Tweet Pocket Deadline: 13 February 2012Open to: Professionals and volunteers closely involved in youth policy processes in their youth organisations and countries, young multipliers closely involved in democratic youth movements in their countries, leaders of youth organisations having an active role in the developments of the Arab spring, bloggers and youth workersVenue: Malta 22-24 March 2012DescriptionThe South-Mediterranean youth policy cooperation of the partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe in the field of youth, the League of Arab States (LAS) and other actors started in 2005. The cooperation aims at developing a common understanding and exchange of issues of specific concern for youth policy in Europe and South Med region. Since 2006, other national and international stakeholders of youth policy in European and South Med countries have become involved and extendedthe framework of this informal cooperation. The activities carried out brought together youth researchers, governmental institutions responsible for youth policy and nongovernmental youth organisations in European and South Med countries. Among other results, the cooperation has supported the process of the Euro-Arab Coordination Meeting of Youth Organisations (EACMYO), created possibilities for direct exchanges between South Med and European youth leaders through relevant youth forums, and provided opportunities for capacity-building of civil society youth organisations through training courses on human rights education, intercultural dialogue and youth participation.The process of changes brought about by the “Arab Spring” in various countries provides the context and drives the need for re-visiting this cooperation. The seminar on empowerment of youth organisations and youth led civil society in the SouthMediterranean framework hereby presented, is the first step in this direction: it provides youth non-governmental organisations and stakeholders the opportunity to reflect upon recent developments and their implications for the future youth policy cooperation so as to safeguard ownership of the process among stakeholders and to ensure a sustainable long-term perspective.The events in a number of countries in the Arab region since the beginning of 2011 have imposed a new perception of young people’s capacities and aspirations. As crucial actors in the processes of political changes, young people have stood up for more freedom,equality and justice. But they also stand up for better future perspectives in education and work, economic and social development and participation in the decision making process.Furthermore the role and organisation of youth policy needs to be reviewed.International youth policy cooperation has also an important role to play. Despite the obvious differences between the Arab and European regions, it is clear that both are affected by consequences of globalisation processes. The massive spread of global communication, and particularly social media, has become a new and powerful vehicle for young people to get organised and participate, to be informed and to spread information.Youth organisations in Europe might be interested to learn from the efficient use of social networks and online media by youth organisations in the South-Mediterranean region.This seminar will focus on the role and status of youth organisations/youth movements and the young people they work with as crucial actors in the development and consolidation of inclusive, participatory and pluralistic democracies based on human rights and the rule of law. Furthermore, this seminar will give opportunity for a joint analysis on the impact of youth (organisations) on the Arab revolutions and vice versa, their role within the resulting transition process.Objectives:To exchange on the current effects of Arab spring on civil society and develop a shared understanding of the current situation of young people in the South Med region as well as in European countries and their role in on-going processes of change;To understand the implications of this transition to democracy for the reality of youth, the youth agendas and for the landscape of youth led civil society organisations;To strengthen and support the role of civil society and non governmental youth led organisations and networks by enabling young people to reflect on their needs in terms of capacity building and propose joint projects to be implemented on a long term basis in a wider partnership.OrganisersMaltese Youth Agency a (Aġenzija Żgħażagħ), EU-CoE youth-partnership, League of Arab States, North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, Euromed Youth Platform.Date and duration:22-24 March 2012 (2 working days) (21st arrival, 24 th departure for participants, 25th departure for organisers and stakeholders).Venue: Malta (details to be confirmed)EligibilityThe seminar will bring together 30 young people from Southern Mediterranean [MENA] and European youth organisations, facilitators, stakeholders and youth policy experts from the Euro-Mediterranean region.The seminar is open for professionals and volunteers closely involved in youth policy processes in their youth organisations and countries, young multipliers closely involved in democratic youth