10:00am – 12:00pm Group break-out sessions with coaches 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (State House Cafeteria) 1:00pm – 6:00pm Group break-out sessions with coaches 6:00pm – 12:00am Voluntary work session time (at a Montpelier venue to be determined)Sunday, NOVEMBER 15, 20159:00am – 10:00am Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria) 10:00am – 11:00am Finalize proposals 11:00am – 12:00pm Proposal presentations (House Chamber) 12:30pm – 1:30pm Wrap-up and Awards Specific event details are available at vtlegithon.org(link is external). 7:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome Remarks (House Chamber) Shap Smith, Speaker of the House(link is external) John Campbell, President Pro Tempore(link is external) 8:00pm – 10:00pm Working Session (House Camber) Introduction to the Legislative Process Form Groups & Discuss Topics Saturday, NOVEMBER 14, 20159:00am – 10:00am Working breakfast (State House Cafeteria) Vermont Business Magazine House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell today announced the first ever “Legithon,” an intensive policy collaboration conference that will bring together Vermont students, academic leaders, business people, legal professionals and lawmakers to develop technology and economic development proposals. Drawing on models from events like Hackathons and the Start Up Weekend, the Legithon will bring together a diverse group to participate in an exciting weekend of work and learning. The goal is to educate the public on legislative processes by developing model proposals for economic development policy and legislative action.Shap Smith and John Campbell at a Vermont Chamber event in February 2014. VBM file photo.“Vermonters are smart, resourceful people who want to work together to shape the state’s future,” said House Speaker Shap Smith. “The Legithon is an exciting opportunity to unite Vermont’s brightest minds for a common purpose. I am excited to co-host these meetings, and to share ideas as we work to grow jobs and create a strong future for Vermont.”“The Legithon is a great, new way to bring creative minds together and collaborate under one roof. The business community continues to become more technology oriented and I believe this event is a wonderful opportunity to connect young Vermonters with some of our great technology companies here in Vermont,” said President Pro Tem John Campbell.The weekend long Legithon will be held at the Vermont State House starting Friday, November 13. Attendees will form workgroups to collaborate through the duration of the weekend, culminating with the creation and presentation of proposals on Sunday, November 15. The Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and Vermont Law School will facilitate the Legithon in conjunction with legislators and stakeholders.“We are thrilled to take part in this first-of-its-kind event,” noted Representative Bill Botzow and Senator Kevin Mullin, the chairs of their respective chambers’ economic development committees. “The Legithon has the potential to significantly inform the committee process we undertake each year. We are excited for this opportunity to brainstorm new, innovative policies for Vermont.”Following the event, the organizers will publicize the participants’ proposals through the event’s web-presence and other channels. The sponsors plan to develop a “how to” manual that can act as a design tool for further iterations of Legithon events.SCHEDULE OF EVENTSUnless otherwise specified, all events will be at the Vermont State Capitol Building. SCHEDULEFriday, NOVEMBER 13, 20156:00pm – 7:00pm Registration and Welcome Supper (State House Cafeteria)
Rock of Ages Corporation,Vermont Business Magazine The parent company of Barre’s Rock of Ages, Polycor Inc of Quebec, announced today the acquisition of four famous limestone quarries located in Burgundy, France, previously belonging to Rocamat. The French quarries have been used for centuries to build landmarks across Europe. Vermont-based Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages are part of the Polycor family of brands. As a result of this acquisition, local Rock of Ages customers will now have access to this heritage French limestone along with the American granites.France is currently sourcing stone from Vermont’s quarries for its restoration projects. Notably, La Grande Arche de la Défense (in Puteaux, west of Paris) designed by Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, has been restored with Vermont’s Bethel White Granite. The Bethel white is taking the place of Italian marble. Bethel white also was chosen for the 74-story home of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the United Arab Emirates.The Grand Arch was built to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution (July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille). The concrete, granite, marble and glass arch is also an office building with 35 floors of office space. The massive structure is large enough to fit the Notre-Dame Cathedral inside its 348-foot span and 361-foot high rooftop terrace. Courtesy Jennifer Smiga (Marketing).Polycor is known for its vast portfolio of stones, many of which are the building blocks of the US’ cherished heritage sites such as the Washington Monument benches, New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Union Station.The acquisition of these French limestone quarries allows Polycor to further diversify its