News Article | May 14, 2017
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing Sunday, May 14, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP) BEIJING (AP) — This week's conference in Beijing centered on President Xi Jinping's "One Belt, One Road" initiative has drawn heads of state and government from 29 countries, along with leaders of global organizations including the United Nations and International Monetary Fund. Some quotes from a few of the meeting's leading participants touching on the significance of Beijing's project to revive ancient Silk Road trading routes and bind China to Asia, Europe and Africa through infrastructure projects and transportation links: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND MANAGING DIRECTOR CHRISTINE LAGARDE: "It is about connecting culture. It is about connecting communities it is about enriching economies and improving the standard of living of people." RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: "Poverty, social chaos ... the development level of countries and regions — all this creates a breeding ground for international terrorism, extremism as well as irregular migration. We shall not be able to live up to these challenges should we fail to overcome the stagnation of the global economic development." U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES: "It is in our shared interest to show that the global economy can serve all the world's people." CZECH PRESIDENT MILOS ZEMAN: "In all of history, except for the Marshall Plan, there was practically no long-term project which needs enormous courage. Let me express my gratitude for People's Republic of China for this courage, and especially let me appreciate China's president for the courage which is so rare." ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN: "China has taken the leadership in laying the foundations for the realization of our shared vision for an open, fair and prosperous world. Achievement of this vision will require our political commitment and a huge sum of resources from all of us." TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN: "This is going to be the kind of initiative that will put an end to terrorism." PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF: "Peace and development go hand in hand. 'One Belt, One Road' signifies that geo-economics must take precedence over geopolitics and that the center of gravity should shift from conflict to cooperation. We see it as a path for overcoming terrorism and extremism." U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL EAST ASIA DIRECTOR MATT POTTINGER: "American companies have much to offer here. U.S. firms can offer the best-value goods and services required over the life of a project. U.S. firms have a long and successful track record in global infrastructure development, and are ready to participate in 'Belt and Road' projects." GREEK PRIME MINISTER ALEXIS TSIPRAS: "As a country with a rich cultural heritage and the world leader in the tourist industry, we highly value the importance of this initiative for people-to-people contacts, cultural exchanges and tourism." FORMER U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY HENRY PAULSON: "I know the United States has been among those countries apparently most skeptical of the 'Belt and Road.' Simply put, the more China can demonstrate that the 'Belt and Road' initiative is open to outside participation in this way, the more it will be embraced by global and even American firms and suppliers." GERMAN ECONOMY MINISTER BRIGITTE ZYPRIES: "For the German companies, it's always relevant that they know what is going to be built and that the procedures to be part in the buildings are the same for every company and every country. Of course Germany stands for transparency, Germany stands for a level playing field, Germany stands for fair conditions for workers. ... We always think that's important and we always fight for it."
Melcher, Henry and Kuo | Date: 2016-05-18
The present invention relates to method for producing hypo-metallated redox-active metallothionein (MT) proteins, pharmaceutical compositions containing the proteins, and uses the pharmaceutical compositions for treatment of conditions originating from elevated intracellular oxidative stress and/or dis-balanced intracellular redox-potential and/or redox-potential-dependent imbalance of metal ions.
PubMed | University Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds and HENRY
Type: | Journal: Public health | Year: 2016
One in five children in England are overweight/obese at school entry. Tackling obesity is therefore a priority. Right from the Start with HENRY is a widely-commissioned programme delivered by trained facilitators to small groups of parents over eight weekly sessions. It is designed to provide parents of infants and preschool children with the skills, knowledge and confidence required for a healthier family lifestyle. The aim of this work was to investigate programme impact using data collected routinely for quality control purposes.Analysis of routinely collected pre-post data from programmes delivered in the UK from January 2012 to February 2014.Data were analysed from 144 programmes, including questionnaires relating to parenting, family eating behaviours, dietary intake, and physical activity/screen time.Over 24 months, 1100 parents attended programmes running in 86 locations. 788 (72%) completed >5 sessions of whom 624 (79%) provided baseline and completion questionnaires. Parents reported increases in healthiness of family lifestyle, parenting attributes, and emotional wellbeing following attendance (all P<.001). Both parents and children were reported to have increased their daily fruit/vegetable consumption, and reduced their consumption of high fat/sugar foods (both P<.001). There were also positive changes in eating behaviours, physical activity (P<.001) and childrens screen time (P<.001).Significant changes were reported in all domains similar to those reported in a previous, smaller study in locations selected for experience and quality. The HENRY approach appears to have a beneficial impact even when delivered at scale in non-selected locations. Such changes, if maintained, may serve to protect against later obesity.
