first_img The funeral was broadcasted live on Port Arthur International Seafarers Facebook page.Visitation was from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on November 29, 1929, he was the son of Henry Oubre and Nellie (Girouard) Oubre. Gerald retired as a lab tech from Texaco/Star Enterprise and was a member of OCAW.He also worked as a union carpenter for many years and built beautiful homes in Groves and Port Neches.Gerald was a member of St. James Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.He was an honorary Rotarian, former Jaycee, and was also a former South East Texas Mardi Gras boardmember. Gerald loved to dance and could always be found on the dance floor.He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.Gerald left an imprint on everyone’s heart and will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Nellie Oubre; and brother, Ora Oubre.He is survived by his loving wife of 65½ years, Pat Oubre of Groves; children, Max Stephanie Oubre Duplant of Irving, Father Sinclair Kevin Oubre of Orange, Shawn Kelly Oubre and wife Roxanne of Woodway, and Stephan Kent Oubre and wife Carly of Port Neches; grandchildren, Jason Duplant and wife Brandi, Stephanie Duplant Lawson and husband Shane, Julien Duplant and wife Mallary, Katie Oubre Hardisty and husband Mike, Megan Oubre Boyd and husband Mark, Kiersten Oubre, and Patrick Oubre; great grandchildren, Grace Lawson, Joel Lawson, Cameron Duplant, Christian Duplant, Ada Duplant, Loudon Duplant, Willa Hardisty, Archer Hardisty, and Hattie Boyd; and brother, Cecil Oubreof Port Arthur.Serving as pallbearers were Patrick Oubre, Shane Lawson, Jason Duplant, Damaso Sosa, Richard Melancon, and John Underhill.Honorary pallbearers were Julien Duplant, Mike Hardesty, Mark Boyd, and Mark Zafereo.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Port Arthur International Seafarers Center at 401 Houston Ave. Port Arthur, Texas 77640 or Austin Smiles at P.O. Box 26694 Austin, TX 78775.center_img Gerald Joseph Oubre, 90, of Groves, passed away on May 1, 2020, at his home.A funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 4, 2020, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves.Officiating was Reverend Sinclair Oubre.last_img read more

first_imgDextro Energy will be the title sponsor for the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) World Championship series, now known as the Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series.The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and its commercial partners SPORTFIVE and UPSOLUT, companies of the Lagard Relatedlast_img

first_imgAtlasIED just hired Melissa Valenti as national accounts distribution manager. An experienced professional in various aspects of distribution, sales, marketing and account management with a focus on the commercial security and pro AV markets, Valenti’s 25 years of knowledge and experience is a valuable asset to AtlasIED as it continues to grow sales through its distribution partners.Valenti brings to AtlasIED a combination of product knowledge and communications and sales expertise, having held previous roles as National Account and Sales Manager at Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and JVC, among others. At her most recent position as VP of sales and marketing for manufacturers’ rep firm FM Valenti, Inc., she was instrumental in executing sales strategies for security and pro AV sales reps across the northeast.AtlasIED is here.last_img read more

first_imgExtron just introduced the SoundField XD model SF 26CT LP, a low profile 6.5” two-way ceiling speaker featuring a 4.2” (107-millimeter) deep composite back can for use in restricted height plenum environments. The driver complement includes a 6.5” (165-mm) woofer coupled to a 3/4” (19 mm) ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeter. The SF 26CT LP offers both direct 8-ohm and 70/100 volt operation with a behind-the-grille, six-position power selector switch. With high impedance taps at 8, 16, 32 and 64 watts, the SF 26CT LP is ideal for applications that require a high power distributed speaker system in plenum spaces that will not accommodate a taller back can.The SF 26CT LP continues the new paradigm in speaker technology for ProAV applications that began with the Extron SF 26CT.last_img read more

