Alex Benoit

first_img Alex was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Helen; parents, Fannie Lee Sonnier and Cleophas Benoit, Sr. and siblings, E.C. Bourgeois, Elizabeth Hebert, Fannie Lee McKinnon, Mary Leger, Cleophas Benoit, Jr., and cousin Droza Towery.A gathering of Mr. Benoit’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with his Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at Broussard’s, with his private family interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.Memorial contributions in Mr. Benoit’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 700 North Street, Suite M., Beaumont, Texas 77701 and Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth League, 7635 Ontario, Nederland, Texas 77627 or the Nederland Babe Ruth League, P.O. Box 1051, Nederland, Texas 77627. Alex Benoit, 89, of Nederland, died Thursday, October 8, 2015, in Beaumont. He was born on February 15, 1926, in Morse, Louisiana, to Fannie Lee Sonnier and Cleophas Benoit, Sr. Alex retired from the National Maritime Union, as a merchant mariner.  He was primarily assigned to the Texaco Mississippi from 1959 to 1992 until the vessel was sold for scrap metal.   Baseball was his passion. Alex was an associate pitching scout for the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He spent most of his free time dedicated to Babe Ruth Baseball in Nederland, East Texas and the Southwest Region.Survivors include his sons, Michael Benoit and his wife, Marcee, of Katy and Marvin Benoit and his wife, Molly, of Vidor; daughter, Melinda Benoit of Nederland; son, Martin Benoit of O’Fallon, Illinois; grandchildren, Amanda Journeay and her husband, Blake; Derek Griffiths; Morgan Benoit; and Sydney Benoit. The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers at Harbor Hospice and the College Street Health Care Center for their selfless service and loving care of our father, Alex.Complete and updated information may be found at: read more

Last Call for 11 (!) Broadway Shows Closing in January

first_img View Comments It’s a new year and a new decade, which means Broadway is getting ready to make more compelling entertainment for the millions of people who flock to the Great White Way yearly. Unfortunately, some shows have to close to make room for the new ones coming in. In January, a whopping 11 shows will be taking their final bows. Check out everything you absolutely must see before the end of the month.  Chris McCarrell in The Lightning Thief. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) The cast of A Christmas Carol. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 5: The Final QuestThe Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will journey on its last Broadway quest on January 5. The show’s limited engagement arrived on the Great White Way three years after it made its off-Broadway debut, and fans of the popular Rick Riordan young adult series welcomed it with open arms. Chris McCarrell, the only cast member not making his Broadway debut in the show, has played the title character since the beginning. It won’t be long before lightning strikes again because the musical is hitting the road to bring Percy’s story of bravery, acceptance and love to cities across the country.  Mary-Louise Parker Star Files Katharine McPhee and Caitlin Houlahan in Waitress. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for January 5: One More CarolThe first Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will help ring in the holiday cheer one last time on January 5. With an adaptation by Tony winner Jack Thorne, the new take on the classic transported audiences back in time with the help of Campbell Scott’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cookies, string quartets and a theater full of lights allowed audiences to revel in the holiday spirit and hear the beloved Christmas story in a new way.  James Cusati-Moyer Andrew Barth Feldman (Photos: Emilio Madrid and Matthew Murphy; Composite by Ryan Casey for The cast of Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang) The cast of Slave Play. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ato Blankson-Wood Katharine McPhee JANUARY 5: Red Sequins Are ForeverThe musical comedy, based on the 1982 film of the same name, will play its final performance on January 5. Tootsie follows Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, an unemployable actor who disguises himself as a woman to land a job. Needless to say, hilarious chaos ensues. The show received 10 Tony nominations and took home two: one for Fontana’s star turn and the other for scribe Robert Horn. Sad you missed it? Tootsie will soon embark on a national tour, so you’ll be able to see the unstoppable Dorothy Michaels in a town near you. JANUARY 19: Keep ListeningJeremy O. Harris’ buzzed-about Broadway debut work Slave Play will end its extended limited run on January 19. After Harris wrote the provocative piece while still in graduate school, it had its world premiere at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before moving to the Golden Theatre. Following three interracial couples as they discover truths hidden deep within themselves, Slave Play’s impact will be felt for a long while. ALSO:JANUARY 4: Derren Brown: Secret will do its final trick at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.JANUARY 5: The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays bows for the last time at the Neil Simon Theatre.JANUARY 5: The last snowfall will happen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in Slava’s Snowshow.JANUARY 5: The acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof will close at Stage 42.JANUARY 5: Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, which received three extensions off-Broadway, ends its run.JANUARY 19: Samuel D. Hunter’s Greater Clements, starring Judith Ivey, closes at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.JANUARY 26: Current Dear Evan Hansen  stars Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello, who play Evan Hansen and Connor Murphy, respectively, will take their final bow at the Music Box Theatre.  Will Hochman JANUARY 12: Mic DropWhat started out as a side hobby during the creation of In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme has turned into its very own verifiable Broadway hit. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, FLS combines rap and improv, so no one can see the same show twice. With occasional surprise appearances by Miranda, Wayne Brady, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and more, this is a Broadway event that must be experienced to be believed, so be sure to get to the Booth Theatre by January 12.  Ali Stroker The cast of Freestyle Love Supreme. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 12: Turning the PageAdam Rapp’s Broadway debut thriller The Sound Inside will play for the final time at Studio 54 on January 12. The two-hander, directed by David Cromer, follows a professor and student’s complicated relationship that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Featuring newcomer Will Hochman and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, this beautifully performed piece is quietly intense and literary, while leaving audiences stunned.  Alex Boniello Chris McCarrell Santino Fontana in Tootsie. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) JANUARY 19: Chili To-GoDaniel Fish’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma! will serve chili and corn bread to its final audience on January 19. Starring Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and recently crowned Tony winner Ali Stroker, this newly imagined version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been surprising audiences at the Circle in the Square Theatre for 10 months. With history-making performances, a thrilling dream ballet and hearty snacks during intermission, Oklahoma!’s absence is sure to be felt.  Santino Fontana JANUARY 5: Goodbye PieComposed by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress will finish its Broadway run on January 5. Waitress garnered four Tony nominations and has gone on to play across the country and in the West End. With a treasure trove of casting replacements like Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan, Gavin Creel, Jordin Sparks, Colleen Ballinger, Todrick Hall and even Bareilles herself, Waitress has given fans many reasons to return during its almost four-year shift at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. McPhee will be the show’s final Broadway Jenna by finishing out the run. Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View All (10)last_img read more

