Occupational health research round-up: July 2018

first_imgRelated posts: No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Night work is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease Richard Sowersby/REX/Shutterstock. Cardiovascular disease and night workNight work is associated with an increase in carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) amongst men, providing researchers with a new method for assessing the well-established pathway between exposure to night work and the development of cardiovascular disease, according to this Brazilian study. An increase in CIMT can be an indication of subclinical carotid atherosclerosis, a chronic and progressive disease that causes substantial cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.Silva-Costa A, et al. “Time of exposure to night work and carotid atherosclerosis: a structural equation modelling approach using baseline data from ELSA-Brasil”. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, published online 2 April 2018Physical activity at work increases early mortality riskMen performing jobs requiring high levels of physical activity have an 18% increased risk of early mortality compared with those in jobs requiring low levels of physical activity, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of 17 studies. The association persisted even after the researchers adjusted for factors including leisure time physical activity. No such association was observed among women workers.Coenen P et al. “Do highly physically active workers die early? A systematic review with meta-analysis of data from 193,696 participants”. British Journal of Sports Medicine, published online 14 May 2018Disrupted circadian rhythm and major depressive disordersDisruptions to circadian rhythm are associated with an increased risk to mental health and wellbeing over a lifetime, according to this study using accelerometer data. The data was collected from 91,105 participants between 2013 and 2015, using a wrist-worn accelerometer which measured the extent to which circadian rhythmicity of rest-activity cycles was disrupted. A reduction in circadian rhythm was associated with an increased risk of developing any lifetime major depressive disorder, lifetime bipolar disorder, greater mood instability and loneliness. It was also linked to lower health satisfaction and slower reaction times.Wyse CA et al. “Association of disrupted circadian rhythmicity with mood disorders, subjective wellbeing, and cognitive function: a cross-sectional study of 91,105 participants from the UK Biobank”. The Lancet Psychiatry, published online 15 May 2018Gender discrimination at work affects women’s mental healthFeeling discriminated at work on the basis of your gender negatively affects women’s, but not men’s, self-reported mental health, according to this analysis of US social survey data. A perception of sexual harassment amongst women is also associated with poor physical health. Multiple forms of mistreatment at work, for example, racism, ageism and sexism, are associated with worse self-reported mental health by both men and women, the research suggests.Harnois C E and Bastos, J L. “Discrimination, harassment and gendered health inequalities: do perceptions of workplace mistreatment contribute to the gender gap in self-reported health?”. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, published online 21 April 2018Leisure time with colleagues is good for youSpending leisure time with colleagues as friends is good for wellbeing and life satisfaction, according to this study of 136 university employees. The health effect of socialising with “befriended colleagues” is particularly strong in the case of employees who have relatively few friends at work, leading the authors to conclude that “leisure time spent with colleagues could be understood as a resource”.Endrejat P C et al. “Let’s go for a drink after work! The relation between leisure time spent with colleagues and employees’ life satisfaction”. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, published online 13 April 2018Radiographers and work-related illnessRadiographers have a higher incidence of work-related illness than all other occupations, according to this analysis of occupational health cases reported by doctors to a UK surveillance network, THOR, between 1989 and 2015. Skin conditions were the most frequently occurring type of illness followed by musculoskeletal disorders. The authors find that the number of cases of work-related illness increased over the studied period, but that this is likely to be due to the increase in the number of radiographers, “although there was no evidence that work-related illnesses within radiographers are declining.”Hulls P M et al. “Work-related ill health in radiographers”. Occupational Medicine, published online 17 May 2018Occupational carcinogens on the riseThe number of known occupational carcinogens has increased from 28 in 2004 to 47 in 2017, according to an analysis of data submitted to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The authors conclude that these figures are “conservative” and likely underestimate the number of carcinogenic agents present in workplaces. Exposure to the agents identified causes a wide range of cancers, with those affecting the lungs, other respiratory sites, and the skin, accounting for the largest proportion. The dominant routes of exposure are inhalation and dermal contact. The researchers add that most workplace exposures have not been evaluated for their cancer-causing potential due to “inadequate epidemiological evidence and a paucity of quantitative exposure data”.Loomis D et al. “Identifying occupational carcinogens: an update from the IARC Monographs”. Occupational & Environmental Medicine published online 16 May 2018Supervisor support for employees with chronic headachesHigher quantitative and emotional demands at work contribute to greater levels of emotional exhaustion amongst employees with chronic headaches. However, the support of supervisors helps mitigate the impact of work on the mental health of those with chronic headaches, this Dutch research suggests.Van der Doef M P and Schelvis R M C. “Relations between psychosocial job characteristics and work ability in employees with chronic headaches”. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation published online 10 April 2018 Office workers suffer from uninterrupted sitting at workProlonged sitting at work increases discomfort, which is eased in the short-term by a bout of standing or pedalling a static “bike”, according to this study of middle-aged sedentary office workers. The workers were randomised into three condition-based groups: sitting uninterrupted for four hours, sitting for four hours but interrupted with 10 minutes of standing per hour, and sitting but interrupted with 10 minutes of pedalling per hour. Discomfort was lower in both the standing and pedalling groups compared with those who sat uninterrupted for four hours; short-lived improvements in alertness were also observed immediately following the standing/pedalling bursts of activity.Benzo R M et al. “Acute effects of interrupting sitting on discomfort and alertness of office workers”. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, published online 30 March 2018  Previous Article Next Article Occupational health education facing a challenging future post pandemicThere were serious concerns about the future of occupational health training even before the pandemic threw our education system up… Two-thirds of outdoor workers say firms don’t offer skin cancer protection helpAlmost two-thirds of outdoor workers say their employer does not do enough to help protect them against non-melanoma skin cancer… Occupational health research round-up: July 2018By Sarah Silcox on 6 Jul 2018 in Cancer, Research, Occupational Health, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Landlords seek up to 5% rent hike on stabilized apartments

