Vermont companies recognized for Workplace Safety

first_imgSeveral Vermont companies were recently recognized for their strong commitment to effective workplace safety at the annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference. The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety, presented by Steve Monahan, Vermont Department of Labor’s Director of Workers’ Compensation and Safety, was awarded to Ben and Jerry’s of St Albans for Large Business category, Commonwealth Dairy of Brattleboro for Medium Business category, Washington Electric Cooperative of East Montpelier for Small Business category, to Town of Bennington for the Municipality category, and to Engelberth Construction of Colchester for the Construction category.The Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is the highest honor given by the State of Vermont to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health policy and practice.The Governor’s Award highlights the benefits of providing a safe workplace for both the employer and its workforce. “Job safety is one of the most important workplace issues today, and can significant positive impact on worker comp and operational costs and employee morale. These awards recognize specific companies that are committed to effective workplace safety,” said Director Steve Monahan.Established twelve years ago, the awards are sponsored by Governor Peter Shumlin, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center.Vermont Small Business Development Center. 5.29.2014last_img read more

Rollover crash on I-35 in Lenexa leaves woman hospitalized in serious condition

first_imgA woman was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries following a rollover crash in Lenexa on Tuesday evening.Lenexa police were dispatched to investigate a possible crash on Interstate 35 south of 95th Street at about 6:45 p.m.Responding officers found that a vehicle left the southbound lanes of I-35 in the 9700 block, crashed through a chain-link fence, and rolled at least twice before ending up in a parking lot in the 9800 block of Marshall Drive.Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to safely remove the car’s driver in just under five minutes.Johnson County Med-Act transported the driver, an adult female, to an area hospital with a broken leg and several other injuries. Her condition was described as serious.Officers continue to investigate the crash.Check back with this report for updates.last_img read more

Bar YLD helps out with the Minority Mentoring Picnic

first_img Bar YLD helps out with the Minority Mentoring Picnic October 15, 2006 Regular News Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor The Young Lawyers Division is helping the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers, and the T.J. Reddick Bar kick-start a weekend devoted to diversity.The YLD is co-sponsoring a welcome reception with the South Florida Minority Bar Association Affiliates for the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association’s First Quarterly Meeting October 20.The reception directly precedes the Third Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic to be held at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah October 21.Christina A. McKinnon, a YLD Board of Governors member and president-elect of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar, said that the reception was scheduled with the Minority Mentoring Picnic in mind.“Everything is collaborative,” McKinnon said. “That’s one of the reasons everything is scheduled for this weekend.”YLD President John Stewart is excited about co-sponsoring the event.“I think it’s just a wonderful opportunity for our division to show how entrenched we are already in the diversity process and the diversity movement,” Stewart said. “We have a lot of overlap between members of our division and members of those minority bar associations, and we haven’t really done a lot together traditionally.”Stewart said he is pleased the voluntary bars were gracious enough to allow the YLD to be included.“We have a lot of people coming in from all over the state,” said McKinnon, noting the Virgil Hawkins chapter of the NBA is a statewide organization and is expecting good attendance for its quarterly meeting and the Friday night reception.“After the quarterly meeting, everyone is going over to the picnic,” she said.T.J. “Jimmy” Cunningham, Jr., president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association, also helped to orchestrate the weekend.“During the first month of my presidency we were trying to figure out where we were going to have our first quarterly meeting, and the board decided we should have the meeting around the Minority Mentoring Picnic down in Miami,” Cunningham said.Stewart says YLD board members plan to make a weekend of it as well.“I know we’re going to have a lot of members attending the picnic and I thought, ‘What a great opportunity for groups who don’t typically interact to do just that — interact on a social level and get to know each other better than we already do, and in turn promote the picnic,’” Stewart said.“I would hope that we do whatever we can to cultivate the relationship with The Florida Bar,” McKinnon said. “Because I sit on YLD Board of Governors, I’m going to do whatever I can to link the organizations.”McKinnon describes a full weekend for the minority bar affiliates.“There will be a CLE called ‘Successful Lawyering in a Diverse Society’ from 9 to 10 a.m., then the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association will host a short business meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is sponsored by Merrill Lynch,” McKinnon said.“After that, everyone’s going on down to the picnic in Hialeah.”McKinnon wants Bar members to know that it’s still not too late to plan for their own attendance.“Attendees can actually confirm up until three days before the event — I would say around the 17th or so,” she said.McKinnon, Stewart, and Cunningham will all be in attendance.“Absolutely,” McKinnon responded. “I’ve done so for the past two years.”McKinnon is also ahead of the game when it comes to mentoring, saying she is already a mentor.“I signed up through the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr.,’s mentoring program,” she said.Stewart and Cunningham can attest to the benefits of mentoring as well. Both are sons of lawyers and say their fathers contributed a lot of guidance.“I’ve been fortunate because my father’s an attorney. He’s been my mentor,” Stewart said.“My father [T.J. Cunningham, Sr., of Cunningham & Cunningham] was my mentor,” adds Cunningham.While Cunningham isn’t currently mentoring anyone himself, Cunningham does plan to look for someone to guide at the picnic.“We’re going to stress that most of our members [Virgil Hawkins and minority bar association affiliates] do the same,” said Cunningham.Stewart stresses the importance of mentoring.“With so many people graduating from law schools now, mentoring is one of the most important things we can do for these new lawyers,” said Stewart. “The Minority Mentoring Picnic is a tremendous event and, quite frankly, we can all learn from that. I think young lawyers as a whole — not just minorities — can really benefit from having mentors.“I think we need to try and find ways to make mentoring more available and the picnic was such a fabulous idea and hopefully it will be expanded,” he said.McKinnon concurs.“We’re all here working together; there’s no reason for separate events or separate efforts going on when we can have a collaborative effort,” she said.center_img Bar YLD helps out with the Minority Mentoring Picniclast_img read more