No. 15 UWF Continues to Win With Sweep of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla.  – West Florida softball improved to 27-4 with non-conference wins over Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Monday, as pitchers Ashleigh Allgood (Oxford, Ala./Jefferson Davis CC) and Victoria Harvey (Green Cove Bay, Fla./Clay HS) each notched wins. Shannon Miles (Shreveport, La./Bossier Parrish CC) stood out at the plate with a 2-for-3, four RBI performance in the first game 10-1 victory, while Crystal Thompson (Bonifay, Fla./Gulf Coast CC) collected four RBI in the second game 9-7 win.West Florida cruised to a 10-1, five inning victory in game number one, serving as the visiting team in the affair. The teams were knotted at 1-1 after two complete innings, as the Argos were on board on Miles’s first homerun of the day. The West Florida offense, however, unleashed in the fourth inning to produce eight runs and a comfortable lead. The first three Argo batters were successful at the plate as Allgood led off with a double. Lexi Mikedis (Citra, Fla./Central Florida CC) followed with a single, and Danielle Kildow (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Stetson) scored Allgood on a double to the fence. Kaley Kania (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) then roped the third Argo double of the inning to plate Mikedis and Kildow. Thompson then scored Kania and Karri Bisbee (Panama City, Fla./Gulf Coast CC) who was on with a base hit, and later in the inning, Miles launched a long ball for three runs.UWF tacked on one more in the fifth, as Franny Bell (Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS) scored Dawnyele Stapleton (Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS) with a single up the middle. The Titans took an early lead in the second game, forcing West Florida to produce yet another come-from-behind victory late in the game. Two hits and an Argo miscue led to UWO’s first two runs, while West Florida cut the lead to 2-1 with Allgood’s RBI single.Wisconsin-Oshkosh plated runs in both the second and third frames, while a double from Amber Ingram (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic HS) pushed one more across in the second for the Argos. After a scoreless fourth inning, West Florida began to make their way back into the game from a 5-2 deficit, as Ingram reached on an error. Miles then smacked a double to score Ingram, while Thompson laced a single to score Miles. Both runs came with two outs, as the Argos inched closer to UWO’s 6-4 lead.The Titans added what appeared to be an insurance run in the top of the sixth, but the Argos made their comeback in the bottom half of the inning. Kildow led off the inning with a walk, as a Bisbee pinch-hit put the tying run at the plate. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, and leftfielder Kania again pulled through to score both on a single to left center. A base hit and a Titan error loaded the bags for Thompson who answered with a base-clearing double to hand West Florida the eventual 9-7 victory. Harvey remained perfect in her young season, improving to 3-0 with the first game win, while Allgood rose to 9-2. The Argos will finish Spring Fling competition on Thursday afternoon in a 4pm doubleheader with Freed-Hardeman. The Argos will then travel for a lone conference doubleheader at Valdosta State on Saturday at 3pm. Game One Box ScoreGame Two Box ScoreFor more information on Argonaut athletics, visit www.GoArgos.comPrint Friendly Version Share Shannon Miles center_img No. 15 UWF Continues to Win With Sweep of Wisconsin-Oshkoshlast_img read more

