ten tournament, clinched their second Big Ten championship in three seasons.Head coach Stefanie Golan said this year’s Big Ten title feels different than the 2016 run.“It was special to be able to take that No. 1 seed all the way through and win the whole thing,” Golan said. “This one, going in as the seventh seed, there’s not as much pressure … because nobody outside your own locker room expects you to be able to do it at the end of the day.”Forward Makenzie Langdok put Minnesota ahead 5-4 in the seventh round of the shootout. Goalkeeper Maddie Nielsen clinched the Big Ten championship for the Gophers when she denied Nittany Lions midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri moments after Langdok scored.Langdok said she sprinted to Nielsen after the stop.“That was an unbelievable save,” Langdok said. “She did a great job in the shootout. She guessed right every time. All we have to do is put our PKs in and leave it up to her because we know she’ll get the rest of it done.”Nielsen jumped in celebration after making the shootout-winning save. Her teammates ran out to her as it became official: Minnesota had won the Big Ten championship. Nielsen was named the Defensive Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. She did not concede a goal during the tournament.“I was trying to stand up tall so they wouldn’t try to shove me over to the ground and do a dogpile,” Nielsen said. “Seeing all my teammates make their PKs and ending [the shootout] with a save made it all the better.”After neither team could score in regulation and overtime, the Big Ten championship match went to penalties for the first time in history. Nielsen’s save clinched Minnesota’s third Big Ten title since the program began in 1993.Nielsen said she credits Minnesota’s defense for her recent success.“They’ve been so strong in front of me,” she said. “Our communication has been going well. Knowing that I have full confidence in them and [that] they have full confidence in me has helped us succeed.”The Gophers automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament as Big Ten champions. Minnesota will learn its first-round opponent when the NCAA Tournament Selection Show airs online at on Monday at 3:30 p.m.Golan said she is proud of Minnesota for not letting doubters define its tournament.“I am super proud of this team for not caring what anybody else thinks,” Golan said. “To be able to lift that trophy at the end was great for them.”last_img read more

Udall, Smith, Introduce Bill To Expand Health Care Resources For Urban Indian Health Organizations Amid Pandemic

first_imgU.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) to introduce bipartisan legislation to boost health resources for urban Indian health organizations (UIOs) as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators’ legislation comes as UIOs across the country face major funding and staff shortfalls, in addition to shortages in medical equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). These hardships have forced three UIOs across the country to close their doors while pushing many other facilities to the brink.The Indian Health System is made up of the Indian Health Service, Tribal health programs, and UIOs. UIOs provide culturally competent care for the over 70 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives who live in urban centers. Currently, providers at UIOs are not offered the same malpractice liability protection as all other Indian Health Care Providers. The Coverage for Urban Indian Health Providers Act would amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to create parity within the Indian Health System (I/T/U system).The legislation would expand Federal Torts Claim Act coverage (FTCA) to UIOs, which are currently required to divert already-limited resources away from patient care to cover liability costs. “Urban Indian health programs funded by the IHS are facing revenue shortfalls while ramping up services to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. And, as a result, many of these critical health care programs are struggling to keep the lights on and their doors open. They shouldn’t be the only branch of the IHS that has to divert resources away from health care services to cover exorbitant liability costs,” Udall said. “The federal government’s trust and treaty responsibilities to Native Americans do not stop at reservation boundaries. Nearly 70 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives live in urban areas and Congress must ensure they have access to quality health care — especially during this public health crisis. This legislation is a common-sense measure to provide Urban Indian Health Programs with the same federal protections given to all other Indian Health Care Providers.”“Minnesota’s urban Indigenous community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, yet many urban Indian health organizations are often forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on costly liability protection instead of being able to use those resources to provide health care to Native community members,” said Smith. “This is unacceptable. We need to make sure that urban Indian organizations can use every dollar they have to give urban Indigenous individuals the care they need. I’m glad to work in a bipartisan way to bring financial relief to these vital organizations.” “There are two prominent UIOs in Oklahoma that faithfully serve our Tribal communities’ healthcare needs in addition to the other important Tribal health facilities around the state. I am glad our bill addresses this disparity in the law to help ensure equal access to medical malpractice liability coverage for the services they offer,” said Lankford. “Federal tort law currently omits coverage for UIOs, and especially during the coronavirus pandemic, UIOs, like other already covered Tribal health facilities, need to have the peace of mind that they can utilize their funds for care, not court cases.”“Arizona is home to four Urban Indian Organizations, all of which are forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars annually on liability insurance that could otherwise be spent on patients,” said McSally. “Our legislation will fix this inequity by extending federal liability coverage to our urban Indian health groups, dramatically decreasing the cost of malpractice insurance while freeing up more money for patient care. Bringing parity to Urban Indian Health is an important step to improving Native American health care across the board.” The full text of this legislation is available here.last_img read more

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Simon Dicken to head new investment team for JLL

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 8

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrash along I-890 a bad first impressionI cannot wonder what people may think of the revitalized Schenectady if they are traveling on the I-890 corridor into the city. The amount of items dumped on the banks on either side is an eyesore to behold. It’s embarrassing. Property owners or landlords should be held responsible for the cleanup. Anyone caught dumping there should be charged and have it followed through upon. First impressions of visitors to our area are usually the lasting ones.Jack HamScotia Trump lacks dignity required of his officeAs I listened to our commander-in-chief, I couldn’t help but compare him to the cartoon character Yosemite Sam. All he does is rant and rave at what a great leader he is. He now thinks he could do a better job with our troops than their commanders.  Can you imagine how the troops on the front lines feel about that? They are risking their lives for a man who has never served in the military. Oh how I wish we had a president who presented himself with the dignity and intelligence that his office requires. Our allies must think we have deserted them. So sad for everyone. I sure hope 2019 is going to be better, but I don’t think so. Marty ShantyCharltoncenter_img Act on good ideas for saving the planetWise and smart engineer Gary Lessard in his Dec. 22 letter recommends not poisoning our planet (wise) and simply living renewably, cutting fossil foolish waste. Fifteen-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, on strike in front of her parliament, represents wise and smart youth leading the way now to a simple, necessary, sane future because the corporate politicians in charge (adults?) are acting like children.Too bad she doesn’t get a mention in the mainstream media. Her plan to cut our excess consumption and waste by 15 percent a year over the next 10 years is both doable and joyful. If we all care and act each day on that path, “complex life on Earth might not die” (“A Planet Called Home”-Holly Near). Let’s give it a try.Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more