News Article | September 15, 2016
The Kardashians don't exemplify thriftiness, so it was surprising when Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie partnered with the luxury consignment site The RealReal in August. The sisters listed 200 pieces from their personal closets, ranging from Chanel purses to Christian Louboutin heels, at nearly 80% off retail value. "Now you can own pieces from my closet!" Khloé Kardashian proudly tweeted to her 21 million followers. The entire collection sold out within 24 hours, a rep for The RealReal confirmed. The reality TV stars’ participation confirmed the site as a destination for all incomes and demographics, including celebrities. Today, luxury rental e-retailers, consignment shops, and loan services are destigmatizing what was once considered the domain of aspirational shoppers. More than that, it's democratizing high fashion and shifting how we buy (and keep) designer clothing. The constant influx of celebrity news, celebrity stylists, and brand participation on social media means we know everyone’s fashion tastes. Whereas previous generations may have only been familiar with a few design houses—Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, for instance—today's woman is familiar with dozens more, ranging from big (Balmain, thanks to Kim Kardashian) to emerging (Jason Wu, thanks to the Michelle Obama). Many women once dreamed of emulating Elizabeth Taylor’s wardrobe—and it remained just that: a dream. But today, a savvy shopper could potentially wear whatever Julia Roberts donned for the Oscars. The shopper might only rent the gown for a night, but the Cinderella moment is no longer a fairy-tale fantasy. "Luxury is changing—and changing for the more value-centric consumers who are much greater in number than pure luxury [products]," says Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst of the market research company The NPD Group. "Something that used to be attainable purely for the elite is now becoming more accessible to those who are willing to splurge," says style expert Jacqui Stafford. "It's still a splurge, there's no question about it. You're still going to be spending at least $500 [to rent] a gown that you might have to pay $5,000 to buy." It's not just Oscar winners who inspire the masses. Teen stars also employ celebrity stylists who deck them in Preen and Vetements. "These labels are definitely more accessible now, and we have social media to thank for that," Stafford says. "Even Disney stars are sitting front row at Paris Fashion Week shows. You're seeing the younger demographic really embrace couture, bringing it to a new audience." That means a growing percentage of teens and millennials now look way beyond what's available at the neighborhood mall. They want Gucci, Cartier, and Chanel and they're getting savvier when it comes to acquiring those marquee designer brands. They are not a demographic to ignore: According to a recent study, millennials spend $200 billion annually and are set to outspend baby boomers by 2017. Many of The RealReal's customers are millennials with strong brand loyalty. And they tend to adhere to a specific strategy. They start as first-time buyers, enjoying their discounted designer item until they eventually tire of it and resell it. They then take the money earned to the primary market—to, say, Neiman Marcus, where they buy a new high-end item. Once it’s been seen enough times by their social group, they sell it in the consignment space. Then the process repeats itself. In a way, they’re learning about investment, depreciation, and retaining value, but in the context of designer fashion. "They're saving their money for that special Celine bag, and when they’re done with it, they’re consigning it," says Rati Sahi, chief merchant for The RealReal. "You see them think differently about their purchases. They're calculating [whether] they can get 60% back with the resale value." They’re willing to pay, up to a point. "Millennials are interested in high fashion but not willing to pay those high prices," Cohen says. "So discount sites, secondhand sites, and stores, as well as auction sites, do well for the luxe millennial." If Selena Gomez’s fans are wearing Chanel in greater numbers, how does that affect the label's mystique? "Ease of access to luxe helps, but also hurts," Cohen says. "The luxe market is also so accessible it loses some of the panache." Former interior designer Sallie Giordano was surrounded by professional women in New York City who complained of the increasing cost of maintaining their wardrobes. They had full social calendars: speaking engagements, conferences, galas. With designer retailer sales so frequent, consumers "felt stupid" if they purchased full price, Giordano says. In April 2015, Giordano launched Couture Collective, a luxury clothing rental membership club. It’s like a "timeshare" of seasonal designer apparel. Members pay an annual fee of $250, then each season, they can borrow up to five dresses from, say, Valentino and Christian Dior, after they've purchased a one-fifth share in an item, at 20% of the retail price. "If you look at the statistics, people will wear a dress three or four times and then they consider it an old dress," says Giordano, who says she sees lots of women who will only wear current season styles. Couture Collective’s clientele ranges from wealthy women to upper-middle-class aspirational shoppers, all looking to showcase a well-kept designer closet. "I think the average person is interested in wearing these [designer] styles because honestly, they're better styles," Giordano says, noting how high-end garments are well made with quality fabrics and flattering cuts. "When you wear these dresses, there’s a huge difference. You just feel special and confident." For Couture Collective’s clientele, there's an appealing ease to the idea of renting: No need to store or care for items they intend to wear once. "It’s not about ownership anymore," Giordano says. "It’s about being able to do something without all the responsibilities of ownership … This allows them to wear the trends of the designers and not feel ridiculous then they're sitting unworn in their closet the next season." Social media has certainly changed the amount of times we wear an article of clothing. Couture Collective’s clients don’t want to repeat an outfit, especially if their event is photographed for publication on Instagram or Facebook. The Instagramming of outfits was a consideration for Armarium, an on-demand luxury rental site that launched in November 2015. It is a true high-fashion lover's dream, featuring selections from the top design houses as well as emerging international labels. While the options on Rent the Runway can feel a bit sartorially safe, Armarium caters to those looking to get noticed in fashion-forward garments. Some offerings are exclusive to Armarium, which directly negotiates with fashion houses. "Social media has drastically changed the game of how we access products, particularly with statement pieces," Armarium cofounder and CEO Trisha Gregory says. Her business works in tandem with retail and e-commerce, with the goal of serving as a complement to full-price investment staples like black pants or a white shirt. Armarium partnered with Net-a-Porter to assist customers in putting together an ensemble