THE MIX: Top Entertainment & Events in Aurora-Denver, May 26-June 1

first_imgONSTAGEOnce Show times vary. The show runs through May 29 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Two hours plus 20-minute intermission. Tickets start at $30. Call 800-641-1222 or visit for more information..There’s nary a Tony this musical didn’t win back in 2012 during its debut on Broadway, and the film remains a go-to flick for anyone mixing romance and Ireland (You have to admit, “Angela’s Ashes” isn’t exactly date-night material). This tale of a Dublin street player who renews his dedication to his craft on account of a young beauty who becomes entranced by his love songs is free of special effects — just songs and chemistry.Time of My Life Curtains at 7:30 p.m. May 27 and 28. The show runs through June 4. The Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette. Tickets start at $10. Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit dinners have a peculiar habit of going awry. Whether the culprit of a foiled celebration is a dry turkey or a gossip-laced bombshell about Cousin Shelly’s latest stint in rehab, there are quite a few variables to control — some would say too many. And just such an unraveling is the crux of “Time of My Life,” a hysterically dark piece of theater by playwright Alan Ayckbourn. After protagonist Gerry Stratton invites his sons to enjoy a birthday celebration at a North London restaurant, it’s one hiccup after another — and not the too-much-champagne kind. Ian Gerber directs.AROUND TOWNMemorial Day Celebration Events begin at 11 a.m., concert begins at 2 p.m. May 28, Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St. Free, but donations encouraged. For more information, call 303-739-7163.It’s easy to confuse the true reasoning behind the upcoming long weekend with hot dogs and free concerts. Despite becoming synonymous with the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember, and the city of Aurora is offering a chance to do that at the Colorado Freedom Memorial May 28. First opened to the public on Memorial Day 2013, the monument conceived by artist Kristoffer Kenton displays the name of every Colorado resident killed in action or gone missing in action since the Spanish-American War in 1898. The memorial contains more than 6,000 names. Hosted by the City of Aurora, the event on Saturday will feature a free concert on the lawn surrounding the monument on Telluride Street.MUSICM83 at Red Rocks Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at Red Rocks Amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison. Tickets $38.50 – $45. Visit for more information.You wouldn’t be wrong for having missed this French electronic outfit’s outing at Coachella in April, seeing as they hadn’t put out a studio album since 2011’s “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.” In fact, we’re willing to bet anyone unfamiliar with the word “shoegaze” won’t even recognize “Midnight City” as anything but “that song on the Victoria’s Secret commercial.” But Anthony Gonzalez & Co. are back with a new album, “Junk,” which gives off a definitively retro, 70s-and-80s-esque vibe, almost as though two decades of pop culture were slaughtered and rendered into a synthpop sandwich.Let’s Dance: A Celebration of David Bowie Show at 7:30 p.m. May 28 at the Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis streets in Denver. Tickets $29-$89. year is doing no favors to music fans, as the Grim Reaper hastaken the following greats from us: David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Phife Dawg and His Purpleness himself, Prince. That’s an awful lot of remembering and grieving. Jeans ‘n Classics will join with the Colorado Symphony to start in on all the musical mourning work that needs doing with a night dedicated to the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust and all the other myriad incarnations of Mr. Bowie.Sunset Boulevard Curtains at 7:30 p.m. May 27 and 28, 2:30 p.m. May 29 at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. For more information, call 303-856-7830 or visit now, anyone with a passing interest in Hollywood knows it well: Norma Desmond *is* big — it’s the pictures that got small. Co-directors Craig Bond and Evgueni Mlodik certainly emphasize the faded starlet of the silent era’s laments in this local production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-adapted musical. But don’t stall in catching this classic — originally scheduled to run through July, the show will now close this weekend with a final performance on May 29.last_img read more

