Showing posts from March, 2005

Peter Pan unveiled

Well, I guess it's most appropriate for me to now comment and capture my Broadway, er, my RiverPark Center debut in the production of Peter Pan. Suffice it to say that I am very pleased that I got involved, and that my first role had more of a significance than I initially hoped. Let me first summarize that this is my first ever appearance in a theatrical production on stage. So here I am, 33, never have acted much less "danced" on stage, and I'm playing in front of a nearly sold out crowd of say 1,000-1,500 people. Ok, having got that out of the way, let me comment on my experience. I certainly recall entering the first day of practice that I was indeed out of place. I'm sure I was perceived as an area homeless man strolling in off the street, with my personally iconoclast frayed blue jeans and probably a New Orleans Jazz Fest shirt from 2002 or 2003. Those are about the only two t-shirts I wear out of the house. Everyone else was wearing leotards, dance s

Social Class and the US Economy: The uneven burden of money's higher cost

By Ron Scherer Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor NEW YORK – The cost of being a borrower is rising. As the Federal Reserve raises interest rates - as it is expected to do again Tuesday - everyone from students to car buyers to anyone carrying a credit-card balance will start to notice that lenders are charging more. To read the entirety of this article, click here

NPR : States Scramble to Solve High Medicaid Costs

Talk of the Nation, March 14, 2005 · Texas warns that Medicaid costs could leave the state broke. Florida is considering semi-privatization -- and in Kansas, the governor wants to extend coverage to more who need it. Read and hear more about the national medicaid crisis from National Public Radio by clicking here .

Public Life Advocate: The Tracker (March 2005)

This edition of The Tracker can be found in print publication of the Public Life Advocate at the website of the Public Life Foundation . * Kentucky’s median malpractice payout in 2002 was only half what it was in 1995. * The total dollar amount of malpractice payouts in Kentucky declined 4.1% from 1995 to 2002. * In Kentucky, there were five medical malpractice payouts exceeding $1 million in 2002, compared with six payouts in 1995. The average number of payouts of $1 million or more during the past eight years has been 3.2 annually. * According to the Kentucky Medical Association, 819 doctors left the state during 2001 and 2002. * The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure reports a decrease of 19 doctors for that two-year period. * Of the 1,273 physicians who left Kentucky as of 2003, 31% went to neighboring states such as Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, where insurance premiums are, on average, lower. * Eighty-two of Kentucky’s 100 counties have no obstetricians – or just one * Me

Globalization and Health

Mexico's Minister of Health talks about the role that disease, violence, and malnutrition play in the dialogue over global economic development. Read this article in its entirety by clicking here .