that’s part rented, part purchased. For example, you can rent a statement Sonia Rykiel tunic from Armarium, then link out to Net-a-Porter to finish the look with a splurge trouser or investment stiletto. "This is a smart way to complement [a customer's] existing wardrobe and the pieces she will buy for the season," says Gregory, whose clientele is made up primarily of women aged 28-34. Helping customers discover new items is a big aspect of the service; the full range of offerings are visible on the site and there are also showrooms with experienced stylists on hand. "We want to give them access to shopping in an innovative way," Gregory says. Armarium sees two types of renters. The first is the busy, high-net-worth individual who values convenience. She's on the move, attending multiple conferences or vacationing in St. Barts. "We're packing her bags and getting her out the door, easing her schedule," Gregory says. "We're seeing the stigma [around renting] debunked with what the high-net-worth individual thought about the concept of renting.... For them, this is about access to statement pieces that aren't in the market most times." Then there's what they call the "HENRY," the high-earner-but-not-rich-yet aspirational shopper. She's social media-savvy and cares about brand identity. In Gregory's words, it's "very hard" for her to re-wear pieces. Both types are return customers, on average 28% of the time. Business is booming: Sales have tripled since Armarium launched its mobile app in April, with a 40% month-over-month growth of app downloads and site visits. "Women are starting to shop in a different way," Gregory says. "People want an experience, and that's what we strive to give them. This is basically a celebrity offering." One thing celebrities have easy access to that the average woman does not: bling. Flont is a jewelry loan service set to launch this fall. It plans to do for bling what Couture Collective does for fashion. Flont lets customers borrow a certain amount of designer jewelry at different membership rates. For $199 a month, you get $60,000 worth of jewelry a year. Up your monthly fee to $1,999 and you're entitled to $100,000 worth of jewelry over 12 months. Designers include red carpet favorites like Irene Neuwirth and Paige Novick. But why would the well-to-do woman rent when she could buy? Flont's founder Cormac Kinney points to the private-jet industry as a comparison. "Certainly, if you can afford a NetJets membership, you can afford a jet—but that’s not the point. The point is convenience," he says. "It's much more convenient to let someone maintain it and you just use it when you need it." The company commissioned a survey sampling U.S. women with a minimum household income of $65,000 who had purchased $2,000 or more in fine 18K gold jewelry in the last 12 months. They found that 88% said they would buy a piece they loved even if it was worn by someone else before, and 75% were interested in jewelry sharing. Many don't want the complications that come with owning burglar-bait. Jewelry insurance, for example, adds an extra layer of cost, which can run over $10,000 a year. With Flont, insurance is included. Then there are those who, inspired by the cult decluttering bible The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, simply want less stuff. Excess is no longer chic. "A lot of young women out there think, 'I want to have a great dress and great piece of jewelry and I'm willing to spend a few hundred dollars but I don't want to own it,’" says Milton Pedraza, CEO of the consulting firm Luxury Institute. On the other end, baby boomers now see an alternative to constant consumption: "Many older women want to declutter their closets. They don't want to be wasteful." This mentality inspired VillageLuxe, a community-based fashion borrowing site that connects women's closets. It extends the age-old "can I borrow that?" philosophy across entire neighborhoods, like an Airbnb for fashion. "There’s this sense of wastefulness and this big gap between my ability to wear more than three pieces at a time out of my 300 pieces," says Julia Gudish Krieger, founder and CEO of VillageLuxe. "The [designer rental market] is focused on that aspirational consumer, but I think you polarize and leave out a whole big part of the market of people who don't need the money—it's just the sense of wastefulness." Krieger launched the site in July 2015 after asking herself, Which of my assets that I don't use every single day would people want to rent? "After my house and my car, it's my closet," she says. (Though, in New York, one's closet might actually top that list.) "I'm such a believer in the sharing economy," says Krieger, a former VC. "I think it's where the world is heading in general, and it's not just that people are becoming more efficient with how they monetize things when they're not using them. The more interesting element is the social barriers between what's mine and what’s yours have blended so much more in the last five years." Village Luxe is currently invite only, with a heavy emphasis on influencers and fashionistas who lend as well as borrow. As of August, more than 10,000 women were on the wait list. Current members are quite active, having already listed over 7,000 pieces. (VillageLuxe intends to open the list once they’ve scaled the company.) For the moment, members include Upper East Side wives with extensive jewelry collections and edgy fashion bloggers like Leandra Medine, i.e.,The Man Repeller. The startup emphasizes vintage styles as well as current collections. Many of their clothes are garments you can't find anywhere else, like an Alaïa cocktail dress from the '90s. "We actually had Vogue start borrowing from us for editorials," Krieger says. Like The RealReal, Village Luxe is watching customer habits shift in real time. "Once [our members] find out that VillageLuxe exists, they buy fewer but much more expensive pieces—statement pieces—because you know you can pull value out of them between wears," Krieger says. "Then you won't feel bad about that McQueen blazer that you really had your eye on, which you can physically only wear once a month with different groups of people." This buy-and-share mentality, Krieger hopes, will motivate shoppers to make smarter decisions. These sites can also alter the calculus of hemming and hawing over a pricey outfit. A customer is more likely to swipe their credit card if they know they can make some of their money back. "Women list things as soon as they buy them—they'll list the items sometimes before it's even arrived." Krieger says that aspirational shoppers especially are changing their strategies. They're more likely to go for a few select designer items than whatever is on the shelf at H&M or Zara. They see it will actually pay for itself and even create a revenue stream. "They can justify going higher market," she said. A high overlap exists between the renters and the lenders, with over 40% who lend using their earnings as credit to borrow. "There’s circuitry in the market," Krieger says. Women now think one step ahead when it comes to their wardrobe, debating what's worth what and where to put their next dollar. It's a whole new way of shopping—and experts don't see the trend waning. As Giordano says, "Once you start wearing designer, it’s really hard to go back."