Picking out a new sofa? Sites offer design advice for cheap

first_img This undated image provided by Wayfair shows a design of a space that was done with design services. Several sites have made it more affordable to get design help without anyone ever stepping inside your home. Havenly, Wayfair and others are charging less than $100 a room to connect users with an interior designer who can pick out a sofa, show you how to rearrange furniture or offer other design help. The sites also make money if you buy the furniture and other goods that the designers recommend. (Wayfair via AP) Even though you’ll have help from a designer, make sure you have a sense of what you do or don’t like. The sites depend on your survey responses to come up with a design plan.“You want to ensure you’re giving the designer an accurate representation of your taste so you receive a design that you’re happy with,” says Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert at deal site RetailMeNot.Here’s what else you need to know:WHO IT’S FOR: Those who need help filling an empty room or sprucing up a den or bedroom with new lighting or pillows. It’s not for those who are seeking help with major renovations, like a bathroom or kitchen remodel.WHAT IT COSTS: A flat fee is typically charged per room. Prices differ: Havenly’s fees start at $55 for a design refresh and then up to $169 for a full room makeover. Wayfair offers a $79 and $149 option, and another site, Decorist, charges $299 a room. Do an internet search for coupon codes since the sites often offer discounts to new users. Both Havenly and Decorist also allow people to ask designers questions for free through their sites, which is a good way to test the type of advice you’ll get before buying.And make sure to read what you’ll be getting. Some may not offer revisions, phone chats with designers or 3D layouts of what the items will look like in your room.HOW IT WORKS: After a quiz where you pick out styles and colors you like, you’ll be asked for room measurements, photos or videos of the room. You’ll be matched with a couple of interior designers and be able to look at pictures of their past work and select one of the designers. A budget can be set so that designers will know how much you’re willing to spend on new items. The sites say that they vet the designers, many of whom already have their own design firms and are looking to make extra cash or boost their cliental through the sites.BUYING FURNITURE: Havenly and Decorist recommends products from furniture sellers that it partners with, such as West Elm and CB2. Wayfair, meanwhile, recommends items from its own sites as well as other. Havenly gives those that paid for its design service a $50 credit if they buy $200 or more in goods.There’s no obligation to buy anything that the designers recommend, and you can use the advice to “find the exact item or a similar one at a lower price elsewhere,” says Skirboll.Contact Joseph Pisani at NEW YORK | Hiring an interior designer is expensive, and the chances of an HGTV host bursting through your doors are slim. But several sites have made it more affordable to get design help without anyone ever stepping inside your home.Havenly, Wayfair and others are charging less than $100 a room to connect users with an interior designer who can pick out a sofa, show you how to rearrange furniture or offer other design help. The sites also make money if you buy the furniture and other goods that the designers recommend. This undated image provided by Wayfair shows a design of a space that was done with design services. Several sites have made it more affordable to get design help without anyone ever stepping inside your home. Havenly, Wayfair and others are charging less than $100 a room to connect users with an interior designer who can pick out a sofa, show you how to rearrange furniture or offer other design help. The sites also make money if you buy the furniture and other goods that the designers recommend. (Wayfair via AP) FILE- This April 17, 2018, file photo shows the Wayfair website on a computer in New York. Several sites have made it more affordable to get design help without anyone ever stepping inside your home. Havenly, Wayfair and others are charging less than $100 a room to connect users with an interior designer who can pick out a sofa, show you how to rearrange furniture or offer other design help. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File) This undated image provided by Wayfair shows a design of a space that was done with design services. Several sites have made it more affordable to get design help without anyone ever stepping inside your home. Havenly, Wayfair and others are charging less than $100 a room to connect users with an interior designer who can pick out a sofa, show you how to rearrange furniture or offer other design help. The sites also make money if you buy the furniture and other goods that the designers recommend. (Wayfair via AP) 1 of 4last_img read more