movements in their countries, leaders of youth organisations having an active role in the developments of the Arab spring, bloggers and youth workers.Participants will be selected through an open call and nominated among selected experts and cooperation partners.ApplicationAll those interested in applying to take part in the seminar are kindly requested to fill in their application on-line.The deadline for submitting applications: 13 February 2012. Candidates will be informed about whether their application has been accepted or rejected, and if they have put on the waiting list, by 21 February 2012.You can read more information in the Official call.The Official Website Seminar “Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework” Reddit RAPIMAN Free Form Challenge – iCAT 2012 → +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Share 0 ← European Cultural Foundation Fund for Central and East European Book Projects January 30, 2012 Published by Site Default LinkedIn 0 Similar Stories
TAGSChinacoalHwange Power StationZimbabwe Previous articleStandard Bank issues its policy on lending to coal mining projectsNext articleAbout BRADY Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. “So far we arehappy that the inflows in Kariba have improved, that is different from sayingthere is going to be a resultant power increase but we are happy,” saidChasi. This means very littleis being done to alleviate a power crisis that has troubled the country sincelast year. Water levels at Lake Kariba Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Zimbabwe’s Energy Minister Fortune Chasi told NewZimbabwe.com that Chinese nationals employed by contractors working on Hwange’s 6, 7 and 8 Units are being held up in China. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Due to the global Coronavirus outbreak, Zimbabwe has had to halt renovations at Hwange Power Station. “Renovations atHwange are going on but they have been affected by the Coronavirus. Most Chinese nationals are now stuck intheir homeland after visiting family over their Lunar New Year holiday, a veryimportant period within their culture, according to Ambassador Guo. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “We are at about11. 3% shared between us and Zambia but we are quite bullish about thedevelopments in the power sector. We believe that the months of March and Aprilwill see some significant gains in terms of megawatts,” he said. Read more about: Coronavirus and its impact on the global copper market Meanwhile Chasi statedwater levels at Lake Kariba have risen to 11. 3% from a critical 6% last yearafter the January rains. Read more stories about Zimbabwe Finance and Policy “A significant number of the contractors’ staff is still in China, but we have no doubt that will come to pass and we will cruise at lightning speed towards completion of the project,” said Chasi. The Coronavirus, which broke out in China’s Wuhan City towards the end of 2019 has already claimed over 3,280 deaths in 34 countries. Generation According to local media, this comes a fewweeks after Chinese Ambassador Guo Shaochun pleaded with the Asian stockholdersoperating in Zimbabwe to allow their workers to stay in China until the ragingvirus is contained. He however said power cuts being experienced among Zimbabweans will not be stopping anytime soon.
Compiled by OGJ Online Staff Venture Global LNG adds Zachry to EPC team for Gulf export terminal construction No posts to display Twitter AES Corp. reported an AES subsidiary has acquired from Enron Corp. a majority interest in barge-mounted electric generating units currently under construction in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria’s YF Power owns the remaining shares. AES said a total of $225 million will be invested in nine barge-mounted combustion turbines with total net output of 290 MW. Electricity from the plant will be supplied to the Nigerian Electric Power Authority under a 13.25 year agreement. Operation is scheduled to begin in September. Fitch IBCA has lowered the rating of Caithness Coso Funding Corp.’s $110 million senior secured notes due 2001 from ‘BB+’ to ‘BB’. The rating action reflects the failure of Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) to make timely payments due under existing power purchase agreements (PPAs), and the absence of a clear alternative, Fitch said. Caithness Coso, through three separate partnerships (collectively the Coso partnerships), sells 100% of the power generated from three 80 MW geothermal power projects to SCE under long-term power purchase agreements. SCE is past due on its payment of $13.3 million to the Coso partnerships for power generated in November 2000. The Coso partnerships have also billed SCE $32.5 million for power generated in December 2000. Payment of that amount is due in early February 2001. Despite the ongoing efforts to resolve the California power crisis, it is uncertain whether, or when, the above amounts will be paid, Fitch said. Linkedin Facebook Jan. 26, 2001Calpine Corp. reported it has acquired the development rights from Cogentrix Energy Inc. for the $300 million 500 MW Washington Parish energy center, near Bogalusa, La. Site preparation is under way, with construction expected to begin