first_img(iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)A landlord can dream, right?After a year of rent freezes, owners are calling for an increase of up to 5 percent on rent-stabilized apartments across the city.Landlords testified at the Rent Guidelines Board’s Thursday meeting that the hike was needed after years of minuscule increases that have not kept up with inflation, utility costs and property taxes.The Rent Stabilization Association, which represents 25,000 landlords, requested an increase of between 2 and 4 percent on one-year leases and 3 to 5 percent on two-year leases.“A rent-guideline increase of no less than 2 percent would help reverse a seven-year trend in which the RGB’s past rent adjustments – including last year’s and two previous rent freezes – have deliberately ignored the board’s own research data that pointed to necessary rent increases,” Vito Signorile, RSA Vice President of Communications, said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENTThe Real Estate Board of New York meanwhile recommended a minimum increase of 3.9 percent on one-year leases.After last year’s rent freeze, the continuing pandemic and eviction moratoriums, any increase would be something of a victory for landlords. The freeze was the third during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term.Read moreCity board freezes rents for stabilized apartmentsNotorious RGB? Rent panel under microscope during pandemicRent-stabilized housing income fell for the first time in 15 years: report Tags Message* Affordable HousingBill de BlasioMayor Bill de BlasioREBNYRent Guidelines BoardRent stabilizationrent stabilization associationResidential Real Estate Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Chinatown landlord Justin Fong testified that his family’s 100-year-old property has drained him of “everything and then some” since the onset of the pandemic. Fong said all his personal earnings as an electrician and day laborer are plowed back into his money-losing property.Costs of electricity, water, natural gas and heating oil have risen for landlords since the pandemic led more people to stay home.Lincoln Eccles, who owns a rent-stabilized building in Crown Heights, said electricity and water bills eat up 60 percent of his gross revenue. He estimates it will cost $70,000 to replace a recently broken boiler; about $30 sits in the building’s bank account, Eccles said.The landlords said they are increasingly vulnerable to opportunistic buyers who intend to sit on the property, gut-renovate, and then hike rents to market-rate. Such a renovation is one of the few ways to get a building out of rent stabilization.“The time for putting a Band-Aid on the housing crisis is over,” said Chris Athineos, a Bay Ridge landlord with 150 tenants. Preserving affordable housing means preserving old buildings, and that is not cheap, said Athineos, who said he was “begging” the city for a reasonable rent increase.Contact Orion Jones Full Name* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Division Chief of Child Development

