Phil Scott appoints 24 to boards and commissions in December

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of 24 Vermonters to State boards and commissions, made in the month of December. Boards and commissions serve an important role in state government, giving Vermonters numerous opportunities to serve their state and communities. The Governor’s office is currently soliciting applications to fill vacancies and upcoming term expirations. All those interested in serving on a board or commission should visit the Governor’s website at governor.vermont.gov/boards-commissions(link is external) to apply.Appointments made by the Governor between December 1-December 31, 2017, are listed below:State Workforce Development BoardDavid Allaire of RutlandPaul Monette of NewportGregory Maguire of MontpelierBoard of HealthMargaret Bolton of AddisonRobert Simpson of BurlingtonVermont Commission on WomenMary Daley of BarnetDistrict 1 Environmental CommissionJohn Casella Jr. of HydevilleDistrict 5 Environmental CommissionKen Goslant of NorthfieldCommunity High School of VermontBeth Hulbert of BarreSean Recicar of ColchesterVermont State Housing AuthorityJo Ann Troiano of MontpelierGovernor’s Workforce Equity and Diversity CouncilJoseph Nusbaum of WinooskiKaren Richards of WilliamstownLori Valburn of EssexVermont Economic Progress CouncilCasey Mock (as Executive Director), of BurlingtonBoard of Dental ExaminersDavid Baasch of WallingfordBoard of OptometryAlbert Pristaw of WoodstockBoard of ChiropracticBenjamin King of WillistonNew England Board of Higher EducationKaren Scolforo of CastletonVermont Human Rights CommissionNathan Besio of ColchesterGreen Mountain Secure Retirement Plan BoardPaul Dame of EssexDan Boardman of BurlingtonState Program Standing Committee for Adult Mental HealthUlrika Schygulla of North Ferrisburghlast_img read more

20th edition: 2016 Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup features semi-finals format

first_img Related The ITU World Cup season continues this weekend with the sixth stop of the ten-part ITU World Cup calendar arriving to the iconic Hungarian town of Tiszaujvaros. The northern Hungarian town returns as a host on 9-10 July, making it one of the longest running World Cup venues in ITU history. Part of a week-long party, the race is seen as a favourite for many top athletes.For this year’s 20th anniversary of the Tiszaujvaros ITU World Cup, the race will maintain its semi-finals and finals format, with three semi-finals for the men and two for the female triathletes taking place on Saturday, with the finals to be held on Sunday.Women’s elite raceFor the first semi-final, 22 athletes will be on the pontoon for the three lap 750m swim course, before taking their bikes for a two-lap 20km flat bike. The 5km run is also going to be fast and flat, with a course designed for the whole town to get behind the athletes.The top 14 athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final, to be held on Sunday, with another two places awarded to the next two best times.Men’s elite raceIn the men’s race, the top 9 athletes in each semi-final will qualify for the final, to be held on Sunday, with another three places awarded to the next three best times.Now in its 20th year, Tiszaujvaros is just two hours from Budapest and thanks to its status as the second longest running ITU event, is known as the triathlon capital of Hungary. ITU adds that the World Cup has one of the best atmospheres of any on the ITU calendar, and is a summer tradition in Tiszaujvaros, as the event has a festival like atmosphere.www.tvkmalitriatlon.huwww.triathlon.orglast_img read more

Challenge Almere-Amsterdam presents Zone3 as official swim partner

first_imgLeveraging its recently confirmed partnership with Challenge Family, Zone3 will be the new official swim partner of Challenge Almere-Amsterdam. Thanks to this partnership, participants of ‘the second oldest [triathlon] race in the world’ will benefit from a wide range of specially designed endurance products for the next three years.“We are very pleased to present our partnership with a well-known and trusted triathlon brand,” said Challenge Almere-Amsterdam Commercial Director Jort Vlam.Sam Chapman, International Marketing Manager at Zone3, added “It’s great to be working with Challenge Almere-Amsterdam as their official swim partner for the next three years. It’s an exciting opportunity to support one of the oldest triathlons in the world and one of the most iconic races in Europe, as we continue on our quest to become the world’s leading triathlon brand.“This partnership is also a natural extension of our global swim partnership with Challenge Family as official merchandise partner; and we look forward to working with them in the years to come.”Jort Vlam continued “At our race, there will be a large selection of wetsuits and further swim apparel available for beginners, intermediate and pro athletes. There will be some exciting, exclusive offers for Zone3 products and we truly believe this will be amazing for our athletes. There also will be an opportunity to hire wetsuits, so this will give our participants the chance to test and get familiar with the latest Zone3 models before purchase.”Taking place this year on 14 September 2019, Challenge Almere-Amsterdam is a renowned name in triathlon history. After Hawaii, Challenge Almere-Amsterdam (formerly the Holland Triathlon) is one of the oldest triathlons in the world. Athletes such as Axel Koenders, Gregor Stam, Gerrit Schellens, Frank Heldoorn, Georg Potrebitsch, Yvonne van Vlerken, Heleen bij de Vaate and Chrissie Wellington have all featured on the event’s podium.Several European Championships and World Championships have held in Almere. The fastest race time, finishing in 7:55:44, was achieved by Jaroslav Kovacic in 2018. In 2019, Challenge Almere-Amsterdam will host the ETU Long Distance European Championships; and in 2020 the ITU Multisport World Championships.www.challenge-almere.comwww.challenge-family.comwww.zone3.com Relatedlast_img read more

