Vermont Business Magazine Representatives from Long Trail Brewing Company, Farrell Distributing, and Hannaford Supermarkets visited the Vermont Foodbank with a check for $18,566, monies raised from a recent promotion in Hannaford stores throughout New England. During November and December 2015, Long Trail Brewing Company donated $1 for every case of Long Trail sold at Hannaford Supermarkets.“Long Trail Brewing is really proud to play a small role in the important efforts of the Vermont Foodbank. Most people in the state are unaware that one in four Vermonters cannot afford enough food or enough nutritious food,” said Jed Nelson, Marketing Director for Long Trail Brewing Company. “Together with our friends at Hannaford and Farrell Distributing, we are able to help supply more than 55,000 meals to our neighbors.”In Vermont, Farrell Distributing matched Long Trail’s donation dollar for dollar. “Farrell is always proud to support a program that works with the Vermont Foodbank,” said Ryan Chaffin, Director of Marketing for Farrell Distributing. “When they are involved, we always try to step up our game because we know the dollars go to a wonderful mission!””These funds will help Vermonters who are struggling financially to provide nutritious food for themselves and their families,” said Eric Blom, Hannaford spokesman. “The partnership between Hannaford customers, Long Trail Brewing Company and Farrell Distributing will make a difference toward ending hunger in Vermont.”Funds raised from this promotion will provide more than 55,000 meals for Vermonters in need of food assistance. “Farrell Distributing, the Long Trail Brewing Company and Hannaford Supermarkets have stepped up time and time again to support the neighbors in our community who face hunger every day,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “We are grateful for their loyal partnership in the work of ensuring no one in Vermont goes hungry.”About the Vermont FoodbankVermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs. In FY2015, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. Learn more at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external)
Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group’s fourth annual Do Good Fest(link is external), presented by The Point, will feature alternative rock band Guster(link is external) and three other bands on Saturday. Burlington-based Kat Wright(link is external) will kick off the free music festival at 4 pm, followed by Dwight & Nicole(link is external) also of Burlington at 5, and New England fan favorite The Adam Ezra Group(link is external) at 6 pm. Guster takes the stage at 7:30 pm and the show will close with a spectacular fireworks display.New this year, there will be parking both at National Life and at Montpelier High School, which will be served by an Express Shuttle to the festival grounds. The shuttle will begin running at 4 p.m. and will continue through the evening.National Life underwrites the cost of the show and all of the proceeds from the $20 parking fee at both lots are donated to Branches of Hope(link is external), the cancer patient fund at Central Vermont Medical Center.Gates open at 2:30 pm and family activities, including face-painting and children’s games, get under way at 3 p.m. Beer from festival co-sponsor Harpoon Brewery(link is external) will be served at two beer gardens and an expanded lineup of food trucks will be serving throughout the day. No cans, glass or coolers are permitted on the festival grounds.A Nonprofit Village of 30 organizations will operate in a tent at the top of the hill to showcase the good work done by charitable groups across the region.In its first three years, the Do Good Fest has raised $56,000 for cancer patients at Branches of Hope.In addition to Independent Radio The Point and Harpoon Brewery, the Do Good Fest is co-sponsored by Seven Days(link is external), Montpelier Alive(link is external) and the National Life Group Foundation(link is external).At National Life, our story is simple: For more than 167 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day. Learn more at NationalLife.com(link is external).Source: Montpelier, Vermont – National Life Group 7.12.2017
More than 250,000 visitors on race dayMore than 6,000 volunteers from the local county Having previously reported significant growth from international markets, this year’s DATEV Challenge Roth in Bavaria, Germany, has put down a marker as ‘the world’s largest triathlon’.The 15th anniversary of the race, which took place on Sunday 17 July, was also a golden one, as Jan Frodeno delivered a world record performance over the 226km distance. Frodeno’s time of 7:35:39 undercut Andreas Raelert’s former record of 7:41:33 by almost six minutes on the same course. Daniela Ryf of Switzerland took the women’s title at her first Challenge Roth with the third fastest women’s time ever achieved over triathlon’s long distance.The fast times achieved by the pros in recent years have certainly helped to boost media attention on DATEV Challenge Roth. The course has been the home of