offering, now including the well-known Massangis stone. For centuries, this limestone has been used to build some of the most important structures in France, including the Louvre Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the base of the Eiffel Tower.Here in the US, this iconic limestone clads the exterior of the modernist Katzen Arts Center at American University (link is external)in Washington, DC.This acquisition furthers Polycor’s global presence as the company aims to expand its scope of activities and line of products from one continent to another. Thanks to Polycor’s existing sales infrastructure, US and world clients alike will now be able to purchase this iconic French limestone in a variety of shapes and sizes for residential and commercial projects: slabs, tiles, blocks and custom made projects.Polycor plans to invest equipment and infrastructure updates, as well as return 18 employees back to their original activities at the French quarries, now under Polycor’s leadership. SEE RELATED STORY HERE(link is external)About Polycor Inc.Founded in 1987 in Quebec City, Canada, Polycor Inc. is a leader in the natural stone industry in North America. The company’s growth through acquisitions, including U.S. based Rock of Ages and Swenson Granite in September 2016, demonstrates its position as a leader. Polycor Inc. employs nearly 900 people and owns over 30 quarries and 15 manufacturing plants across Canada, the United States and now, France. For more information, please visit our website: polycor.com/incSource: Quebec, July 9, 2018 – Polycor Inc
Feb 15, 2013Nepal reports five recent H5N1 outbreaksLivestock officials in Nepal today reported five H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks, four of which were noted earlier this week in media coverage, according to a report today to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Nepal has recently experienced a spate of outbreaks in the Kathmandu valley, plus one in Mechi zone, located in the eastern part of the country near the border with India. Today’s OIE report included another outbreak in the Kathmandu valley, a commercial broiler flock located in Setidevi village. All of the outbreaks occurred at commercial farms except for the one in Mechi zone, which struck the affected village’s backyard poultry. The five outbreaks killed 3,651 of 16,560 susceptible birds, and the remaining poultry were destroyed to curb the spread of the virus.Feb 15 OIE reportLarge Mexican poultry producer battling possible H7N3 avian fluMexico’s largest poultry producer and processor yesterday announced a possible outbreak of H7N3 avian flu on five of its breeder farms in the state of Guanajuato. Work is ongoing to verify the outbreak and to implement sanitary measures if needed. The company, Industrias Bachoco, is one of the largest poultry producers in the world and has almost 100 breeder farms in Mexico that produce hatching eggs for producing chickens. A press release from the company says that it is reinforcing its biosecurity measures at all facilities, particularly its breeder farms, and “analyzing steps to mitigate possible negative effects.” H7N3 avian flu was detected in the neighboring state of Jalisco in 2012 on farms owned by other poultry producers and led to the culling of millions of poultry. The virus again struck poultry farms last month in Aguascalientes state, directly north of Jalisco, as well as separate farms in Jalisco, leading to the culling of almost 700,000 birds.Feb 14 Bachoco press releaseFlu and RSV show temporal seasonality, even in much of the tropicsMany tropical regions worldwide, commonly thought to experience influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) year-round, actually have seasonal variations in the diseases similar to those in temperate climes, according to what is likely the first quantitative study of the subject on a global scale. The meta-analysis, which evaluated information gathered through the literature and electronic surveillance Web sites from 137 locations on five continents, was published yesterday in PLoS One. One third of the study’s data came from tropical areas. The authors found the expected peaks during winter months for both flu and RSV in temperate areas, with some showing peaks in both winter and summer for flu and Northern Europe showing biennial cycles for RSV. Overall, 80% and 50% of tropical areas showed distinct seasons lasting 6 months or less for RSV and flu, respectively. Tropical areas of Southeast Asia fairly commonly showed semiannual peaks in activity for both viruses. Weak latitudinal gradients were apparent in the timing of epidemics of both flu and RSV, with peak activity later in the year with increasing latitude (P < 0.03). No location studied had constant respiratory activity throughout the year when individual years were considered.Feb 14 PLoS One studyDenver cluster was biggest US outbreak of NDM-producing bacteriaEight patients in a Denver hospital last year harbored Klebsiella pneumoniae carrying New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM), an enzyme that confers resistance to many antimicrobials, marking the biggest such outbreak in the United States so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak was first spotted with the detection of carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniae (CRKP) in respiratory samples from two patients in July and August, says an article in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Review