Click here to read full story. Click here to check out the discussion on JEMS Connect. CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. — The man accused of killing a volunteer EMT in Cape Vincent has been charged with second-degree murder. Christopher Burke is accused of shooting and killing Mark Davis after Davis and two other paramedics came to his home on Esseltyne Street shortly before midnight Friday night to try and provide medical assistance.
A reworked musical version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach will receive its premiere at the Seattle Children’s Theatre November 21 through January 5. Directed by SCT artistic director Linda Hartzell, the stage adaptation features a book by Timothy Allen McDonald and music by Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The Seattle cast will include Mike Spee (Seattle’s Spring Awakening) as James, Kendra Kassebaum (Broadway’s Leap of Faith and Wicked) as Ladybug, Rich Gray as Centipede, Heath Saunders (Seattle’s Hairspray) as Earthworm, Greg McCormick Allen as Grasshopper, Diana Huey as Spider, Julie Briskman as Sponge and Jayne Muirhead as Spiker, with Vickielee Wohlbach, Ian Lindsay and Auston James rounding out the cast. View Comments Star Files The Seattle production will feature choreography by Marianne Roberts, set design by Carey Wong, lighting design by Michelle Habeck, costume design by Cathy Hunt, sound design by Chris R. Walker, fight choreography by Geoff Alm and puppet design by Annett Mateo. Chris Distefano will serve as musical director and Lara Paxton will work as the ariel coach. James and the Giant Peach received its world premiere in 2010 at Goodspeed, but the show has since undergone major changes, which will be incorporated into the Seattle production. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion, which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. Kendra Kassebaum
Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc, Northern Power Systems, Inc, and WEG Electric Corp, today announced a new and unique collaboration to implement a utility scale Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for VEC in Hinesburg. The lithium battery system, with an installed power of 1.9MW and energy storage capacity up to 5.3MWh, will increase flexibility for VEC, allowing it to draw power from the battery during peak demand times, to reduce transmission costs. Because the battery storage system will be able to supply electricity when the grid is experiencing high demand, or “peaking,” it can help contain costs for VEC. In addition, when the battery system is not being used for peak demand charge reduction for VEC it will be used to provide grid stability to reduce potential power outages.The Viridity-VEC project will not only use innovative technology and systems, it also will employ an innovative partnership structure. Viridity will own and operate the storage system under the terms of an Energy Storage Service Agreement (ESSA) with VEC, utilizing Viridity’s Battery Storage as a Service (BSaaS) product and services solution. Northern Power, headquartered in Barre,VT, together with WEG, will be responsible for project and technical design, permitting, construction, battery supply and installation and on-going management.“We determined that the ESSA approach will bring the benefits of a battery energy storage system to the Co-op without requiring any significant upfront capital costs by VEC,” said Vickie Brown, VEC’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. “The Co-op has ensured a fair price for the development and operation of this storage project with reliable partners, and it will help VEC meet our goal of developing cost effective storage solutions,” she said. Brown thanked the project partners for their technical expertise and their commitment to collaboration, all which will contribute to ensuring a successful project.Viridity Energy, based in Philadelphia, will own and operate the project. “Viridity is thrilled to support VEC in bringing a cost-effective storage system to VEC members to reduce VEC member costs,” said Raj Chudgar, Viridity President. “This project is a great example of what we can do when we work together across multiple organizations to achieve positive outcomes. We are pleased to be able to work with the Co-op and our partners, Northern and WEG, to implement this project by summer 2019.”Ciel Caldwell, President of Northern Power, said, “We developed our capability to provide full turnkey megawatt energy storage systems that can incorporate different qualified battery suppliers while leveraging robust controls designed into our proprietary power converter. With proven systems, project management, monitoring and servicing capabilities, Northern Power is uniquely suited to deliver turnkey energy storage projects to customers like VEC and Viridity. We’re excited to expand on our long history as a technology partner with WEG for wind turbines to now also include collaboration on energy storage opportunities.”According João Paulo Gualberto da Silva, WEG’s Director of New Solar and Eolic Energies “This is the first major commercial scale lithium-ion battery power project that WEG will provide. Being able to debut in the US market with a partner with Viridity’s experience is very important for the expansion of our business in the growing storage markets of energy by batteries.”WEG acquired Northern Power’s utility-scale wind turbine business in 2016.The project is proposed to be located adjacent to VEC’s Hinesburg substation at 1121 Pond Brook Road. In addition to supplying energy at peak consumption times, the system will help control the voltage and frequency of the region’s power grid balancing the electricity between supply and consumption. The project has filed a 45-day public notice with the Vermont’s Public Utility Commission and is hoping to commission the project in the spring of 2019.About Vermont Electric Cooperative: www.vermontelectric.coop(link is external)Vermont Electric Cooperative, established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable energy services to approximately 32,000 members in 75 towns. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is the largest locally owned electric distribution utility in Vermont.About Viridity Energy: https://viridityenergy.com/(link is external)Viridity, a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, based in Philadelphia, has nearly a decade of experience and leadership in responding to power demand, management and storage. Using proprietary software and solutions, the company primarily serves retail energy suppliers, utilities and large commercial customers.About Northern Power Systems: http://www.northernpower.com/(link is external)Northern Power designs and manufactures distributed power generation and energy storage solutions with its advanced wind turbines, inverters, controls, and integration services. With approximately 23 million run-time hours across its global fleet, Northern Power products provide customers with clean, cost-effective, reliable renewable energy. Northern Power also develops turnkey energy storage projects for grid connected and seamless islanding applications. Northern Power has been a technology innovator for over 40 years and serves clients around the globe from its US headquarters and European offices.About WEG http://www.weg.net/institutional/US/en/(link is external)Founded in 1961 in Brazil, WEG operates mainly in the sector of capital goods and is one of the largest world manufacturers of electric-electronic equipment, having five main businesses: Motors, Energy, Transmission and Distribution, Automation and Coatings. WEG has manufacturing units in 12 countries and is present in more than 100 countries, servicing all industrial segments, including oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, steel, pulp and paper, renewable energy, among many others. With over 30 thousand employees, WEG’s Net Revenues reached R$ 9,5 billion in 2017.Source: VEC August 2, 2018
by. Nicholas BallasyThe CFPB should collect even more data on business lending to women and minorities than it is currently collecting on mortgages to comply with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.That was the overall recommendation made in a National Community Reinvestment Coalition report Thursday that advised the CFPB on how it should implement Dodd-Frank Act mandates that require collection of the data to prevent discrimination.“In order for regulators and the public to fully understand lending patterns, a comprehensive picture of the lending marketplace is needed,” said the report, Small Business Loan Data: Recommendations to the CFPB. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
February 1, 2007 Regular News Ambler advocates for court information technology system Ambler advocates for court information technology system Florida’s court system won’t be truly unified until a statewide information technology system is in place allowing computers in various state agencies that supply information to the courts to communicate directly.That would give judges instant access to information needed to resolve cases and make decisions, Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, told the House Committee on Courts at its first meeting of the year in January. He asked the committee to work to make such a system a reality.“Revision 7 will never be fully implemented until we successfully go and transition into a statewide information technology system managed by the courts themselves,” Ambler said.Ambler noted the federal courts recently launched a uniform filing system that “works terrific and I think that should be a goal.”Recommendations for integrating court technology with instant access to multi-agency computers largely failed in the Florida Legislature last year. The House included $1 million to implement recommendations from the Article V Technology Board in its Article V Revision 7 bill, HB 7235. But the Senate declined to pass that bill, instead funding two positions in the appropriations bill to carry out some of the board’s recommendations. The board’s main recommendation was to begin finding a way to make computers in various state agencies that supply information to the courts be able to directly communicate.
CBRE has completed the sale of three units within the Mountain View Office Suites located at 9787 N. 91st St. in Scottsdale. The 10,137 SF medical office building commanded a sale price of $2.1M. Andrew Fosberg and Steve Fernandez of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, Phaedrus LLC of Scottsdale. The buyer, Holladay, Utah-based SH Property LLC, was represented by Bob Winegar and Lance Richards with Pierpont Equity Group in Phoenix.“Due to the quality tenants and the proximity to Scottsdale Healthcare’s Shea campus in north Scottsdale, the asset received a lot of interest from prospective buyers,” said Fosberg. “We continue to see improvement in the Phoenix office market after our second consecutive quarter with declining market vacancy rates.”Mountain View Office Suites is located in the heart of north Scottsdale. The medical office building was 100% leased at time of sale and is anchored by the successful Scottsdale Endoscopy Center. Additional tenants include a newly relocated dental practiceand the Valley Sleep Center, which is dedicated to diagnosing and treating sleep disorders through its five metro Phoenix locations.
