Generation shifts hit voices of Solidarity

first_imgGazeta is also having to fight off political attacks from its rivals, who accuse Michnik of being too soft on the former Communists, including former President General Wojciech Jaruzelski. It is a line dear to the present government’s heart.Poland, before the present government came in, was shaped by Adam Michnik and General Czeslaw Kiszczak, the pre-1989 minister of police, Dziennik recently noted – seemingly unaware that Michnik spent many years behind bars and that Kiszczak was his gaoler.The mistake is close to breathtaking. But today’s 40-year-olds at the helm of Dziennik and, now, Rzeczpospolita, were scarcely into their teens when Solidarity was born in 1980 and were barely old enough to take part in the opposition as students in the closing stages of communist rule.Many of these 40-somethings are now uncompromising right-wingers and contemptuous of older colleagues like Michnik who actually suffered under Communism but are more willing to forgive and forget.Rzeczpospolita under its new born-again radical editor has veered sharply off to the right. Sackings aimed at cost-cutting, a Montgomery trade mark, have seen the dismissal of well-known, moderate columnists and their replacements raring to re-fight the battles of the 1990s over how far there should be compromises with the former Communists.A case in point is the row over lustracja, the process of weeding out pre-1989 informers, a debate which – to the dismay of the bishops – has seen papers like Rzeczpospolita demand purges in the Roman Catholic Church. For the time being that strident tone has helped Gazeta: Rzeczpospolita’s readers have started to desert to its more middle-of-the-road columns. But that may prove only a breathing-space.With Dziennik snapping at its heels, Gazeta has to face up to the fundamental problem of how to manage the succession.Like the Parisian daily Libération, which helped produce the paper at the outset, Gazeta is in a sense trapped by the circumstances which brought it into being. Controlled by a tight inner circle with similar opposition backgrounds, it faces the challenge, as much personal as commercial, of winning over a younger generation for whom Gdansk is just a city on the Baltic with a defunct shipyard.Adam Leliwa is a freelance journalist based in Warsaw. Rzeczpospolita (with a readership of around 180,000), a long-established title recently taken over by Mecom, a European newspaper group run by David Montgomery, former head of the UK’s Mirror Group, is likely to be the first quality daily to succumb. But the threat to Gazeta Wyborcza is even more resonant. Founded in 1989 as the voice of Solidarity when Poland regained its freedom, it is still headed by the former dissident leader and political thinker Adam Michnik. Now, after years as Poland’s leading quality daily and despite sales of around 430,000 a day, it looks vulnerable.The immediate threat is last year’s launch by the German Springer Press of a new quality daily, Dziennik. With a cover price of just 1.5 złoty and apparently limitless resources, it forced Gazeta to follow suit and slash its cover-price too.Gazeta’s editors, who have run the paper since the beginning, are said to be deeply worried that Springer’s financial muscle will over time whittle away their readership and advertising revenues.last_img read more

Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson & Norm Lewis Join Virtual Summer Concert Series

first_img Star Files Norm Lewis View Comments Cheyenne Jackson As previously reported, Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway concert series, which first began in Provincetown at the Art House in 2011, is debuting as a weekly virtual series entitled the Seth Concert Series. Hosted by SiriusXM On Broadway personality and Stars in the House co-host Rudetsky, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson and Norm Lewis have joined the lineup, which has already included Kelli O’Hara, Jeremy Jordan, Jessie Mueller, Lea Salonga and Melissa Errico.Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is set to perform on July 12 at 8PM ET. Lewis will appear on July 19, followed by Hilty on July 26 and Jackson on August 2. Each weekly show premieres on Sunday nights at 8PM ET with a second showing Mondays at 3PM ET for viewers in other time zones. Tickets are available here.Hilty received a 2016 Tony nom for her performance in Noises Off. She made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked and returned to Broadway in 9 to 5: The Musical. In 2012, Hilty landed the role of Ivy Lynn on NBC’s musical drama Smash. After making his Broadway debut understudying both male leads in the Tony-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and creating the role of Matthew in the off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, Cheyenne Jackson took on his first leading role in All Shook Up. His other Broadway credits include Xanadu, Finian’s Rainbow and The Performers. Lewis is a Tony nominee for his turn in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. His Broadway credits also include Once On This Island, Les Misérables, Side Show, Tommy, Miss Saigon and The Phantom of the Opera. Megan Hilty(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Megan Hiltylast_img read more