of records and surveillance cultures identified six more cases. The patients had been hospitalized for a median of 18 days before CRKP was identified. Three of them were treated for CRKP infections, and five were found to be asymptomatically colonized. All of them survived. Tests revealed that the initial isolates were resistant to all antimicrobials except tigecycline. An epidemiologic investigation suggested that multiple transmission events had occurred and that "undetected, asymptomatically colonized patients were involved in some transmission routes." How the pathogen got into the hospital was unclear. Before this outbreak, only 16 isolates of NDM-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) had been found in the United States, 14 of them in patients who had received medical care in South Asia. In a Health Alert Network advisory e-mailed to reporters today, the CDC said that, of the 37 unusual forms of CRE reported in the United States, 15 have been reported since July 2012. The agency called for healthcare providers to act aggressively to prevent the emergence and spread of these organisms.Feb 15 MMWR articleRelated Aug 15, 2012, CIDRAP News item
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 80 with a 20 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms and tonight’s low around 57. Courtesy/NWS
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From BodyShop Business The certified body shop network managed by Assured Performance is projected to reach more than 1,500 total shops by year’s end, and more than 2,500 by year-end 2015.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Assured Performance has announced the appointment of Mike Miller as national director of certified network development. He will be developing and managing Assured Performance’s national network of on-site business analysts, business coaches and body shop inspector-auditors. “We are very proud to have Mike’s proven management capabilities added to our team,” said Scott Biggs, CEO of Assured Performance. “He is exactly the kind of leader and technical expert we need to refine and improve our business development and on-site inspection capabilities, strengthening our national certified repair network of dealer and independently-owned body shops. He also provides a natural liaison with I-CAR, an organization with which we work closely.” Miller has 27 years of experience serving the insurance and collision repair industries. His career began in the insurance arena, helping to start up and manage a direct repair program. He then moved to the shop world, becoming a shop manager. Later, he became an I-CAR instructor and eventually regional manager and zone manager. For the past several years, he has been I-CAR’s national field support manager, responsible for developing and managing the I-CAR instructor network. He has been instrumental in course development, network management and training more than 450 part-time instructors and more than 2,000 volunteers. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Wave energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Limited completed the final foundation milestone and a progress milestone for the onshore plant component of the Perth Wave Energy Project with the receipt of $ 739,862 from the Western Australian State Government and $ 1,165,921 in payment claims submitted to the Australian Government. Carnegie received $739,862 for completion of two milestones from the Western Australian State Government under its LEED Grant. The milestone payments were awarded for Carnegie’s progress on the onshore plant and the completion of the foundations for the Perth Project.Carnegie has submitted milestone payment claims worth $1,165,921 for the completion of these milestones to the Australian Government under its grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Emerging Renewables Program.Carnegie Wave Energy is an Australian wave energy technology developer. Carnegie is the 100% owner and developer of the CETO Wave Energy Technology intellectual property.Press Release, March 31, 2014
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SERBIA: Passenger services on the 65 km line from Šabac to Loznica and Brasina on the Bosnian border restarted on September 1, having been suspended since 2005.Services are to be extended to Zvornik Novi in Bosnia-Herzegovina from the December timetable change. Infrastruktura ŽS has rehabilitated the single track route at cost of €21m, which was higher than anticipated. The project involved significant works between Štitar and Loznica, modernising Brasina and Loznica stations and building a new station at Majur. The maximum axleload has been raised from 16 to 22·5 tonnes.The modernized route is suitable for a maximum speed of 80 km/h, giving a journey time of 68 min.
At last eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in the Zambian capital Lusaka on Monday as thousands struggled to claim food handouts, police said.Police in the Southern African nation have opened an inquiry into the deadly incident that occurred following an attempt by more than 35,000 people to enter a sports complex where the Church of Christ was giving out food parcels.“We have since dispersed the gathering and an inquiry into the matter has been instituted,” a police statement said.According to the World Bank, 60 percent of the people in Zambia live below the poverty line, with 42 percent considered to be extremely poor.