Central Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine “There are pictures in the hospitals, but none in the patients’ rooms.” Those words, spoken by Susan Sebastian to her mother during one of her many lengthy hospital stays, brought about the Susan Sebastian Foundation. After Susan’s death in April 2009, Elise Braun decided to honor the memory of her daughter by providing art for patient rooms in Vermont hospitals. The art chosen, all created by Vermont artists, is intended to transport the patient beyond the hospital walls that confine them.Elise Braun and Gilbert Myers, the Susan Sebastian Foundation grant administrator, used the book Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being by Dr Esther Sternberg to help define the parameters for purchasing the art. Each piece is meant to take the patient out of the hospital room and into the outdoors. In Elise Braun’s words, “It gets you thinking about getting out of the hospital. It makes you feel like you want to get better.” Gilbert Myers explained that the art “represents Vermont’s natural beauty and scenes that patients might recognize. It is intended to cheer them up.”UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center has received 38 works of art from the Susan Sebastian Foundation to hang on the walls of 2 North & South and the Women and Children’s Unit. The estimated combined value of the diverse portfolio of artwork is about $20,000 and features work by celebrated Vermont artists Kathleen Kolb, Daryl Storrs, Sabra Field, Ed Epstein, Woody Jackson, Harald Aksdal, Jennine Lunn, Annalein Beukenkamp, Frank Woods, John Snell and Rory Jackson, among others. Their mediums include photographs, pastels, oil on paper, prints and watercolors.The foundation’s purchases not only brighten the walls and lives of UVM Heath Network – Central Vermont Medical Center patients and employees, it has provided an economic boost for local artists as well.This philanthropic endeavor by the Susan Sebastian Foundation (Williston) is undertaken quietly and without any requests for donations. The goal is to share with every hospital in Vermont. This hospital is forever grateful.UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center President and CEO Judy Tartaglia thanked Gilbert Myers from the Susan Sebastian Foundation for their generous gift to UVMHN-CVMC patients and the central Vermont community at a reception held in the hospital gallery on Wednesday, July 22. The collection, purchased with grant funds, will be exhibited for a month before it is installed in patient rooms. (shown, right to left): Judy Tartaglia, President & CEO; Frank Woods, artist; Gilbert Myers, Susan Sebastian Foundation grant administrator; Harald Aksdal, artist; Ed Epstein, artist; and Maureen O’Connor Burgess, Marketing and Communications at CVMC.
Ledyard National Bank,Vermont Business Magazine Ledyard Financial Group (Ticker Symbol: LFGP), with a branch in Norwich, announced today a $0.01 increase to its quarterly dividend. The dividend of $0.18 is payable September 4, 2018 to shareholders of record as of August 10, 2018. Strength in Ledyard’s core businesses, banking and wealth management, is supporting their ability to increase the dividend this quarter and ensure their shareholders benefit from the company’s growth in earnings.Ledyard Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank. Ledyard National Bank, founded in 1991, is a full service community bank offering a broad range of banking, investment, tax and wealth management.Ledyard Financial Group, Inc. shares can be bought and sold through the NASD sanctioned “OTC Markets” under the trading symbol LFGP. Shares may be traded through an individual’s broker. For more information, please refer to the “Investor Relations” section of the bank’s website at www.ledyardbank.com(link is external) or contact the bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Gregory D. Steverson.Source: HANOVER, N.H.–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))– Ledyard Financial Group 7.27.2018
New England Federal Credit Union,Vermont Business Magazine New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) President/CEO John J Dwyer, Jr announced Tuesday a $500,000 grant from NEFCU to Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) to address the area’s shortage of housing affordable to Vermonters with low and moderate incomes. The money will support construction and renovation costs for perpetually affordable homes in Bristol, Jericho and several other towns.“This investment will help address the shortage of affordable housing in the area, which impacts not only our residents but also businesses and communities,” Dwyer said. “We believe that improving the affordability of homes in the counties we serve creates a cascade of benefits that help make the region more economically healthy in the long run,” he continued.New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) President/CEO John J Dwyer, Jr; Pleasant Hills Resident Harvey “Junior” Hart; Vermont Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. Courtesy photo.NEFCU serves residents in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties. In Bristol, the Pleasant Hills apartment complex is in need of major upgrades which the NEFCU grant will make possible. These apartments near downtown Bristol are home to 16 low-income senior households. Improvements will include replacement of major systems, energy efficiency upgrades to the envelope and accessibility improvements. Housing Vermont is partnering with the Addison County Community Trust to redevelop the property.