The Lake Champlain Basin Program has released the report Flood Resilience in the Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River. The report presents results of an LCBP flood conference held in 2012 at the request of Vermont Governor Shumlin and QuÃ©bec’s (former) Premier Charest, following the spring 2011 flooding of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River Valley. This new report provides a comprehensive review of the 2011 flooding impacts and includes specific recommendations to help inform flood resilience policies and management strategies to reduce the impact of major floods anticipated in the future.The report stresses that identifying, restoring, and protecting existing floodplains, whether they are adjacent to Lake Champlain or its tributaries, are important steps to help lessen flood damage in the future. By ensuring that tributary river flood waters can flow unimpeded into floodplains in the watershed, a lower volume of stormwater, sediments and nutrients will be delivered to Lake Champlain in times of flood. The recommendations also include the establishment of lakeshore protection zones to ensure bank stability, reduce flood damage, and protect water quality and habitat.In addition to hosting technical workshops in QuÃ©bec and New York, the LCBP hosted a two-day conference in Vermont in 2012 to help inform this report. The document includes a summary of both 2011 flood events, and the impacts to humans, community infrastructure, and the Lake Champlain ecosystem. The report also outlines 15 policy recommendations and identifies critical information data gaps for the three jurisdictions to consider for increasing our resilience to future flood events in the region.Read Flood Resilience in the Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River (en Francais).
Southwestern Vermont Health Care,Vermont Business Magazine An Open House and Community Celebration to commemorate the renovation of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Northshire Campus is scheduled for 12 – 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at the practice, 5957 Main Street—Route 7A in Manchester. The event will include a healthy barbecue and family fun, including kids’ activities, games and prizes. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet providers and tour the building. The event is free and open to the public.The renovated building includes a comfortable new waiting room, the addition of consultation rooms on the second floor, a new telemedicine-enabled room, and five new exam rooms, which allowed the addition of another provider. The renovation is part of broader, SVHC strategy to boost access to primary care in the areas it serves.The practice is a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level 2 Patient Centered Medical Home. The distinction means that the practice provides preventive and counseling services, in addition to routine medical care.A dedication ceremony planned during the Open House and Community Celebration will thank the renovation’s donors. They include: Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Fuller; Mr. and Mrs. Roby Harrington, III; Ms. Susan Hunter and Mr. Doug Watson; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Mortiz; Mr. and Mrs. John K. Runnette; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Sullivan.The SVMC Northshire Campus is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 802-362-4440 to learn about availability for new patients. About SVHC:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Energy Control System’s (VECS) co-founder Bill Kuhn testified last week before the Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection Subcommitte hearing in Washington, DC, at the annual Internet of Things (IoT) Showcase Event. The IoT encompasses any and all devices which can be connected to the Internet and to each other from cell phones to coffee makers to smart homes. VECS designs and manufactures electronic devices using cutting edge technology for IoT applications.Kuhn’s testimony before congress highlighted the importance of IoT innovation and related opportunities and challenges, especially for small businesses. Kuhn’s message to congress is that internet technology connected businesses need “as few barriers and impediments as possible for the evolution of this technology to proceed.” Kuhn discussed the importance of creating, designing, and innovating without “heavy handed regulation that could stifle innovation and distract the entrepreneur from focusing on the purpose of the business.”Watch full testimony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM0t6XhSXF4(link is external)For information see website, www.vecs.org(link is external).,Yes
Saudi Arabia reported four more MERS-CoV cases in the past 3 days, two of them likely linked to an outbreak in Medina, and the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday issued a statement on a recent mission to probe a large hospital outbreak in Riyadh.A WHO emergency committee earlier this month raised concerns about circulation of the virus as more than 2 million pilgrims are gathering in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage, considered the world’s largest mass gathering.Though MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) activity seems to be slowing some in an outbreak in Riyadh, new infections are popping up in some of the country’s other major cities, such as Jeddah—a primary arrival spot for international travelers—and Medina, one of the country’s major holy sites.Pace slows in Riyadh, but cases noted elsewhereThe pace of new cases from Riyadh over the past week seems to have slowed but has done so amid signals of possible hospital-related outbreaks in Medina and Najran. Announcements from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) over the last few days hint at another similar event in Jeddah, which involved a sick healthcare worker whose exposure to a previous case is under review.Medina’s two new cases were reported by the MOH yesterday and today, bringing to seven the number of cases reported in the city—the second holiest in Saudi Arabia—this month. One involves a foreign healthcare worker, a 34-year-old woman who is hospitalized in stable condition. Health officials are still exploring if she had earlier contact with a suspected or confirmed case.Three of the seven cases reported this month so far in Medina involved healthcare workers.The other case reported in Medina is in a 30-year-old Saudi man who his hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities are also still exploring his source of infection.The sick healthcare worker from Jeddah is a 24-year-old foreign woman who is listed in critical