Forward is the only direction ice maestro Du knows

first_imgWith his hockey skates strapped on and big pads in place, Kevin Du ’07 looks like any speedy Crimson player, flashing a stick and making the puck dance.But the anonymity of the uniform hides a story of family travail and triumph that few Harvard students can claim.Du’s father, Luong, an ethnic Chinese who grew up in Vietnam, escaped from his home in Saigon at age 17. After a stop in a Malaysian refugee camp, in 1979 he ended up — of all places — in windswept and remote Tomahawk, Alberta, Canada.He worked on an Edmond-area dairy farm, in a movie theater, and as a laborer for a utility company. For most of the time, Luong had all three jobs at once — since the teenager had to earn enough to bring eight family members: his mother, two brothers, and five sisters — to a place of freedom and peace.But rural Alberta in those days was also a place of periodic racism; there were few other Chinese. Luong had to take his share of taunts.When Kevin was born, his father decided that the best way to acclimate his son to Canadian culture was to get the boy into skates and onto a hockey rink. (Kevin’s younger brother, Jonathan, also started playing at a young age.) By 1984, Luong and his wife Phuong — and the rest of Canada — were in the middle of a hockey decade dominated by the Edmonton Oilers, who won five Stanley Cups in seven years.The saying is that a boy on ice is never in hot water. And hockey helped Kevin Du stay on a straight path to discipline, good grades, and — increasingly — triumph on the rink. He strapped on his first skates at 4, and started organized play at 6 in his hometown of Spruce Grove, Alberta, a community of 19,000 that’s a 10-minute drive side to side.“Really early, hockey was part of my identity,” he said. “Everybody knew me as the Chinese hockey player.”The young forward decided early on a path to the pros. His plan was to get there by good play, by good grades — and by getting through college first. Unlike in the past, said the Dunster House senior, “college is the more direct route” to the pros.When Du arrived for his freshman year, thousands of miles from home, he admits being so homesick that he was ready to call the family for a plane ticket back. “Then I got on the ice,” he said, “and I felt like I was home.”For the Crimson, Du got varsity ice time right away. He scored 10 points as a freshman, 20 as a sophomore, and a team-high 33 points as a junior — including a rare hat trick that year in an overtime win against Princeton.Junior year was the high point of his college hockey career, said Du. The season won him a place on the All Ivy League and All New England teams.In 2006-07, he was still the team’s high-scoring player, though with only 25 points in a disappointing season (14-17-2). But by the last game Du had made a little Harvard ice hockey history, tying for third all-time in number of games played (135).His style of play is gritty, aggressive, and fast — good qualities for an ice artist who is not the biggest guy out there (5 feet 9 inches, 175 pounds)After graduation, Du will use the same pluck his father showed in Tomahawk, Alberta, decades ago — and train over the summer to get ready for a professional hockey tryout with the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). It’s a binational farm team system a notch below the American Hockey League, with team names like the Idaho Steelheads and the Dayton Bombers.From there? “All players growing up want to be in the NHL as soon as they step on the ice,” said Du.While trying out for the pros, the economics concentrator (and ECAC Hockey League All-Academic Scholar) will use his free time to get ready for the Graduate Management Admission Test and the Law School Admission Test. Said Du, “There’s a lot of downtime in professional play.”last_img read more

Jacob Dickey Will Take a Magic Carpet Ride as the New Title Star of Broadway’s Aladdin

first_imgJacob Dickey(Photo provided by Disney Theatrical) View Comments Aladdin from $57.50center_img Related Shows Current Aladdin ensemble member Jacob Dickey will take over the title role in the Tony-nominated musical beginning on July 16. Ainsley Melham, who currently portrays Aladdin, will take his final bow at the New Amsterdam Theatre on July 14.Dickey currently covers the roles of Aladdin and Kassim in the Broadway production. He also spent time playing the title role on the North American tour.Dickey joins a current principal cast that includes vlogger Michael James Scott as Genie, Arielle Jacobs as Princess Jasmine, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, J.C. Montgomery as the Sultan, Mike Longo as Kassim and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago.Based on the hit Disney animated film, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and additional lyrics by Beguelin. The production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with music supervision by Michael Kosarin.Dickey will play a limited engagement through September 12.last_img read more