“We are thrilled that residents of Pleasant Hills can be with us today,” remarked Sarah Carpenter, Executive Director of Vermont Housing Finance Agency. “The renovations funded in part through NEFCU’s grant will provide a safer and healthier environment and create an attractive, efficient and durable building that will benefit both residents and the community for years to come” she continued.The NEFCU grant will also help to construct two new perpetually affordable owner-occupied homes in Jericho. These homes will be part of a small, 6-home condominium complex on Morgan Road near Mount Mansfield Union High School. The NEFCU grant funding will help lower the sale prices of the two homes to roughly $160,000, making them affordable to households with lower incomes. Through Champlain Housing Trust’s shared appreciation program, the homes will remain affordable to lower income households in perpetuity.“The residential construction in Jericho will help bring much-needed homes into our regional housing stock,” explained Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. “Our housing market is so tight that it quickly absorbs new homes, especially those offered at lower price points,” Baker continued.This grant continues NEFCU’s bold steps toward helping the tens of thousands of lower income Vermonters who receive no housing assistance but face housing costs that are out of line with their income. In 2017, NEFCU provided a $1 million investment to VHFA for affordable housing. This grant has provided critical support to four affordable housing initiatives so far.The development of affordable apartments in the historic French Block building in downtown Montpelier, construction of apartments for seniors in South Burlington’s new City Center, a memory care facility in Williston and the financing of several new high-efficiency Vermod homes will create decent, perpetually affordable homes for 74 Vermont households in the region.“We are impressed that NEFCU not only recognized the need for affordable housing but has invested in VHFA to address that need. We look forward to continuing to partner with NEFCU to expand the supply of affordable housing for the Vermonters who need it most,” explained Sarah Carpenter. “The stability that comes with housing affordability gives lower-income Vermonters the opportunity to succeed and contribute to the community around them.”VHFA is a non-profit agency created in 1974 by the Vermont Legislature to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped approximately 29,000 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of approximately 8,800 affordable rental apartments.Source: BURLINGTON, VT – VHFA 11.27.2018 Vermont Housing Finance Agency(link is external)
Landry Weber goes up for a breakaway layup late against St. James. Weber finished with 16 points.When Landry Weber goes so goes Bishop Miege and that was evident in Friday night’s 71-59 victory against St. James.Weber finished with 16 points with 10 coming in the second half. Weber was knocking down his outside shots, got to the bucket and found his open teammates.Coach Rick Zych said Weber is the heartbeat of the team and he helped push a two-point lead after the first period into what would be a 21-point lead with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.“We got up and down and shared the ball,” Zych said. “We talked about it at halftime, they were on the verge of really blowing it out. Whoever was going to have the next timeout was going to be big so we said let’s make sure they have the next one. Landry played really well in the third quarter.”Weber said the Stags showed a glimpse of their full potential in the 25-point third quarter. However, things became in a little tight in the fourth as St. James started to knock down some shots from the outside.“Props to them, they hit some really big shots,” Weber said. “They hit every three they were shooting and I think we settled, said, ‘This one’s over,’ which is something you should never do, which allowed them to make a comeback.”St. James knocked down five treys in the fourth — 11 for the game — but was limited inside for the most part as Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Francesco Badocchi did a good job defending 6-foot-11 center Keenan Fitzmorris, who finished with two points. Zych thought his team played hard defensively the whole game.Bishop Miege only played seven players as Weber, Semaj Ray and Ezekial Lopes — all guards — played majority of the game as back-up point guard Jeremiah Garret was out.Zych thought Ray was aggressive again on Friday as he finished with nine points and thought Robinson-Earl was motivated as he plays with and against some of the players from St. James.“I was more worried about the ones he missed,” Zych said of Robinson-Earl. “If he had 27, he should’ve 35.“We talk about every game could be a different hero. I thought Joe Gleason came in and provided a lot of energy for us. The great thing about this team is it’s different every day.”Bishop Miege’s Francesco Badocchi flips a pass behind his head to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.
