What the end-of-life conversation can bring

first_imgProfessor Holly Prigerson, director of the Center for Psycho-oncology and Palliative Care Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, has confronted the issue professionally and personally. Last fall Prigerson and her co-investigators published a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association examining how end-of-life care discussions between doctors and terminal patients affected the patients’ quality of life and that of their caregivers. They found that both patients and loved ones were likely to fare better, based on a variety of criteria. Yet many doctors are disinclined to broach the subject…Read full storylast_img

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Hayley Atwell, Harry Hadden-Paton and More to Fall into a Love Triangle in London’s The Pride

first_img View Comments Atwell recently appeared on stage in The Faith Machine at the Royal Court, A View from The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre (Olivier nomination) and Major Barbara at the National Theatre. Audiences will also remember her from her breakout role in Captain America — The First Avenger. Hadden-Paton’s stage credits include The Changeling, She Stoops to Conquer, No Naughty Bits, Flarepath and The Prince of Hamburg. Weaver has appeared in Inadmissible Evidence, The Seagull, The House of Games and How to Curse. Horne’s credits include Charley’s Aunt and Entertaining Mr. Sloane at Trafalgar Studios, as well as regular roles on Gavin & Stacey and Bad Education. Hayley Atwell, Harry Hadden-Paton, Al Weaver and Matthew Horne will lead Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride, the third production directed by Jamie Lloyd for the Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios in London. The play, designed by Soutra Gilmour, will run from August 8 through November 9, with opening night set for August 13. The Pride is a hilarious and heartbreaking tale about Sylvia (Atwell), Philip (Hadden-Paton) and Oliver (Weaver), who endure a complex love triangle spanning over half a century against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality. Horne will round out the cast as The Man/Peter/The Doctor.center_img The Pride follows Lloyd’s production of The Hothouse, which stars Simon Russell Beale and John Simm and runs through August 3, and Macbeth with James McAvoy, which ran earlier this spring. Londonlast_img read more

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NLNG dismisses bribery involvement

first_img[mappress mapid=”16901″] Nigeria LNG Limited said its attention has been drawn to recent Nigerian social media posts about an alleged bribery incident, linked to 2014 tenement rate payments made by the company to Bonny Local Government Council (BLGC).NLNG said in a statement that the allegations are misleading and false.NLNG’s assets in Bonny LGA had been assessed in accordance with the relevant bye-laws of Bonny LGC and issued a Demand Notice dated November 13, 2014 for the sum of One hundred and forty million naira (N140, 000,000.00) only, the company said.The company made the payment for the invoiced sum (N140,000,000.00) and not one hundred and eighty million naira as alleged.Further, the payment was made on February 6, 2015 by electronic transfer in line with standard NLNG practice, to the account in Ecobank Nigeria nominated by Bonny LGC, and not  by cheque, as alleged in the social media posts.NLNG is owned by the following shareholders: the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC (49%), Shell Gas BV, (25.6%), Total LNG Nigeria (15%), and Eni International (10.4%).1 Naira = 0.005013 USDlast_img read more

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Dale Jr. would ‘love’ to add Mt. Juliet racer to team