Volunteer with National Park in Cherokee

first_imgGreat Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to help provide visitors with historic reference and information at Mingus Mill. The Mill, which is located one half mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, provides an opportunity for park volunteers to assist in educating visitors about the general role of milling in the Smokies and specifically the turbine wheel at Mingus Mill.Mingus Mill, built in 1886 offers visitors a unique look into the inner workings of a mill that custom ground everything from corn to wheat or rye. The complexity of the mill provided customers with custom ground cornmeal or flour in a fraction of the time needed by other types of mills.Volunteers will work alongside Great Smoky Mountains Association employees. Each volunteer is asked to work at least one four-hour shift per week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the peak visitation season from April through the end of November.New volunteers are required to attend orientation and training on Thursday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers should bring water, lunch, and a light jacket. The training will be held at the Oconaluftee Administration Building adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee.To reserve a spot in the training or to receive more information, please contact Park Resource Education Ranger Florie Takaki by phone at (828) 497-1906 or by email [email protected]last_img read more

A ‘disruptive’ technology: Sandile Ngcobo’s world-first digital laser

first_imgSandile Ngcobo at work testing the digital laser at the CSIR laboratory in Pretoria. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies for medicine, communications, manufacturing, product development and more.Ngcobo was a key part of the team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre that demonstrated that, instead of resorting to expensive optics or other special mediating devices to control the shape of the light coming out of a laser, laser beams can be digitally controlled from inside the laser device itself.Watch an eNCA documentary on Ngcobo’s research: Watch Ngcobo explaining his technology at TEDxSoweto 2013: First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for freelast_img read more

CIOs: Can the Role of CIO Survive? Not as it’s currently defined.

first_imgCIOs get no respect.  Gartner found in a survey of CEOs that only 4 percent of them consider their CIO as a partner in managing their strategy and innovation.CIOs want to change that perspective.  And increasingly the CIO is being looked towards as a source of innovation and business leadership.  Donald Light, senior Insurance and technology analyst with Celent, said that “The newer theme [for the CIO position] is innovation and emerging technology.  We are banging the innovation drum. ”Jorge Lopez, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said that “Any CEO who believes that he or she is the innovation leader of the firm must retain a close direct working relationship with the CIO in this age of rapid business digitization, or risk being blindsided.  CIOs must improve IT-related competitor intelligence, and use that information to build a productive relationship with the person the CEO sees as the leader of innovation…  CEOs should re-examine the role the CIO plays today in business innovation and strategy.  As the Information Age progresses, the risk of being blindsided by new forms of digital competition is rising.”Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, writes that “Here’s the pivot CIOs need to make: Instead of defining and controlling IT, the CIO needs to become a trusted advisor to the business. Netflix, for example, has done away with the CIO, and instead, has a CTO. This person is looking at the technology future, and advising the business on how it can drive business opportunity with technology. There you have a strategic role that’s important and visible to the business.”Mann’s example of Netflix replacing the CIO with a different position is beginning to become more common.  The role of CIO is having a hard time staying relevant.  Some think that if the CIO role can’t morph quickly enough into one that is responsive to changing technology and businesses that are ever more reliant on technological innovation that the CIO position will be gradually replaced by other roles.   Already 20 percent of global 2000 companies are experimenting with a new set of technology role and leadership titles that include titles like chief digital officer, chief customer officer, chief analytical officer and head data scientist.last_img read more