condition. Officials are still trying to determine how she contracted the virus. The woman’s illness is the first MERS-CoV case reported from Jeddah since early April.Meanwhile, the one case in Riyadh involves a 71-year-old Saudi woman who is hospitalized in stable condition. The Saudi MOH said the woman didn’t have contact with an earlier case.Twenty more people have recovered from their infections over the past 3 days, and as of today, 44 people are still being treated for their MERS-CoV infections. Also, an additional 13 people are in home isolation.Two more earlier announced patients died from their illnesses, a 58-year-old Saudi woman and 60-year-old Saudi man. Both were from Riyadh and had underlying medical conditions.The latest developments lift Saudi Arabia’s total from the disease to 1,235 cases, which includes 523 deaths.WHO weighs in on Riyadh missionThe WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean regional office yesterday issued a statement on a recent expert mission to investigate a large hospital outbreak in Riyadh. WHO experts visited Riyadh on Aug 23, and its initial findings informed the WHO’s MERS emergency committee, which met for the 10th time on Sep 2 to discuss the latest developments.The emergency committee held off on declaring a global health emergency then, but in a strongly worded statement raised major concerns about Saudi Arabia’s efforts to curb the threat. It criticized the nation for not following its earlier recommendations, including having a lack of routine reporting of asymptomatic cases, which are thought to play a role in fueling MERS-CoV activity.In its statement yesterday, the WHO said experts met with Saudi MOH officials and toured emergency and isolation facilities at the Riyadh outbreak hospital, King Abdulaziz Medical City. The agency also said it assessed the situation at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Hospital in Riyadh, one of the country’s three national reference centers for the disease. WHO officials have said a smaller outbreak occurred at a second hospital but was quickly contained. It’s not clear if Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz is that second hospital.The WHO said 112 cases with links to the main outbreak hospital were reported from the first week of July until Aug 31. Thirty-eight of those cases proved fatal.Most of the cases linked to the hospital outbreak, which is still ongoing, involved patient-to-patient transmission, according to the WHO. Other factors included emergency department (ED) overcrowding and breaches in infection-control measures by some patients, visitors, and healthcare workers.WHO experts learned of no multiple transmission chains in the ED of the main outbreak hospital or in any other Riyadh hospitals that received patients who were exposed at King Adbulaziz Medical City. It said the Saudi MOH was still investigating how transmission occurred and possible risk factors, such as length of stay in the ED and movements of ED patients to other parts of the hospital.Though the WHO commended the Saudi MOH for its steps to contain the outbreak, it urged officials to regularly share more information with it on control steps and outbreak status. It said the hospital outbreak serves an example that even small lapses in infection control and prevention practices can spark a large outbreak, posing a risk not only to Saudi Arabia but to other countries, as well.Experts also developed a set of recommendations, including documenting the lessons learned in battling the outbreak, strengthening infection control practices in all of the country’s health systems, involving the agriculture ministry in the prevention and investigation of community-acquired cases, and filling in and sharing the results of scientific and epidemiologic knowledge gaps about MERS-CoV.Hospital finedIn other developments, Riyadh health officials have fined a private hospital $27,000 for its lapses in handling a MERS-CoV patient, Arab News reported yesterday. It said the patient was forced to go to another hospital, where his or her infection was confirmed.Authorities said the unnamed facility did not handle a MERS patient according to practices required by the MOH, according to the report, which also said national health officials have launched an intensive campaign to raise awareness about the disease.Antibody response trackedOn the science front, researchers from South Korea and Hong Kong late last week reported new serologic findings, based on 17 patients who underwent treatment at three hospitals in South Korea—two in Seoul and one in Bundang. The team reported its findings in a Sep 11 early online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.The investigators examined the patients’ serologic responses with virus neutralization and ELISA tests. Of the 17 patients, 9 had severe infections and 8 had mild disease. One patient died.Most patients mounted a robust antibody response by the third week of illness, and delayed response as measured by the neutralization test was associated with more severe infections, the team found.See also:Sep 12 Saudi MOH statementSep 13 Saudi MOH statementSep 14 Saudi MOH statementSep 13 WHO MERS mission statementSep 3 CIDRAP News story “Panel says no MERS emergency amid rising concerns”Sep 13 Arab News storySep 11 Emerg Infect Dis report
LEXINGTON, KY — Craig Moughler, senior vice president of international channel development for Valvoline, will relocate from Valvoline World Headquarters in Lexington, KY, to Shanghai, China. The announcement was made by Sam Mitchell, president of the Ashland Inc. unit. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Ashland is investing in international markets for long-term growth,” said Mitchell. “Craig’s relocation will accelerate Ashland and Valvoline’s efforts to build relationships with channel partners, form strategic alliances and win new customers outside the U.S.” “It’s important that we have executives on the ground in China to help strengthen our corporate strategies there,” said Ashland Chairman and CEO Jim O’Brien. “Craig is a seasoned Ashland executive with many years of experience developing our international business.” Valvoline’s China business is organized around manufacturing and marketing products for the do-it-yourself or retail segment, providing products and services for the “do-it-for-me” or installed segment – and servicing its joint venture in the heavy duty market with Cummins Engine Co. Moughler is a 20-year Ashland veteran. For more information about Ashland, visit: http://www.ashland.com.,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 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. 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.
