Tester Urges Contract Between Columbia Falls Aluminum, BPA

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Sen. Jon Tester is urging Columbia Falls Aluminum and the Bonneville Power Administration to reach a long-term energy agreement by year’s end that would restore jobs to the shuttered plant.In a letter to BPA Administrator Stephen J. Wright on Monday, the Democrat asked the agency to complete a contract that could create up to 350 jobs in the Flathead. The aluminum company was shuttered in October 2009, and nearly 90 workers were laid off as high energy prices made operations unprofitable.Bonneville markets power produced at federal hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest, and for decades sold at-cost electricity to big industrial customers. But those energy prices continued to rise last year because of litigation against BPA, and CFAC was unable to find less expensive power on the open market.Tester told the Missoulian on Monday he will continue to negotiate on the plant’s behalf. CFAC spokesman Haley Beaudry says he recently asked for the senator’s help.last_img read more

House health care committee quashes bill to delay single-payer

first_imgby Morgan True vtdigger.org A bill that would delay the implementation of Green Mountain Care, the state’s planned universal public health care program, won’t make it out of committee. The bill was sent to the House Health Care Committee, which voted Wednesday on bills it plans to work through before crossover. H.858, which would push the governor’s single payer plan to 2019, didn’t make the cut.‘It’s disappointing but not surprising,’ said Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, the bill’s primary sponsor.Though H.858 had picked up a bipartisan group of sponsors, it was essentially dead on arrival.One of those sponsors was Rep. George Till, D-Jericho, an obstetrician, said the proposal makes good sense, but he recognizes it is largely a symbolic gesture.‘Moving to GMC is a massive change in our medical system,’ he said.If the point is to cover every Vermonter and lower health care costs, then it’s important to know exactly what those costs are now, he said.‘If you want to ask, ‘Are we making a difference with a new system?’ you have to compare it with new data, you can’t compare it with old data,’ Till said.Collecting the data to understand the current health care landscape, which is still shifting with the implementation of the new health care exchange, isn’t feasible by 2017, when Green Mountain Care is expected to begin, he said.The rocky rollout of Vermont Health Connect means there won’t be good data on how the exchange has altered health care until 2015, according to Till.With a two-year lag on Medicare data, an accurate picture of current health care reform won’t emerge until at least 2017, he said.Till said 2017 is an arbitrary timeline for switching to Green Mountain Care.‘It was a political promise by the governor,’ he said. ‘I think that’s a terrible way to make decisions [about health care].’He supports universal health care, but he said it’s more important to do it right than to do it quickly.In the past two years Vermont has had the lowest rates of growth in health care costs since the growth rate numbers were first recorded. Till said that eliminates the urgency of further reform.‘The pressures of double digit increases in spending are not there right not now,’ he said. ‘It takes away the urgency of having to make a change.’last_img read more

Extron Announces Interactive Wayfinding Interface for Real-Time Meeting Space Availability

first_imgExtron announced the availability of the TLSI 201, an interactive wayfinding interface that provides real-time meeting space availability, status and location information using a centralized display. Designed to connect directly with Extron Room Scheduling panels, the interactive wayfinding interface enables users to locate and book meeting spaces easily and make ad hoc meeting reservations. Configure the TLSI 201 interface using free Extron Room Agent software to view and book meeting spaces for the current day or week. Easy-to-navigate room information can be viewed in list or map view layouts, allowing users to see and book meeting spaces quickly.The interactive wayfinding interface offers several customization options, including logo branding and personalized messaging and light and dark color themes. Flexible, distinct information fields can be turned on or off as needed. The scaled output supports signal resolutions up to 1080p, making it ideal for 40-inch or larger touch screen displays. The TLSI 201 features the convenience of PoE.The TLSI 201 interactive wayfinding interface is here: https://www.extron.com/article/roomschedulingadlast_img read more