a number of past long-distance tri world records. (Chrissie Wellington lowered the world record time on all three occasions, 2009–2011, she raced Challenge Roth in Germany.)In addition to fast times, Challenge Roth has built scale. This year, the organising team at Challenge Family have highlighted strong growth in participation at Roth from emerging triathlon nations, but also from well established markets such as the USA and New Zealand.In addition to a mass of participating athletes, the event has a significant amount of spectator support and one of the world’s largest event expos, which extends around the DATEV Challenge Roth finisher stadium.By the numbers:72 nations were represented at DATEV Challenge Roth 2016Over 4,000 athletes registered for DATEV Challenge Roth 2016 across individual and relay teamsThere were over 6,500 athletes when including other events associated with the main raceMale finishers accounted for 84% of individual athletes racing at DATEV Challenge Roth 2016Female finishers accounted for 16% of individual athletes racing92% finisher rate for individual athletes at DATEV Challenge Roth 201696% finisher rate for relay athletesOverall, 93% finisher rate Related More than 4,500m² expo area150 exhibitors35,000 visitors at the expoDuring his run, race winner Jan Frodeno reportedly experienced “many highs and lows” in the final kilometres; but in the end, the highs prevailed. And in his first interview at the finish line he said, “Now I understand why this is the greatest of all races.”Next year’s DATEV Challenge Roth takes place on 9 July 2017. Online registration for next year’s event opens on Monday 25 July 2016, at 10:00 CET.www.challenge-roth.com
ORION Investment Real Estate announced the closing of 2100 W. Indian School Rd. for $1.024M ($42 PSF) to Pan-American Elementary Charter School.The property was constructed in 1975 and totals 24,436 SF. The facility includes 16 classrooms, a cafeteria, a theater room, and administrative offices and was operated by the previous owner as a school for nine years.The property has been vacant since 2010 and the new owner will inject some capital to modernize the facility.“We were pleased to have been able to bring a community-centered use that will resurrect the property and provide a desired and important service to the residents in the area,” said Brent Pearlstein, Senior Associate at ORION.Due to its location, vicinity to Interstate 17, excellent visibility, traffic counts and monument signage on Indian School, the property attracted many buyers with various uses. Ultimately, Pan-American emerged as the buyer.“Pan-American was the perfect fit for the property and they have a long history of serving the surrounding neighborhood community,” Pearlstein said. “We are excited about the possibilities at this location and the school plans on remodeling the facility to provide the best educational experience to its students.”Pan-American has served the Phoenix area for more than 10 years and provides K-6 education to their students.The seller, Academy of America, designs, develops, implements, and manages unique educational opportunities and programs for lifelong learning. It currently operates two charter schools in Michigan, the Academy of Southfield and the Academy of Waterford.
Jun 22, 2011Egyptian man dies of H5N1 avian fluEgypt’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that a 27-year-old man has died of H5N1 avian flu, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) today. The man, from the Deshna district of Qena governorate, first developed symptoms Jun 5, was hospitalized and given oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Jun 13, and died Jun 14. Officials said he had been exposed to poultry that were suspected to have avian flu. The case was confirmed by a lab in Cairo, a National Influenza Center of the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network. His case brings Egypt’s 2011 total to 31, including 12 deaths. Since 2006 the country has confirmed 150 H5N1 cases and 52 deaths. The global count for WHO-confirmed H5N1 cases now stands at 562, with 329 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 58.5%.Jun 22 WHO updateFDA finds CSL probe into flu-vaccine side effects ‘inadequate’The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a warning letter released to the public this week, called the investigation into flu-vaccine side effects in children by vaccine maker CSL Biotherapies of Australia “inadequate.” The agency cited “a number of significant objectionable conditions” that contravened good manufacturing practice (GMP) at CSL’s plant in Parkville, Victoria. Last April Australian officials pulled CSL’s seasonal flu vaccine Fluvax from use in children younger than 5 years old after 23 children from Western Australia were hospitalized with post-vaccination convulsions and high fever, according to a report in the Melbourne-based Herald Sun today. The company’s investigation found that adverse events were reported in 1 in 10 children from one Fluvax batch, which is about 10 times higher than