shortly. The power plant will use two General Electric Frame 7FA gas combustion turbines in combined cycle with a single steam turbine, representing 490 MW of base load capacity, with the ability to produce up to 577 MW during peak demand. Calpine will manage construction and will operate the facility when it enters commercial operation in mid-2002. Canada’s National Energy Board said it will conduct a full public hearing April 23 on an application by National Energy Systems Co. to construct a new international 230 kv transmission line that will connect its proposed 660 MW gas-fired power plant in Washington to the western power grid via Canada. The power plant will to be located in Sumas, Wash., in the far northwest corner of the state. The company argues the Canadian route is the most cost effective and least intrusive route for the transmission line. Gas Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. (RG&E) said it filed a joint settlement plan that would reduce gas delivery rates by an average of about 1% through June 2002. The reduction would take effect March. 1. As part of the rate proposal RG&E is seeking to raise the monthly basic customer rate to $12/month from $6.90/month. This adjustment would take effect Sept. 1. Coupled with a proposed increase in the monthly basic customer charge, the average residential gas heating customer would save about $6.95/year, the company said. The plan will not affect gas commodity prices. The plan is still subject to approval by the New York State Public Service Commission. TAGSNYPA 1.29.2001 Canada’s Fortis Inc. said it has purchased Duke Energy Group Inc.’s 95% interest in Belize Electricity Co. Ltd. (BECOL) for $62 million (U.S.). The remaining 5% of BECOL is owned by the Belize government. BECOL owns and operates the 25 MW Mollejon hydroelectric facility, located on the Macal River, and the only commercial hydroelectric facility in Belize. Linkedin Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions The U.S. Justice Department said it will not challenge a proposal by 17 rural Arkansas electric power distribution cooperatives to jointly market electric power to retail customers. The Department’s antitrust division concluded the proposal will not substantially lessen competition. The co-ops, which together control about 6% of the electric generating capacity in regions where they plan to operate, propose to create a joint venture to market power under the state Electric Consumers Choice Act. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleAEP to begin construction of emission control systems at Amos, Mountaineer plantsNext articleMinnesota coalition backs RPS of 10% by 2010 chloecox Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Power Notes Facebook By chloecox –
SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews Iman du Golfe (ITA), horse number 73, was injured in a Cross-Country fall at fence 20 this afternoon at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Veterinarians attended to the horse immediately. The horse was stabilized at the fence and transported by horse ambulance to the nearby Rood & Riddle veterinary hospital for further assessment and treatment. The rider, Juan Carlos Garcia, was taken to the hospital and initial reports are that he is in good condition. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
DATE ANNOUNCED: March 2021POSITION: Visiting Assistant Professor of MusicDEPARTMENT: MusicSTARTING DATE: Fall Term 2021TIMELINE: Screening of applications begins immediately andcontinues until position is filled.QUALIFICATIONS:Required:Graduate degree in a relevant disciplineExperience in orchestral conductingEvidence of successful studio/strings instructionPreferred:D.M.A. in orchestral conductingExperience as a music director for an orchestraProven recruiter/experience building orchestral programsExperience teaching collegiate theoryExperience in secondary instruction desiredRESPONSIBILITIES:Wartburg College invites applicants for a one-year, full-time,titled Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. This position will beresponsible for conducting the Wartburg Community SymphonyOrchestra and the college chamber orchestra. Additional teachingresponsibilities will include strings methods courses, appliedlessons, and will include teaching a course(s) within the corecurriculum, e.g. music theory or music history. Candidates shouldhave experience in recruitment, retention, and studentadvising.The successful candidates will have a demonstrated commitment topromoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence in aneducational and work environment and must be willing to contributeto the College’s strategic plan of inclusion.SALARY: CompetitiveCONTRACT: Nine-month, titledAPPLICATION: Nominations or application package(Letter of application that addresses the required and preferredqualifications, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, statement ofteaching philosophy, and contact information for three currentreferences) should be sent electronically to: [email protected] For specificquestions contact Brian Pfaltzgraff, Chair of Search Committeeat [email protected] information about the College and the city of Waverly maybe found at http://www.wartburg.edu.
