DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour added upstate New York to the 2021 slate Thursday.The tour will visit New York International Raceway Park at Lancaster Speedway on Saturday, July 31. The night race will be 150 laps.Lancaster, located just outside of Buffalo, is steeped in Modified history. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans was a frequent winner at Lancaster, as was Modified pioneer Maynard Troyer. Tyler Rypkema, the 2020 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year, has also won at the .625-mile oval which first opened in 1959. More recently, Modified tour veterans Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman dominated Race of Champions events at the track. A.J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones picked up USAC Sprint car wins at Lancaster.The NASCAR announced last week that the Whelen Modified Tour will visit Virginia’s Martinsville Speedway Thursday, April 8, and Richmond Raceway on Friday, Sept. 10.Wednesday, Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway released its 2021 schedule that included three Whelen Modified Tour dates: Sunday, April 25 as part of the NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend, Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of NAPA Fall Final.
Acadian Ambulance Service has expanded its North Texas service area with the acquisition of StarPlus EMS in McKinney. The expansion, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, added 50 full time employees, eight ambulances and three wheelchair vans to their Texas operations. Acadian Ambulance now provides emergency and non-emergency service in 33 Texas counties, including Denton, Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Grayson and Hunt. The company began operating in the state in 2006. Porter Taylor, vice president of operations, said, “Acadian Ambulance is committed to the North Texas market, and we are excited about the opportunities the purchase of StarPlus presents. This is a case of two good companies coming together to provide the best possible patient care and customer service in the region.” Acadian Ambulance serves the Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas and Louisiana and Mississippi. They are nationally accredited–one of only 150 ambulance services in the nation and one of six in Texas to have earned the prestigious designation. Since 1971, Acadian has been committed to providing the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade, the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian’s six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.
RELATED: This Entire Town Became Autism-Friendly After Every Business Agreed to Apply Four Specific MeasuresHe then spent the next three years offering his expertise as an in-home trainer for clients with autism.Then, last month on February 23rd he officially opened his new gym in Tampa for people with special needs.“It’s just to try to provide individuals a way to stay active, no matter where they are in their life,” Fleming told CNN. “Just seeing individuals get healthy, it’s awesome – the healthier these individuals are, the more likely they are to live their best lives.”(WATCH the news coverage below) – Photo by Puzzle Piece Fitness LLC FacebookStay Healthy By Avoiding Excessive Negativity—And Sharing The Good News With Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMany people have trouble finding the motivation to go to a gym—and, it’s often even more difficult for people with autism.That’s why Mark Fleming opened Puzzle Piece Fitness: a gym in Florida that caters specifically to people with special needs.Fleming, who has autism himself, graduated college with a master’s degree in exercise science. He pursued his passion by spending some time volunteering for the Special Olympics, but he was bothered by how many of the sporting participants had nowhere else to stay fit outside of Special Olympic training events.
RELATED: Bees Are Benefiting From Hemp Pollen as More Legal Cannabis is Grown Since 2018 Farm BillReports say that the legislation will also encourage the crop to be used for new legal industries such as producing textile fibers, developing pharmaceutical goods, and manufacturing consumer products from CBD oil.“We have moral and social reservations, but today there is the need to help the economy by any means,” said Alain Aoun, a senior MP in the Free Patriotic Movement, as reported by Daily CBD.Lebanon had already been suffering from dramatic rates of inflation, rising unemployment, and the diminishing value of local currency prior to the novel coronavirus outbreaks. Now, financial and political experts are hoping that the new birth of a booming medical marijuana industry could help resuscitate the nation’s struggling economy in the near future.Representative photo by Visible Hands, CCPlant Some Positivity Amongst Your Friends By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFollowing a parliamentary vote last Tuesday, Lebanon has become the first Arab nation to legalize cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes—and it could bring a much-needed financial windfall to the country’s economy.The legislation was approved nearly two years after it was recommended by New York-based firm Mckinsey and Co. through a consultation with the Lebanese government about alleviating the country’s economic crisis in 2018.Since cannabis has long been grown illegally in the nation’s Bekaa Valley—and since Lebanon has been ranked among the top three biggest Middle Eastern cannabis cultivators by the United Nations—economists have estimated that a medical marijuana industry could bring in as much as $1 billion in annual revenue.
Wayne Keith Brown, 48, of Port Arthur, TX departed this life on Sunday, July 14, 2019 in a tragic car accident.Wayne was born December 30, 1970 to the late Louis Brown, Jr. and Shirley Marie Levine-Brown.He was a lifelong resident of Port Arthur, TX and worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. In 2016, he fulfilled his lifelong dream alongside his brother, they formed Brown Brothers Transport.Wayne was a 1989 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.He is preceded in death by his parents. Wayne leaves to cherish his memories one loving daughter, Ke’Haire Morgan of Beaumont, TX; two grandchildren, Peyton and Kodii Smith; one brother De’Marius Tremayne Brown of Port Arthur, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Christian Faith Baptist Church, 1919 Jefferson Drive, Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
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.