Former Goodyear Exec Named Apollo North America Vice President

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 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.  From Tire ReviewAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementApollo Tyres has appointed former Goodyear OE Sales Director Steven Smidlein as senior vice president for North America, according to a report from Tyres & Accessories (T&A).“With North America almost being an uncharted territory for us, Steven’s 30-plus years of sales management and retail experience, especially in the automotive sector, will help establish both Apollo and Vredestein brands in this continent. We would be relying on his proven ability to grow market share, with a focus on delivery of aggressive sales targets,” Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director for Apollo Tyres, told T&A.Smidlein will be based in New Jersey and will report to Kanwar. Prior to joining Apollo, Smidlein worked for Goodyear and in various executive roles for carmakers in the U.S., including Chrysler, Honda and Acura.,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 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. 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. last_img read more

ADPC Celebrates First Anniversary of Operations at Khalifa Port (UAE)

first_imgYesterday, 1 September 2013, ADPC celebrates the first year anniversary of commercial operations at Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art Khalifa Port.In just one year, Khalifa Port has gone from a pristine stretch of reclaimed land four kilometers out to sea, to busy hub port serving 17 shipping lines, offering 18 direct services with direct links to more than 40 ports.Owned by ADPC and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the container terminal in Khalifa Port is the very first semi-automated port in the Middle East, a state of the art facility with world class technology.Khalifa Port which was delivered on time and under budget, commenced commercial operations on 1 September 2012 and was officially inaugurated by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, on 12 December 2012.Khalifa Port was built to accommodate all container traffic from Zayed Port and the additional cargo generated by the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).Zayed Port opened in 1972 and has served the Abu Dhabi Emirate for 40 years. However, in 2005, it was realized that with projected growth, Zayed Port would reach full capacity by 2011, and so the Abu Dhabi leadership realized the urgent need for a new modern port with space to grow, to support their long term vision of strong and sustainable economic prosperity.The work to move all container traffic from Zayed Port to the new Khalifa Port was completed three months ahead of schedule and the transition has enabled Zayed Port to focus on bulk cargo, general cargo, RORO and establishing the port as a world class cruise destination.Today, Khalifa Port is the gateway to Abu Dhabi, handling all of the container traffic for the Emirate. With a 16m water depth, Khalifa Port is capable of receiving and handling the biggest ships sailing the world’s oceans. Khalifa Port is equipped with latest technology and equipment in the industry, including six super post panamax ship to shore cranes which can reach across 22 container stacks on a ship, and 30 automated stacking cranes and 20 straddle carriers.One year on, direct connections link Khalifa Port to more than 40 international destinations and transshipment at the world’s main hubs, such as Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas on the Straits of Malacca; Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the Pearl River Delta; Port Said at Suez Canal; and Algeciras and Tangiers at the Straits of Gibraltar all offer customers a truly global reach.Khalifa Port’s first year of commercial operations includes some notable achievements including an 8% increase in productivity for January to July 2013, when compared with the same period last year and in July the terminal handled a record 81,000 TEU containers – the most ever handled in one month in the emirate.Also in July, the port achieved its highest crane production, with 43.3 crane moves per hour, while loading and unloading the CSL Ride, and in August the terminal achieved a work production rate of 142.4MPH, both achievements placing the terminal in the global top ten for productivity.Khalifa Port is, with the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), a key element in the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Together Khalifa Port and Kizad are increasing international trade, developing the industrial landscape and creating employment opportunities. By 2030, both will generate 15% of the emirates non-oil GDP.Khalifa Port and Kizad offer customers an integrated transport structure, ease of doing business and access to global markets linking East and West in international trade.Marking the first anniversary of commercial operations, Mohamed AlShamisi, Acting CEO of ADPC said: “Khalifa Port and Kizad industrial zone are together, the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.“I would like to thank our leaders and stakeholders for their vision and support. Together we are developing a world class sustainable hub port that is already actively enhancing international trade, providing direct access to global markets, and creating development and employment opportunities for the UAE”.Martijn Van de Linde, the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Terminals, the operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal added: “Khalifa Port lays the foundation for a diverse economy and gives businesses the best possible opportunity to compete in the global market place.“Since the commercial opening on 1st September last year, our customers have enjoyed 35% productivity increases at the quayside, so ships spend less time in port. We have also cut the trucks turnaround time by 64%, so today a truck spends only about 15 minutes at the terminal to pick-up or drop-off a container” Mr. Van de Linde added.“Another benefit of the semi-automated operations at the Khalifa Port Container Terminal is that it is a much safer environment than the traditional operating modes used in other regional ports and I am exceptionally proud to say that since we began the first trials here a year ago, we have achieved 1.9 million man hours with no lost time incidents.”Khalifa Port Phase One has capacity for 2.5 million TEU containers and 12 million tonnes of cargo, however, the terminal is being developed in stages, increasing its capacity as market requirements increase. Ultimately, the port will have capacity for 15 million TEU containers and 35 million tonnes of cargo, making it one of the biggest ports in the world.[mappress]ADPC, September 2, 2013last_img read more