News Article | November 16, 2016
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the induction of eight new members into its 2017 Hall of Fame class. Presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, the inductees include former Houston Cougars NCAA women’s volleyball player Rita Buck-Crockett, former Texas A&M & Los Angeles Rams defensive back Dave Elmendorf, Texas A&M University track & field coach Pat Henry, former Houston Cougars NCAA women’s volleyball player Flo Hyman (deceased), 2008 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin, University of Texas track & football star Eric Metcalf, Denver Broncos football defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and former Dallas Cowboys All Pro safety Darren Woodson. The induction class of 2017 will join a long list of Texas sport legends forever being honored as a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The 2017 class will be honored on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. A reception will be held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame before the banquet at 4 p.m. Combination Reception/Banquet tickets are $200 each or $1,400 for a reserved table of eight. Banquet-only tickets can be purchased for $75 each, or $600 for a reserved table of eight. To purchase tickets, please call the museum at 800-567-9561 or visit http://www.tshof.org/buy-tickets/ “We are thrilled to induct such a distinguished class of hardworking, determined individuals into this year’s hall of fame,” said Jay Black, interim president and vice president of museum operations at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. “These athletes stand out not only for their accomplishments, but for their work ethic, tenacity and persistence -- qualities we want to highlight for younger generations.” Media information: Interviews with the inductees will be conducted on at 10 am CST on November 17th via telephone conference. To participate, call (855)-756-7520 Ext.33856# and RSVP to Liz Hilton at ehilton(at)crosswindpr(dot)com. For breaking news regarding the TSHOF banquet honoring the class of 2017 follow us on twitter at @TXSportsHOF. Accommodations: The Hampton Inn North and the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Lacy Lakeview are the host hotels (located 5 minutes from the museum) for the induction banquet. Please mention the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for a discounted rate. Fairfield Inn 4257 North IH-35 Waco TX 76705, 254-412-2535For more information, please contact Jay Black at jay.black(at)tshof(dot)org or 800-567-9561. Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Inductees: RITA BUCK-CROCKETT San Antonio, TX native. Considered one of the best all-around volleyball players in history, Crockett played collegiately for the University of Houston. A 1977 AIAW All-American, selected to the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic teams, Rita was a key member of the silver-winning ‘84 team -- still tied for the best indoor finish in U.S. Olympic history. Outside of the U.S. program, Rita played professional volleyball in Japan, Italy and Switzerland. Rita returned to the United States to play in the new Major League Volleyball league from 1986-87, earning the league’s MVP in 1987. In 1989, she teamed with Volleyball Hall of Famer Jackie Silva to win the World Beach Volleyball Championship to become the first African-American woman to earn the title. Rita’s indoor career continued in Italy with Matera and Rome from 1988 to 1993 -- earning the MVP of the Italian League in 1991. After her playing career ended in 1998, Rita continued to coach back in the U.S., serving as the head coach at Iowa from 1998 to 2004 before taking on the associate head volleyball coach role at Florida State in 2004 to 2005. Crockett is currently the volleyball Head Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Florida International University. DAVE ELMENDORF A native of Houston, Texas, Dave Elmendorf was a star football running back and baseball player. He was a 1971 graduate of Texas A&M and was a 1970 All-American selection in football as a safety, kick returner and occasional tailback, and was a two-time All-American center fielder on the baseball team. Elmendorf was named All-Southwest Conference in 1969 and 1970. He also was named Academic All-American and won a graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation. In 1971, he was drafted to play baseball by the New York Yankees but chose to play football for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1971 NFL Draft, earning all-rookie honors his first season. In his nine NFL seasons Elmendorf played in 130 games, starting all 130, intercepting 27 passes and recovering 10 fumbles. After the NFL he became a broadcaster on radio and TV and serves as the color commentator for the Texas A&M football radio broadcasts, as well as being involved in other business enterprises. In 1997 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and in 2016 into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. PAT HENRY An Albuquerque, NM native, Henry first made a mark in Texas when he started his collegiate coaching career at Blinn College in Brenham where he would win two NJCAA titles, leading to a career at LSU from 1988-2004. Henry moved to Texas A&M in 2005 