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region named a top home health agency

first_imgby Bernadette C Robin, Director of Marketing and Business Development, VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region The Visiting Nurse Association &  Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has been named as a Top 100 and a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has been recognized for ten out of the last 12 years.The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.“The team at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.”Ronald J. Cioffi, RN, and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region credits the commitment of the staff and high standards of quality with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “I am so very proud of the work we do and this distinguished award honors the achievement of a very dedicated and engaged staff,” says Cioffi. “Healthcare today is being redefined, yet the VNA model of care of experience and expertise in the home setting has stayed especially relevant. This valued recognition of home-based health care is particularly meaningful as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.”“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on the list of the top 100 HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced increased regulatory burdens each year.”HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,064 agencies considered, 2,268 are recognized on the 2017 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.last_img read more

Planning Commission gives preliminary okay to plans for 11 home sites on Homestead property

first_imgThe plat map shows the proposed location of the 11 home sites on the Homestead property.The Prairie Village Planning Commission on Tuesday approved the preliminary plans for the reworking of the Homestead Country Club site.The plans call for the creation of 11 single family home lots on the east end of the property that would face a single road leading back beyond the current circle drive outside the main clubhouse. That clubhouse would be razed to make room for two of the house lots, and the club’s north four tennis courts would be removed and turned into a parking lot.Though the commission passed both Special Use Permit request for the changes to the club and the preliminary plat for the house sites, a handful of area residents spoke at the meeting to express concerns with the proposed project. Tim Butt lives on Delmar Street with his property backing up to the club, and said he thought there was the potential for the new homes to have a potentially negative impact on the aesthetics of the neighborhood. Without an architectural review board in Prairie Village, there is little to compel the homebuilder, Evan-Talan Homes, to build in a style that fits the surroundings, he said.“I’m a little concerned about the lack of cohesiveness that these homes could be,” he said. “We could have a variety of architectural styles plopped down in our neighborhood.”Butt also said he worried that the reduction in parking for the club — from its current 176 spaces to approximately 100 spaces — meant club patrons might spill over onto side streets to park.Homestead General Manager Brian Collins said he anticipated such parking issues would be significantly mitigated by the fact that the removal of the clubhouse means the club will no longer host catered events like weddings and reunions. He also noted that the club had worked with Village Presbyterian Church on an arrangement that would allow them to use the church’s lots for overflow parking when there is a major event at Homestead.The homebuilder will be required to come before the Planning Commission again for final plat approval.The building that currently houses the Homestead snack bar and fitness center will be the site of a restaurant and dining area.last_img read more

New Zoom Hardware-as-a-Service Program Will Boost AVaaS; Get Into AVaaS Now!

first_imgRight now, around the globe, most companies, educational institutions and government agencies have shifted their money to help solve internal COVID-19 issues and are trying to reopen. Therefore, financial expenditures on tech hardware not directly related to healthcare issues seem to be on hold (for now). So, now — more than any other time in ProAV history — is the perfect time to launch AV-as-a-Service solutions where your clients can acquire complete solutions without paying for them upfront.I’ve been writing about offering AVaaS for over 4 years. Heck, I’ve even done two different webinars about it — and how to do it — for Almo Pro A/V since 2016. Yes, barely any AV integrators are offering it. But, now’s your chance. And, thanks to Zoom’s recent HaaS (Hardware-as-a-Service) announcement yesterday, you have a more straightforward path to success as the end users will understand it better, and you can copy Zoom’s model!Zoom’s new HaaS program, initially available only to U.S. customers, provides access to Zoom Phone and Zoom Rooms hardware solutions with a subscription service, giving organizations the ability to outfit employees with leading hardware solutions and affordably scale these solutions at a fixed monthly price. Here are some of the benefits of Zoom’s HaaS program.It’s been known forever that some companies can’t afford to equip their employees with all the hardware solutions they want them to have due to the upfront costs and a significant impact on their budgets. With Zoom HaaS, organizations can equip themselves with hardware solutions from leading vendors like DTEN, Neat, Poly and Yealink without the substantial initial investment, freeing up their budgets for important projects and making hardware solutions more accessible for businesses of all sizes. (And, more manufacturers will be added soon, according to Zoom.)See related  Are We Gonna Talk About Zoom ‘Being on Probation’ for 20 Years by the FTC, or Nah?But, my advice would be to use this model to launch your own AVaaS models for your clients and leverage your relationships with your AV distributors to help support them. The biggies already have AVaaS options they can manage for you! Didn’t you know that?Here’s Almo Pro A/V’s AVaaS offering:’s Synnex’s AVaaS offering:’s a great AVaaS primer from PSNI:’s a great AVaaS piece written by rAVe’s own Mark Coxon:’s one of my AVaaS webinars:’s one of my first pieces on AVaaS with a case study back in 2017: read more