first_img1. TeachingFaculty member will have teaching responsibilities. Faculty memberwill provide teaching and mentorship to students, residents, andother trainees when applicable.2. ResearchFaculty member will have working knowledge in research methods andbe able to participate in clinical, translational, and outcomesresearch.3. ServiceFaculty member will serve on departmental or School of Medicinelevel committees when appropriate, and engage in professionalactivities through journal review, conference presentations,etc.4. ClinicalFaculty member will serve as a developmental physician for theDepartment of Pediatrics in the Division of Child Development insupport of the clinical mission of CHoR at VCU .5. Other (i.e., administrative duties, etc.)Faculty member will take on administrative duties associated withthis role. Position NumberF65050 Open Until FilledYes Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty RankOpen • Previous experience in an academic medical center• Previous program/divisional leadership experience• National / international recognition Number of Months12 • Board certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics orNeurodevelopmental Disabilities• Experience with clinical care of patients birth to 21 years ofage• Experience in interdisciplinary team work environments• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU .• A well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence ofmulti-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate tocomplement and expand existing expertise in the department• Demonstrated excellent teaching skills Tenure StatusTenure Eligible Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Application Deadline Date DepartmentPediatrics Proposed Hire Date07/01/2020 Mission or Goal of Unit Required Qualifications Position Responsibilities Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3center_img Application Process/Additional Information Grant funded position?No Children’s Hospital of Richmond of the Virginia CommonwealthUniversity has committed itself to transforming the Division ofDevelopmental Pediatrics into a model academic unit devoted toexcellence in clinical care, teaching, and clinical, translational,and basic research in Central Virginia. We are seeking a full-timedevelopmental pediatrician (tenure-eligible) to serve as DivisionChief. Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Date Posted11/27/2019 Preferred Qualifications School/UnitSchool of Medicine Diversity Statement Information Working TitleDivision Chief of Child Development Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Type of SearchNational Interested candidates should apply online athttps://www.vcujobs.com and provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae(CV). This position will serve as Chief of Developmental Pediatrics forthe Division of Child Development. The Chief of DevelopmentalPediatrics will support outpatient services at the ChildDevelopment Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond, whichprovides comprehensive patient assessments through medical,psychological, social work and educational testing. The physicianwill diagnose and recommend care planning, referrals, follow-upcare coordination and intervention for the division’spatients. Posted Salary Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/95682last_img read more

Mrs Morton’s marmalade and currant cake

first_imgThe original recipe comes from a notebook kept by the Morton family who ran a bakery in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, between 1890 and 1912.This recipe, entitled “4d cakes”, indicates how much each 1lb cakes should be sold for; the modern equivalent would be around £1.30.Makes 10 x 450g/1lb cakesMargarine or lard – 450g/1lbSugar – 900g/2lbSelf-raising flour – 1.3kg/3lbCurrants – 1.12kg/2½lbMarmalade – 225g/½lbMilk – 520ml/2 pintsMethodCream the margarine and the sugar.Add the other ingredients and stir.Pour into 800ml/1½-pint loaf tins and sprinkle the top with sugar.Bake at 170ºC for 50 minutes.last_img