where he led the Aggies to dominate the Big 12 winning 14 total conference titles. Since moving to the SEC, Henry has helped the men win one outdoor track title (2014) and one women’s outdoor title (2013). His biggest mark came as the first coach to lead a school to three consecutive NCAA men's and women’s track & field titles, which he did with Texas A&M from 2009-2011. Henry’s 35 team national titles are currently the third-most in any NCAA sport. He has the most indoor and outdoor track and field national team titles of any coach in history. He is the only NCAA head coach to ever win both the men’s and women’s outdoor national titles in the same year. During international duty, Henry served as head coach of the U.S. men's national team during the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan. He led the U.S. men's team to a record 10 gold medals, bettering the previous best-of-nine set during World Championships in 1991 and 2005. In addition, the U.S. men's team totaled 19 medals, the best tally by the United States since the 1991 World Championships. FLO HYMAN (deceased) A Los Angeles, CA native, Hyman was the first female scholarship athlete at University of Houston, where she was a three-time volleyball All-American, leading the Cougars to two Top-5 national finishes. She skipped her final year to join the U.S. National Team in 1975. After failing to qualify for the ’76 Olympics and confronted with the boycott in 1980, Hyman led the U.S. to a silver medal in 1984. At 6-5, she was the tallest outside hitter in the women's game, and her 110-mph spike was a feared – and revered -- weapon. Hyman was consistently counted among the top players in the world before her death during a 1986 match in Japan, where she played professionally. NASTIA LIUKIN Moscow native Nastia Liukin grew up in Parker, TX. She would become the Olympic all-around gymnastic champion in 2008, and became only the third U.S. gymnast to win five medals at one Olympic Game: one gold for all-around; three silver medals – a team medal, and one each in the balance beam and uneven bars; and one bronze in the floor exercise. Nastia was also a nine-time World Championship medalist and a four-time U.S. national all-around champion; prior to the 2008 games she was a four-time world champion – in 2005 on the balance beam and uneven bars, and again in 2007 for the balance beam and with her gymnastic team. ERIC METCALF A native of Seattle, WA, Metcalf competed in both football and track and field in Arlington County, VA. He attended University of Texas-Austin where, as a football player, he was a three time All-SWC player, and in 1987 was named SWC Player of the Year and second team All-American. He won the NCAA National Long Jump title in 1986 and 1988 and SWC titles in long jump in 1986 and 1987, and was a five-time All American in track. Metcalf finished his NFL career with 2,392 rushing yards (12 TDs) and 541 receptions for 5,572 yards (31 TDs). He was most notable as a returner leading the NFL in punt return TDs in four different season – finishing with 3,453 punt return yards, 5,813 kick return yards and 12 total return TDs. Metcalf was a three-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection (’93, ’94, ’97). WADE PHILLIPS An Orange, TX native, Phillips attended PNG High School before playing collegiate football at the University of Houston, where he was a three-year starter as a linebacker. The son of storied former NFL head coach Bum Phillips, Wade began his professional coaching career with the Houston Oilers under his dad. Since then, Phillips has held multiple NFL positions, including head coaching stints with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys. Phillips added to his legacy by being named the 2015 NFL Assistant Coach of Year and orchestrating a phenomenal defensive performance in Super Bowl 50 that led to a Broncos victory. Phillips met his wife Laurie at PNG in 1964, where she was the head cheerleader and he was the starting QB. DARREN WOODSON A native of Phoenix, AZ, Woodson played football at Maryvale HS in AZ before attending Arizona State to play collegiate ball. Woodson was drafted in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He spent his entire career with Dallas (1992-2004), earning three Super Bowl titles (1992, 1993, 1995) and three first-team All-Pro selections (1994, 1995, 1996). Woodson finished his career with 813 tackles, 23 interceptions, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and two touchdowns. In 2015, Woodson became just the eighth defensive player to join the Cowboys Ring of Honor. He is also a member of the Arizona State Hall of Fame (2005) and Arizona Sports Hall of Fame (2009). About the Texas Sports Hall of Fame The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Waco, Texas, chronicles the heroes and legends of the Lone Star State sports at all levels, including high school standouts, Olympians and professionals. Established in 1993, the organization’s mission is to preserve the legacies of all inductees and the history of sports in Texas to educate and inspire guests of all ages. Home to over 300 Texas Legends, the museum houses Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame and Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. For more information, please visit http://www.tshof.org/.