first_imgMt. Juliet resident Johanna Long is trying to get her NASCAR career back on track.Mt. Juliet resident Johanna Long is trying to get her NASCAR career back on track.Danica Patrick better check her rearview mirror for budding NASCAR driver and Mt. Juliet resident Johanna Long if Dale Earnhardt Jr. is serious about expanding his team.Long could give Patrick a challenge to become the first woman to win a Sprint Cup Series race if her career gets back on track.Long showed lots of promise early on, but more recently she has been unable to secure sponsorship for a long-term ride in the Xfinity Series, one step below Sprint Cup.But that could be about to change after what Earnhardt said this week about adding drivers to his Xfinity team. The only driver he mentioned by name was Long.“I’d love to put Johanna Long in a car and see what she could do,” Earnhardt said in a story at sportsandgoal.com.Long, who turns 23 on Tuesday, moved to Mt. Juliet from Charlotte, N.C., when her boyfriend and fellow NASCAR driver Hunter Robbins landed a job at Fab-Worx in Hermitage.She has talked with Earnhardt and his sister, JR Motorsports co-owner Kelley Earnhardt Miller, several times. But the talks were never about running for their team, which won the Xfinity Series championship last year.“For someone like Dale to recognize what I’ve done and even think about me and say something like that is an honor,” Long said. “I feel like some people are reading a little too much into it, but it is really cool for him to say that about me.”In 2010, Long won the Snowball Derby, a race in Pensacola, Fla., that traditionally attracts some of the nation’s top short track drivers. Kyle Busch won it in 2009.She then became the youngest female to compete in the Xfinity Series when she made her debut at age 19 in the 2012 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.By the time she was 21, Long had 43 Xfinity starts and 24 Truck series starts. USA Today NASCAR writer Jeff Gluck wrote that Long “showed flashes of greatness” in an Xfinity race at Richmond, Va.Just as her career started to shift into a higher gear, however, Long lost her sponsorship when ML Motorsports shut down in 2013.At the start of the 2015 season things were looking up again for Long. In January she signed on with Mike Affarano Motorsports, a startup team.She was scheduled to run in the Xfinity race at Daytona in February, but the team failed to get her car certified in time. Then she hoped to run in Richmond in April, but did not qualify.“We tried to make the race in Richmond, but it didn’t go so well,” Long said. “But I was very fortunate to get back at the racetrack again to be seen and being back in it. I feel like that is really big. Dale might never have said what he did if I hadn’t been there. You never know who’s watching.”Mt. Juliet resident Johanna Long is trying to get her NASCAR career back on track.Mt. Juliet resident Johanna Long is trying to get her NASCAR career back on track.Long naturally has been compared to Patrick because she is a female driver.“Long can’t escape comparisons to Patrick, and her fans have created their own rivalry between the two,” The Sporting News wrote after Long finished 20th and Patrick 21st at Richmond in 2012.But Long, who started racing late model stock cars at 14, doesn’t believe she has that much in common with Patrick, who got her start in IndyCar.“We come from different types of racing and we’ve grown up different ways when it comes to racing,” Long said. “So I feel like we’re different in a lot of ways.” Coutras recipients named Five Metro-area football players — Nassir Bigham (Pearl-Cohn), Max Crow (Overton), Cole Euverard (MBA), Nick Madonia (Centennial) and Jack Shoulders (Father Ryan) — were named recipients of the Nick Coutras Award.The award, which is named in honor of legendary Overton football coach Nick Coutras and includes a $1,000 scholarship, recognizes senior football players from the Midstate who succeed on the field, in the classroom and show a commitment to community service.The recipients will be honored at a dinner on Friday at the Omni Nashville Hotel, where former Titans general manager Floyd Reese, now a co-host on Sports Night on The Game 102.5-FM, will be the guest speaker. Sports Festival lineup set George Plaster announced the lineup of guest speakers for Music City Sports Festival, which is next Saturday and Sunday at Music City Center.On Saturday, former Vanderbilt and NBA basketball player Will Perdue will speak at 9 a.m., ESPN football analyst Trevor Matich at 10 a.m., Reese at 11 a.m., Predators GM David Poile and chief operating officer Jeff Cogen at 12:30 p.m., and former Oklahoma and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth at 2 p.m.On Sunday, former Tennessee Vols defensive back Inky Johnson will speak at 2 p.m.Admission is $5. Tickets are available at musiccitysportsfestival.com. Nashville Vols catcher dies Earl Averill Jr., who played for the Nashville Vols minor league baseball team, died on May 14. He was 84.Averill was a catcher who made a name for himself in 1955, when he was involved in a scrap with Chattanooga Lookouts shortstop Lyle Luttrell.After Luttrell slung his bat at Vols pitcher Jerry Lane, Averill popped up and hit Luttrell with a right cross that knocked Lane unconscious and sparked a melee between players from both teams.Luttrell ended up with a broken jaw and a “slight brain concussion,” according to a story in The Tennessean, and Averill ended up in jail.Chattanooga Police Chief Ed Ricketts was watching the game from the roof at Engel Stadium and ordered officers to break up the melee and then arrest Averill, who spent about an hour behind bars before a bond of $500 was posted.Averill made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians on April 19, 1956. He also played for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies through the 1963 season. Sports site pays for Ryan trio Father Ryan seniors Juan Jose Rodriguez, Donnelly Wolf and Mark Newton started the web site Behind the Crest (fatherryan.org/behindthecrest) as juniors to explore their interests in sports journalism.They turned it into a dynamo production by covering every sport at the school with stories and photos. They also broadcast many games on the site.Rodriguez received the 2015 Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship at Vanderbilt. He decided, however, to attend Notre Dame.Wolf, a member of the Fighting Irish golf team and the grandson of former Ryan and MTSU football coach Boots Donnelly, received the PGA Professional Golf Management Scholarship from Coastal Carolina.Newton, a photographer, earned the Presidential Scholarship at the University of Alabama. Pimentel had a big year Ex-Brentwood High slugger David Pimentel, a freshman at East Mississippi Community College, had 14 home runs and 61 RBIs this season.That’s the most home runs by an EMCC player in 15 years and the most RBIs in 50 years.Pimentel was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Team. MTSU track great dies Marvin Jinnette, a graduate of old Cumberland High who became one of the greatest Middle Tennessee State track stars and also played basketball in the 1950s, died on May 17. He was 79.Jinnette acquired the nickname “Jumpin’ Jinnette” while at MTSU (1957-59). He won the Ohio Valley Conference title in the long and high jumps along with the 100- and 200-yard dashes and was a member of the winning 440- and 880-relay teams.After graduating from MTSU, he served in the Marines and then spent more than 30 years as a coach at Hillwood High.Former Vanderbilt standout Carla Thomas, right, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.Former Vanderbilt standout Carla Thomas, right, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Vanderbilt great a hall of famer Former Vanderbilt basketball great Carla Thomas (2003-07) was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame last week.Thomas was a McDonald’s All-American at Cumberland Valley High in Mechanicsburg, Pa., in 2003. She became Vanderbilt’s sixth all-time leading scorer (1,774 points), made All-SEC First Team and was 2007 SEC Tournament MVP. Tigerbelles still a force The Tennessee State women’s track and field team is still producing great athletes after all these years.Amber Hughes, a sophomore from Atlanta, broke an OVC record that had stood since 1986 by running the 100-meter hurdles in 13.27 seconds during the league’s outdoor championship.I’mani Davis, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., became the first TSU athlete to win OVC championships in two different sports. She was a starter on the women’s basketball team, which went to the NCAA Tournament, and won the high jump (5-feet-8) at the OVC meet.Golf scramble for Miracle Field of Music CityThe West Nashville Sports League will host a golf scramble next Friday at Harpeth Hills. Proceeds will go toward building Miracle Field of Music City, which will be designed for children of all abilities, Wounded Warriors, Special Olympians and senior citizens at Edwin Warner Park.Tee times begin at 8 a.m. and the cost is $80 per player. For more information or to register call Scott Tygard at 615-390-0328 or visit www.wnsl.org.New course record at Ted RhodesDominique Worthen shot the course record at Ted Rhodes on Saturday with a 12-under-par 60 in the first round of the Sickle Cell Tournament hosted by the Nashville Duffers.Worthen, 23, a junior on the golf team at LeMoyne-Owen College, erased the record 63 shot by Travis Womble in 1999.Stratford shows off new gearNew Stratford coach Maurice Fitzgerald hosted a football open house last Thursday to show off the Spartans’ new weight training facility. Lots of former players showed up, including some members of the 1967 Clinic Bowl team. Fitzgerald also unveiled the team’s new uniforms, which resemble Oregon State’s.Rowley switches sportsPredators rink-side reporter Lyndsay Rowley took advantage of the NHL offseason by working with the TV broadcast crew for the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament this week. She joined former Vanderbilt play-by-play voice Wes Durham for several broadcasts.Ex-Ensworth pitcher headed for the HamptonsFormer Ensworth pitcher Quint Robinson finished his redshirt freshman season at Tennessee this week. He appeared in two games and gave up no hits and no runs. The 6-foot-5 hurler will play in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League starting in June. If you have an item for Midstate Chatter contact Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or [email protected] SPORTS ON NASHVILLE TV The top five ratings for local sporting events on television for May 11-17.1. Horse racing: The Preakness, 8.4 rating2. NASCAR: All-Star Race, 5.6 rating3. NBA playoffs: Clippers-Rockets (May 17), 5.2 rating4. NBA playoffs: Bulls-Cavaliers (May 12), 4.2 rating5. NBA playoffs: Rockets-Clippers (May 14), 4.1 ratingSEC Network ratings not available.Each rating point is equal to 10,028 Nashville homes.Source: Mark Binda, WTVF-5 program & research directorlast_img read more

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QPR confirm Cameron option has been triggered

first_imgSee also:Cameron keen to stay at QPR – but for now other things are more importantCameron staying at QPR for another yearWarburton reluctant to blood youngsters during QPR run-inQPR defender Rangel set to agree contract extensionOwens suffers injury setback and three youngsters leave QPRCork City hoping to keep QPR’s Dalling on loan QPR have confirmed that Geoff Cameron will stay at the club for another season.West London Sport revealed earlier this month that Rangers would be triggering an option to extend the American’s contract by a further year.AdChoices广告Cameron, who will turn 35 next month, was signed a year ago after leaving Stoke City, having been on loan from the Potters last season.He has made 28 Championship appearances for QPR this term and 47 for the club in total.[scriptless] Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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