expected. By the time the vaccine was taken off the market, 67 cases of convulsions, high fever, and vomiting were reported. The FDA letter cited a lack of documentation of the investigation, limited analysis of the manufacturing process, no assessment of the testing of raw material, and other problems. In a response to the letter yesterday, CSL Biotherapies Executive Vice President Dr. Jeff Davies said, “Our technical team is in the process of preparing more substantive detail about our corrective actions to meet the FDA’s requirements. We will work diligently with the FDA to resolve these GMP issues as quickly as possible.”Jun 15 FDA warning letterJun 22 Herald Sun articleJun 21 CSL responseH1N1 vaccine did not raise maternal or fetal riskReports of adverse events after pregnant women received the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine showed no unexpected problems with the vaccine, according to federal officials writing in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) yesterday. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA analyzed data from the US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is maintained by the CDC and FDA. VAERS received 294 reports of adverse effects, including 2 maternal deaths, 59 hospitalizations, and 131 pregnancy-related events. These included 95 spontaneous abortions (less than 20 weeks gestational age), 18 stillbirths (20 weeks or more), 7 preterm deliveries, 3 threatened abortions, and 2 cases of preterm labor, 2 of preeclampsia, and 1 each of fetal hydronephrosis, fetal tachycardia, intrauterine growth retardation, and cleft lip. Given the number of pregnant women who received the vaccine, none of these occurrences was out of the ordinary. The scientists conclude, “H1N1 vaccination in pregnant women did not identify any concerning patterns of maternal or fetal outcomes.”Jun 21 AJOG abstractMeasles spreads in New Zealand, UtahThe number of cases in a measles outbreak in West Auckland, New Zealand, has risen to 26, Radio New Zealand reported today. Most of the cases are linked to an unvaccinated student from Oratia Primary School who developed the disease after traveling to Britain through Singapore. The student then exposed others to measles. Health official Richard Hoskins urged people to get up to date on their immunizations.Jun 22 Radio New Zealand storyElsewhere, measles has spread from northern to central Utah, where the infection in a plant worker has required about 100 employees to stay home from their jobs, according to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune today. Central Utah Public Health officials said a Millard County resident tested positive after apparently contracting the disease while traveling to Logan to get married. The person works at a 500-person power plant, which has asked about 100 employees born after 1957 not to come to work until they can prove they have been fully vaccinated against measles.Jun 22 Salt Lake Tribune article
A global research meeting wrapped up today to set priorities to answer key questions about COVID-19 and tackle the outbreak, with a simpler diagnostic test and treatment protocols at the top of the list.Disease activity in China, meanwhile, continued its steady growth.In other developments, more cases of the novel coronavirus were reported on a cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese report, and Cambodia offered safe passage for a separate cruise ship that has yet to report a case.Also, research teams published new early findings, including that the virus is easily detected in saliva and that pregnant women in their third trimesters don’t seem to pass the virus to their babies.Priorities from research meetingThe 2-day research and innovation meeting that wrapped up in Geneva today yielded an agreed-on set of research priorities and will result in a research and development roadmap, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.Also, the more than 300 participants who took part in the meeting on site or online outlined mechanisms for continuing their collaboration, which the WHO will facilitate. Research funders were also on hand to discuss how to mobilize resources so that crucial studies can start immediately.At a media telebriefing today, WHO officials said Chinese researchers participated remotely, and they helped ground the discussions based on the realities on the ground in the outbreak region.Soumya Swaminathan, MD, the WHO’s chief scientist, said the top priority was a simpler diagnostic test, which will also be useful for lower-income countries that don’t have complex lab facilities. She said another very high priority is information on optimal treatment and the best treatment protocols, which need studies based on standard data collection.She said more research on transmission and epidemiology is also crucial. “We really need to understand this virus—its transmission, age-groups, underlying conditions, what makes it more severe, impacts of interventions,” she said. “We have a lot to learn from studying all of these.”WHO officials said today there are four