Organic growth

first_imgLocated in the heart of the Cotswold hills in the picturesque village of Shipton-under-Wychwood, specialist independent flour miller FWP Matthews has been putting its money where its mouth is.The company is owned and run by Paul and Graham Matthews, great great grandsons of the founder Frederick William Powell Matthews, who commissioned the building of the mill, which was completed in 1912. However, the history of the company dates back as far as the 1860s, when Marmaduke Matthews started a small business selling seeds from his barn in Fifield, Oxfordshire.The company now supplies organic, speciality and conventional flours, as well as distributing a wide range of French flours from Moul-Bie. It sources as much wheat from local suppliers as possible and local farmers still personally deliver their wheat to the mill, which currently employs around 38 people.Despite having its feet firmly rooted in the grains of tradition, FWP has recently made a considerable investment in its mill, namely with the building of the new warehouse – The Wychwood Building – which was officially opened in February this year by HRH Princess Royal. Among the family members at the opening were the architects and builders who completed the project, as well as representatives from various local community groups, such as the local football team, the Brownies and the local theatre group, to which FWP contributes money.Alongside the new warehouse, the company is also installing an on-site test bakery, as well as a new blending plant and £50,000 palletiser, at a total cost of around £1.2m. “We had outgrown our existing warehouse to the extent that we had a bit of warehousing we rented about a mile away,” explains joint managing director Paul Matthews, who says a lack of office space had also resulted in the need for a portacabin to house three members of staff. “It took around two years to get planning permission, but we started building in January 2008 and completed in October/November.”The new building provides the firm with a flour warehousing facility and extra office space, and has also enabled them to install the test bakery, which is due to be completed soon. “It will be great for when we have customer days or are working on specific product development for individual companies,” Matthews explains. “It will also be used for quality control, which will be useful for our organic works, as well as our conventional and French works.”The test bakery will also be used to bake test various wheat blends, for product development with customers at their request, principally with Moul-Bie, and for introducing customers to the French products as well as our own, he says. “The flour will come through to the new blending plant and then we can bake-test it. When we have customer or company days, we can then bake-off various products at their request and they’ll be able to do a tasting panel if they like.”FWP Matthews is capable of producing around 600 tonnes of flour a week, but it is one of the smaller mills in the country – the larger being the likes of Rank Hovis, ADM and Allied Mills. As it cannot compete in terms of the volume of flour it produces, how does FWP differentiate itself? “In the last eight or nine years, we’ve specialised in the more premium products, such as organic, speciality French – we do around 50-60 products for Moul-Bie – and the more premium-type flours, saying that we’ll provide standard flours for large bakeries as well,” says Matthews.In terms of trends, he says, value breads are definitely making a comeback, purely on the grounds of cost. “Some organic bread is actually cheaper than conventional branded loaves, but the problem we have is the perception of organic – namely, that it’s expensive.” Matthews believes they’ll be playing a waiting game over the next couple of months to see which way consumers decide to go. The organic trade is difficult enough as it is – and more so in the current climate, he says; production has fallen dramatically, so it is difficult to know how much wheat to buy. “You’ve got major retailers pushing prices down, so at the moment, we’re very squeezed on our organics supply,” he adds.Currency has also had an effect in terms of wheat that’s imported from outside the UK, with regard to TRQs – tariff rate quotas. The wheat only comes without a levy if it’s high enough in protein: if it’s not 15.3% protein, a E94 (£85.35) levy is slapped on it. “Buying organic wheat is extremely fraught, as we’ve had two bad summers and we’ve hardly been able to buy any UK organic wheat this season,” says Matthews.”I believe retailers are looking to promote home-grown organic products, and we’re hoping to have a good harvest this year, and that there’s going to be a lot of promotion around 100% organic UK loaves.”There is only one word for why organic wheat does so badly in the UK and that’s ’climate’ – or rather unsuitable climate. “You can grow it, but at the end of the day, to make a loaf of bread, you need a certain amount of protein and you cannot get it by artificial means. On top of all that, you need a lot of sunlight hours between the beginning of June and the middle of July,” explains Matthews. FWP has sourced organic wheat from the likes of Canada, Argentina and Eastern Europe, as well as the UK.In terms of the recession, Matthews views it as just another challenge. “Obviously we’ve invested heavily in the new facility and we’ve just put a new flour tanker on the road,” he says. “I think that, although it is tough, there will be tremendous opportunities for us. We have many advantages, not least that we are a small team – there are essentially only three or four of us that make the decisions.”Matthews believes it is being able to act on decisions quickly that has helped the success of the business. Although the family aspect of the business is important, he says that decisions have to be made for the good of the business, not the family, or that’s where things start going wrong.—-=== Then and now ===Founded by: Frederick William Powell Matthews and now run by great great grandsons Paul and Graham MatthewsHistory: Dates back to the 1860s, when Marmaduke Matthews started selling seeds from a barn in Oxfordshire. Mill completed in 1912New developments: £1.2m investment, including the building of a new warehouse, The Wychwood Building, an on-site test bakery and a £50k palletiser, completed last yearlast_img read more

