Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68

I awake to such difficult news. Our prayers go out to the Cummings family.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has died, according to a statement from his office.

The Democratic member of Congress chaired the House Oversight Committee, which is among the panels investigating the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He was 68.

Cummings died at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Baltimore at approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office confirmed in a statement to HuffPost. He did not return to work following an unidentified medical procedure in September.

Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility,” his wife Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the Maryland Democratic Party chair, said in a statement.

“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem,” she added. “It’s been an honor to walk by his side on this incredible journey. I loved him deeply and will miss him dearly.”

Cummings, the son of a sharecropper, practiced law for almost two decades and served in the Maryland House of Delegates before winning his congressional seat in 1996, where he was renowned for championing civil rights issues.

His House committee’s probes into the Trump administration drew fierce anger from the president. In July, Trump tweeted racist insults about Cummings and his majority-black district, calling it a “rodent-infested mess.”

Cummings earlier this year said he had “no doubt” that Trump is a racist after the president said four Democratic members of Congress ― all women of color ― should “go back” to other countries.

On the only time in 2017 that Cummings talked one-on-one with Trump about lowering drug prices, the Baltimore Sun reported him as telling the president: “Mr. President. You’re now 70-something, I’m 60-something. Very soon you and I will be dancing with the angels. The thing that you and I need to do is figure out what we can do — what present can we bring to generations unborn?” #SPMGMedia


Johns Hopkins Researcher, Professor Wins Nobel Prize For Medicine

Dr. Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins Medicine was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with two other researchers.

A Johns Hopkins researcher has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, the Nobel Assembly announced Monday morning. He was one of three doctors whose research revealed how cells respond to the availability of oxygen.

Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of genetic medicine for Johns Hopkins Medicine and is the director of the vascular program for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering.

Semenza, William G. Kaelin Jr. of Harvard University and British scientist Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe were all awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology. Each made separate discoveries in their laboratories that overlapped to elucidate how cells respond to oxygen.

“The seminal discoveries by this year’s Nobel Laureates revealed the mechanism for one of life’s most essential adaptive processes. They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function,” according to a statement from the Nobel Committee. “Their discoveries have also paved the way for promising new strategies to fight anemia, cancer and many other diseases.”


Multiple Grammy Award winner and American soprano Jessye Norman has died

Jessye Norman, the majestic American soprano who brought a sumptuous, shimmering voice to a broad range of roles at the Metropolitan Opera and houses around the world, died on Monday in New York. She was 74.

The cause was septic shock and multiple organ failure following complications of a spinal cord injury she suffered in 2015, according to a statement by her family.

Ms. Norman, who found acclaim as well as a recitalist and on the concert stage, was one of the most decorated of American singers. She won five Grammy Awards, four for her recordings and one for lifetime achievement. She received the prestigious Kennedy Center Award in 1997 and the National Medal of Arts in 2009. #SPMGMedia

Meet the CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Bernard J. Tyson — A Healthcare Company With $80 Billion in Annual Revenue

Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. In 2018, the company generated almost $80 billion in revenue.

Tyson assumed the role of chairman in January 2014 and has served as CEO since 2013. His career at Kaiser Permanente has spanned more than 34 years, and he has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization during this time, serving in roles from hospital administrator and division president to chief operating officer of the Oakland, California-based national health care organization.

Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente continues to lead and set the expectation for delivering affordable, accessible, high-quality health care and improving the health of its members and the 66 million residents in its communities. The organization is delivering on the promise of its “Thrive” campaign by bringing an industry-leading 21st-century approach to health care and coverage that is helping members achieve their aspirations of total health – physical health as well as mental health and wellness. Kaiser Permanente’s 217,000 employees and 22,000 Permanente Medical Group physicians provide personalized, coordinated, and technologically advanced care that consistently delivers some of the best clinical outcomes in the nation, while also leading the country in prevention, cutting-edge treatment, patient safety, and quality.