News Article | November 17, 2016
Throughout the month of January the San Diego Symphony will be exploring various aspects of music made in America and the impact America had, and continues to have, on musical composition and performance. The month-long festival – ‘Our American Music’ – will include concerts, a panel discussion, interactive installations and community events, all delving into the heart of America’s musical voice and influence. “I am very excited by the breadth and depth of our festival, especially that at the core of it are performances by the San Diego Symphony performing music created by some of our greatest American composers,” said Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO. “The visiting guest artists, guest speakers, a free concert and the opportunity for San Diegans to create their own San Diego sounds which will come together to create a brand new composition reflecting our diverse and dynamic city. We hope many people will be touched by their experience and come together to celebrate ‘Our American Music’. We all know that music has the power to bring people together, to unite us and to connect us, and we have created this festival in that spirit.” ‘Our American Music’ begins on January 5 with a panel discussion and performance, “What Does It Mean to be an American (Composer)?” This is the second presentation of the Symphony’s new conversation series, ART CONNECTION. The first concert of the month on January 6, Americans and Paris, is part of the Jacobs Masterworks series. The Symphony’s fall season of Jacob’s Masterworks programs initiated the exploration of music made in America by including a piece of music composed by an American as part of every concert. The festival’s in-depth look at the development and range of American music includes three non-orchestral concerts. Performances by country artist Rosanne Cash, Latin rock band La Santa Cecilia and hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will take place in the middle of the month. Gilbert Castellanos pays homage to some of the greatest West Coast artists with a concert on January 14, BIRTH OF THE COOL: A WEST COAST JAZZ SALUTE. The month-long celebration of ‘Our American Music’ will conclude with four Jacobs Masterworks programs, including concerts featuring Itzhak Perlman and the second Beyond the Score presentation of the season with an in-depth look at Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2. To engage the broader community in the festival, the Symphony will be offering a number of no cost events throughout January. A complimentary concert at the Jacobs Music Center on January 7, features the San Diego Symphony conducted by Sameer Patel in a program of musical selections and highlights that will be performed later in the month as part of the festival. Throughout the month an interactive, public art installation called The San Diego Soundbooth will invite passersby to compose their own short musical arrangements using simple sound mixing software. Each booth will contain recorded sounds of Symphony musicians and percussion rhythms that can be mixed with noises indigenous to the area around that Soundbooth through the click of a button. Each individual’s composition will be different, but will utilize the same set of tools and sounds, a fitting metaphor for the many voices and viewpoints that make up our country and city. This project is a collaboration between the Symphony and David’s Harp Foundation (DHF), a non-profit based in East Village whose mission is to inspire, educate, and engage at-risk and homeless youth to achieve academic success through music education, audio engineering, and multimedia production. In addition to The San Diego Soundbooth project, the Symphony will be hosting a community day event on January 15, during which local DJ Shammy Dee will integrate samples from the various Soundbooths creations into an entirely new piece. The event will be a celebratory gathering for the entire community featuring music, dance, and activities for all ages. “At this moment in America’s history much is being written and spoken about who we are as Americans and what our country believes in and stands for. ‘Our American Music’ festival is a way for us to reflect and understand the history of American composers. Some of the featured composers were born in America. Others began life in a different country and culture, and came, as immigrants, to America bringing their unique voice to our country, and absorbing American influences into their compositions. This festival connects all of these composers creating a musical quilt of works and allowing us to hear them side by side, to better understand their similarities and contrasts. Throughout the festival we will hear music inspired by sweeping landscapes and city sounds, simple folk tunes and jazz rhythms, tap dancing and hip-hop. All of this inspires us to ask ourselves the question “What is our American voice?” and how can music inspire and move us at this time in history,” added Gilmer. JANUARY FESTIVAL SCHEDULE *All performances are at the Jacobs Music Hall unless otherwise noted. ART CONNECTION JAN 5 – 7:30 p.m. “What Does It Mean To Be An American (Composer)?” In this historic election season, we’ve faced questions about globalization, diversity, technology and the media, and those issues have influenced how we see ourselves as Americans. What about contemporary American composers? They grapple with the same concerns, complicated the fact their fellow citizens are often indifferent to their efforts. Composers like Charles Ives, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein had a distinctly American voice and a more sympathetic audience. What’s happened to that voice? What’s happened to that audience? Does it mean anything to say you are an American composer beyond your location on Google Maps. Jim Chute, moderator Martha Gilmer, CEO, San Diego Symphony Orchestra Gerard McBurney, creative director of the Beyond the Score series Andrew Norman, composer Musicians of the San Diego Symphony COPLAND: Billy the Kid Suite COPLAND: Piano Concerto ANDREW NORMAN: Suspend (Piano Concerto) GERSHWIN: An American in Paris FREE CONCERT FOR THE COMMUNITY JAN 7 – 8 p.m. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sameer Patel, performs a concert featuring musical selections that are part of the month-long festival “Our American Music.” ART OF ÉLAN - A Chamber Music Series Concert at the Jacobs Music Center JAN 10 – 7:30 p.m. Steven Schick, conductor and percussion Musicians of Art of Élan Program Includes: STEVE REICH: Clapping Music HANNAH LASH: Tree Suite for Harp (world premiere of Art of Élan-commissioned work for solo harp) EVE BEGLARIAN: I will not be sad in this world AARON COPLAND: Appalachian Spring (Complete Ballet Suite for 13 instruments) The highly acclaimed classical chamber music collective presents a program of colorful works that were “made in America.” The concert features the world premiere of a work for solo harp written by Hannah Lash, along with works by Eve Beglarian, Steve Reich and the original 1944 version of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring for 13 players, conducted by Steven Schick. LA SANTA CECILIA JAN 11 - 7:30 p.m. La Santa Cecilia started their career by serenading passers by on the embellished corners of Downtown Los Angeles’ Olvera Street. They are a musical phenomenon who play a blend of many forms of music, including cumbia, bossa nova, and boleros, that has won a Grammy, toured from coast to coast, collaborated with Elvis Costello, appeared on Conan, and most recently shared the stage with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. ROSANNE CASH JAN 12 - 7:30 p.m. Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash’s exciting show celebrates her highly-acclaimed and three time Grammy winning album, The River & the Thread. The River & the Thread (2014, Blue Note Records) is a collection of original songs that connect and re-connect Rosanne to the American South, the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors. TALIB KWELI JAN 13 – 7:30 p.m. After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Talib Kweli stands as one of the worlds most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental. BIRTH OF THE COOL: A WEST COAST JAZZ SALUTE - A Jazz @ The Jacobs Concert JAN 14 – 8 p.m. Gilbert Castellanos, trumpet Adam Schroeder, baritone sax Graham Dechter, guitar Tamir Hendelman, piano Chuck Berghofer, bass Jeff Hamilton, drums Series curator Gilbert Castellanos celebrates the music that made the “west coast sound,” paying homage to some of the greatest West Coast artists: Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond and that “prince of darkness” himself, Miles Davis. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this program. STRAVINSKY: Symphony in Three Movements ADAMS: City Noir COPLAND: Quiet City BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront KORNGOLD: The Sea Hawk Suite Arr. JOHN WILLIAMS: Hollywood Scores: "Perlman Plays Hollywood" In this one-of-a-kind concert, the movies come to Jacobs Masterworks! The concert opens with Leonard Bernstein's brutally vital music from the Oscar-winning masterpiece On the Waterfront and a suite from Eric Wolfgang Korngold's classic swashbuckling score to The Seahawk. After intermission, Itzhak Perlman takes the stage for an unforgettable selection of Hollywood melodies from Casablanca, Far and Away, Schindler's List and more, all arranged for violin and orchestra by the greatest film composer of them all, John Williams. HENRY COWELL: Hymn, from Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 2 STEVEN STUCKY: Rhapsodies BARBER: Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs MORTON GOULD: Tap Dance Concerto ELLINGTON: Harlem This concert offers our most thorough exploration of the American classical music idiom within a single program. From Henry Cowell's evocation of colonial era hymnal music to Samuel Barber's brief but melodically rich, youthfully optimistic Symphony No. 1, from Leonard Bernstein's supremely swinging Prelude, Fugue and Riffs to Morton Gould's highly unorthodox but quintessentially American Tap Dance Concerto, Copley Symphony Hall will be filled with music that is by turns bold and brassy, confident yet introspective. Special treats include California composer Steven Stucky's ecstatic, multilayered Rhapsodies and the great Duke Ellington's Harlem, a symphonic love letter to a neighborhood and culture out to change the world. BEYOND THE SCORE®: THINGS OUR FATHERS LOVED - A Jacobs Masterworks Concert JAN 28 – 8 p.m. A production of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gerard McBurney, creative director James Gaffigan, conductor IVES: Symphony No. 2 To purchase tickets or for a full listing of this season’s performances, visit http://www.sandiegosymphony.org. About the San Diego Symphony Founded in 1910, the San Diego Symphony is the oldest orchestra in California and one of the largest and most significant cultural organizations in San Diego. In the years since its inception, the SDSO has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States through its commitment to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. In 2010, the SDSO was designated a Tier 1 Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras. Led by music director Jahja Ling, the Orchestra performs for over 250,000 people each season, offering a wide variety of programming at its two much loved venues, Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego and the Embarcadero Marina Park South on San Diego Bay. The orchestra’s 82 full-time musicians, graduates of the finest and most celebrated music schools in the United States and abroad, also serve as the orchestra for the San Diego Opera each season, as well as performing at several regional performing arts centers. For over 30 years, the San Diego Symphony has provided comprehensive music education and community engagement programs reaching more than 65,000 students annually and bringing innovative programming to San Diego’s diverse neighborhoods and schools. For more information, visit http://www.sandiegosymphony.org.