More students enrol on college bakery courses

first_imgBakery colleges report that increasing numbers of students are signing up for courses this year due partly to increased publicity and a raft of bakery-related TV programmes.University College Birmingham said 80 students had been offered a place on the first-year bakery course compared to last year, when 92 students had enrolled across all three years. Taster days for schools and running the Junior Bakers Academy on Saturday mornings for 14- to 16-year-olds, had helped create interest, along with school visits and open days. Marketing manager Jane Smith said: “Around 250 young people have taken part in the Junior Bakers Academy, many of whom have then chosen to enrol on bakery courses here.”Tameside College said 30 people had already enrolled on its Level 1 bakery course and that it expected a total of 40-45 students. Lecturer Steven Salt said this was 25-30% up on last year: “It is partly due to the publicity and success we’ve had in the bakery department, which has raised our profile. Our part-time Level 1 cake decorating course is full and we’ve got about 60 people on the waiting list.”Dr John Marchant, head of the National Bakery School at London South Bank University, said it had seen an increase in interest in all its courses. “On our Foundation Degree we are taking 42 students for 2011/12, but we also have 11 students on the waiting list. The baking industry has also seen a boom in entrepreneurial spirit, and people are inspired after seeing the success achieved by those setting up their own businesses.”>>British Bakels welcomes students to Bicesterlast_img read more

Kara redesigns for bakery focus

first_imgKara, the foodservice brand of the Finsbury Food Group, has redesigned its logo and strapline to reinforce its baking credentials. The former blue corporate logo, introduced when Kara Foodservice was purchased by Fletchers Group of Bakeries, has been replaced with a deep red lettering and a Baking for Foodservice strapline positioned underneath the company name.The move is designed to both demonstrate that Kara now operates under the Finsbury Food Group umbrella, and better reflect the premium nature of its goods, including artisan breads and indulgent cakes, a spokeswoman told British Baker.The spokeswoman said: “Kara solely bakes products for foodservice and we wanted to reinforce this message in our new strapline.“With the inclusion of the new brands Kara distributes and new product ranges such as indulgent cakes and artisan breads, we wanted to update the strapline in line with a more premium look and feel.”The new identity will roll out marketing materials over the coming months and a new interactive Kara website is due to launch this summer 2016.Exciting timeMark Holmes, Kara’s general manager, added: “This is a very exciting time for us at Kara. We have a 30-year success story and thank everyone who has contributed to this along the way.“The new era for Kara combines our continued customer, product, and industry commitment with a fresh new look that aligns the new business direction, vision and teams as we continue as a company to be committed, responsive and progressive.”In January of this year, Kara launched a new Indulgent Cake Collection.last_img read more