Tyson’s influence has been felt both nationally and internationally. Time has listed him on its list of the most influential people in the world and named him one of the Health Care 50. Also, in addition to being named by Modern Healthcare as one of the most influential people in health care for 5 consecutive years, he’s been No. 2 on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list and on Fast Company’s list of most creative people.

Tyson serves on the boards of directors for the American Heart Association and Salesforce. He is chair of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) chairman of the International Federation of Health Plans, and a steward of the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge on the Future of Health and Healthcare. Tyson is also chair of the The Business Council and a member of the Bay Area Council, a business-led public policy organization advocating for a strong economy and better quality of life for Bay Area residents.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tyson earned a Master of Business Administration in Health Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Health Service Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He earned a leadership certificate from Harvard University.

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Transformation Strategist Amina S. Carter Presents ‘Your Best Yes’, September 28th

Entrepreneurs and creatives, participate in this one-day transformative intensive designed to explode your business.

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On Saturday, September 28, 2019, forty individuals will begin the journey of transforming their lives by creating strategic blueprints, focusing on concept, creation, implementation and activation. Will that include YOU?

Join Uniquely Yours Event Space as they host their September Experience, featuring speaker, coach and mental health advocate Amina S. Carter as she helps you get to Your Best Yes.

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Kevin Harts Condition: Doctors Encouraged

Comedian Kevin Hart is being assessed to see if he will require back surgery following his dramatic crash in the Malibu hills in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Hart, miraculously, walked away from the crash, and was able to go back home before checking himself into an L.A.-area hospital, where he is now under observation.


The other two passengers in the car appear to have also had lucky escapes, despite being trapped in the vehicle for some time: Hart’s friend Jared Black (who was driving) and personal trainer Rebecca Broxterman are both expected to make full recoveries.

Hart could, however, need surgery for major back injuries he suffered in the crash, which saw his vintage Plymouth Barracuda veer off a Mulholland Highway canyon, crashing to the ground ten feet below.

Pictures showed the roof of the car completely sheared off.

Doctors are optimistic that Hart will make a full recovery as he has not suffered “a spinal cord injury,” The Blast reports, adding that he is “able to walk and move his extremities.”

Hart was a passenger in the vintage muscle car, which he bought in July to mark his 40th birthday, when it went off the road and rolled down an embankment.

California Highway Patrol officers said the driver was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision, which happened at around 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

The car was turning when the driver “immediately lost control of the vehicle, and the Plymouth left the road and rolled over down the northern embankment,” TMZ said, quoting cops.

Just hours before the crash, Hart had posted a video on Instagram of himself sitting in the car.



Rupert Murdoch, Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger celebrate Moraga Bel Air’s 30th anniversary

Rupert Murdoch and Mick Jagger are part of one big, extended family. At Sunday’s 30th-anniversary gathering for the media tycoon’s Moraga Bel Air winery in Bel-Air, the Rolling Stones frontman, fresh from performing at the Rose Bowl, enjoyed a barbecue lunch with two of his children, James and Elizabeth Jagger, and their mom, Jerry Hall, who is now married to Murdoch.

Murdoch, casually dressed in a navy polo shirt, mingled with guests as a mariachi band performed. Murdoch bought Moraga Bel Air in 2013 and turned it into his West Coast home.

“We are so grateful for the hard work and passion the Moraga team puts into making this special wine,” Murdoch said. “It’s our true pleasure to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Moraga with our family and friends. It’s a wonderful day. I love the mariachis. So festive.”

Added Hall: “We love being a part of the wine community. My love of Moraga has inspired me to take a course on viticulture and enology.”

The guests

Guests at the affair included Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, and his wife, Michele Chan Soon-Shiong; Lachlan Murdoch, co-chairman of News Corp. and executive chairman and chief executive officer of Fox, and his wife, Sarah; Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Co.; and actor Harvey Keitel.