Percent of those passing the February bar exam tumbles

first_img Percent of those passing the February bar exam tumbles Percent of those passing the February bar exam tumbles Overall passage rates for those taking the February bar exam tumbled sharply as only graduates from two Florida schools— Florida International and Stetson — topped the 80 percent rate, and then only barely at 81.5 percent and 80 percent respectively.At the bottom end, just slightly more than half of the graduates taking the test from Barry University and Florida A&M University passed the test.Contrast that with the July 2008 exam results when in excess of 80 percent of graduates from eight of Florida’s 10 law schools passed, with two of those schools seeing more than 90 percent of their students passing the bar. Overall, 70.7 percent of those taking the general bar exam passed in February, compared with 82.5 percent who passed last July.It should be noted that many more graduates traditionally sit for the test in July than do in February. Last July, 2,367 people took the exam compared with 784 who took it in February. But looking back over a full year, those who took the February 2008 passed at a 76.4 percent clip compared with the 70.7 percent mark this February. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results from the February exam April 13.A total of 784 people took the exam, 377 from out-of-state and the remainder in-state graduates. The FBBE also said 831 took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in March, 222 from out-of-state and the remainder from the 10 Florida law schools.FIU topped those who took Part A and Part B of the general bar exam; 22 of the 27 Florida International grads passed, or 81.5 percent. Stetson University took second with 60 of its 75 graduates passing or 80 percent. Nova Southeastern University was next, with 29 of its 40 graduates passing, or 72.5 percent. Next was St. Thomas University, where 19 of 27 graduates passed, or 70.4 percent.Of the other law schools: 39 of Florida Coastal University’s 59 students passed the exam, or 66.1 percent; 26 of 40 graduates from Florida State University passed, or 65 percent; 24 of 37 students from the University of Florida passed, or 64.9 percent; 22 of 36 graduates from the University of Miami passed, or 61.1 percent; 12 of 22 from Barry University passed, or 54.5 percent; 23 of 44 from Florida A&M University passed, or 52.3 percent.Two hundred and seventy eight of the 377 applicants from out-of-state law schools passed, or 73.7 percent. Overall, 70.7 percent of those who took Parts A and B passed.That figure was 79.3 percent for the MPRE portion of the exam. Passage rates by school were 86.8 for Miami; 86.4 percent for Stetson; 84.4 percent for UF; 82.9 percent for FIU; 75.9 for NSU; 75.5 for FSU; 75 for FAMU; 72.7 percent for Barry U.; 72.4 percent for Florida Coastal, and 72.1 for St. Thomas. The rate was 76.6 percent for out-of-state test-takers.center_img April 30, 2009 Regular Newslast_img read more

Oscar psychology: Why celebrities fascinate us

first_imgToday:From the Oscar’s red carpet to the tabloids lining supermarket checkout lines, celebrity obsession is everywhere. Even the most casual moviegoer might find him or herself flipping through a slideshow of Academy Award fashion after the big event. So why do we fixate on celebrities?In most cases, it’s perfectly natural. Humans are social creatures, psychologists say, and we evolved — and still live — in an environment where it paid to pay attention to the people at the top. Celebrity fascination may be an outgrowth of this tendency, nourished by the media and technology.Read the whole story: Today More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Review of 130 studies suggests gun restrictions can help reduce gun deaths