Background Check: Applicants who are selected as finalpossible candidates must be able to pass a criminal backgroundcheck.To apply, please visit: jobs.uidaho.eduEEO StatementUniversity of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Veterans/Disability Employer. Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: University of IdahoProgram Coordinator, Strategic Enrollment ManagementLocation: MoscowDivision/College: Enrollment ManagementEmployee Category: ExemptPay Range: $48,000, depending on education andexperienceFull/Part Time: Full TimePosition Summary:Reporting to the Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management,the SEM Program Coordinator coordinates programs and developsstrategic messaging/materials to support a variety of Initiativesfrom the Strategic Enrollment Management Office. The incumbent willwork directly with the Vice Provost to quickly and effectivelycommunicate information via reports, e-communications andpresentations through the SEM unit and broader campus community.This position helps with successful execution of programs andinitiatives for SEM units and tracks the progress to ensure theprograms are delivered on time and successfully. The incumbent willassist in the implementation and execution of SEMinitiatives/programs to recruit/retain current students. TheProgram Coordinator will provide writing, proofreading and editingassistance to provide quality control in communications. Minimum Qualifications:• Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, public relations,marketing or related degree program.• Experience writing marketing materials designed to communicateeffectively with internal and external audiences.• Experience researching, interpreting, composing, editing, andlaying out informational material.• Experience translating technical or specialized information forpublic use and understanding.• Experience coordinating logistics for events involving travel,accommodations and programming for multiple participants. Posting Number: SP002690PPosting Date: 01/08/2021Closing Date:Open Until Filled: YesSpecial Instructions:This position is open until filled, however, applications receivedon or before April 25, 2021 will receive first consideration.Position will remain open until a sufficient pool of candidates isidentified.In addition to the online application, please submit a resume and adetailed letter of qualification addressing all of the required andpreferred qualifications. jeid-7f89d3a6ccf3464380479bd1662b07d8 Preferred Qualifications:• Experience analyzing and presenting data, facts and writtenpolicies and participating productively in plans for coordinatingactions.• Knowledge of communication and marketing principles; MicrosoftOffice and Adobe Suite; web site development, desktop publishingsoftware.• Knowledge of the University of Idaho, its programs and practices,and administrative operations.• Established record of collaboration and good interpersonal andcommunication skills with individuals with diverse organizational,cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.• Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently andas part of a team.
JFK Airport’s $15 billion planned overhaul could be delayed for years, as passenger volume continues to plummet. (Rendering via Governor Cuomo’s office)The timeline for the massive overhaul of John F. Kennedy International Airport will likely be pushed back years because of plummeting passenger demand.The project, whose cost has soared to an estimated $15 billion, aims to unify the terminal layout, modernize operations and provide added gates to accommodate an expected one million more passengers a year, according to the Wall Street Journal.But the pandemic has changed all that, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may now have to push back the 2025 projected completion date, the Journal reported.Passenger volume is down about 85 percent, and officials warn that passenger numbers might not match last year’s level of nearly 62 million passengers until 2023, the report noted.The International Air Transport Association recently estimated that airline traffic won’t return to last year’s level until 2024, according to Bloomberg.The Port Authority had planned to replace JFK’s six terminals, each managed by separate airlines or terminal operators, with four larger buildings. The agency had pledged several billion dollars for the project, and private investors and airlines were supposed to foot the rest of the bill.The redevelopment plan may be forced to scale back if the Port Authority and airlines don’t receive the $3 billion bailout from the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said recently. [WSJ] — Akiko Matsuda This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Google+ Twitter Facebook By Tommie Lee – October 15, 2019 0 324 A U.S. coal miner, trained by a crew of German experts, operates electric switches controlling movements of a new-type German mining machine operating underground in West Virginia. The imported machine, 328 feet long, produced up to two tons of coal a minute. At right are chunks of coal being transported after the machine has sliced them off the seam. (AP Photo) The University of Notre Dame is ready for the end of an era — one year ahead of schedule.The school has used coal as an energy source since it opened in 1842. Monday, the last 10 tons of coal the school intends to burn were dumped to feed the campus power plant.The idea to switch away from coal was inspired in part by a letter written by Pope Francis about taking better care of the Earth. The school has made strides in changing their energy infrastructure in recent years, part of an effort to cut Notre Dame’s carbon footprint in half by 2030.This final coal delivery should be used up by the end of next year, according to officials at the school. The new energy configuration is also saving Notre Dame an estimated 2 million dollars per year. Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook Notre Dame receives school’s final shipment of coal WhatsApp WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Previous articleCass County man gets 43 years for AK-47 shooting in DowagiacNext articleSouth Bend Schools Loses 700 Students This Year Tommie Lee
Kunj ShahWondering if it’s worth it to spend the big bucks for The Rolling Stones sold-out reunion show at Newark’s Prudential Center? Words like Nostalgia and Jersey have been thrown around by infuriated fans after getting shutout by Ticketmaster. Fortunately for us, the band recently played a surprise gig in Paris, their first performance in about five years and kindly released some footage of Mick Jagger’s moves during “Jumping Jack Flash”. Check out the setlist from the show, watch the video, and determine for yourself if it’s going to be a once in a life time chance to see arguably the greatest rock and roll band of all time, or a nostalgia act in the armpit of America.