Young lawyers and access to services

first_imgYoung lawyers and access to services YLD President We all know the legal profession is facing many challenges, with three of the biggest being access to legal services, the lack of jobs for young lawyers, and the impact of technology. With some effort and creativity, we can turn those three challenges into solutions and opportunities. The issue of access to legal services has been well-documented, thanks to Florida’s Commission on Access to Civil Justice, which was established a year ago by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga. The commission is looking at unmet civil legal needs while also examining our legal assistance delivery system as a whole. That’s important because the issue of access goes beyond low-income and disadvantaged Floridians. Many moderate and middle-income people feel they can’t afford a lawyer (and I bet many lawyers cannot afford their own high hourly rates). In fact, fewer than 17 percent of people retain a lawyer when they have a legal problem. This is a huge unserved market. How huge? Richard S. Granat, an innovator inlegal services delivery, has estimated the worth of this unserved market at $45 billion nationally. Yet, while this potential market sits untapped, brilliant young people are graduating from Florida’s law schools, only to find themselves saddled with debt and unable to find work. The average debt for a law school graduate is $140,000. Additionally, 15 percent of new lawyers can’t find employment, and for those who do in Florida, the average starting salary is $45,000. Those numbers don’t add up to success. We need to connect these young Florida lawyers who need legal work with the people who need legal services. That’s where technology can help. Today, a young lawyer does not have to charge high hourly rates in order to succeed. A young lawyer can create a virtual office without stacks of legal books or rented office space, and utilize web-based practice management software for less than $40 per month. Low overhead means lower costs for legal representation. A young lawyer charging only $100 per hour and billing 1,000 hours a year (significantly less than a lawyer in a big firm) can make a decent living. More importantly, those lower costs can open a new market, putting that lawyer within reach of people who have felt they can’t afford legal advice. Online legal platforms such as LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer, Avvo, and Legal Hero also offer opportunities. Whether it’s buying shoes or airline tickets, or searching for health information or legal advice, people go to the Internet to find what they need. Online legal platforms can increase access to legal services while opening new job possibilities for young lawyers. It’s a win-win. The Commission on Access to Civil Justice, in its Interim Report, recommended the continued development of a statewide gateway portal to legal services. This online connector would lead people to information, resources, self-help, advice, and representation. In response to a push by The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, the commission is also examining whether the Bar’s current Lawyer Referral Service could be improved and tied in with the portal. These initiatives offer great promise as a way to connect young lawyers with an unserved market. Of course, we can’t just leave it to young lawyers and their smartphones to solve the enormous problem of access to justice. We need to train lawyers on how to “practice law” and utilize technology. To meet that need, law schools must offer more legal technology courses and encourage participation in clinics, internships, and externships. The Bar also has a duty to help young lawyers get the training and experience they need, and to help them understand the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Let’s look carefully at the rules on advertising, referral networks, and unbundling of legal services and, if needed, amend them so that they will not hinder a young lawyer’s ability to make a practice thrive. Experienced lawyers also need to view young lawyers as teammates, not future competitors, and be willing to mentor them. Right now, some of Florida’s more than 26,000 young lawyers may have trouble seeing a bright future. No doubt the same is true for the many Floridians who feel they have no access to legal services. The Commission on Access to Civil Justice is providing a foundation to solve those problems. If we all join the effort, we can identify and seize the opportunities that advancements in technology offer to both our young lawyers and their future clients. Gordon Glover is president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and founder of the Glover Law Firm in Ocala. Contact him at Young lawyers and access to services December 1, 2015 Gordon Glover Regular Newslast_img read more