Roeland Park will move away from year-round operations at the pool to a summer-only schedule.The Roeland Park Aquatic Center will shift from being a year-round pool to a summer-season only facility, members of the city council tentatively agreed Monday.The council unanimously signaled its support for moving forward with a summer season that would span from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The new schedule will come up for a final and formal vote during a January council meeting.Pool Advisory Committee member Tom Madigan said the committee had considered an option that would keep the pool open until October, but the alternative was voted down after determining the low usage during those additional months did not warrant the expense.“There was very low participation,” Councilor Madigan said. “….because of that it would be a high subsidy for each individual that did show up.”Roeland Park debated how to proceed with pool operations after the Johnson County Park and Recreation District decided not to continue its partnership, in which JCPRD and Roeland Park split the expense of the pool. The issue was further complicated when the pool’s dome, which allows it to stay open year-round, was damaged beyond repair in a wind storm.Previously, the dome over the pool had provided a winter practice facility for the Kansas City Blazers swim team and the local U.S. Masters swim team.The decision to move to a summer-only season was recommended by Waters Edge Aquatic Design, the Lenexa-based consulting firm Roeland Park hired to consult on pool operations.City staff, Pool Advisory Committee Members, and councilmembers will now consider how to move forward with the three summer-only options outlined by Waters Edge:Switch the pool to a three-month season with no added features (expected cost $300,000/year)Summer season with basic upgrades that include: added shade structures, new toddler slide, in-water bench, ADA additions, improved lighting (estimated project cost of $680,000)Summer season with premium upgrades that include: separate lap and leisure pools, replacing kiddie pool with cabanas and shade structures, adding a lazy river and wet deck, replacing and relocating slides, adding a climbing wall and floatables, improved lighting, and new mechanical and piping systems (estimated project cost of $4.7 million)The Johnson County Park and Recreation District board decided in 2017 to let its current funding partnership agreement with Roeland Park expire in May 2019.
Dec 17, 2009Modelers list H1N1 research needs to help form policyA World Health Organization working group of mathematical modelers has presented a list of research needs to help inform policy choices related to the H1N1 pandemic. Leading the list of data needs are serologic surveys to assess what proportion of the population remains susceptible to the virus, says the group’s article in PLoS Currents. The group also calls for monitoring the time course of the incidence of severe cases to help assess the effects of steps such as school closures.http://knol.google.com/k/maria-van-kerkhove/studies-needed-to-address-public-health/agr0htar1u6r/18#PLoS Currents reportIndia suspects placental transmission of fluA finding of H1N1 flu infection in a newborn, tested immediately after delivery because her mother was ill, has led Indian health authorities to suspect placental transmission of the flu virus, according to The Hindu newspaper. Placental transmission of influenza is thought to be rare but has been recorded with the H5N1 avian flu virus.http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/17/stories/2009121758162000.htmDec 17 The Hindu reportThailand, China report novel H1N1 in pigs, dogsTwo countries recently confirmed novel H1N1 viruses in animals: Thailand in pigs and China in pigs and two dogs, according to reports filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). All cases were detected during enhanced surveillance. The Thai outbreak involved piglets at a farm in Saraburi province. In China the virus was detected in pigs at a slaughterhouse in Heilongjiang province and in dogs at an animal hospital in Beijing.http://www.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000008666_20091217_123757.pdfDec 17 OIE report from ChinaScientists identify natural flu-fighting proteinsWriting in Cell, Boston researchers report the discovery of a family of natural antiviral proteins that help protect human cells from influenza, dengue, and West Nile viruses. In human and mouse cells, the proteins, called interferon-inducible transmembrane (IFITM) proteins, prevented most virus particles from infecting cells or slowed their invasion. The proteins were active against the pandemic H1N1 virus and other flu strains, according to a Harvard Medical School press release.http://download.cell.com/images/edimages/Cell/IEP/Brass.pdfCell report
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has launched a new funding vehicle meant to accelerate the response to rising global rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).The AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which is being supported by an initial contribution of $5 million from the Netherlands, was developed through the joint efforts of the Tripartite—the FAO and sister UN agencies the World Organization for Animal Health, and the World Health Organization.”The AMR Trust Fund has a five-year scope, through 2024, and aims to scale up efforts to support countries to counter the immediate threat of AMR, arguably the most complex threat to global health,” the FAO said in a press release yesterday.The Trust Fund’s immediate funding appeal is $70 million, which would be used jump-start an AMR Workplan for 2019-20. Specifically, the fund will bolster countries’ existing AMR action plans and scale up local efforts.One Health approach highlightedTypically, the FAO focuses on sending hunger and food insecurity, but a One Health approach to AMR—one the combines attacking human, animal, and environmental AMR threats—requires the FAO’s input.”FAO is fully dedicated to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and dedicated to produce safe food for a growing world population in a sustainable way,” said FAO Deputy-Director General, Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo in a press release. “Antimicrobials are necessary tools to ensure food security, but they need to be used in a responsible way. FAO considers the Multi Partner Trust Fund as a milestone in our Tripartite efforts to reduce AMR,” she added.According to the UN, drug-resistant diseases cause at least 700,000 deaths globally annually, including 230,000 deaths from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. And experts predict 2.4 million people in high-income countries could die between 2015 and 2050 if currents rates of AMR continue.See also:Jun 19 FAO press releaseApril UN report on AMR
ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd (ABPmer) has appointed David Finch, a coastal and estuarine dynamics specialist, to extend its support to the coastal management and waterside development sectors.David has over 26 years’ experience in the construction, calibration and application of hydrodynamic, wave and sediment transport models and in the specification and supervision of oceanographic surveys.He has managed and directed large multi-disciplinary projects including beach management works and major port and waterfront developments all over the world, including the UK, Middle East and Caribbean.Bill Cooper, ABPmer’s Managing Director, said: “His knowledge, experience and understanding will enhance our offer to the waterside development and coastal management sector. We expect him to provide a strong link between our natural processes and modelling teams as well as valuable input to ABPmer’s Middle East business development strategy.”ABPmer has a long history of assisting developers plan, design and implement projects at the coast. Their knowledge is regularly applied to coastal defense schemes, marinas, port developments, power stations and waterside development.
No alcohol will be served at junior lawyer events this month in support of ‘dry January’, the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has announced.In healthy drinking guidance published today, the JLD says lawyers and firms have a ‘collective responsibility’ to change drinking habits. ‘As part of dry January and to celebrate the launch of this guidance, the JLD will not be offering alcohol at any of its events during January 2020.’The guidance adds that junior lawyers and those at recruitment events often ‘feel pressure to consume alcohol to show that they can fit in with the team’ and ‘any pressure from a more senior figure could be construed as workplace bullying’.In a series of recommendations, the JLD says that firms should re-label work social events to divert the initial perception away from alcohol. It suggests that events currently called ‘drinks’, ‘champagne receptions’ or ‘wine and nibbles’ should instead be called ‘socialising’, ‘networking’, ‘refreshments’ or ‘gatherings’.It also suggests that firms try activities that do not centre around alcohol, such as ping-pong, quizzes, mixed netball, cake decorating, activity days, tea ceremonies and hat-making.Alcohol training is also advisable, the JLD states. ‘Training for everyone on the issues associated with alcohol is a great way to communicate the organisation’s message. In a world where we are familiar with books full of policies, a brief handout on the firm’s approach to alcohol, which includes the above strategies, is a great start.’
LocalNews Director of Agriculture endorses soil fertility project by: Dominica Vibes News – February 10, 2015 215 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Share Director of Agriculture, Ricky BrumantThe director of agriculture, Ricky Brumant has endorsed a Soil Fertility Mapping Project, launched here on Monday 9 February 2015 with the assistance of the Kingdom of Morocco, which he said marks a very important day in Dominica’s history.Speaking at the launching of the project Launching at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Mr Brumant said this project is one that the country has been looking forward to since 1967.He said the Ministry of Agriculture has worked with farmers over the years to increase productivity and improve production but these efforts have been impeded due to lack of scientific information.Mr Brumant said many projects have been launched in the ministry over the years but this is one of the most important projects that it will have embarked upon. “It essentially provides us with new capacity to do many things. God has blessed us with very fertile soil but managing that soil is an important action,” Mr Brumant explained. “We are going to help the soil to help us, help our farmers, help the productivity of the country and of course help us as we seek to develop our agricultural sector,” he continued.Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Johnson Drigo noted that the project is aimed at supporting the Ministry’s efforts at enhancing agricultural production.“It is a visible sign of the commitment of the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica at ensuring that viable data and information is made available upon which decisions for sustainable crop production can be made,” Minister Drigo said.Minister Drigo further informed that, “through this project we will build capacity to manage our soil fertility establish a database and develop a sound soil information system to speedily and effectively respond to your needs and your personal demands for fertilizers”.A six-member delegation from the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) are on island for the launching of the project which is specifically aimed to design and develop a Geo-referenced soil information and expert system: GIS-Ferti-Dominica; fertilizer recommendations for major crops, the establishment of a national fertilizer programme; and to develop the human and technical capacity of farmers and extension agents in terms of soil information and fertility monitoring and management.