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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:55

Trio of Moves Solidify Atlanta’s Roster

The Gladiators Make Two Trades and Add Former ECHL Defenseman of the Year to Active Roster

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Tuesday that they have added defenseman Matt Register to the active roster, traded Zach Yuen to the Idaho Steelheads in exchange for rookie defenseman Cole Martin, and acquired forward Patrick D'Amico from the Colorado Eagles.

The Gladiators Add Matt Register to Active Roster

Register, 26, had his rights acquired by the Gladiators earlier this summer to complete the trade deadline deal that sent Garry Nunn to the Ontario Reign in March of 2015. The Calgary, Alberta native has been inactive this season after signing with Atlanta on September 23rd due to immigration issues that did not allow him to work in the United States. Before joining the Gladiators, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman spent the last three seasons with the Reign in which he registered 32 goals and 75 assists in 144 games played in Southern California.

During his tenure in Ontario, Register was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 2014 and 2015 along with being awarded the ECHL Defenseman of the Year honors in 2014. The fifth year pro was second on the team in playoff scoring with 18 points in 19 post-season contests last season in the Reign’s run to the Western Conference Finals.  Register also skated in six AHL games for the Chicago Wolves in 2014-15 posting four assists.

Atlanta Swaps Defensemen with Idaho, Sending Zach Yuen to Steelheads for Rookie Cole Martin

Martin, 21, skated in 15 games for the Steelheads this season where the rookie notched three goals and two assists for five points.  Prior to beginning his professional career this year, the 6-foot, 170-pound defenseman played 280 games over four seasons for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

In his final season with the Rockets, the Arlington, TX native ranked third among the team’s defensemen with 29 points and earned a WHL leading plus/minus rating of plus-61. In Martin’s last three years in Kelowna he registered 96 points and a plus-163 rating combined between the regular season and playoffs.

Yuen, 22, appeared in 17 games for Atlanta this season.  The Vancouver, BC native ranked second on the team in points by a defenseman with eight and complied a minus-2 rating.  The third year pro played a grand total of 52 games and tallied 24 points for the Gladiators dating back to last season.

Gladiators Acquire Forward Patrick D'Amico from the Colorado Eagles for Cash Considerations

D’Amico, 21 and in his first season of professional hockey, has played in 17 games for Colorado and amassed 4 points. The Winnipeg, MB native was a member of the WHL’s Regina Pats over the last three seasons.  The 6-foot, 210-pound forward posted 75 points in 160 games played in his time in a Pats jersey.

All three new additions to Atlanta’s roster are set to join the Gladiators immediately in preparation for this weekend’s games on the road in Orlando, FL vs. the Solar Bears on Saturday and Sunday.

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at the Infinite Energy Arena. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at http://www.atlantagladiators.com/ or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Infinite Energy Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (http://www.snapchat.com/) at "gladshockey".

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 21:53

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

It is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.

History:

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday's history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.

In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIII and in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritans wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day.

 

Published in Headline News
Friday, 06 November 2015 16:47

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans.

It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service.

Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran's or Veterans').

History:

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Ronald Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the "Father of Veterans Day."

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. It had been eight and a half years since Weeks held his first Armistice Day celebration for all veterans.

Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

The National Veterans Award was also created in 1954. Congressman Rees of Kansas received the first National Veterans Award in Birmingham, Alabama for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday.

Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. While the legal holiday remains on November 11, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.

Observance:

Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school. When Veterans Day falls on a Saturday then either Saturday or the preceding Friday may be designated as the holiday, whereas if it falls on a Sunday it is typically observed on the following Monday. A Society for Human Resource Management poll in 2010 found that 21 percent of employers planned to observe the holiday in 2011.

Non-essential federal government offices are closed. No mail is delivered. All federal workers are paid for the holiday; those who are required to work on the holiday sometimes receive holiday pay for that day in addition to their wages.

In his Armistice Day address to Congress, Wilson was sensitive to the psychological toll of the lean War years: "Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness," he remarked. As Veterans Day and the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10, 1775) are only one day apart, that branch of the Armed Forces customarily observes both occasions as a 96-hour liberty period.

Spelling of Veterans Day:

While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.

Published in Headline News
Thursday, 15 October 2015 08:12

Grant from James M. Cox Foundation

$25 Million Grant from James M. Cox Foundation Aims to Transform Patient Care at Emory

$25 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation will launch new patient-centered care models at Emory designed to improve patient experiences and outcomes. Prostate cancer care will be the initial clinical focus of the model.

"This generous gift from the Cox Foundation will create an opportunity to translate some of our most successful initiatives in Emory Medicine across key clinical areas and accelerate our ability to deliver the highest quality health care along with the most satisfactory patient and provider experience," said Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil, dean of Emory University School of Medicine and vice president for health center integration in Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center. "Our primary concern is serving our patients and their families both effectively and efficiently."

The five-year initiative accelerates efforts already underway within Emory Medicine to create more streamlined and reliable care for patients and families. It includes:

  • Simplified appointment scheduling via new technologies;
  • Enhanced coordination among the entire health care team of urologists, radiologists, oncologists, allied health professionals and nurses;
  • Better communication with patients and families including 24-hour access to clinical staff;
  • Telemedicine options; and
  • Consistent and effective patient education and follow-up care.

"The idea for our gift is rooted in my recent experiences with the health-care system," said Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises and grandson of company founder James M. Cox. "We want it to be easier and less stressful for patients and their families whenever they face serious health issues. The leaders at Emory will transform the health care experience not only for patients and families, but also for the entire health care team. We believe Emory can serve as a national model for improved health care delivery."

The gift creates two endowed chairs affiliated with the Winship Cancer Institute to enable Emory Medicine physician leaders to focus on change initiatives and research to improve patient care. John J. Pattaras, MD, associate professor of urology, and Peter Rossi, MD, associate professor of radiation oncology, who both specialize in prostate cancer, will help lead the new initiative.

Over the next five years, the transformative care model will be expanded to include other clinical areas throughout the Emory system, with opportunities for continuous improvement, and adoption of new technologies to best serve patients.

"Our transformative, patient-centered model will build on and accelerate current efforts and have a relentless focus on Lean practices and value at every step of patient care," says William Bornstein, MD, PhD, chief medical officer and chief quality officer for Emory Healthcare.

"Simply put, through this innovative investment we plan to build better systems that are efficient, effective, safe, and deeply satisfying for patients, families, and care teams. The best health care outcomes result from shared, coordinated, and streamlined processes, with each person having full confidence and knowledge of their individual roles and skills as well as the goals of the entire team."

About Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center is an academic health center focused on teaching, research, and patient care. It includes Emory University School of MedicineNell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Winship Cancer Institute, and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Health Sciences Center is a nonprofit institution with 23,400 employees, 2,890 full-time and 1,280 affiliated faculty, and 5,250 students and trainees.

About The James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises' founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.

 

Published in Health & Wellness
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