first_imgLinkedIn Email In fact, previous findings from the Burrone lab were the first to uncover that changes in AIS structure could alter the excitability of neurons to stabilise their overall electrical activity (Grubb & Burrone Nature 365:1070). What is less known is what happens to the unique synapses that form along the AIS, when this region of the axon is modified. “We know very little about these odd axonal synapses, other than they are in the right place to modulate neuronal output by acting directly on the axon initial segment”, says senior author Prof Juan Burrone, “but what happens when the AIS changes was, until now, a mystery”.This study shows for the first time that in slices of the hippocampus, a region of the brain known to be important for learning and memory, increases in neuronal activity causes the AIS to move away from the cell body, along the axon, by about half its length. The synapses however stay in place, causing a mismatch between the AIS and the synapses that control it.In collaboration with Dr Daniel Cattaert at the INCIA in Bordeaux, the authors used computational models to study the functional consequences of this arrangement. This approach revealed that the synapses that were left behind, those that lie in the gap between the cell body and the AIS, are particularly important for decreasing neuronal excitability, allowing neurons to remain functional even when under constant stimulation.As Dr Winnie Wefelmeyer, the leading author of this study puts it: “The axon initial segment is like the vocal chord of the neuron: without it, it would be unable to communicate. Changing the position of the AIS relative to the modulating synapses ensures that what the neuron is saying stays meaningful”. In biology, stability is important. From body temperature to blood pressure and sugar levels, our body ensures that these remain within reasonable limits and do not reach potentially damaging extremes. Neurons in the brain are no different and, in fact, have developed a number of ways to stabilise their electrical activity so as to avoid becoming either overexcitable, potentially leading to epilepsy, or not excitable enough, leading to non functional neurons.A new study published in PNAS by researchers from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology characterises a novel way in which neurons remain electrically stable when confronted with chronic increases in neuronal activity.The site at the centre of this control mechanism is a short segment of the axon, where electrical activity is initiated in the first place. Also known as the axon initial segment (or AIS for short), this remarkable structure is responsible for integrating all the information that a neuron receives via its synapses to produce an action potential, the electrical currency of information used by neurons. It is perhaps no surprise then that modulating this domain should have an important impact on a cell’s excitability. Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest Share on Facebook Sharelast_img read more

first_imgJun 22, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – An informatics expert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today spoke with clinicians about possible public health connections to electronic medical records, which she said could have been useful during the H1N1 pandemic and might ease information flow during future public health events.The discussion follows recent federal investments to promote greater use of health information technology.In March, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the award of $162 million in economic stimulus funding designed to ease health information exchange and further health information technology (IT). The funding is part of a wider $2 billion effort to encourage more meaningful use of health IT and an electronic health record  (EHR) for every citizen by the year 2014, according to a Mar 15 HHS press release.In a clinicians conference call, Nedra Garrett, acting director of the CDC’s division of informatics practice, policy, and coordination, said recent health IT and EHR incentives present tremendous opportunities for public health. She said challenges are to connect public health alerts and guidance to relevant patient data in the EHR and to make sure systems have a meaningful impact on point-of-care practices, such as ordering lab tests and distributing educational information to patients.She said the CDC envisions working with other government agencies to employ other public health EHR-based IT applications such as food recalls and vaccine adverse event reporting.As an example of how the system would work, a patient presenting to a doctor’s office with flu symptoms such as cough, chills, and fever would generate an anonymous electronic patient profile containing the symptoms and the provider and patient’s zip code that transmit to a central alert repository, which would send the physician diagnosis, treatment, and prevention resources targeted to the patient.Garrett added that the anonymous patient profile could also include useful public health data such as the patient’s occupation or recent travel history.Having public health systems interface with EHR might be able to prevent clinicians from being bombarded during health emergencies, as they were during the H1N1 pandemic with multiple sources, some of which provided contradictory information.Garrett said clinicians will be most likely to find EHR-based public health alerts useful if they strike a balance of providing the most relevant information at the right time. She said an alert system would also likely include a severity scale to help clinicians gauge the urgency of the notices.Though the concept is still in its infancy, Garrett said the CDC has launched a small pilot program in an ambulatory setting. The CDC is collaborating with 10 providers of a GE Healthcare customer site in Chicago. The project is focusing on foodborne disease alerts, and Garrett said the CDC hopes to have preliminary findings by the end of the year.”Researchers can evaluate how often we need to trigger the alerts and how specific the information needs to be,” she said.During the question-and-answer part of the conference call, clinicians seemed eager to broaden the public health applications for EHR beyond just public health alerts to include functions such as surveillance and disease reporting. However, they also had concerns about local health and emergency medical service officials being included in the system, the scope of the information that the public health system might pull from medical records, and the interoperability between different EHR systems.Garrett said there are several complicated issues to sort out, such as making sure rules and governance issues are addressed. “We have more questions than answers, but we are moving in the right direction,” she said.See also:Mar 15 HHS press releaselast_img read more