Adopting Big Data for Business Decision-Making

first_imgBig Data is one of the hottest topics in business right now and continues to be at the forefront of organizations’ strategy, particularly as it has the potential to transform IT departments into empowered strategic partners within business. To better understand this trend, we asked customers at EMC Forums this year to tell us about their Big Data strategies.We asked over 10,500 IT professionals, technical architects, data scientists and storage/infrastructure managers from more than 50 countries to share where they currently are in their Big Data implementation and where they plan to be, as well as how IT innovation helps them compete locally and globally.Some of the global results took me truly by surprise. Nearly one-third of the companies report they do not have any current plans to implement Big Data technology. This is the equivalent of leaving volumes of consumer insight unexplored, which could mean lost sales opportunities or inefficient operational processes – both of which hinder business growth and agility.Interestingly, this data point is balanced by 79% reporting that they believe using Big Data will lead to better decision-making. Encouraging to be sure! In fact, 36% said they have already achieved a competitive advantage as a result of using Big Data.Moreover, 76% of these IT decision-makers report that their business believes technology investment is a strategic way to achieve its goals.  Further indication that with validation, IT investments are possible in the near future.So the majority recognizes the value of Big Data and is in companies that value investing in IT transformation.  I choose to view this optimistically and expect 2014 to be an important year for adopting Big Data in new ways.Our EMC Forum series creates a network of peers learning together and will continue in 2014.  Check out the EMC Forum website for more information and click on specific countries to see survey results for IT leaders near you.last_img read more

People Transformation is the Enabler for All Other Change

first_imgDo you know that strange mixture of excitement and worry when you switch jobs? Excited to start something new, but also worried to leave behind what you’ve worked so hard for over recent years (and that works so well). Well, I’m in that place right now. And it got me thinking about why I accepted the challenge.The quick answer is this: change is the only constant in life and when opportunity knocks, you’d better act on it. As John Lennon wrote: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”The longer answer sounds like this: at Dell EMC, we pride ourselves in bringing transformation solutions to our customers in the fields of digital, IT, security and workforce.But, to me,there’s an additional transformation that underpins all of them: ‘people transformation’. As people and employees, we have to fully embrace change. It’s the best way to stay ahead and serve our customers better. It’s something everybody should do and every company should enable. People transformation may very well be the most important type of transformation there is.People transformationWhen people are open to transformation, all other forms of transformation will become easier as well. As such, people transformation brings balance to other forms of change.One example of the impact of people transformation is how managers and leaders assume their roles and how this has changed dramatically. These days, top down is out, being an influencer is in. Strong managers and leaders have become facilitators for the employees who now hold the primary ownership role in execution. Managers and leaders now point out to their teams and colleagues how the dots in our complex business world are connected. And really, really smart managers and leaders can consolidate all the available dots and paint, from this, an exciting vision of where we’re heading as a team and as a company.People transformation amongst managers and leaders is about creating the right environment and conditions (open, caring, constructive, inclusive – we will come back to that later) to enable change. It is also about fueling the right transformational mindset amongst individual employees. It stimulates everyone to become an even stronger professional so that we can all serve the customer better. And as we all know: “Customers will never love a company until employees love it first.”*Coming full circlePeople transformation comes full circle when people understand why transformation happens; where we’re heading together and what the role of each of us is. Doing that is an ongoing balancing act for everyone involved. Not just managers and leaders; also for employees who are increasingly considered the leaders of their own destiny and success. And when you combine that type of leadership across your whole organization, you get a multiplier for business success. As the world around us changes all the time, people and businesses must follow suite.This will be a key objective for me in my new role as Chief of Staff for a massive pan-European organization here at Dell EMC. It’s one of the main reasons that made me decide to embark on this new journey. To help my colleagues see how the dots are connected and how it all adds up to a meaningful, well-balanced picture that will ultimately benefit them, as well as all our customers.People transformation is a constant in life, both personally and business-wise.* Quote by Simon Sinek.last_img read more

Wicked Alum Katie Rose Clarke Joins Allegiance on B’way

first_img Allegiance Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 View Comments Broadway.com has confirmed that Wicked alum Katie Rose Clarke will appear in the upcoming Great White Way production of Allegiance. Clarke takes on the role of Hannah, which was originally played by Allie Trimm in the Old Globe production in 2012. She joins a cast that includes George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. Performances will begin on October 6 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night is set for November 8.In addition to Wicked, Clarke appeared as Clara Johnson in the Broadway and first national touring company of The Light in the Piazza. Other credits include Prayer for My Enemy and Anything Goes. Additional casting will be announced later.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. Related Showslast_img read more