BJFHA: Rich Langley builds hope for children battling pediatric cancer

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a four-part series on the four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Rich Langley’s son and a school project led him to volunteer with the Roc Solid Foundation, an organization based in Virginia dedicated to building hope for kids battling cancer by giving them an opportunity to play. Langley built his first playset for a friend’s son who lost his battle. Nine years and 160 playsets later, Langley is a devoted leader among the Roc Solid volunteer network guiding a 30-person build team and earning the title “Navy Seal.” He builds hope for children in the toughest fight of their lives.Roc Solid’s humble beginnings stem from a pediatric cancer patient beating the odds. The Foundation’s mission is to reintroduce “play” for childhood cancer patients. When first diagnosed, play time is something almost certainly stripped from a young child’s life.“That moment when the child sees their playset for the very first time never fails to put my life in perspective,” Langley said.Over the years, he has learned the organization builds hope no matter what, no matter where.RELATED: Learn more about the 2020 Betty Jane France Humanitarian AwardWhile Langley is employed full time, he has taken countless days away from his job to participate in 25 travel build projects that took him across the U.S. An avid cyclist, he has also raised $7,000 for the organization by completing two 300-mile bike rides for the “Roc the Ride” fundraiser.Langley’s caring personality and incredible work ethic have touched hundreds of families. One of his favorite memories is building a playset for Gracie, a four-year-old suffering from neurofibromatosis. Gracie’s parents adopted her knowing her condition, and Langley has remained in touch with them after the Roc Solid experience. Gracie even came to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019 to cheer on Langley as he went “Over the Edge” to raise funds for The NASCAR Foundation.Langley, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The award, named in honor of the foundation’s late founder and chairwoman, honors NASCAR fans who are accomplished volunteers working for children’s causes in their communities throughout the United States.A NASCAR fan for 45 years, Langley favors “The Intimidator.” He enjoyed watching the 2020 Daytona 500 at the “World Center of Racing” just before the start of the pandemic. His love of NASCAR has only grown through his opportunity to work with the Roc Solid Foundation and Richard Childress Racing.The winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will be determined via an online fan vote that is ongoing through Nov. 4 at 12 p.m. ET at NASCARfoundation.org/Award. The winner will be announced virtually Nov. 5. Each of the finalists is guaranteed a minimum donation of $25,000 from The NASCAR Foundation, with the overall winner receiving a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation.If Langley wins, some of the nearly 16,000 children diagnosed every year with pediatric cancer will have the opportunity to play again. Specifically, Roc Solid Foundation would be able to build 20 playsets for deserving children and their families and also provide 100 Ready Bags for families including whatever they might need for an unexpected hospital stay.While Roc Solid isn’t curing cancer, it is changing the way a child and a family fight the disease from the very beginning of their journey.“I would do anything,” Langley said, “to give hope to these families.”last_img read more

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Billy Strings Revisits The Stanley Brothers With “Katy Daley” For ‘String The Halls’ [Watch]

first_imgBilly Strings continued the String The Halls: Home For The Holidays Edition video series on Tuesday with a take on “Katy Daley”. This rendition of the Stanley Brothers staple marks the ninth of twelve videos in the ongoing chain of covers and the third Stanley Brothers song selected.The ninth addition to Strings’ “12 Days of Bluegrass” follows previous performances of “Will You Be Loving Another Man?” by Bill Monroe, “These Old Blues” by Larry Sparks, “The Likes Of Me” by Jerry Reed, “Tipper” by Tony Rice, “Stone Walls And Steel Bars” and “Think Of What You’ve Done” by The Stanley Brothers, “Unwanted Love” by Reno & Smiley, and “Y’all Come” by Arlie Duff.Related: Billy Strings Performs Powerful “Taking Water” At Democracy Comes Alive [Watch]It’s smiles all around as Strings and his band kick off the tune first released in 1971 on a single with “Will You Miss Me” on the B-side. With Billy and his boys pining after Katy and her “good ole Mountain Dew,” the song opens up to mandolin player Jarrod Walker who takes the lead after the first verse. The tale of moonshining is one that Strings delivers well as he continues to pay homage to Ralph and Carter Stanley.Watch Billy Strings cover “Katy Daley” by The Stanley Brothers for String The Halls. The poster code for Tuesday is LOVE.Billy Strings – “Katy Daley” (The Stanley Brothers)[Video: Billy Strings]On Saturday, December 26th, Billy Strings will perform alongside 50+ other artists as part of Georgia Comes Alive, a one-day virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections by supporting local grassroots organizations, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Donate any amount to the cause GeorgiaComesAlive.com to receive a stream link on the day of the show (12/26). You can also enter to win exclusive prizes from GCA artists like a guitar signed and played by Bob Weir here. See below for a full list of performers.last_img read more