first_imgCSME: Poor Implementation Performance AppraisalBy Elizabeth Morgan Performance Appraisal rating My previous article on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) addressed the lackadaisical attitude to implementation of decisions which persist in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In the Communique of the 40th Heads of Government Conference, St. Lucia, July 3-5, Heads, in their appraisal…July 17, 2019In “CARICOM”Accelerate use of CSME provisions to help build economic resilience – CARICOM SGAmbassador Irwin LaRocque, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, on Monday said that substantial progress had been recorded in the regional integration movement, particularly with the Single Market component of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  He acknowledged, however, the need to implement the existing plan for outstanding issues regarding full…February 26, 2018In “Barbados”Statement – Prime Minister Rowley to Parliament on CSMEConceived as an instrument to facilitate economic development, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the manifestation of the intent to deepen the integration process that began with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973.  That Treaty was later revised and the Community is now…December 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is reviewing CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) administrative procedures to recommend ways of making them more simple and harmonized where possible. A consultation is planned for 26 September 2018 in Barbados and key stakeholders will assess the procedures as recommended in the CSME Review presented last year to CARICOM Heads of Government. The CARICOM Heads had agreed the principles of non-discrimination among others should govern the further harmonization and simplification of the administrative procedures for the core CSME regimes. The CARICOM leaders have also mandated that the CSME administrative actions should not unnecessarily prolong the period for finalizing acceptance of the Skilled Community national. Participants at the one-day workshop will compare their own experiences in moving within the region to the present procedures as implemented by CARICOM Member States and make recommendations where possible. The report from the consultation will be tabled at a meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) scheduled for November 2018. The Consultation is being facilitated by the CARICOM Secretariat with assistance from CARIFORUM and the10th European Development Fund (EDF). Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

first_imgJohn Hawks has seven years on me as a solicitor and will, I suspect, remember charging scale fees for conveyancing (see letters, 19 November). By the time I qualified in 1980, changes were afoot. I now look back along the road we have travelled. We are no longer a profession in the sense my father knew. We have squandered the respect in which we were held by the public on the altars of budgets, targets and timesheets, in honour of the god Profit. We have devalued our services. We have abrogated responsibility for leadership to a few stalwarts who do their best in impossible circumstances. Whatever exclusive preserves of practice we once had have been given or taken away. I get letters from hopeful students wanting a training contract, lured by fanciful tabloid tales of fat cats. I have had six trainees in my time, but now I reply and question their logic. Why spend all that money qualifying and earning a pittance into the bargain, when others unqualified can do almost everything a solicitor can do with half the regulation and half (or less) of the insurance overhead? When the Thatcher government decreed that competition was a ‘good thing’, the advent of licensed conveyancers saw us cut our conveyancing costs again and again. The lifeblood of a once proud profession ran down the drain there and then. The regular income previously enjoyed, that enabled you to do the odd job for Mrs So-and-so without charge; that enabled you to take on a meritorious case without raising interim bills on the basis of a timesheet (unheard of!); that enabled you to do many times the pro bono work you do now; that enabled you to do legal aid work at its usual uneconomic rate; all gone. We missed the trick. We competed on price, not on service. Will writers, claims handlers, independent advisers – all have chipped away at our ‘professional’ preserves so that they really do not exist any more. Why would your average punter choose to buy legal services from a high street solicitor at a price born of stratospheric insurance, professional and other costs when he will be able to buy it from a trusted brand – also on the high street – for less? Because we are ‘independent’? Don’t make me laugh. This is the real world, not some rose-tinted yesteryear. Now I have to be a businessman first, a lawyer second, and a solicitor by happenstance. So, if business demands that I pay a referral fee then that is what I will do – to compete and to survive. Removing the ability for a solicitor to pay a referral fee in controlled circumstances, in whatever sphere of practice, is only going to limit our ability to compete in a market where others do not fight with one hand tied behind their back.Michael R Moore,ML Law, Eastleigh, Hampshirelast_img read more

first_imgA PAKENHAM plumber who returned to study at the age of 48 has been recognised in the Plumbing Industry Training…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgThe Nelson Selects came out on the short end of a 3-2 score in the U12 Girl’s bronze medal game of the 13th annual Little Bear Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in Revelstoke.Nelson lost to the host Revelstoke squad by the single goal in the medal round. The tournament was the first time this season the Selects played in an eight-vs-eight event. Normally the squad plays 11-a-side so the players needed to adjust to net size and different positions. Still the squad, led by the offensive showing of Emily Graeme, Amy Hodgson, Emma Wheeldon and Laurel Halleran, played well against much older teams. Nelson finished the tournament with 1-2-1 record, with the highlight of the weekend coming against Canmore Blacks. The Selects scored a 1-1 draw against the silver medal winners from Alberta. Nelson defeated Canmore Reds before losing to Kootenay South 3-1. Graeme paced the Selects attack with four goals while Hodgson added a pair. Wheeldon and Halleran each scored singles. Emma Gregorich was solid between the pipes all weekend for the Selects. The Revelstoke tournament is the final Rep event of the season. However, the future looks bright for this team — which plays three 10-year-olds on the field — as most of the squad is back for another season.last_img read more