Superstar surgeon fired, again, this time in Russia

first_img Lars Granstrand, SVT They have probably realized that it’s all based on nothing but hot air. Superstar surgeon fired, again, this time in Russia By Alla Astakhova May. 16, 2017 , 5:30 PM After Paolo Macchiarini’s star fell in Sweden, the Italian surgeon still had a place to shine: Russia. The Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm fired him in March 2016 for multiple ethical violations, including “breach of KI’s fundamental values” and “scientific negligence.” But Russia had long showered Macchiarini with funding and opportunities to perform his experimental surgeries to implant artificial tracheas, and it allowed him to stay. Now, a year later, his Russian refuge has ended as well.On 30 March, it became clear that the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) would not renew its funding for Macchiarini’s work, which now focuses on the esophagus rather than the trachea. The decision came 9 days after Nature Communications retracted a paper by Macchiarini that documented successful esophagus transplantations in rats. Minutes of a meeting made public last week show that Kazan Federal University (KFU), Macchiarini’s current employer, decided to end his research project there on 20 April, effectively firing him.“They have probably realized that it’s all based on nothing but hot air,” says Pierre Delaere of the University of Leuven in Belgium, one of the first to criticize Macchiarini’s work. Yet despite a passionate plea by four Swedish doctors who blew the whistle on Macchiarini’s work at Karolinska in 2014, Russian authorities appear to have no plans to launch a misconduct investigation of his work in Russia.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Macchiarini gave five patients in Russia artificial windpipes; three of them have died. Macchiarini’s parallel life in Russia began in February 2010, when he conducted a master class in regenerative surgery at the invitation of Mikhail Batin, president of the Science for Life Extension Foundation (SLEF), which aims to make “radical extension of life a Russian national goal,” according to its website. Eight months later, Macchiarini agreed to do a trachea transplantation, in tandem with surgeon Vladimir Parshin at the Boris Petrovsky Research National Center for Surgery in Moscow. Glowing television coverage quickly made Macchiarini a scientific star.SLEF then helped secure a $2.6 million “megagrant” from the Russian government, aimed at luring foreign talent, and additional funding from Kuban State Medical University (KSMU), a well-known medical school in Krasnodar, some 1400 kilometers south of Moscow. Macchiarini carried out four artificial trachea transplantations at Krasnodar Regional Hospital No. 1. In 2014, his work was featured in a permanent exhibition about Russia’s scientific and technological prowess at the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow.But dramatic footage of one Russian patient eventually triggered Macchiarini’s downfall in Sweden. Experimenten, a three-part documentary broadcast in January 2016, claimed that the patient, Yulia Tuulik, didn’t have a life-threatening condition; her trachea had been damaged in a car accident, but she was able to breathe through a stoma. Macchiarini and his colleagues presented Tuulik’s operation as a medical triumph at a press conference. But her trachea later collapsed, and she received a replacement, which didn’t work well either; she died in 2014. Two other Krasnodar patients have died as well; the only survivor had his transplant removed.After Experimenten aired in Sweden and a few publications about Macchiarini appeared in the Russian press, an audit by the Federal Service for Supervision of Healthcare of the Krasnodar hospital revealed that he had operated without a Russian medical license and had filed no documentation about the materials in the artificial windpipe with the state register. The hospital was ordered to correct those violations, but no sanctions were imposed.Macchiarini’s defenders have interpreted the criticism as an attack on Russia; a January article on a portal for Russian doctors, for instance, suggested that Macchiarini had come under fire in Sweden because of the success of the laboratory he founded in Krasnodar. “I’m … outraged not so much by criticism of myself, as by criticism of the conditions and standards of research in Russia,” Macchiarini himself told the website before Macchiarini’s megagrant ended, RSF provided him with a new grant for some $1 million annually to develop a tissue-engineered esophagus and test it in nonhuman primates. In 2016, Macchiarini asked RSF to transfer the grant from KSMU to KFU, 800 kilometers east of Moscow in Tatarstan. Since then he has worked out of the limelight.But KFU soon grew uneasy. In a December 2016 newspaper interview, KFU Rector Ilshat Gafurov said that Macchiarini would not carry out operations at KFU as long as he did not have the required papers, and would not even see patients. According to RSF’s website, Macchiarini has given 10 baboons small pieces of artificial esophagus at the Research Institute of Medical Primatology in Sochi, a city on the Black Sea; all supposedly recovered. Data from the experiment have not been published, but KFU “can guarantee that the results, whatever they may be, will reflect the real state of affairs, will be truthful,” a spokesperson for the university says.center_img We hope that a police investigation is initiated in Russia and that Macchiarini will face criminal charges. Pierre Delaere, University of Leuven Macchiarini has not said publicly what he plans to do next, and did not respond to an interview request from Science.Once considered a pioneer of regenerative surgery, Macchiarini aimed to give patients whose tracheas had been damaged a new windpipe. “Seeded” with stem cells, it was supposed to grow into a new, fully functional organ. (He initially used donor tracheas as a basis, but later switched to an artificial scaffold.) But he has been accused of painting a false picture of his patients in scientific papers, several of which have been retracted; operating without ethical approval; and lying on his CV. At least six of the eight artificial trachea recipients have died. In Sweden, where the case has plunged science into a crisis, investigations continue into allegations including involuntary manslaughter. Matthias Corbascio, Karolinska University Hospital Last December, the four original whistle-blowers in Sweden sent several Russian government agencies a 57-page petition asking for a criminal investigation of Macchiarini because he “systematically falsified, omitted or glorified” data from his operations in Sweden to obtain an ethical approval for his work in Krasnodar. None of the agencies has responded, says one of the authors, Matthias Corbascio of Karolinska University Hospital. Corbascio welcomes Macchiarini’s dismissal but says it should only be the beginning: “We hope that a police investigation is initiated in Russia and that Macchiarini will face criminal charges.” (A spokesperson for the Russian health ministry says it has never received the document.)Macchiarini’s Russian patients or their relatives could sue the Krasnodar hospital, says Alexander Saversky, president of the Russian League for the Protection of Patients, if there is strong suspicion that the operations did more harm than good. So far, nobody has done that. There’s no point, Natalia Tuulik, Yulia’s mother, told a newspaper: “The court will not return my daughter to me.”With reporting by Martin Enserink.last_img read more