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Baltimore Nears Record Homicide Rate

first_imgWith just over 600,000 residents, Baltimore’s homicide rate would reach approximately 57 per 100,000 residents if the death toll reaches 342. That would eclipse the rate of 1993, when the city had a record 353 killings but was also much more populous. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who was tapped this year to fix a dispirited department and regain residents’ trust, unveiled a five-year crime-fighting plan in July, that includes a goal of responding to calls within 10 minutes and prioritizing those threatening life or property. The plan also contains recruitment strategies, community engagement efforts and accountability measures. But the department lacks the personnel and resources to achieve all the goals, and Harrison has acknowledged that the city’s deep-rooted “gun culture” also must be changed. “People can expect that number to go down, we are building capacity, but we need to have some type of effect on the poverty, the housing, the education, the addiction, the skills, the jobs and the lack thereof, together at the same time,” Harrison told The Associated Press. “All of that has to be addressed while prosecuting people who commit crimes and preventing other people from committing those crimes. Otherwise, it continues and then you ask the question, ‘When does it stop?’ without fixing the reason it starts.” FILE – In this Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, Baltimore Police block off Penn Street at Lombard after a shooting at the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The hospital went on lockdown Monday after a 24-year-old employee was critically wounded by a gunman near an ambulance bay at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Baltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest per-capita homicide rate on record as killings of adults and minors alike for drugs, retribution, money or no clear reason continue to add up and city officials appear unable to stop the violence. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) Reasons for the upward trend vary and are subject to interpretation. Many accuse police of taking a hands-off approach to crime fighting since six of their own were charged in connection with Gray’s death. Others attribute it to the apparent free flow of illegal guns, the effects of a punishing opioid epidemic, social inequalities and a lack of decent jobs for many in disenfranchised neighborhoods. Some say political incompetence at City Hall also contributed. Law enforcement experts, however, warn it would be unfair to assume that law enforcement alone will reduce violent crime. By contrast, New York City, with more than 8 million residents, had 306 homicides through Dec. 15. Police yellow tape and makeshift memorials with flowers, stuffed animals and balloons have become common in some neighborhoods of this deeply segregated city. Memorials can be found within blocks of each other at the same time. FILE – In this Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, Baltimore Police block off Penn Street at Lombard after a shooting at the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The hospital went on lockdown Monday after a 24-year-old employee was critically wounded by a gunman near an ambulance bay at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Baltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest per-capita homicide rate on record as killings of adults and minors alike for drugs, retribution, money or no clear reason continue to add up and city officials appear unable to stop the violence. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) This is the fifth year in a row this Mid-Atlantic community dubbed “Charm City” has reported more than 300 killings. Before 2015, that number had generally been on the decline, but the trend reversed after civil unrest followed the death in police custody of a young black man, Freddie Gray. BALTIMORE (AP) – Baltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest per-capita homicide rate on record as killings of adults and minors alike for drugs, retribution, money or no clear reason continue to add up and city officials appear unable to stop the violence. “It’s a major concern for me, not just as a hopeful man but as a citizen of Baltimore who grew up in inner city Baltimore,” said Carmichael “Stokey” Cannady, a reformed drug dealer turned community activist who wants to be mayor. “I remember when a person had a conflict and would have a fight at best, now these young kids, at the age of 13, 14 years old, are finding handguns in their possession and they use them as toys … The whole system needs to be revamped.” Police recorded 338 homicides as of Tuesday, following a week of relentless gunfire that saw eight people shot – three of them fatally – in one day and nine others – one fatally – another day. That total is up from 309 in 2018 and four shy of the 342 killings tallied in 2017 and 2015, the year when the city’s homicide rate suddenly spiked. “Let’s not assume simply that by putting more officers, this is going to lead to greater closure of cases or will be a deterrent,” Jeffrey Ian Ross, a criminologist at the University of Baltimore. “It may help families, it may put behind bars some more bad guys, but it doesn’t mean it necessarily leads to a decrease in crime and homicides.” Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and members of the state’s congressional delegation announced additional resources to help Harrison and federal law enforcement in Maryland track guns, hire additional police officers and beef up task forces. Harrison, in a reversal, agreed to allow three surveillance airplanes to fly above the city for up to six months as part of a pilot program.last_img read more