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Furthermore, Jumbo also delivered sub-sea equipment to the sub-sea installation vessel Toisa Proteus, as well as returning demobilised equipment from the Toisa Proteus to Singapore.Acergy Australia is the offshore installation contractor for the Van Gogh project, which is being developed by Apache Energy in the Exmouth sub-basin, offshore Northwest Australia. As part of the Vincent field, it lies in water depths of 340 to 370 metres and a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) will be used for production and storage of the oil. The FPSO will be moored to the DTM buoy, anchored to the seabed with nine anchors. In addition to the normal engineering procedures, careful preparation was required as the DTM buoy could only be lifted from the top, using a single point connection. A special lifting device to suspend the ‘ball tool’ was designed in-house and manufactured under supervision of Jumbo in Singapore. A special grillage was designed to support and secure the buoy on deck. Extensive motion analyses together with finite element calculations were carried out to determine the loads exerted by the buoy on the main deck, caused by accelerations in rough seas. Late last year, Jumbo Shipping’s Fairlane arrived in Singapore to load the DTM buoy, which weighs 500 tonnes, using the vessel’s two 400 tonnes mast cranes, before sailing to Dampier and, subsequently, the Exmouth Gulf to deliver the buoy to its final destination offshore. Fairlane then sailed to the port of Henderson, near Perth, for the next phase of the project. Two sub-sea manifolds of respectively 160 and 180 tonnes, four riser bases weighing 100 tonnes and some smaller items were loaded. After returning to the gulf of Exmouth, Fairlane moored alongside Toisa Proteus and lifted the sub-sea equipment onto the main deck of the construction vessel, before returning demobilised equipment from Toisa Proteus to Singapore. The first oil from the Van Gogh field is expected to flow from March 2009.
An immigration firm has been referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority after judges said it had engaged in ‘a systematic course of conduct designed to undermine the immigration process’. Manchester firm Sandbrook Solicitors appeared before the upper tribunal in Manchester Civil Justice Centre after the firm was suspected of deploying a strategy of seeking last-minute interim relief in deportation cases and then failing to issue proceedings in the hope that clients would fall ‘below the radar’.Once granted relief, clients would be released from detention and in many cases abscond, the ruling said. Mr Justice Green said the firm’s conduct suggested a ‘deliberate disregard for the professional duties owed to the court’ which ‘strikes at the very heart of the system of immigration control’.Commenting on five cases in which Sandbrook had been involved, Green said they showed the firm was prepared to advance cases on virtually any ground ‘however tenuous or hopeless’, simply to enable applications for interim relief.Once relief was granted, the firm would fail to pursue a substantive claim for judicial review, and in one instance tried to persuade the tribunal that a claim for review was ‘academic’. Green described this as ‘a most disquieting aspect’ of the case.He also noted that the firm had repeatedly failed to respond to requests from tribunal officials, which he feared was a ‘further component of a strategy to lie low and hope that a case will go away in the future’.Green said the tribunal had made no findings of fact, but had referred the firm and its solicitors to the SRA.In a statement to the Gazette, Sandbrook said: ‘We are aware of the referral by Mr Justice Green of a small number of immigration matters in which we were referred to the SRA for review.‘Whilst it would be inappropriate for us to comment in detail at this stage while the SRA review is ongoing, we are confident that, in due course, once the same has been completed, we will be found to have acted appropriately and in accordance with our professional obligations at all times.’
RUSSIA: Rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding has reported sales of 154bn roubles for 2013, up 18% on the 130bn roubles previous year.The highest growth was in the freight sector, with deliveries of diesel shunting locomotives up 90% and mainline freight diesel locomotive sales up 66%. Metrowagonmash’s prototype DPM DMU is undergoing certification at the Shcherbinka test facility ahead of dynamic testing on Northern Caucasus Railway’s Belorechensk line. The TMH subsidiary intends to offer 120 and 160 km/h variants of the DMU, which features a Stadler power module based on the Swiss firm’s GTW family. Transmashholding locomotive deliveries 20122013 DieselFreight sections170283 Passenger locos3042 Shunting locos 194 ElectricFreight sections351434 Passenger locos4150