UPDATE: Kristian Nairn has announced a full US “Rave of Thrones’ tour, with dates across the country in October and December. The tour announcement comes shortly after news broke that characters Bran Stark and Hodor will not be appearing in the next season of Game of Thrones. Kristian Nairn may be best known as Hodor on the hit TV show Game of Thrones, but the multi-talented Nairn is also a skilled electronic music DJ and guitarist. A few months ago, we announced that Nairn would be performing in Australia, on a deep house “Rave of Thrones” tour. Now, it seems, DJ Hodor is coming to NYC!On October 10th, Nairn will be performing at the BB King’s, alongside Zedd Stark and Trance Rayder. Nairn has been cultivating his electronic music skills for nearly 20 years, so the expert DJ is guarantee to delight fans with his house grooves. Costumes are encouraged for the event, which is sponspored by New York Comic Con. Festivities begin at 11 PM, until 4 AM.Check out Hodor.. err.. Nairn’s tunes below:-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
FDNY Photo The new guidelines have been in use in other areas of the United States and locations around the world before COVID-19. Original order: New York state health officials are urging emergency service workers not to revive anyone without a pulse as the state battles coronavirus, according to a report. Related: Complete COVID-19 Coverage from JEMS A memo from the state Health Department says the change is “necessary during the COVID-19 response to protect the health and safety of EMS providers by limiting their exposure, conserve resources, and ensure optimal use of equipment to save the greatest number of lives,” the New York Post reported. “This guidance, proposed by physician leaders of the EMS Regional Medical Control Systems and the State Advisory Council — in accordance with American Heart Association guidance and based on standards recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians and adopted in multiple other states – was issued April 17, 2020 at the recommendation of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, and reflected “Žnationally recognized minimum standards,” Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesperson with the state’s Health Department told JEMS in an email. “However, they don’t reflect New York’s standards and for that reason DOH commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has ordered them to be rescinded.” Related: New York City Limits Transports of Cardiac Arrest Patients Oren Barzilay, president of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors FDNY – Local 2507, told the newspaper the city is “not giving people a second chance to live anymore.” Update: State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker rescinded the do not resuscitate order on Wednesday. The FDNY wrote in a letter “the NYC 911 system will continueto maintain a higher level of care,” according to the Post.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEnthusiastic spectators flocked to Washington for Monday’s inauguration, where they braved chilly temperatures and heavy security to witness the ceremonial start of President Obama’s second term.Spirits were high among the approximately one million revelers, as they took in a day of pageantry and patriotic music. “America’s possibilities are limitless,” President Obama said in his second inaugural address. “We possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together.”The speech was 2,137 words long and took 15 minutes to deliver. You can read the official transcript here.(READ the story from the Washingon Times – WATCH some of the highlights below, after an ad from ABC)Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames.Notable historians were asked about the significance of second inaugurals for an impressive video presented by the White House.