The ALS Association of Northern New EnglandHires Larry Lewack as Executive DirectorLarry Lewack has been hired as Executive Director by the local chapter of the ALS Association. A long-time Burlington resident, Mr. Lewack brings fourteen years of non-profit management experience to this leadership role. His prior nonprofit roles include three years as Director of Barrier Free Justice Vermont, which serves victims of crime with disabilities. Before that, he was Coordinator of the Community Network for Children, Youth & Families, which works to improve supports to victims of child abuse and their families.In his new role, Mr. Lewack will be working with a volunteer Board and staff based in all three northern New England states (Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine). The chapters main office, at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, also serves as home base for staff members Tonia Zampieri and Sharon Teixeira, both of Essex Junction, who support the chapters fundraising and finance functions, respectively. The chapter also has patient services staff based in New Hampshire and Maine, and works closely with medical providers at ALS clinics at both Fletcher Allen and Dartmouth Hitchcock hospitals.The mission of the ALS Association, Northern New England chapter is to provide patient services and increased public awareness to residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont about the disease of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrigs Disease). The chapter links ALS patients, caregivers and family members with needed equipment, personal support and community-based services designed to improve the patients quality of life, and bring help and hope to all those affected by this disease.ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a fatal neuromuscular disease with no known cause or cure. Nerve cells within the brain and spinal cord are attacked and killed, eventually inhibiting all ability to move. The average lifespan is two to five years from diagnosis. However, many people succumb to the disease in less than two years. ALS is characterized by the loss of voluntary and autonomic muscle movement and use, eventually making it impossible for people to move, swallow, speak or (eventually) breathe on their own. A persons senses and intellect after diagnosis with ALS remain sharp, however.For more information on how to help, please call 802-862-8882 or visit: www.alsanne.org(link is external).
Oil and gas services firm Plexus has been awarded a contract for the provision POS-GRIP high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) adjustable rental exploration wellhead equipment to Rosneft.Plexus said on Thursday that the contract was awarded by Rosneft TNK Vietnam B.V., a subsidiary of the Russian oil and gas company.The company added that the contract award was in a new country and a new territory for Plexus and represented an expansion from the North Sea.Plexus’ CEO, Ben Van Bilderbeek, said: “It is always encouraging to secure a first contract with a new customer, particularly one of the caliber and strategic importance as Rosneft Vietnam, a subsidiary of one of the largest oil and gas majors in the world.“In the past, we have found that once the superior features of our equipment in terms of performance, reliability and safety, along with the significant time and cost savings it offers are experienced first-hand out in the field, new customers become long-standing ones as further contracts are awarded. We are therefore hopeful that this will be the case with Rosneft Vietnam and that, thanks to Rosneft’s important standing in Russia and the CIS, this inaugural contract bodes well for us and our Russian licensing partner Gusar in terms of raising the profile of our technology in that region.“Russia and the CIS is just one of a number of territories we are targeting as we look to expand outside of our traditional heartland in the North Sea. We see the Middle East, India, Gulf of Mexico, and Asia as strategically important regions for Plexus and it is therefore pleasing to have won this contract in Vietnam, which extends our footprint in Asia.”
Image Courtesy: Gulf News/ReutersAdvertisement 32b3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsv74Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Emlqzf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6793j3Would you ever consider trying this?😱9v1Can your students do this? 🌚11Roller skating! Powered by Firework Its been four years since India and Pakistan have played a bilateral series on either country. Since the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup hosted by India, the bitter neighbours haven’t taken each other for any Test or limited overs series, and with the recent feuds between the two countries’ cricket boards, BCCI decided to not participate in this year’s Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan. However, many have spoken up on restoring a positive cricketing relation between the teams, and recently, its Pakistan’s legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar who has put in his words, also pointed out the feud being only cricket based.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Gulf News/ReutersThe former Pakistani international has his own YouTube channel, where he regularly puts forward his own opinion on several topics based on the sport. Yesterday, the 44 year old uploaded a video titled “It is Very Important for India and Pakistan to Play Bilateral Series”, where he raised some points on bettering the ties between thew two nations regarding cricket.Although India and Pakistan have stopped touring each other, they have faced each other in international competitions, even in the 2018 Asia Cup where the venue had to be shifted to Dubai from India because of a denial from PCB.Advertisement “I understand India can’t come to Pakistan, Pakistan can’t go to India. But we play Asia Cup, Champions Trophy on neutral venues, can’t we do the same for bilateral series? We are one of the best hospitable nations in the world and India have seen it first hand”, Akhtar said in the video.The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ mentioned the recent controversial visit of a circle kabaddi team from India to take part in the unofficial ‘Kabaddi World Cup 2020’.Advertisement He continued: “Pakistan is a very safe place to travel. India’s kabaddi team came, they got a lot of love, Bangladesh came to play Test cricket. But if there are still doubts then I suggest neutral venues,” After the decade long ban from ICC following the ghastly 2009 Lahore attack, Pakistan finally hosted Sri Lanka last year, followed by Bangladesh, and will be hosting the 2020 Asia Cup.Akhtar pointed out the feud being only relating to cricket and not the other sports, and even not in trading between the countries.“We can play Davis Cup, we can play kabaddi with each other then what’s wrong with cricket? If you want to cut the ties then stop the trade, stop playing kabaddi. Why only cricket? Whenever it’s cricket we make it political, it is very disappointing. We eat onions and potatoes, we exchange pleasantries then why can’t we play cricket?” he added.Akhtar mentioned the fan following the iconic cricketers have in his country, and expects the political tensions between the two countries to not have an impact on cricket in future.“Ask the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar we love them like anything. Cricket should not get affected by the differences between us. Hopefully, India and Pakistan can play a bilateral series soon and it’s important for both countries to have a tough competition between them.” he concluded.Watch the full video here-Also read-See what happened when 60 Kabaddi players from India unofficially attend Pakistan tournamentPakistani cricket legend extends invite to India for bilateral series: It’s time they sorted out their difference without third party intervention Advertisement