Basic scientists still feel pinch of new NIH clinical trial policy

first_imgBasic researchers who study the brain and human behavior thought lawmakers had come to their rescue in March by blocking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, from redefining their studies as clinical trials. But NIH officials are still pushing ahead with new requirements that scientists say make no sense and will cripple their research.What some see as NIH’s narrow interpretation of a directive from lawmakers has researchers up in arms as they navigate confusing new rules and paperwork. The clinical trial policies “are not appropriate for fundamental research,” a group of societies wrote in an email to NIH this week.The issue goes back almost a year, when researchers became aware that a new NIH definition of clinical trials would encompass many basic studies involving human subjects. Since January 2018, these projects must now go through a new submission and review process and will need to be registered and have results reported on, a public database, among other requirements aimed at improving rigor and transparency in clinical research.Last summer, several scientific and university groups, individual scientists, and more than 3500 petition signers protested that filing studies that aren’t testing drugs or other treatments on would confuse the public. They were also worried that redefining their studies as clinical trials would make it harder to get funding. In response, NIH spent months tweaking a set of “case studies” that exempt some basic work, such as certain brain imaging studies, but still sweep up much fundamental research, says Sarah Brookhart, executive director for the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Washington, D.C. Read the whole story: Science More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

M7 weighs up REIT launch

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Russia: Construction of Muchke Bay Terminal Begins

first_imgThe construction of a dedicated coal terminal started on the coast of the Tatar Strait in the far east on December 11, 2013.The builders of the SK MOST Group of Companies have excavated about 700,000 cubic meters of soil as part of the area grading for building a dedicated coal terminal in the Muchke Bay near the town of Vanino.The project customer is LLC Sakhtrans, and OJSC USK MOST is the contractor. The preparatory work as part of the first phase of the construction project aimed at building a dedicated coal terminal in the Muchke Bay, Vanino District of the Khabarovsk Region started in July this year.Currently, the work sites and access roads were put in place on the coast of the Tatar Strait; rock and crushed stone were placed in the motorway bed; a view point was paved with concrete, and grading of the area with a footprint of about 200 hectares is underway.The construction of a dedicated modern coal and iron ore concentrate transshipment terminal on the Pacific coast of Russia is scheduled for the years 2013-2016. The projected annual capacity of the terminal is 10-12 million metric tons, with an expansion potential to 27 million metric tons.[mappress]Press Release, December 23, 2013last_img read more