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Vermont Business Magazine Bluehouse Group, a digital marketing and web design firm, has hired Michelle Massa(link is external) as the company’s marketing director. Massa brings nearly 20 years of marketing and business development experience in local and global markets. She will manage marketing operations within Bluehouse Group and provide expanded online marketing services to help clients reach their marketing goals. Bluehouse Group is committed to a flexible workplace environment, which includes flexible hours, a work-life balance and remote work opportunities for staff.Greg Brand, president of Bluehouse Group, remarks, “Bluehouse Group had its best year ever in 2016, and hiring a new marketing director will help us build on that momentum. It can be a challenge for many Vermont companies to find and retain talented people. That’s why we’ve built an appealing company culture, providing a flexible work environment, including working remotely and flexible hours to accommodate family life. Partly through our membership in Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility(link is external), we’ve learned that taking care of our people enables us to build a stronger team.”Massa met Brand at a VBSR conference in 2016 where he spoke about how to make remote work successful for employers and employees. Michelle accepted the position at Bluehouse in 2017 knowing that she could work part time from home. Thanks to non-profit internet provider, ECFiber(link is external), Michelle is able to work from her home in rural Vershire and commute as needed to the Burlington office or client meetings.“ECFiber was a game-changer for me and potentially the economy in central Vermont,” said Massa. “I was on satellite internet and leapfrogged DSL altogether – straight to Fiber. Major productivity gains!”In 2016, Bluehouse Group moved its office from Richmond to the Hood Plant building on South Winooski Avenue in downtown Burlington.“This was a great move for many reasons, including lessening our carbon footprint”, says Brand. “Several folks walk or ride their bike to work. We walk up Church Street for lunch. We love being in the middle of Burlington’s creative tech community.”About Bluehouse GroupBluehouse Group is a full-service digital marketing agency in Burlington. For nearly 20 years, the company has been creating commercial-grade websites and web applications that get results. With a local team of experienced developers, marketers and project managers, Bluehouse Group serves as a strategic web partner for organizations in Vermont and beyond. VBM vermontbiz.comSource: Burlington, VT – June 14, 2017 – Bluehouse Group www.BluehouseGroup.com(link is external)
Gov. Scott signs unanimous jury bill governor April 1, 2017 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Gov. Scott signs unanimous jury bill governor Senior Editor With the goal of making Florida’s death penalty law constitutional, in the session’s first week both the Senate and House passed a bill that will require unanimous jury verdicts in the penalty phase of murder trials, and Gov. Rick Scott quickly signed it into law. “Gov. Scott’s foremost concern is always for the victims and their loved ones. He hopes this legislation will allow families of these horrific crimes to get the closure they deserve,” Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in a statement on March 13. On March 9, the Senate unanimously passed SB 280, sponsored by Senate Criminal Justice Chair Randolph Bracy, D-Orlando. The following day, the House voted 112-3 to pass SB 280, substituted for HB 527, sponsored by Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Clearwater, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Casting one of the trio of “no” votes, Rep. Joseph Geller, D-Dania Beach, an attorney, said: “This bill leads to a better outcome than our current law. Our current law has been found unconstitutional. And so it is tempting to vote for this, because at least requiring unanimity is better than what we have.” But Geller said he was voting against the bill because he opposes the death penalty. “I don’t think it’s a deterrent. I don’t think it stops people. I don’t believe in it because it’s not equitably applied, and most especially it has to do with the quality of defense attorneys that people can afford. But most importantly, I don’t believe in it because I think it is morally and ethically wrong for the State to take lives,” Geller said. He said he was asked by the Council of Catholic Bishops to file a bill to repeal the death penalty, and he agreed to do so. Sprowls briefly ran through the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court decisions that put Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme in limbo for more than a year and said voting “yes” will “allow cases to move forward and for victims and their families to have access to justice.”