Scientific American: Is intelligence innate, or can you boost it with effort? The way you answer that question may determine how well you learn. Those who think smarts are malleable are more likely to bounce back from their mistakes and make fewer errors in the future, according to a study published last October in Psychological Science.Researchers at Michigan State University asked 25 undergraduate students to participate in a simple, repetitive computer task: they had to press a button whenever the letters that appeared on the screen conformed to a particular pattern.Read the whole story: Scientific American
Jan 31, 2011Flu in Moscow triggers week-long school closureMoscow has closed all of its elementary schools for a week to battle an influenza epidemic described as the worst since 1998, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published yesterday. The closure was expected to affect close to 500,000 children, according to school officials. One official said half of the students in some classes were home with the flu but that the situation in Moscow was “relatively favorable” compared with some other regions in central Russia. Officials said close to 92,000 Muscovites were suffering from flu or other respiratory infections and that 52,000 of them were children, which was 42% higher than the average of previous years. Week-long school closures also were ordered in the Ural city of Chelyabinsk and in the northern Far East town of Yakutsk, the story said. The shutdown in Moscow was the first of its kind since 1998, the story said.Jan 30 AFP reportRecombinant flu vaccine looks promising in middle-aged adultsA trivalent flu vaccine using antigens produced in insect cells compared favorably with a standard trivalent vaccine in a test of its immunogenicity and safety in middle-aged adults, echoing results of previous trials in younger and older adults, according to an early online report from Vaccine. The vaccine, made by Protein Sciences Corp., contains recombinant hemagglutinin produced in baculovirus-infected insect cells. In the trial, 601 healthy people between the ages of 50 and 64 were randomly assigned to receive either an egg-based vaccine containing 15 micrograms (mcg) of each of three flu strains or the recombinant vaccine containing 45 mcg of each strain. The trial was conducted during the 2007-08 flu season. The respective seroconversion rates for the standard and recombinant vaccines were as follows: 66% and 72% for seasonal H1N1, 44% and 63% for H3N2 (a significant difference), and 41% and 41% for type B. Antibody responses to the H1 and H3 strains were significantly higher in the recombinant vaccine group, as measured by geometric mean titers, and both vaccines were found to be safe. There were too few cases of confirmed flu infection (11) to assess the vaccines’ efficacy, the report says.Jan 28 Vaccine reportInfluenza B muscles out H1N1 in the UKAs flu activity continues its decline in the United Kingdom, influenza B has edged out the 2009 H1N1 virus as the dominant strain, the UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) said on Jan 27 in its weekly update. The number of doctor’s visits for flu-like illness in England continued to drop after peaking during the last week of December. The HPA received reports of 84 more deaths, raising the flu season total to 338. Many of the most recently reported deaths occurred over the past 6 weeks but were just confirmed. About 73% of deaths involved people who had risk factors for flu complications, and most were in people ages 15 to 64.Jan 27 HPA weekly flu reportSevere H1N1 cases rose sharply in Wisconsin’s second pandemic waveIn Wisconsin, the number of hospitalizations increased fourfold and the number of deaths rose fivefold between the first and second waves of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, according to a report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID). In the first wave, from Apr 15 through Aug 30, 2009, there were 252 hospital cases and 9 deaths; during the second wave, from Aug 31, 2009, through Jan 2, 2010, the numbers rose to 1,077 and 46, says the report from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. The differences in numbers were even more pronounced—tenfold and eightfold increases—outside Milwaukee. Hospitalization rates were highest for racial and ethnic minorities during the first wave, but the rates increased most for non-Hispanic whites and adults in the second wave. In the first wave, 48% of patients were black and 29% were white, but in the later period this changed to 15% black and 68% white. Times to hospital admission and antiviral treatment were shorter in the second wave, “but the overall hospital course remained similar, with no change in hospitalization duration, intensive care unit admission, requirement for mechanical ventilation, or mortality,” the report states.Jan 28 JID reportH5N1 strain ID’d in China points to wild-bird spreadResearchers have found a strain of H5N1 avian flu isolated from a 2009 outbreak in wild birds in China that is novel to the region and indicates spread of the virus via migratory birds, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The scientists isolated 11 highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses from 13 birds of three different species (great-crested grebes and two gull species) that were found during an outbreak that killed 273 birds at Qinghai Lake in Qinghai Province, a breeding ground for many bird species. Phylogenic and antigenic analyses revealed that the viruses belonged to clade 2.3.2 and “were closely related and showed 100% homology at the nucleotide level.” What’s more, the viruses differed from those previously detected at the lake, which had till that point been from clade 2.2, a strain that originated from a 2005 outbreak at the lake, China’s largest. Clade 2.3.2 has been reported in Hong Kong and Japan, but the analysis showed that the latest Chinese viruses most closely resembled strains found in great-crested grebes and black-headed gulls in Russia in 2009. Because of this fact and the lack of H5N1 outbreaks in poultry in that region in 2009, the authors conclude, “It is likely that wild birds spread the virus.”Jan 28 Emerg Infect Dis report