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Twitter “In most countries, we saw evidence of reduction in the firearm death rates after the enactment of firearm legislation” said Julian Santaella-Tenorio, a doctoral student in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School and the study’s lead author.Santaella-Tenorio and his Columbia co-authors, Professors Magdalena Cerdá and Sandro Galea, also found evidence that specific laws, such as background checks and rules on storage, reduced specific kinds of gun deaths including intimate partner homicides and firearm unintentional deaths in children, respectively.By comparison, laws in place about carrying concealed weapons or standing your ground either had no effect on gun deaths or increased gun violence. “While our review is not proof that gun laws reduce violence, and also taking into account that for some countries there are very few papers examining firearm laws effects, we did see evidence showing an association between firearm laws and a decline in firearm homicide and suicide rates,” noted Santaella-Tenorio.“Since we limited our review to changes in firearm policy and not ownership in general or other types of policy, the debate should not end here.” Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Email A study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health looked at the associations between firearm-related laws and firearm homicides, suicides, and unintentional injuries and deaths. The paper is the first to explore the evidence from around the world on gun laws and gun violence to determine whether gun restrictions help reduce gun deaths.While the research did not conclusively prove that restrictions, or relaxation of laws, reduce gun deaths, the results indicate that gun violence tended to decline after countries passed new restrictions on gun purchasing and ownership. Findings are published online in the February issue of Epidemiologic Reviews.The researchers reviewed the findings from 130 studies conducted from 1950 to 2014 in 10 countries that had overhauled their gun law, mostly in the developed world, including the U.S., Australia, and Austria. A few studies looked at gun laws in middle-income countries, including Brazil, Colombia and South Africa. Sharelast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Anthrax suit settlement, norovirus in UK oysters, mosquitoes and tularemia

first_img AP report: US to pay $2.5 million to widow of anthrax victimThe US government, without admitting any fault, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to the widow and family of a Florida photo editor who died in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The story said the AP obtained a document saying that Maureen Stevens will drop all other claims stemming from the death of her husband, Robert Stevens. She had filed a lawsuit in 2003 asserting that the government failed to stop someone at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Maryland from creating the Bacillus anthracis preparation that killed five people and sickened 17 others. The settlement names Stevens and her three grown children and says that attorneys’ fees of no more than 25% will be paid out of the $2.5 million, according to the story. Robert Stevens, who died Oct 5, 2001, worked for American Media Inc. in Boca Raton, Fla., publisher of three tabloid newspapers. The FBI concluded in 2008 that the anthrax attacks were perpetrated solely by USAMRIID scientist Bruce Ivins, who committed suicide as the agency was preparing to accuse him. Controversy over the FBI’s conclusion in the case has persisted, with some scientists questioning certain of the agency’s scientific findings. The AP story said lawsuits brought by other victims of the 2001 attacks have been dismissed, but at least one is still in the appeals stage.Nov 29 AP story Nov 29, 2011 Mosquito onslaught may predict tularemia cases in northern forestsHigh levels of mosquitoes in tularemia-endemic boreal forests may lead to outbreaks of tularemia in people, according to a research team from Sweden. The investigators analyzed data from 1981 through 2007, during which 370 people in Dalarna County, Sweden, contracted the disease, which is caused by the Francisella tularensis bacterium. Of the cases, 94% occurred during seven summer outbreaks, and disease transmission was concentrated along area rivers. The researchers found mosquito abundance to be correlated with the annual number of human cases, with predicted peaks in mosquito populations in late summer consistently preceding the median onset of human tularemia.Nov 28 J Infect Dis abstractcenter_img UK reports high prevalence of norovirus in oystersThree quarters of oysters from UK growing beds tested positive for norovirus, though half of those had low levels of the pathogen, according to a report today from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). The health impact of these findings, however, is difficult to assess because available technology cannot differentiate between infectious and noninfectious norovirus material within oysters, the agency said in a press release. Researchers in this first-of-its-kind UK study also found a marked seasonality to norovirus levels, with 90.0% of samples taken between October and March testing positive, compared with 62.4% of those taken between April and September. The annual average was 76.2%, but 52.1% of those samples were below the limit of quantification (less than 100 copies/gram), whereas 1.4% of the positive samples measured greater than 10,000 copies per gram. Andrew Wadge, FSA chief scientist, said in the release, “Though oysters are traditionally eaten raw, people should be aware of the risks involved in eating them in this way. The Agency advises that older people, pregnant women, very young children, and people who are unwell should avoid eating raw or lightly cooked shellfish.”Nov 29 FSA press releaseNov 29 FSA report summary, with link to full reportlast_img read more

CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission to Suriname pays courtesy visit to the…

first_img CARICOM mounting election observation mission for… Suriname’s Foreign Affairs, Ms. Yldiz Pollack-Beighle. During the visit, the minister welcomed the delegation to the Republic of Suriname and emphasized the importance of the CARICOM’s delegation to the conduct of free and fair  Elections on 25 May 2020, even more so in the context of the global challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Elections results reflect will of the people –… St. Kitts-Nevis Elections results reflect will of the… Jun 7, 2020 Mar 22, 2018 Feb 25, 2020 You may be interested in… Jun 1, 2020 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paramaribo – The CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission to Suriname paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yldiz Pollack-Beighle on Wednesday 20 May 2020. The President of the Republic of Suriname H.E. Desiré Delano Bouterse will also receive the delegation at their request later this week. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The minister expressed her appreciation to each delegation member for their commitment to travel to Suriname and to carry out the international electoral observation mission, in the interest of regional solidarity and cooperation. Suriname is the first country in the region to organize an election under the current COVID -19 conditions and will therefore serve as a model for the region. Head of Mission Ms Dora James The four-member Observation Mission is being led by Ms Dora James, the Supervisor of  Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. PRESS STATEMENT: Departure of CARICOM Election Observation… It is expected that, in addition to discussions with the Independent Electoral Bureau and other national election authorities, the Mission will meet with, among others, traditional authorities, representatives of political parties, the media and civil society groups. PRESS STATEMENT: Departure of CARICOM Election Observation Mission to SurinameThe CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission (CEOM) is scheduled to depart Suriname on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 after having spent a full two weeks in Suriname observing, not only the Election Day activities of 25th May, but also the Pre and Post-Election Day phases.  On the eve of its departure from…June 1, 2020In “General”CARICOM mounts Election Observation Mission to SurinameIn response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Suriname, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has fielded a CARICOM Election Observation Mission to monitor the general elections which will be held on Monday, 25 May 2020. The four-member Mission which arrived in Suriname on Monday, 18 May 2020 will…May 19, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM Election Observation Mission on the ground in DominicaSince arrival, meetings were held with Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica and Members of the Cabinet, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Commissioner of Police, and the Registrar General. The observer mission that CARICOM has mounted for elections in Dominica on Friday is already on the…December 4, 2019In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Restyling Industry Veteran Tom Corton Announces Retirement

first_imgRestyling industry veteran Tom Corton, whose automotive career spanned more than three decades, has retired from his position as sales manager for Roadwire Leather and Signature Automotive Products to pursue an active retirement, according to a recent company announcement. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementCorton, whose background includes an associate’s degree in automotive technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management, launched his automotive career in 1984 with American Honda. He subsequently moved into the aftermarket arena, assuming the position of national sales manager for American Sunroof Corp. (ASC). Following his stint at ASC, in 2004 Corton joined the sales team at Inalfa Sunroofs, which later changed its name to Signature Automotive Products. For the past 14 years, he served as a sales manager for Signature and Roadwire Leather, both of which are Roadwire Inc. subsidiaries.A self-described car guy, Corton is well-known throughout the restyling market for his sales expertise, extensive product knowledge and passion for vehicle personalization. “I’ve always been a gear head, I love personalization and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked in the industry my entire life,” said Corton, who is now looking forward to spending time with his family, including his two adult sons, and traveling extensively with his wife Sharon.“Tom has had a very rewarding history with Roadwire and a deep history in the sunroof industry,” said Dave Edmondson, senior vice president of Roadwire Inc. and its subsidiaries, Roadwire Leather, Signature Automotive Products, Distinctive Industries and Classic Soft Trim. “Tom has been instrumental in growing the businesses of many restylers throughout his tenure, and has also become a friend and mentor to countless others. On behalf of the Roadwire organization, we wish Tom and his family much happiness as he pursues the next phase of his journey in life.”last_img read more

Langh Ship Cargo offers new solution for steel coil shipments

first_imgTo date, stowage of large steel coils on a ship’s weather deck had been considered impossible.However, Langh Ship says that large steel coils weighing 26 tonnes have been successfully loaded into its 40-foot HOTCCs then stowed on the weather deck of a container vessel. In total, says Langh Ship, it is possible to load 160 tonnes of steel coils into one single 40-foot HOTCC.last_img