Dec 10, 2012CDC framework assesses emerging flu pandemics for both spread and severityA key lesson learned from the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic was that plans and severity scales did not address the severity of the novel strain. In response, a team of CDC experts has developed an evidence-based framework for assessing the public health impact of flu pandemics as they emerge, with a two-tier approach recognizing that transmissibility and severity are hard to assess early in a pandemic, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The team reviewed data from past flu seasons and pandemics to characterize severity and transmissibility based on the US experience. They outlined an approach to assessing the potential effects of a novel influenza virus using a broad dichotomous scale in the initial assessment but then refining the tool with more precise values as more data become available. This more refined assessment would have scaled values of severity and transmissibility plotted along an x-axis and y-axis, respectively, and could be stratified by age to reflect different effects on different age-groups. “By organizing and prioritizing data collection,” the authors write, “this approach may inform an evidence-based assessment of pandemic effects and guide decision making.”Dec 8 Emerg Infect Dis reportSanofi trial supports immunogenicity, safety of quadrivalent flu vaccineSanofi Pasteur’s quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) containing two influenza B strains performed comparably to two trivalent vaccines (TIVs) in a phase 2 clinical trial assessing immunogenicity and safety, according to a report in Vaccine. The company in October filed for US approval of the vaccine. (A quadrivalent intransal vaccine from MedImmune was approved in February.) TIVs contain just one B strain, but it’s difficult to predict which of the two influenza B lineages—Victoria or Yamagata—will be more common each flu season. The trial compared the QIV with the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasonal flu vaccines, which contained single B strains (one Victoria, one Yamagata). Adults, 190 in each group, were randomly assigned to receive one of the three vaccines. Antibody titers (measured by hemaggluination inhibition) in the QIV group were noninferior to those in the TIV groups. In addition, rates of seroprotection (antibody titer over 40) and seroconversion (a fourfold or greater rise in titer after vaccination) were similar in all three groups. The QIV left recipients with substantially higher B antibody levels than each group of TIV recipients had for the B strain not contained in their vaccine. As for safety, the incidence and severity of solicited injection-site and systemic reactions and adverse events were similar in all the groups.Dec 8 Vaccine reportOct 18 CIDRAP News item about Sanofi filing for its QIVOIE chief repeats call for destruction of rinderpest lab stocksThe chief of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today repeated calls for most laboratories to destroy remaining stocks of rinderpest virus, which causes a devastating disease in cattle and was eradicated in 2011, the first time humans have ever snuffed out an animal disease in the wild. Bernard Vallat, DVM, OIE director-general, made the comments at the Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of States Parties in Geneva, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. In July the OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a joint call for labs across the world to destroy any remaining virus samples or ship them to high-security OIE/FAO labs for storage. Vallat told AFP that dozens of labs house the virus, including some that don’t adhere to strict biosafety standards, which poses a risk of an accidental or intentional release.Dec 10 AFP storyJul 23 CIDRAP News scan “OIE, FAO call for destruction of rinderpest virus stores”In related news, Vallat today urged weapons convention members to strengthen veterinary services as a way to protect the world from biologic threats related to animal pathogens, according to an OIE press release. “The best way to protect the entire world from rising bio-threats linked with animal pathogens is to ensure that all national veterinary services comply with OIE international standards on quality. This must be a basis for bio risk management policies,” Vallat said in the statement.Dec 10 OIE press releaseHurricane flooding sparks more cholera in CubaParts of Cuba are experiencing a rise in cholera and dengue infections in the wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to a Dec 8 report from the Miami Herald that quoted several dissidents in the country. The spike in activity follows a summer outbreak centered in the eastern city of Manzanillo that was Cuba’s first in a century. The current wave of infections has targeted the eastern third of Cuba, and though the government hasn’t issued any public statements about the outbreak, it has established hand and shoe disinfection stands at the entrances of government buildings, with some public health workers going to houses to assess for disease symptoms and distribute water purification tablets. Sources told the Herald that at least 12 deaths had been reported and that cholera cases have recently led to quarantines at hospitals and prisons and closures at schools and restaurants. Also, the report said police stationed at hospitals are asking visitors to keep quiet about cholera and other diseases, apparently to avoid hurting Cuba’s tourism industry.
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Ralph Barr has been appointed to the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association’s (CAWA) Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC), representing United Components Inc. Barr is based in San Marcos, Calif.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Barr was appointed to the MAC by Board Chairman Tim Gerrity of General Auto Parts of Oakland, Calif. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Barr back into the leadership of CAWA and look forward to his participation and contributions to the association and the industry we represent out West,” said Gerrity. Gerrity noted that Barr had previously served on the MAC and CAWA board of directors in the late 1990s. He has been involved in the automotive aftermarket industry since 1977. Barr has served in a variety of capacities starting with the C.E. Niehoff Company, on to BWD Automotive and Pacific Supply Warehouse in southern California. He is currently the regional sales manager for UCI.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.