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Giving a Break to Hassled Customer Service People

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreI was recently traveling during bad weather that had caused cancellations of many flights. I was sitting by the gate, having already changed my ticket and was watching the unfortunate airline rep at the gate counter. She was being bombarded by people who seemed to assume that the poor weather and flight cancellations were her fault. Each one in turn laid all of their grief on her and I could see she was being pushed to the brink…A little ah-ha light bulb flashed in my mind and since I am apt to follow my instinct, I stood up and took my place in the line of ornery people intent on sharing their bad day with her.I patiently waited my turn and when I was finally standing in front of her, her weary eyes looked up to me, her forehead creased with stress and she asked “May I help you, sir?” I said “Yes you can”.I then suggested that she act busy while I spoke to her. I told her I stood in line to give her a 5 minute break. While she typed (I have no idea what she typed), I explained to her that while all of these people were intent on ruining her day, the fact that she had other people in her life that really cared about her and that she had passions in her life that gave her life meaning was far more important than what was happening here today. In circumspect, what was happening here wasn’t important and shouldn’t stress her out.We chatted back and forth for a few minutes as she continued to look busy. After seeing her regain her composure, I knew she had to get back to her work and I wished her a great day, telling her it was time for the next customer.She looked up at me and I could see that her eyes were slightly welling up. “Thank you so much”, she said, “I don’t know how to thank you for this”. I smiled and told her the best way to thank me was to pass on the kindness to someone else when she had the chance.If you ever find yourself faced with a similar opportunity to give someone a break and a minute to recharge, you might think of this story. Take care and be well. HarryAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Video Conference Calls for Military Families in Honor of July 4th

first_imgWe are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!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 MoreAddThisMore Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York, TANDBERG, and the Freedom Calls Foundation are offering video conference calls for military families in honor of July 4th. The event will take place at 31 locations across the United States on July 1st, 2008. last_img read more

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SMC Diaper Drive benefits charity

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) is encouraging students to add an unconventional item to their shopping lists — diapers. The OCSE is hosting a two-week diaper drive on campus to benefit the Diaper Bank of Michiana. The diaper bank provides diapers to low-income families with young children, the disabled and the elderly through a distribution network of nonprofit organizations, according to the Diaper Bank of Michiana’s website. Carolyn Call, director of the OCSE, said the need for diapers in the Michiana area is ongoing and demand is high. “We’ll make a dent in the need, but not for long,” Call said. Saint Mary’s senior Angela Rossi said she formulated the idea for a drive after her home-based student ministry group challenged her to collect a thousand diapers. Call said she is pleased to help Rossi with her challenge. “I learned about the diaper bank last year and about the need for diapers throughout the area,” Call said. “I hadn’t yet figured out how we could best assist them. When [Rossi] came to me with the idea for a diaper drive I knew we could be involved.” So far, 20 packs of diapers have been donated. The overall goal of the drive is to reach 100. Though they have not reached their goal yet, Rossi is pleased with the turnout to-date. “We’d be happy with 10 packages, really,” she said. “Doing a little bit can make a difference.” She said she appreciates the efforts of those who have donated so far, and encourages more students to help. “Your average package of diapers [costs] less than $10,” Rossi said. “It’s like giving up going out to one movie … If you make that sacrifice, I feel it is worth it.” Call said she encourages students to work in groups to buy the diapers. “Even if a group goes in together and buys a single package, that would be great,” Call said. “Diapers can be expensive, so if students can work as teams, it will be more effective.” However, Call said she realizes that more help will be needed to reach a higher number of donations. “Truth be told, we need to do more drives and we need other institutions and businesses in Michiana to join us.” Rossi said any donation would make a difference. “At the end of the day you’re helping a helpless child who may otherwise not receive supplies that they need,” Rossi said. “It is just one small sacrifice, and a little bit can go a long way.” The Diaper Drive will run through Sept. 20. Collection boxes are located in each of the Saint Mary’s residence halls and in the mailrooms of Spes Unica, Madeleva and Havican Hall.last_img read more