A report today from the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) highlights the environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance.The Frontiers Report, launched during the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, lists the release of antimicrobial compounds into the environment by households, hospitals, pharmaceutical factories, and farms as one of six emerging issues of environmental concern because of the potential impact on antibiotic resistance. The other issues are nanomaterials, marine protected areas, sand and dust storms, solar power, and human migration.While the extent of environmental contamination from antimicrobial production and use by humans and food-producing animals remains unclear, several studies in recent years have documented the presence of antibiotics in agricultural soil, river and lake sediment, tidal estuaries, and wastewater facilities. The concern is that even low levels of antimicrobial residues in soil and water systems are contributing to the evolution of antimicrobial resistant bacteria.”Around the world, discharge from municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste in the environment means it is common to find antibiotic concentrations in many rivers, sediments and soils,” UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim writes in the foreword to the report. “It is steadily driving the evolution of resistant bacteria: a drug that once protected our health is now in danger of very quietly destroying it.”Several paths into the environmentAntimicrobial residues can follow several paths into the environment. According to the report, up to 80% of antibiotics are excreted un-metabolized through urine and feces into sewage systems and flow into wastewater treatment plants that are also treating water from hospitals and industrial facilities. But because these treatment plants aren’t designed to fully remove antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals from wastewater, the drugs end up being released into surface waters.Antimicrobial use in agriculture also plays a role, as antibiotics used to treat food-producing animals are excreted through manure, which is spread onto fields as fertilizer and can be carried into nearby lakes, streams, and oceans with other untreated agricultural runoff. In addition, nearly three quarters of all antibiotics used in aquaculture may be lost to surrounding waters, according to the report.Researchers have found antimicrobial residues in water and soil all over the world. A study in China earlier this year found five major antibiotic classes in estuary samples from coastal China, pinpointing wastewater streams from municipal sewage treatment and aquaculture as likely contributors. A recent study conducted in Minnesota found residue from 10 different antibiotics in lake bottom sediment dating back to the 1950s. All the lakes studied receive water from sewage treatment plants.Pharmaceutical production facilities also contribute to the problem, especially in India, where a large proportion of antibiotics are produced. In April, a team of researchers sampled water from sources in and around Hyderabad, India—a major pharmaceutical manufacturing hub—and found high concentrations of three antibiotics and increased concentrations of eight others.Once in the water and soil, the antimicrobial residues can interact with natural bacterial communities and with human and animal bacteria that have also been discharged into the environment. While the concentrations of antimicrobial residue found in surface water and soil aren’t high enough to be lethal to their bacterial neighbors, laboratory studies have shown that even small amounts of antibiotics can exert some selective pressure for bacteria carrying antibiotic resistance genes to share those genes—not only with their offspring but also with other types of bacteria. Disinfectants and other industrial pollutants that end up in water, the report adds, may increase that pressure.The studies in China and India suggest this may be what’s happening in surface waters. In both studies, researchers also found a high abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in the water they sampled, indicating that the presence of antimicrobial residues in the water may be linked to the emergence of those resistance mechanisms. Other research has focused on wastewater treatment plants as potential “hot spots” for the horizontal transfer of resistance genes.Mitigation strategies, stewardship may helpThe question, the authors of the report say, is what level of antimicrobial residue will affect microbial communities. “Generating reliable temporal and spatial data on the exposure of microbial communities to antimicrobial residues in soil and water is vital to better understand the extent of selection that occurs in natural environments,” they write.Other unanswered questions are how much human exposure to resistant bacteria in the environment occurs through drinking water, food consumption, and direct contact with the environment, and what impact that exposure has on human health.While noting that more research is needed on the issue, the authors of the report say developing strategies to reduce the amount of antibiotics and resistant bacteria in treated wastewater could help mitigate the problem. Some of the approaches that have been tried, with varying levels of effectiveness, include membrane filtration and ozonation to remove antibiotics and bacteria, ultraviolet light disinfection and heat treatment, and secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment facilities. They also suggest treating animal waste before applying it as fertilizer.Antimicrobial stewardship will play a role as well, they add, by reducing the amount of antibiotics that get into wastewater in the first place.See also:Dec 5 Frontiers 2017 reportDec 5 UN Environment news release
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