Medication Assisted Treatment pilot implementation ahead of schedule

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Community Health Centers of Burlington,Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and Bi-State Primary Care Association (Bi-State) announced today they’ve implemented the first commercial payer program supporting primary care and community providers delivering support services to patients receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance misuse. Vermont is a leader in the Hub and Spoke model of treatment and this effort will improve an already valuable program.Starting in October, BCBSVT is piloting with Community Health Centers of Burlington (CHCB) a value-based reimbursement program extending to “wrap around” support services provided by nurse case managers and counselors. This initiative was created through the collaborative efforts of BCBSVT and CHCB leadership and staff. Together they focused on providing increased access for BCBSVT members to receive these services, which have been shown to result in reduced ER admissions and positive member outcomes, the two services said in a joint statement.Alison Calderara, CEO of CHCB said that “this pilot is designed to close a critical care gap for our patients who are struggling with addiction. The goal is to ensure the wraparound care patients need for recovery is available and sustainable. CHCB just reached a milestone of 430 patients in treatment. This partnership could not have come at a better time to help us meet the needs of Vermonters.”“We are pleased to offer these enhanced services to our members, and expect they will benefit not only the individual in recovery, but also their families and communities,” said Joshua Plavin, MD, and Chief Medical Officer at BCBSVT.In the near future, BCBSVT expects to deploy a similar model in Chittenden County and Bennington County through Community Health Teams.  Provider partners in those communities are equally at the table engaging in the development of new value-focused payment and delivery system programs.  Each community has different needs and BCBSVT is building the program to best fit the structure and needs of the patients. Eventually, BCBSVT expects to deploy the program on a broader scale through its FQHC providers and community-based models following success at these initial test sites, with the goal of expanding these services to all corners of the State. “We appreciate the hard work of BCBSVT and CHCB in developing this new collaboration, which is a great example of the opportunities Vermont has to support community-based care for the most vulnerable Vermonters,” said Georgia Maheras, Vice President Policy and Programs of Bi-State.About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont:(link is external) Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the State’s only Vermont-based, not-for-profit health plan, providing coverage for about 250,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin, a branch office in South Burlington and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.About Bi-State Primary Care Association:(link is external)  Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that represents New Hampshire and Vermont’s 29 Community Health Centers that serve more than 300,000 patients annually through their 128 health center sites. Bi-State promotes access to quality, affordable primary health care with an emphasis on reaching underserved populations. Bi-State Primary Care Association was founded as a 501(c)3 charitable organization in 1986 with offices in Bow, NH and Montpelier, VT.Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont 10.15.2018last_img read more

Tchenguiz reaches Consensus on America Square

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Southgate tells side to ‘enjoy their football’ ahead of Tunisia game

first_imgOn the eve of England’s opening World Cup match, Gareth Southgate says they must control the fear that so often hampers them at major tournaments and enjoy the “biggest carnival of football”. During training on Satuday, the England manager took the unusual step of telling the players the line-up to face Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday for their first Group G fixture, naming it earlier than expected in what was probably an attempt to ease tension. Southgate has made it clear to the players in training sessions what his starting XI is likely to be, with Harry Maguire expected to start ahead of Gary Cahill in defence, Ashley Young in front of Danny Rose at left wing-back and Jordan Henderson as the holding midfielder, preferred to Eric Dier, in a 3-5-2 formation. Southgate has invested heavily in creating a more relaxed atmosphere around the camp and stated that it was important his young team revelled in the World Cup atmosphere. He explained: “Whenever you represent England, or any other country, there’s expectation, there’s hope, you carry the dreams of a nation, and it’s impossible to say to any player you can go out and play without any feeling of pressure or any feeling or fear. “But what you have to do is make sure that doesn’t control you and that you go for it in your performances and you don’t feel, ‘oh I was inhibited in the way I played’, or worry about making mistakes, because mistakes will happen for certain. Pressure is what you perceive and very often that comes from listening to too much external noise, and actually we have to focus on the things we can control, and they’re things within our camp and within our team.” England are acutely aware of their failings at recent tournaments, including not even progressing from their group at the last World Cup, and what Southgate said was the “lack of discipline at a key moment or a penalty shoot-out”. “The players know the team for the first game already, we have been working on a system of play we think suits the players we have available and the style of play we want to implement as well, I think from our fans’ point of view, they’re enjoying seeing young players come into the squad.”last_img read more