Willis T.A.,University of Leeds |
Potrata B.,University of Leeds |
Hunt C.,HENRY |
Rudolf M.C.J.,University of Leeds |
Rudolf M.C.J.,Bar - Ilan University
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics | Year: 2012
Background: One in four children in England is overweight/obese upon starting school. HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) offers a novel, preventive approach to this problem by training practitioners to work more effectively with the parents of preschool children around obesity and lifestyle issues. The programme is being delivered to all Sure Start Children's Centres (the UK government initiative providing family support and childcare in disadvantaged areas) in Leeds, UK. Methods: The evaluation covered the first 12 Centres to be trained (these had a reach of approximately 5000 families). A series of semi-structured interviews were conducted with Centre managers, and 'drop boxes' were provided for all staff to leave their comments. Interviews took place up to 11months post-training, allowing a consideration of any long-term impact. Results: Data from 12 interviews and 106 comment slips indicated that HENRY training was associated with considerable changes to the Centre environment. Immediate effects included changes to Centre policy and practice, including the provision of age-appropriate portion sizes and the introduction of healthy snacks; a strengthening of team working and increased staff confidence around tackling lifestyle change; and enhanced skills when working with families. Training also induced changes within the staff's personal lives (e.g. increased physical activity and family mealtimes). Conclusions: The findings suggest that positive and lasting lifestyle effects can be achieved by brief training courses involving Children's Centre staff teams. Both staff and attendant families appear to benefit. The effect on levels of preschool obesity across the city once HENRY has extended to the remaining Centres is yet to be seen. © 2012 The British Dietetic Association Ltd.
Rudolf M.C.J.,University of Leeds |
Hunt C.,HENRY |
George J.,HENRY |
Hajibagheri K.,Northwick Park Hospital Campus |
Blair M.,Northwick Park Hospital Campus
Child: Care, Health and Development | Year: 2010
Background Despite epidemic numbers of obese and overweight pre-school children, professionals report a lack of confidence and self-efficacy in working with parents around lifestyle change. HENRY - Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young - trains health and community practitioners to work more sensitively and effectively with parents of babies and pre-school children around obesity and lifestyle concerns. Underpinned by the Family Partnership Model, reflective practice and solution-focused techniques, it offers face-to-face training and e-learning. This paper describes the development, pilot and evaluation of HENRY Sure Start Children's Centres.Methods Twelve Children's Centres in Oxfordshire took part in the pilot involving 137 staff. Questionnaires were administered at the end of training courses. Self-reported confidence ratings were obtained before and after training. Postal questionnaires were sent to Centre managers 2-6 months later to ascertain long-term effects. Nine managers participated in in-depth interviews. A further 535 learners completed the e-learning course and online feedback.Results One hundred and thirty-one staff (96%) completed the training course and valued it as a way of enhancing skills and knowledge. Mean (±SD) self-reported confidence ratings increased (4.1 ± 0.7 to 7.2 ± 0.7; P < 0.00001). An influence on personal as well as professional lives was apparent. Long-term follow-up indicated ongoing impact attributed to HENRY on both Centres and staff. All 535 e-learners successfully completed: 98% would recommend HENRY; 94% thought it enhanced their skills as well as knowledge.Conclusions HENRY is an innovative approach that offers some promise in tackling obesity through training community and health practitioners to work more effectively with parents of very young children. It appears to have an effect on participants' personal lives as well as professional work. A large-scale long-term study would be required to ascertain if there is the desired impact on young children's lifestyles and risk of obesity. © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Henry | Date: 2012-04-07
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News Article | November 28, 2016
— Known as "the City of Oaks," Raleigh, NC is an area that is rich in both naturally growing and intentionally cultivated trees. While both businesses and homeowners can enjoy tree-filled properties, the natural beauty entails a need for professional tree care to keep the trees healthy and the property safe. In order to meet a growing demand for tree care, Henry's Tree Service announces an expansion of services in Raleigh and its surrounding area, reports company spokesperson Henry Velasquez. "We've been serving the area for over 20 years, and I'm proud to say that we've developed a good reputation with our clients. However, as calls for service have increased in number, we have needed to upgrade our services," Velasquez explained. "With our new chipper and other upgraded equipment, along with more work crews, we are now able to handle more jobs, and our clients can get faster and better service." The chipper is used primarily in tree removal, one of the mainstays of a tree service business. Property owners may need to remove trees in order to clear land for building, or they may need to get rid of sick or dead trees that put the property at risk of damage. Often the calls that come in are for emergency tree removal after a storm or lightning strike, according to Velasquez. Once a tree is taken down, it must be disposed of, and the chipper aids the tree service company by minimizing the space needed to transport the material. "Thanks to our new chipper, we can work faster and more efficiently for our clients," said Velasquez. Henry's Tree Service has also recently purchased a dump truck, allowing them to deliver large quantities of mulch or other landscaping material and haul away debris. Another recent equipment upgrade is skid steer service. The new Bobcat skid steer makes tree and stump removal faster, easier, and safer for workers, who can focus their attention on other aspects of a job. Whether clients need 24-hour emergency tree service or regular trimming and pruning to keep their trees healthy and beautiful, Henry's Tree Service is equipped to handle all jobs. Concluded Velasquez, "Now that we've expanded our services, we are looking forward to meeting and working with new clients in the Raleigh area as well as maintaining our high standard of service for existing clients." Henry's Tree Service in Raleigh, NC is a full-service company that provides licensed and insured services to residential and commercial tree clients in Raleigh and the surrounding areas. Henry's Tree Service professionals know how to protect and nurture healthy trees and how to remove trees that may be harmful to residents. The company provides tree trimming, tree pruning, grinding, stump removal, and tree removal. With more than 20 years of experience, they provide excellent tree service to all of their clients, and they offer a 100% guarantee. For more information, please visit http://www.tree-service-raleigh.com