US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

first_img Photo via AP US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 Published: August 5, 2017 5:42 PM EDT Updated: August 5, 2017 5:43 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Photo via AP 1 of 6 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse.The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century.Never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied – or celebrated.“We’re going to be looking at this event with unprecedented eyes,” promises Alex Young, a solar physicist who is coordinating NASA’s education and public outreach.And the party planning is at full tilt from Oregon to South Carolina.Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the long but narrow path of totality, where the moon completely blots out the sun.Vineyards, breweries, museums, parks, universities, stadiums – just about everybody is getting into the act.The Astronomical League for amateur astronomers is holing up at Casper, Wyoming. Minor league baseball teams will halt play for “eclipse delays” in Salem, Oregon, and elsewhere. By a cosmic quirk of the calendar, the Little Green Men Days Festival will be in full swing in Kelly, Kentucky, as will the American Atheists’ annual convention in North Charleston, South Carolina.And where better to fill up on eclipse T-shirts and safety glasses – and eclipse burgers – than the Eclipse Kitchen in Makanda, Illinois.Scientists are also going gaga.“This is a really amazing chance to just open the public’s eyes to wonder,” says Montana State University’s Angela Des Jardins, a physicist in charge of a NASA eclipse ballooning project . The student-launched, high-altitude balloons will beam back live video of the eclipse along the route.Satellites and ground telescopes will also aim at the sun and at the moon’s shadow cutting a swath some 60 to 70 miles wide (97 to 113 kilometers) across the land. Astronauts will do the same with cameras aboard the International Space Station. Ships and planes will also catch the action.“It’s going to be hard to beat, frankly,” says Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA’s science mission office.At the same time, researchers and the just plain curious will watch how animals and plants react as darkness falls. It will resemble twilight and the temperature will drop 10 to 15 degrees.Expect four hours of pageantry, from the time the sun begins to be eclipsed by the moon near Lincoln City, Oregon, until the time the moon’s shadow vanishes near Charleston, South Carolina. NASA will emcee the whole show, via TV and internet from that coastal city.The total eclipse will last just 1 1/2 hours as the lunar shadow sweeps coast to coast at more than 1,500 mph (2,400 kph) beginning about 1:15 p.m. EDT and ending at 2:49 p.m. EDT. The sun’s crown – the normally invisible outer atmosphere known as the corona – will shine forth like a halo.Sure, full solar eclipses happen every one, two or three years, when the moon positions itself smack dab between the sun and Earth. But these take-your-breath-away eclipses usually occur in the middle of the ocean somewhere, though, or near the sparsely populated top or bottom of the world. In two years, Chile, Argentina and the empty South Pacific will share top billing.The United States is in the bull’s-eye this time.It will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast and the first to pass through any part of the Lower 48 states in 38 years.NASA’s meteor guru, Bill Cooke, was in Washington state for that one in 1979. This time, he’s headed to his sister’s farm in eastern Tennessee.“It is the most weird, creepy, awe-inspiring astronomical event you will experience,” Cooke says.No other country but the U.S. will be privy to the path of totality. Originating in the wide open North Pacific and ending in the Atlantic well short of Africa, the path of totality will cover 8,600 miles (13,800 kilometers) from end to end.In all, 14 states (two of them barely) and 21 National Park locations and seven national historic trails will be in the path.Darkness will last just under two minutes in Oregon, gradually expanding to a maximum two minutes and 44 seconds in Shawnee National Forest in southernmost Illinois, almost into Kentucky, then dwindling to 2 1/2 minutes in South Carolina. Staring at the sun with unprotected eyes is always dangerous, except during the few minutes of totality. Even then, most pros recommend eclipse glasses.With an estimated 200 million people living within a day’s drive of the path, huge crowds are expected. Highway officials already are cautioning travelers to be patient and, yes, avoid eclipses in judgment.The view from the sidelines won’t be too shabby, either. A partial eclipse will extend up through Canada and down through Central America and the top of South America. Minneapolis will see 86 percent of the sun covered, Miami sees 82 percent, Montreal gets 66 percent, while Mexico City sees 38 percent.But who wants to settle for not quite when you can experience the whole eclipsed enchilada?Not Kevin Van Horn, an astronomy buff from suburban Pittsburgh who will make the 8 1/2-hour drive to Nashville with his wife, Cindy. Nashville is the biggest metropolitan area along the eclipse’s main drag.“It would be like going to the Super Bowl and sitting outside the stadium rather than being inside and watching it,” says Van Horn, a total solar eclipse newbie.By contrast, it will be the 13th total solar eclipse for Rick Fienberg, spokesman for the American Astronomical Society. He’s headed to Oregon.“Going through life without ever experiencing totality,” Fienberg declares, “is like going through life without ever falling in love.”To give everyone a shot at the cosmic drama, which falls on a Monday, many schools are canceling classes, while offices plan to take a break or close for the day. The true beauty of the experience, according to NASA’s Young, comes from sharing “arguably the most amazing astronomical event that anyone can see” with millions of others.Those multitudes are what terrify Jackie Baker, who owns and runs the Eclipse Kitchen with her father in a village of 600 that’s tucked into a valley in southernmost Illinois. The 18-seat cafe – which had its grand opening last Aug. 21 – is named for this eclipse and the one coming up in 2024.The Eclipse Kitchen is in the crosshairs of both.While it won’t span coast to coast, the April 8, 2024 eclipse will still be a doozy, coming up from Mexico into Texas, moving through the Midwest and into Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Darkness will last four minutes. The world record is just over seven minutes.Baker expects to sell out of food well before showtime on Aug. 21. Then she’ll just enjoy the eclipse.That’s Cooke’s plan, too. “You just need to sit back and take it all in.” Photo via AP Photo via AP Brittany Randolph/The Star via AP SHARElast_img read more