Masters sets the standard at Rayong

first_imgPattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant BarOn the King’s Birthday, Dec. 5, the Pattaya Golf Society celebrated in the only way they know by playing a stableford competition, this time at friendly Rayong C.C. on a course lightly sprinkled with golfers and more heavily sprinkled by the irrigation system, which was active on most holes.  Don’t knock it – we’ve been crying out for it for almost two years! The large group suffered two dropouts prior to the departure and therefore was reduced to one group but there was some class there as well.  Brian Talbot returned to the group with 30 points which held down fourth place, only one behind Sam McLellan’s third place finish.  There seemed a country mile between the minor placings and the runner-up, Alan Duckett, who completed his third successive sub-par round with the group with 37 points.The winner was Pattaya’s most improved golfer this year, Peter Masters.  Peter, restricted to playing golf at school holidays, has come down from thirteen to just eight in five months and will plunge further when his winning score of 40 points is fed into the system.  It was quality throughout with seven pars and four birdies giving him the best gross figures of the day, 76.  For good measure he secured a birdie two on the seventeenth to join Alan Duckett and Tony Thorne who had also managed the feat on the fifth.The Booby Bevy went to Mr Len for the biggest split of the day, 10 – 18, and the boss’s day was complete when he was later attacked by a soi-dog in North Pattaya, which resulted in another big split…in his leg!  Barking mad with being in the last group, maybe?Thorne makes a pointA hectic week ended for the Pattaya Golf Society with a trip to Pattaya C.C. to play the group’s monthly merit stableford competition.  The course was well turned out again and the field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under for the day.In the second flight it was gratifying to see Michael Sim from Bangkok make the frame with a share of third place on 34 points, Gary Bolger also making the same score.  Larry Slattery’s good form followed him from the IPGC Monthly Members’ event on Wednesday as his 35 points was good enough for second this time.  The flight winner was old friend Masashi Iizumi who ended the week in fine style with a level par finish on 36 points.In the top flight the return of Ray Banks saw him take third place with 34 points, a couple behind Ken Page, performing well with 36 points.  The flight winner, making the point that one cannot write off a golfer in the doldrums, was Tony Thorne and his 38 points was the best of the day.Rick Schramm nailed the only birdie ‘2’ of the competition, on the twelfth and lady golfer Sue Mawhinney took the Booby Bevy on her debut for having the distinction of being the only top flight golfer not to reach thirty points.  Welcome to the club Sue and welcome back to form Tony Thorne.last_img read more

Thierry Henry is on the shortlist to take over at Aston Villa

first_img 04/10/2018 Although ‘Titi’ is favourite for the job, he does have plenty of competition. In Birmingham they believe that Paulo Fonsca, who is a client of Jorge Mendes, is another strong candidate for the role. Thierry Henry is the frontrunner to replace Steve Bruce as Aston Villa manager. The other names alongside Henry and Fonseca on the list to replace Bruce are Sam Allardyce, Mick McCarthy and Dean Smith. IN SPORT.ES the candidates According to those reports, Mendes is involved in the process of finding a new head coach at Villa. It makes sense that he would put forward one of his own clients for the job. Fonseca is the current head coach of Shakhtar Donetsk and was linked with a move to Everton last summer before the Toffees opted for Marco Silva instead. Henry is a legend, especially in the Premier League, but doesn’t have a lot of experience in the dugout despite helping Belgium finish third at the Russia World Cup. Thierry wants to follow in the footsteps of another mythical player from England, Frank Lampard, who took over at Derby County and has got the Championship side playing well. Upd. on 05/10/2018 at 10:08 CEST Henry, the former Barça and Arsenal star and current assistant manager with Belgium, was linked with the same job last June before the new owners decided to back Bruce instead. Thierry Henry, candidato al banquillo del Aston Villa In fact, Henry turned down a huge offer from Sky Sports so that he could focus on his career as a coach.  The ‘Mendes factor’ Sport ENlast_img read more