Men finish in 19th at NCAA meet

first_imgMen finish in 19th at NCAA meetThe women’s team came in 18th in its 11th straight trip to the NCAA meet.Joe Sulik, Daily File PhotoTeam captain and junior Haley Johnson competes in the women’s cross country intrasquad meet at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sept. 4, 2015. Thomas JaakolaNovember 23, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintNo. 16 Minnesota raced its way to a 19th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. Sophomore Obsa Ali and redshirt senior Adam Zutz led the team in its first time back in the national race since 2011. Women finish top 20 “I’m very proud of these guys, and they’ve been a good team for us,” Plasencia said. “It was a good way to end the year.” Zutz finished next for the team in 94th, running his 10-kilometer race in 30:54.4. Redshirt sophomore Charlie Lawrence took 103rd with a time of 30:59.9. Bartnik crossed the line in 31:17.5 in 135th and redshirt senior Christian Skaret closed out the scoring for the Gophers by finishing in 163rd with a time of 31:32.3. “We are pleased with our team performance; it was right around where we were hoping for,” Zutz said. “Everyone ran tough, and that is something we are proud of. … It was a bittersweet race for me, as it was my final race, but I’m glad I got to compete in the national race with my teammates.” Redshirt senior Liz Berkholtz led the team by taking 44th in a time of 20:29.1, just missing out on All-American honors. Her finish was the best by a Minnesota runner since Stephanie Price took 31st in 2010. “I’m super thrilled with the team performance. We did better than our ranking and had the best team performance of all my years on the team,” Berkholtz said. “Obviously I’mbummed that I was so close to being an All-American, but I know I gave it my all.” Syracuse won the title with 82 points, while the Gophers scored 464 points to take 19th out of 31 teams. New Mexico won the title with 49 points in the 31-team meet, while Minnesota had 471 points.center_img Redshirt sophomores Eric Colvin and Matt Welch closed out the race for the team by finishing in 227th and 243rd for the team. They ran their races in 32:31.1 and 33:09.2 respectively. Redshirt sophomore Madeline Strandemo, in her NCAA Championships debut, finished in 147th place in 21:11.15. Redshirt senior Kaila Urick took 153rd in 21:13.6 andredshirt junior Jamie Piepenburg, also making her NCAA Championships debut, finished the scoring for the team in 200th with a time of 21:37.9. “I think it was a group effort. The pack of Obsa, Zutz, Lawrence and  Bartnik were together for a good part of the race, working together,” head coach Steve Plasencia said. “It’s unusual to get all the guys to run well on the same day. It’s hard to do.” All of the team’s runners, with the exception of redshirt senior Aaron Bartnik, made their NCAA Championships debuts. Ali crossed the line in 30:53.5 and led the Gophers by finishing 91st.  Redshirt junior Haley Johnson finished next for the team in 72nd place in 20:40.1 after coming in 219th at the meet a year ago. The women’s team finished in 18th place Saturday morning in their 11th straight NCAA Championships appearance. It was the team’s highest finish since placing 10th in 2009. last_img read more

News Scan for Nov 14, 2018

first_imgMeasles clusters grow to 103 cases in New York, New JerseyThe total in three measles clusters—two in New York and one in New Jersey—has grown to 103 cases, according to updates yesterday.The largest is an outbreak in New York’s Rockland County that has now sickened 68 people. The outbreak has been under way since the end of September and was triggered by an international traveler who arrived in the area with a suspected infection. In an update yesterday, Rockland County officials said additional measles cases in infected international travelers have exposed even more people.Rockland County is located in the New York City suburbs, and the cases are clustered in eastern Ramapo, but, because of the country’s small size, officials say exposure could occur anywhere. In response to the outbreak, the county and medical clinics have administered 6,100 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.Meanwhile, a measles outbreak centered in the Brooklyn, N.Y., Orthodox Jewish community has grown to 24 confirmed cases, according to NYC Health. The outbreak began in October, with the initial case linked to an unvaccinated child who was exposed to measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak is ongoing.Elsewhere, a measles cluster in Ocean County, N.J., has now sickened 11 people, according to an update from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDH). The county announced the first case on Oct 26, involving an individual who contracted measles during international travel.Nov 13 Rockland County update Nov 13 NYC Health update Nov 13 NJDH update Study examines transfer of bacteria between hospital surfaces, patientsIn a study today in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, researchers from Duke University and the University of North Carolina observed the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) between the hospital environment and patients in nearly 20% of encounters.In the prospective cohort study, which was conducted at two hospitals, the researchers sought to characterize the nature of bacterial transfer events between patients and environmental surfaces using four “marker” MDROs known for their propensity to contaminate and persist on hospital surfaces: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridioides difficile, and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Although contaminated surfaces are thought to play a role in spreading healthcare-associated infections, the nature, direction, persistence, and quantity of bacterial transfer between surfaces and patients remains poorly understood.The researchers collected data on 80 patient-room encounters in 68 general ward rooms. Environmental and patient microbiological samples were obtained on admission into a freshly disinfected inpatient room, and repeat samples from room surfaces and patients were taken on days 3 and 7 and each week the patient stayed in the same room. The two primary outcomes of interest were the baseline and subsequent patterns of patient colonization and hospital surface contamination, and the number of microbiologic and molecularly proven bacterial transfer events between hospital surfaces and patients.In total, 9 patients (11.3%) were asymptomatically colonized with MDROs at study entry. Hospital rooms were contaminated with MDROs despite terminal disinfection in 44 of 80 patient rooms (55%) at the time of study enrollment. The researchers detected microbiologic bacterial transfer events in 12 of 65 patients (18.5%), with 4 occurring from the patient to the environment, 4 occurring from the environment to the patient, and 4 of indeterminate direction. In 2 of the encounters, the patient acquired the MDRO present in the environment at the time of admission.The study authors conclude, “This study suggests that research on prevention methods beyond the standard practice of room disinfection at the end of a patient’s stay is needed to better prevent acquisition of MDROs through the environment.” Nov 14 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstractlast_img read more

FAO launches new vehicle to fund antimicrobial resistance

first_imgThe 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 AMRlast_img read more