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News Scan for Aug 26, 2020

first_imgDRC Ebola total grows by 2 cases to reach 104, with 44 deathsTwo more people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have tested positive for Ebola, raising the number of cases in the Equateur province outbreak to 104, the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional office said on Twitter today.No new deaths were reported, keeping the fatality county at 44.The outbreak began in early June and affects the same area of a short-lived event in 2018, which resulted in 54 cases, including 33 deaths.Health officials are concerned about the current outbreak, because it is occurring across a broad area, some of it remote, but with a number of cases reported in Mbandaka, the regional capital, which has travel connections to Kinshasa and neighboring countries. Outbreak responders are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and scarce resources for battling Ebola.Aug 26 WHO African regional office tweet Study highlights impact of fluoroquinolone restriction initiativeA quality improvement initiative to restrict fluoroquinolone prescribing in high-risk patients reduced fluoroquinolone use without negative impacts, researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health reported yesterday in PLOS One.The initiative was implemented in the intensive care unit (ICU) and solid-organ transplant unit at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in July 2016 in an attempt to decrease the rate of hospital-onset Clostridioides difficile infection (HO-CDI), which is associated with fluoroquinolone use. The restriction required antimicrobial stewardship pre-approval for fluoroquinolone prescribing. In the study, the researchers compared rates of HO-CDI in the 24 months before and after the initiative, along with fluoroquinolone and alternative antibiotic days of therapy (DOT), length of hospital stay, readmissions, and mortality.The results showed that HO-CDI rates did not decrease significantly after the initiative, but fluoroquinolone use fell from 111.6 to 19.8 DOT per 1,000 patient-days without negatively impacting length of stay, readmissions, or mortality.In contrast, use of third-generation cephalosporins, aminoglycosides, and piperacillin-tazobactam increased post-intervention. Interviews with hospital staff (residents, attending physicians, advanced practice providers, and pharmacists) identified the strength of the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) and pharmacy involvement as key facilitators of the restriction program, and patient complexity and lack of provider education as barriers.”Lessons from our initiative, particularly those learned from exploring the perspectives of front line providers, can be applied to larger-scale ASP interventions,” the authors of the study wrote. “Future studies should confirm safety and efficacy of restriction policies among critically ill and immunocompromised patients with particular attention to the impact on prescribing of alternative agents and explore other opportunities for optimization of antimicrobial prescribing, such as at the time of hospital discharge.”Aug 25 PLOS One study DRC declares end to measles outbreakThe DRC yesterday announced the end of its measles outbreak, a massive event that sickened more than 380,000 people, about 7,000 fatally, over a 2-year period. Health Minister Eteni Longondo, MD, MPH, announced the development yesterday at a news briefing, according to media reports.The country’s outbreak occurred as it was juggling several other health crises, including Ebola, cholera, vaccine-derived polio, and COVID-19. The measles response involved mass vaccination efforts that immunized more than 18 million children, though health officials have warned that coverage is still low in some areas.The WHO African regional office said in its latest weekly outbreaks and health emergencies report that for the week ending Aug 9, officials reported 418 cases and 7 deaths across the country, with most cases reported in Sankuru and South Ubangi provinces. It added that since 2019 a total of 380,766 cases and 7,018 deaths had been reported.Aug 25 Al Jazeera report Aug 25 WHO African regional office weekly reportlast_img read more

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Penray Welcomes Mike McCullough as Controller

first_imgDeMoulpied 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.  WHEELING, Ill. – Penray announced that Mike McCullough has joined the team as the company’s controller effective today. McCullough will report to CFO Tom McGonigle and will be based out of Penray’s Wheeling, Ill., office.   “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mike McCullough to Penray as our new controller,” said McGonigle. “Mike is an accomplished financial professional and CPA with extensive experience. Penray will benefit from his financial background and knowledge of the manufacturing industry.”   Before joining Penray, Mike spent nearly 10 years with Sealy Mattress Co. and most recently held the position of division controller. He also has held controller positions with other organizations including Smurfit-Stone Container Co. and Laird Plastics Inc.     AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI 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.  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.last_img read more

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Gasol secures US$1 million loan from SOCAR

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Burying good news

first_imgIt is astonishing that the government has not publicised the Ministry of Justice research into public attitudes to legal services (see [2010] Gazette, 4 March, 1) – after ministers specifically commissioned it so they had a baseline from which to measure the impact of the reforms. The research highlights very strong satisfaction with solicitors and other lawyers. These very high levels of client satisfaction reflect the high professional and ethical standards of the solicitors’ profession. This reinforces previous research, which has consistently found clients are happy with the service they receive from their solicitor. A clear majority of respondents surveyed also felt they were given adequate information about fees and charges, how long the matter would take, how they would be kept updated and who they should contact for more information. It’s a mystery why the government chose to bury this good news. Desmond Hudson, Chief executive, Law Societylast_img read more

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