Car fire burns out four hectares

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Local eye doctor earns podium finish at 2016 World Kayak Marathon Championships

first_imgThe World Kayak Marathon Championships is an annual event which is organised by the International Canoe Federation (ICF).The inaugural event took place in Nottingham, England in 1988, and since then has been held in a variety of different countries.Kayak marathon racing would traditionally have seen competitors race from one point to another on a river or lake, but this format has developed to encourage a more spectator-friendly approach, with lap courses being created which include a number of portages (running while carrying the boat).The 2016 World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, consisted of six laps, with four portages. South Africa will host this event in Pietermaritzburg in 2017. Maytom, a local eye surgeon, is an enthusiastic local promoter of the sport of Sprint and Marathon Racing Canoe and Kayak.The local doctor continues to generously donate his time and share his expertise with the developing paddlers of the the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club. That coaching helped a young crew of padders find success at the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.Maytom, an avid paddler, shot up the kayaking ladder when he won a boat load of medals at the Canadian Masters Championships. Neville Maytom is used to being on the podium.So it should come to no surprise that the Nelson Doctor once again early medal honours at the World Kayak Marathon Championships last month in Brandenburg, Germany. The Canadian combo of Neville and his K2 (double kayak) partner, Rob Lang from Prince Edward Island, finished third, earning a bronze medal in the Masters division.The 20 kilometer race, which took place in rough windy conditions, was won by a team from South Africa, with Germany finishing second. Most kayaking nations were represented at this event, with Spain, Hungary, Argentina and South Africa fielding particularly strong teams of paddlers.  The Canadian team consisted of five paddlers.last_img read more

Africa investment ‘will rebound’

first_img17 February 2009Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to hold up well even as global growth deteriorates, as the structural reforms that many African countries have been implementing over the past few years continue to pay off, a new study finds.And while investment in the continent is moderating visibly as the global economic crisis hits home, it is expected to recover in the medium term, according to a research paper by South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).Released last week, the paper – entitled “Africa and the global economic crisis: opportunities and challenges” – predicted that African GDP would grow at 3.4% in 2009, compared to 5.2% in 2008 and 6.2% in 2007.This compares favourably with global and emerging market GDP growth forecasts of 0.5% and 3.3% in 2008 and 2009 respectively.Widespread economic reforms“Domestic reforms have fostered Africa’s robust growth since early in the new millennium,” the research report states. “Widespread economic reforms and notable improvements in overall governance have borne fruit and attracted foreign investment, while several long-standing conflicts have come to an end, enabling reconstruction in those countries to begin.“This has contributed to vastly improved macro-economic management, rising incomes and spending, increased investment in physical and social infrastructure and foreign investment activity in productive sectors.”According to the report, foreign direct investment (FDI) flows into Africa grew strongly in recent years as low interest rates globally encouraged financiers to support the investment plans of those seeking access to natural resources during the commodity “super-cycle”.Investment growth was “substantially supported by the remarkable performances of commodity-rich countries, particularly (but not confined to) the oil producers,” the report noted.Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to Africa in 2008 were estimated to be US$61.9-billion, representing a 16.8% increase over 2007, and well in excess of the estimated 3.6% growth rate of FDI flows to developed economies.African exports take a knockWith the global financial turmoil, however, “the pattern of financial flows associated with investment, lending and trading activity has been dramatically altered for the time being,” the report states.“Several African stock markets were caught up in the globalised investor retreat, with positions being liquidated strongly in emerging markets. It has been estimated that portfolio flows to Africa have declined sharply as global liquidity tightened to a mere $5.9-billion in the course of 2008 compared to $15.7-billion in 2007.”Jorge Maia, head of research and information at the IDC, said the impact of the deteriorating global economic environment on Africa’s productive sectors was” being transmitted through weaker external demand and lower commodity prices, with serious implications for external trade receipts and investment inflows.”The World Bank estimates that Africa’s exports fell by 2% in 2008, with significant drops in certain countries (for example, a 30% decline in Angola).Furthermore, Africa’s reliance on advanced economies for export has badly affected their trade balances. Largely reflecting such unfavourable terms of trade movements and net portfolio ouflows, the majority of African currencies depreciated by 10% to 28% against the US dollar in 2008.Commodities again“Normally, major crises bring to the fore not only comparative weaknesses but also comparative strengths,” Maia said. “Thus, economies that successfully weather the downturns are those that exploit their comparative strengths instead of focusing on their weaknesses.“Africa is richly endowed with commodities that are likely to derive long-run benefits given their finite nature and the anticipated resumption in demand as the world’s population grows and economic performances recover.”Therefore, Maia predicted, global growth would resume in the longer term and “support a recovery of commodity prices and renewed investor interest in Africa for its resource wealth.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more