Minerva sell-off starts with £135m Holborn deal

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EU Referendum result costly for Sporting Index

first_img Related Articles Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index  May 29, 2020 Share Submit EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Andrew Lyman – Brexit is no ‘doom & gloom scenario’ for Gibraltar gambling February 24, 2020 Political spread betting company Sporting Index saw unprecedented action in the run-up to Britain’s EU referendum on Thursday of last week. It was a painful night for the firm as its clients consistently favoured Leave throughout the campaign, resulting in a six figure loss for the company.Sporting Index was the first bookmaker to offer a market on turnout and the eventual 72% figure contributed to the loss as spread bettors clearly believed voters would turn out in force.Ed Fulton, Political Spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “We were getting ready to pop the champagne corks at 10pm when a Remain win looked highly likely, but by midnight the bottles were shoved back in the fridge.“When we got to 4am it was head in hands time on the trading floor and the punters have beaten us fair and square here. On the bright side, the volume of bets for the referendum was fantastic and we look forward to round two against our customers in the US presidential election.”last_img read more

Messi demands more after imperfect Barca blow away United

first_imgBarca were superior to United in all departments for the best part of 80 minutes on Tuesday, a 3-0 win perhaps even flattering for their opponents, who were two down in 20, both goals belonging to Messi.By the time Philippe Coutinho had curved in a third to send Ernesto Valverde’s side into the Champions League semi-finals, United’s stirring opening was long-forgotten, except by Barcelona’s captain.“We put on a spectacle,” said Messi. “But we came out cold and looked nervous in the first five minutes. We cannot come out like that in a Champions League match. Five bad minutes can knock you out.”“We have shown who we are,” Messi added, and in some ways, they were a perfect picture of their season.Thrust into a position of comfort by their mesmeric number 10, Barca put on an exhibition of attacking, possession football, all tricks, flicks and bicycle kicks.But there was also a nervousness at the start, seen briefly against Lyon in the previous round too, that suggests their desperation to win this tournament for the first time since 2015, and win it for Messi, does not weigh lightly.“We had a lot of motivation for this tie, I can’t deny it,” said Valverde. “Especially after not being in the semis for a long time and after last year’s painful defeat. We were extremely focused.”And United’s early threat was genuine. Their knack of breaking through central midfield, with only space and a backpedalling Barca defence ahead of them, exposed a fragility against pace and counter-attack that has never been far away.– Liverpool pose possible threat –Ernesto Valverde is hoping to win his first Champions League title as Barca coach. AFP/LLUIS GENELiverpool carry a 2-0 lead over Porto into their second leg in Portugal on Wednesday and if it is to be them in the semi-finals, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane might justifiably feel there is a weakness to exploit.“We have had five difficult minutes because they started strong,” said Valverde. “But then there were another 85 minutes where we were not too bad.”Most deficiencies can be rectified by Messi, whose 109th and 110th goals in the Champions were, mysteriously, his first in a quarter-final since 2013.“It was a streak he was always going to break,” said Sergio Busquets.He also has potentially three extra games now to reduce the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo’s unbeaten 126, after Juventus were knocked out by Ajax.“You can plan as many tactics as you like,” said United’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “If you give him time and space, he will score.”When Messi pledged to bring “that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou” at the start of the season, the sense was of reordered priorities, that he and Barcelona would push harder in Europe, even if it came at the expense of their form in La Liga.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid’s failings have ensured the price has been small, with Valverde able to rest 10 players against Huesca last weekend and still see his team sitting nine points clear. An eighth league title in 11 years will become a double if they beat Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey, and a treble, if they can see off Liverpool or Porto and then Manchester City, Tottenham or Ajax at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.If it is to be three consecutive English opponents, Messi might be pleased. He is now the fourth highest scorer against the Premier League’s top-six sides, with 24 goals, despite never having played in the Premier League. “We are not going to ask say sorry for having Messi,” Valverde said. “Although it certainly is lucky for us.”last_img read more

Mourinho sends a message to his lovers after Champions League progress

first_imgManchester United booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford over Young Boys on Tuesday.  Upd. on 29/11/2018 at 17:11 CET Mourinho manda un mensaje a sus ‘lovers’ It means they can go into their final game against Valencia without the pressure of needing a result to stay in the competition.  IN SPORT.ES 28/11/2018 And with qualification assured, Mourinho sent a message to his ‘lovers’: “For some of my lovers, I just want to say: for the ones that like stats, 14 times in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phases. Mourinho’s reaction to Fellaini’s winner. You and us all Jose, mate. pic.twitter.com/0J8D1c8CJx— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) 27 de noviembre de 2018center_img “Reaching the next round is a feat for us. There are better teams, teams with more quality and ambition, but when a team reaches the knockout rounds, anything can happen.” “It was a gesture of relief and frustration,” the coach explained. “Our performance wasn’t a 0-0. It wasn’t a game to have problems until the last minute. I wasn’t angry with the players, I was frustrated not to score before.   “My players were really tired at the end and that’s what we wanted: it means they gave everything. There were moments of good football, but there were also moments with a lack of confidence and pressure, but we got the goal.”  Sport.es “Never one of my teams stayed in the group phase. The seasons I didn’t play in the Champions League, I won the Europa League. That didn’t look like the case at one point, though, with a late Fellaini winner earning United a vital three points and provoking a typically evokative Jose Mourinho celebration.  last_img read more