‘Knife in back’ claim over RTA data sharing

first_imgA representative of RTA solicitors said today he feels as if he has been ‘knifed in the back’ in the debate over a stalled scheme to share fraud data with insurers. Craig Budsworth, chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society, told the Manchester Law Society conference that the Association of British Insurers (ABI) had written to the House of Commons inquiry on whiplash saying that claimant firms might exploit any data its members released on fraud.Budsworth said he had worked for months with the ABI to find a way that insurers can share information with law firms about potential fraud. But in the letter, sent last August, ABI director general Otto Thoresen blamed claimants for changing their demands and putting a halt to negotiation.Budsworth said the letter added: ‘One of the main challenges is agreeing exactly what data we can usefully share with claimant lawyers without exposing insurers to unnecessary risk, for example, it is crucial that the data we provide cannot be used to ”phish” for potential new claimants.’Budsworth, whose group was earlier praised by the ABI for its willingness to talk, said the insurance body should write again to the transport committee to explain the truth.’We thought we were achieving something. We didn’t put the boot into the ABI and say how they put up barriers time and again, only to be knifed in the back. They have deliberately attempted to mislead ministers about what is going on.’ABI senior policy adviser Rob Cummings said the letter was a response to the committee’s report in July on whiplash, and that the organisation still expected to make an announcement on data sharing by the end of the year. He added: ‘This was only after claimant lawyers tried to put blame on insurers. The ABI is working out with its members how to fulfil their part of the bargain.’Data sharing is considered an essential part of plans to reduce the cost of whiplash fraud. The justice secretary Chris Grayling recently urged insurers to share what information they have with lawyers on the other side.last_img read more