Fox executives in attendance were Eric Shanks, chief executive of Fox Sports; Mike Biard, president of distribution and operations for Fox; and Jack Abernethy, who oversees Fox Television Stations.

Other luminaries in the executive ranks were Peter Rice, a former top Murdoch lieutenant who is now Walt Disney Television chairman and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks (he joined Disney in March with the transfer of assets from Fox to Disney); Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal; and producer Brian Grazer.



USC and Meyer Institute of Sport Open at LA Kings Facility

The two industry-leading sports medicine providers will serve the community while also caring for all athletes at the Toyota Sports Performance Center

The LA Kings and the Toyota Sports Performance Center officially announced the addition of two new permanent partners to the El Segundo-based facility, bringing two premier sports medicine and athletic rehabilitation operations to the South Bay.

Keck Medicine of USC and Meyer Institute of Sport will open at the recently re-named Toyota Sports Performance Center (555 North Nash Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – previously known as the Toyota Sports Center) this month.

The new businesses, which will be open to the public, are in the areas of the Toyota Sports Performance Center previously occupied by the Los Angeles Lakers.

“As we set out for a new vision at our facility, our goal was to create the premier sports science operation. It was imperative to support our teams here with the Kings and AEG with the best in the world,” Kings Sports Chief Operating Officer Kelly Cheeseman said.

“We also strive to best serve the community stakeholders in the South Bay here at the Toyota Sports Performance Center. With our new partners from Keck Medicine of USC and the Meyer Institute of Sport we certainly have achieved that. We are very proud to welcome them into our home and look forward to the years ahead together as partners,” Cheeseman said.

We are thrilled to extend our services to the LA Kings, as well as members of the South Bay Community,” Dr. Jay R. Lieberman said.

Dr. Lieberman is the Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine.

“The clinic location in the Toyota Sports Performance Center offers convenient access to our highly regarded faculty, who are committed to providing the best possible care to athletes of all levels,” Dr. Lieberman said.

“We are excited to relocate to the Toyota Sports Performance Center. We look forward to serving the Kings, other professional athletes and the community,” President and CEO of the Meyer Institute of Sport Dr. John Meyer said.

“We are proud to welcome Keck Medicine of USC and Meyer Institute of Sport to TSPC. They are world class operators who will play an integral role in our mission to develop innovative programming, services and partnerships which continuously enhance the experience of our customers,” said Brad Berman, President of American Sports Entertainment Company (ASEC), the operators of the facility.


Pioneer For Women In Construction Thandi Ndlovu has died


The cover of the August (Women’s Month) edition of Forbes Africa beautifully captures the essence of the woman I interviewed only a few weeks ago. Gracious, soft-spoken, brimming with life and energy. Dr Thandi Ndlovu impressed the entire Forbes crew on that afternoon cover shoot with her broad smile, and open yet powerful demeanor.

It is with great sadness that Forbes Africa heard of the accident that took her life on Saturday the 24 August 2019.


She had given so much to South Africa and its people – through the apartheid years and during the 25 years of democracy, literally building a better future, first through her medical practice at Orange Farm and then through her company, Motheo Construction Group and the scholarships for tertiary education granted by her Motheo Children’s Foundation.

That sunny winter’s afternoon, I asked her if she, at the age of 65, was considering retirement, and she laughed. A lively, amiable laugh. She told me she was healthy and strong and easily worked 12 to 13 hour days.

She loved hiking, and has climbed Kilimanjaro twice, reached the base camps of Mount Everest and Annapurna in Nepal. At the time of the interview, she was training to climb Machu Picchu, the famed ruins in Peru’s mountains.

One of her biggest passions was to make a difference in people’s lives and to motivate people to achieve the best they could. The other was to redress the racial tensions that still remained in South Africa.

Dr Thandi Ndlovu, South Africa is poorer for your passing.

-Jill De Villiers


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