NBTS to Highlight Importance of Giving Blood

first_imgThe National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will raise awareness of the critical need for more Jamaicans to donate life-saving blood during World Blood Donor Day on June 14.The day is being observed under the theme: ‘Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood’.“We hope, with our celebrations, we will encourage persons to become repeat voluntary blood donors and to also give thanks for those persons, who are already repeat voluntary donors,” said Director of the NBTS, Dr. Angela Scott.She was addressing a JIS Think Tank on June 4 at the agency’s Half-Way-Tree Road offices in Kingston.Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Margareta Sköld, who was also at the Think Tank, highlighted the importance of blood donations.“People, who donate their blood, provide a unique contribution to health and to the lives of people because blood is the most valuable gift that anyone can offer another person because it is a gift of life. This is something we really want to bring home to people in that by giving blood, you are offering life to someone, who might be in danger of losing their life,” she stated.She said persons should have no fear of losing blood when they donate as the body constantly re-generates the life-sustaining fluid.Mrs. Sköld noted that blood transfusion agencies around the world are under continuous pressure to ensure that donated blood is safe for use and so a rigorous testing regime remains a critical part of their mandate.“It’s a challenge and its one that the blood transfusion services of Jamaica lives up to and does very well,” she stated.The PAHO/WHO Representative said the organisations are very happy and satisfied to give support to the various activities of the country, the Ministry of Health and the NBTS.In 2013, support was given by PAHO for the publication of the Jamaica National Strategic Plan 2012–2017 for the NBTS, among other activities, that ensure proper standards in the blood transfusion service.World Blood Donor Day activities will get underway at 8:00 a.m. with a parade, led by the Tivoli Marching Band, from Cross Roads to Emancipation Park in New Kingston, where an official opening ceremony will be held. The function will feature presentations from the NBTS; Director of PAHO,Dr. Carissa F. Etienne;and representatives of other organisations.This will be followed by a blood drive in the park at 9:00 a.m., which will run concurrently with a similar drive at the Fontana Pharmacy in Montego Bay. The NBTS is looking to collect from at least 100 persons at each drive. RJR FM will broadcast live from Emancipation Park between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to encourage persons to visit the venue and donate blood.Contact: O. Rodger Hutchinson/Jeneva Gordonlast_img read more