Statement on water quality issued by Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley has responded with an extended statement following the news that E. coli and coliform bacteria have been detected in the drinking water of Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. The Placer County Department of Environmental Health was first to receive the report of the potential health issue on November 8th.

 

The water has been treated steadily since then and is showing signs of progression. E. coli has now disappeared from 3 out of the 4 wells that serve upper mountain, and they are showing low levels of coliform bacteria. This came from a statement by Wesley Nicks, director of Placer County Environmental Health.

 

Squaw Valley has kept all restaurants on the upper mountain closed and the skiers are not aloud to drink water until the problem is fixed entirely. No health issues have been reported from any of the guests, and top to bottom skiing is to carry on safely at the infamous ski resort.

 

In the statement made by Liesl Kenney, Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, to the Sun at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, she explains the facts about water quality at Squaw Valley’s upper mountain. She says that an unusually heavy rainfall affected several water systems and led to an inundation of the upgraded water system that was installed over the summer which was followed by a contamination of the water supply. At no point however was the contaminated water available to the public. She continues to say that after routine water testing was done, they immediately contacted Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District.

 

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Puerto Rico Residents Benefit From InnovaCare’s Numerous Medicare Advantage Plans

In 2016, President and CEO Richard Shinto, M.D. of InnovaCare announced the addition of three new executives to the Medicare Advantage organization in Puerto Rico. Jonathan Meyers became the new chief actuary officer, Penelope Kokkinides took over as chief administrative officer and Mike Sortino is InnovaCare’s new chief accounting officer. While all three new members of the leadership team bring a wealth of experience to the organization, Kokkinides has over 20 years experience with Medicare and Medicaid. Before joining InnovaCare, she worked for Centerlight HealthCare, Touchstone Health and AmeriChoice. In a press release, Shinto was quoted as saying “We’re privileged to have them as part of our team.”

When ideamensch interviewed Kokkinides in late 2016, she mentioned that she is an organized executive who easily prioritizes tasks. She’s also a fan of using technology, such as video conferencing, to get more done in less time. In addition to staying connected, Kokkinides enjoys keeping on top of current industry trends through books and articles, while considering how the most promising new trends will fit into InnovaCare’s overall business strategy.

Dr. Shinto brought a wealth of experience to InnovaCare as well. After being a practicing pulmonologist and an internist, Shinto worked for MedPartners, Cal Optima Health Plan, Medical Pathways Management, NAMM California and Aveta Inc. before joining InnovaCare. Under Rick Shinto’s leadership, MMM Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of InnovaCare, was voted one of Puerto Rico’s Best Employers in 2014. At the time, Shinto said ‘Thirty percent of our employees have been working with us between eight and 13 years, in the company’s 14-year history. This shows their great sense of responsibility and commitment, until reaching a warm work environment in which, more than colleagues, we are a big corporate family.”

InnovaCare operates two Medicare Advantage plans in Puerto Rico, MMM Healthcare and PMC Medicare Choice, which together have almost 200,000 members. MMM offers a variety of different plans, with one designed for individuals with cardiovascular diseases or diabetes mellitus. PMC Medicare Choice has two HMO style plans, with one designed for Puerto Rico’s special needs population who receive both Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

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Securus Technologies Sets The Bar Higher For The Competition

As the Chief Executive Officer at Securus Technologies, I am proud to declare that Securus Technologies has proven itself to be technologically superior to our competitors. Smart innovative development has made us the leader within the realm of civil and criminal justice technology. Our profitability outperforms Global Tel Link by a ratio of four to one.

 

Our progressive innovative technology makes available a platform able to meet or exceed the ever-changing needs of the corrections industry. Additionally, we are keeping in line with the goal of making America great again because we don’t outsource production or services. Our headquarters operation is located here in the United States. We employ well- trained field technicians who are able to service, repair, and install our state of the art equipment. Our call center provides professional and caring customer service representatives.

 

We have developed an exclusive multipurposed platform for our civil and criminal justice facility customers. Our Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communication platform is the largest worldwide. It is second to none with a fast seamless integration of software upgrades and updates. We offer greater value and efficiency with better quality products.

 

Despite the woeful claims and challenges of others Securus Technologies exceeded the proverbial high bar that was set before us. We go above and beyond expectations in anticipation of the next level of challenges that may remain. Our technological achievements are unmatched by the competition. Securus Technologies set the bar higher than our predecessors and we will continue to exceed it.

New HDIT/HCT Treatment Offers Relief to MS Patients

A new experimental medical treatment is providing relief for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients. The treatment is accomplishing by giving patients a high dose of immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of one’s stem cells. The treatment has induced sustained remission for MS patients. MS is a devastating disease where the immune system assaults the central nervous system. The treatment works by removing malfunctioning cells and using stem cells to reset the immune system.

Five years after getting HDIT/HCT 69 percent of patients who participated in the trial have lived without new MS symptoms. MS drugs that are currently available had lower success rates. The trial was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). NIAID is part of the National Institutes of Health network. Researchers from the Immune Tolerance Network, which is under NIAID, conducted the medical trial. Both the three year and five year results were posted online on the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Various neurologists such as Dr. Shiva Gopal Vasishta welcomed these results as the treatment seems to be more effective than existing treatments. Additionally, some participants in the trail improved showing recovery in physical abilities and mobility. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci the director of NIAID stated that this one time treatment could be better that the available options.

The trial used 24 volunteer patients who were aged between 26 and 52 years. The patients had already taken clinically available treatments but had relapsed. There were some expected side effects such as infections but overall a majority of patients were better off. Only three participants died and their deaths were not related to the HDIT/HCT treatment.

Dr. Vasishta is a practicing Neurologist at the Eastern Neurodiagnostic Associates. He works primarily in the Voorhees area in New Jersey. He got his medical degree in 1979 and has 38 years’ experience in Neurology. He also has a specialty in psychiatry treatment. He accepts various insurance plans from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare and Aetna. His practice supports English and Spanish.

Potential Residents Wonder If The Quincy Is A Safe Place To Reside

The Quincy is a new apartment complex in New Brunswick, New Jersey. While the leasing center is promising future residents a plentitude of modern amenities, many are worried about their safety. A pair of shootings has added to their unease.

In one incident, a pizza delivery driver attempted to deliver a pizza to an apartment building on Quincy circle, only to find that no pizza had been ordered to the address. Confused, the pizza delivery driver was returning to his vehicle. He was approached by three men claiming they had ordered the pizza. One of the men put a handgun to the driver’s head while demanding his money, wallet, and the pizza. Before fleeing in a dark minivan, the men shot the pizza delivery driver.

Four months later Parysh Wood, also known as “Pistol” and “P-Gun”, was charged with the robbery and shooting. Wood, a New Brunswick resident, was linked to the crime by his cell phone records.

With assistance from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Ron Seaman reviewed cell phone records from the time and location of the robbery. Wood was apprehended and held at Middlesex County Correction Center on $100,000 bail.

The New Brunswick apartments have long been known as a criminal den of iniquities. Drugs and gun violence are prevalent in the area, so police were not surprised, on October 7th, 2015, when they received a report of shots fired. A call came in around 9:30 pm stating that three or four gunshots had been heard. Not long after, a gunshot victim walked into Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The New Brunswick Police Department has reason to believe the victim was transported to the emergency room by a male driving a dark Honda.

The shooter was described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt. After firing the shots, he fled the scene in the direction of Neilson Street. After returning to the apartment complex the next day, police officers found more bullet casings, further complicating the case.

The Crime Rate in New Brunswick, New Jersey is currently 93% higher than the national average.