UK railway news round-up

first_imgConservative Member of Parliament for Epsom & Ewell Chris Grayling has retained his position as Secretary of State for Transport in the cabinet announced by Prime Minister Theresa May following the general election.Network Rail has begun a ‘soft’ market-testing exercise seeking external expertise to determine what would be the best way for it to source unmanned aircraft system operation, training and equipment. Services to be procured could include general and specialist inspection of infrastructure including embankments, culverts and electrification equipment, and condition inspections following adverse weather and other incidents. NR envisages UAVs could reduce employee exposure to risk by reducing the need for physical access to sites, and provide value for money when undertaking surveys.The heritage Swanage Railway launched a two-year trial service to Wareham station on the national network on June 13, operated by charter operator West Coast Railways. The service of four diesel trains per day in each direction will run on 60 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 13 to September 3 and on 90 days in 2018. The project to reinstate the link and run the service has been supported by the government’s Coastal Communities Fund (£1∙8m), Purbeck district (£3∙2m) and Dorset county councils, BP (£0∙5m), Perenco, Network Rail and South West Trains.On July 1 Network Rail is to close the level crossing at Northumberland Park station in northeast London, to be replaced by a fully-accessible ramped footbridge. A new island platform is to be built at Northumberland Park as part of the £140m Lee Valley Rail Programme to provide a third track between Stratford and Angel Road. Enabling an additional two trains/h to be operated, the programme is being funded by the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Enfield Council and the London Economic Action Partnership, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Greater London.Virgin Trains has launched a two television commercials as part of a wider advertising campaign which it says aim to ‘drive customer appraisal and tackle alternative modes of transport head-on.‘ This is the first campaign created for Virgin Trains by Anomaly, which was appointed as its lead creative agency in February.Network Rail is seeking interest in the 24 h provision of breakdown and recovery services for rail vehicles involved in derailments or other incidents. The supplier would provide its own equipment, but would also be responsible for the operation, maintenance and undercover storage of Network Rail’s own cranes.Network Rail has confirmed that completion of work to electrify the line from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High has been delayed by a further three months, and is not now expected before October.last_img read more

The Cadillac Three set February release for new album Country Fuzz

first_imgThe Cadillac Three have announced the release of new album Country Fuzz via Big Machine Records on February 7th 2020.To mark the announcement, the band has released news tracks Long After Last Call and Back Home, which are available to download and stream now. Country Fuzz is the band’s fourth studio album.“We’ve spent the last two and a half years working on this album,” exclaims GRAMMY-nominated frontman Jaren Johnston, “but our sound even since high school has always been the epitome of Country Fuzz – Country, rock and just a little bit of funk.”The Cadillac Three were recently announced for C2C: Country to Country. They will perform on the Main Stage in London alongside Charles Esten and Erich Church, and they’ll also perform at C2C in Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam and Berlin.The full dates are:March 6th – Verti Music Hall, BerlinMarch 8th – AFAS Live, AmsterdamMarch 13th – O2 Arena, LondonMarch 14th – SSE Hydro Arena, GlasgowMarch 15th – 3 Arena, DublinThe track listing for Country Fuzz is:1. Bar Round Here2. The Jam3. Hard Out Here For A Country Boy (featuring Chris Jason and Travis Tritt)4. Slow Rollin’5. All The Makin’s Of A Saturday Night6. Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys7. Labels8. Raise Hell9. Back Home10. Dirt Road Nights11. Blue El Camino12. Jack Daniels’ Heart13. Why Ya Gotta Go Out Like That14. Heat15. Whiskey And Smoke16. Long After Last Calllast_img read more