Solo and Small Firm Section announces 2020 Roffino Pro Bono Award grant recipients

first_img Sep 22, 2020 Top Stories Solo and Small Firm Section announces 2020 Roffino Pro Bono Award grant recipients Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., is this year’s winner of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s L. Michael Pro Bono Award and has received a $4,000 grant in recognition of its Partners for Equal Justice campaign and Justice Bus program.Finalists Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., in Stuart and the Cuban American Bar Association in Miami each received $2,000. Because the section’s 2020 Annual Meeting was virtual, the winners will be recognized during a presentation ceremony in June 2021 during The Florida Bar Annual Convention.The annual L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award — previously known as the Bill Jacob Award — is given to the pro bono organization in Florida that has created the best pro bono service program during the past year. Originally named the Bill Jacob Award in honor of the section’s first chair, it was renamed in 2004 after the untimely death of former section Chair L. Michael Roffino.The Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association each year nominates five programs for consideration. The Solo & Small Firm Section’s Awards Committee selects a winner and two finalists. To date, the Solo & Small Firm Section has awarded $164,500 to deserving Florida pro bono organizations.According to Awards Committee Chair Gerald “Jerry” Curington, the committee selected Legal Services of Greater Miami because of the innovation and reach of its programs.“We always have a tough time choosing winners from the exceptional pro bono initiatives that are nominated,” said Curington. “Florida’s pro bono service organizations and volunteer attorneys are truly making a difference in the lives of Floridians who otherwise would not be able to afford access to legal assistance.”The Partners for Equal Justice campaign was a friendly competition that encouraged partners at law firms to lead by example and accept at least one direct representation pro bono case. In the first year, more than 50 law firm partners accepted the challenge, 41 law firms participated and 395 families gained access to justice. The Justice Bus program helped families in Marathon, the hardest hit area after Hurricane Irma. Legal Services of Greater Miami provided on-demand CLE training for volunteers and coordinated a four-hour, round-trip bus trip. A year after the hurricane, the program served 30 families who were still in need of hurricane-related legal services.Pro Bono Advocacy Director Jayme M. Cassidy said, “On behalf of Legal Services of Greater Miami, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude for recognizing and appreciating our pro bono work. It is an honor to receive the L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award. The Florida Pro Bono Association is full of zealous advocates and it is truly amazing to be singled out.”The section honored runner-up Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. for its new Veterans Clinic and its Drive to Work Project, which provides legal assistance with reinstating suspended drivers licenses. The Cuban American Bar Association was honored for its annual pro bono legal services to more than 1,200 clients in domestic violence, dependency, human trafficking victims’ representation, and immigration/citizenship cases.Learn more about the L. Michael Roffino Award and its previous recipients on the section website’s awards page.last_img read more

Live Stream for Opening Ceremony of CARICOM Heads Meeting

first_img A Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit proposed… Mar 3, 2015 Youths from disadvantaged background sing to CARICOM Heads The Opening Ceremony for the 26th Inter-sessional meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in The Bahamas will be streamed live from 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Caribbean time) on Thursday 26 February 2015. The stream can be followed on  the ZNS TV Bahamas website and on the CARICOM Today newsblog The Ceremony, at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, will be addressed by CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; immediate past Chairman, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Hon. Gaston Browne and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. You may be interested in… Feb 27, 2018 CARICOM Heads: Outcomes, Questions center_img Feb 26, 2018 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Out-going CARICOM Chairman addresses Inter-Sessional Meeting… Feb 26, 2020 Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Scenes From HMS Implacables ‘3 Ways To Be A Hero’

first_imgHMS volunteers at the north entrance Saturday at Smith’s. Photo by Nate Limback/ Generous shoppers donating food Saturday during the event. Photo by Nate Limback/ Photo 1: Vitalant buses ready to collect donations. Photo by Nate Limback/ HMS volunteers greet incoming shoppers Saturday at the south entrance to Smith’s Marketplace ‘3 Ways to Be a Hero’ volunteer event. Both entrances of Smith’s were crowded with HMS volunteers, generous Smith’s patrons and, of course, lots of generous donations. The event collected a mountain of food, which will be donated to LA Cares in Los Alamos. Two Vitalant buses are outside in the Smith’s parking lot collecting blood donations as part of the event. Photo by Nate Limback/ Shopping carts filled with donations collected throughout the event. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.comlast_img read more