vaccines in development, with one or two of them poised to enter human trials in 3 or 4 months, and, if successful, a vaccine might be available for wider use in 12 to 18 months. They said researchers are still working on a master protocol to study existing therapies, used singly or in combination.Cases continue steady rise in ChinaChina yesterday reported 2,015 new cases, down from 2,479 reported the day before, raising the overall total to 44,653, according to the latest update from the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). Also, officials reported 871 new serious cases and 97 more deaths, putting those totals at 8,204, and 1,113, respectively. So far 4,740 have been discharged from the hospital.At today’s media briefing, Ryan said deaths are on the rise, because there’s a lag time between the time when cases surge, such as they did in the past 2 weeks, and when people with serious disease succumb from the disease.Sylvie Briand, MD, PhD, the WHO’s director of epidemic and pandemic diseases, said WHO officials have confirmed that China has adapted its case definition to include asymptomatic and mild cases that weren’t included in the initial case definition. She said it’s normal to adapt the case definition as outbreaks unfold, and Chinese health officials are now able to test contacts and look for transmission chains.Mike Ryan, MD, who directs the WHO’s health emergencies program, said the shift is likely to generate even more confirmed cases, likening the case definition change to throwing a wider net with a finer mesh. “This is what we want to see in the containment phase.”More Japan cruise ship casesIn developments outside of China, Japan’s health ministry today reported 39 more COVID-19 cruise ship cases, raising the total to 174. Media reports said one of the newly confirmed patients is the Japanese quarantine office assigned to the ship.The Diamond Princess has been in Yokohama port since Feb 3.Meanwhile, another ship that has been denied entry by four countries over fears of the virus, even though no suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported on it, was allowed by Cambodia to dock and for passengers to disembark.At today’s WHO media briefing, Tedros said the Westerdam is expected to arrive in Cambodia tomorrow. “This is an example of international solidarity,” he said, adding that the WHO will issue a communique to countries about the need to make risk assessments based on evidence.Singapore today reported three more cases today, all of them locally acquired, including two linked to a church, according to a statement from the country’s health ministry. Singapore has now reported 50 cases.At today’s WHO media briefing, Ryan said that less than one fourth of the cases outside of China involve local spread, and that there are only eight cases for which a plausible exposure source hasn’t been found. “We have a good view of the virus,” he said. “There could be others, but this is what we see.”In its situation report today, the WHO said that, over the last 24 hours it received reports of 46 new cases outside of China, raising the total to 441 cases from 24 countries.Saliva, pregnancy findingsIn research developments today, investigators from Hong Kong writing in Clinical Infectious Diseases said they detected the COVID-19 virus in saliva samples from 11 of 12 people they sampled.On serial sampling, they saw a declining trend, and they concluded that the findings are useful, because saliva samples could be a noninvasive specimen for testing. They also noted the saliva findings have implications for infection control.Meanwhile, a research team from China in a case series of nine pregnant women hospitalized in Wuhan with lab-confirmed COVID-19 found that of samples collected from six, all were negative for the virus. The researchers published their report today in The Lancet.The nine babies were delivered via caesarean section. The samples that tested negative included amniotic fluid, cord blood, neonatal throat swab, and breastmilk samples.The authors concluded that the findings from the small group suggest no evidence of vertical transmission in women who have COVID-19 pneumonia late in their pregnancies.See also:Feb 12 Tedros media briefing commentsFeb 12 WHO R and D meeting press releaseFeb 12 China NHC updateFeb 12 Japanese health ministry statementFeb 12 Singapore health ministry statementFeb 12 WHO daily situation reportFeb 12 Clin Infect Dis abstractFeb 12 Lancet study
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Heavy-lifting specialists ALE today reported that it had performed the first load-out of jacket foundations for the Wikinger offshore wind farm.The first jacket, weighing 625t, was loaded-out using self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) and a CC8800 crawler crane in Ferrol, Spain.ALE has been contracted to perform a total of 58 land transportations (two per jacket) using SPMTs and 29 load-outs using a crawler crane during 2016. The company started with the project in January by performing the weighing and land transportation of the first jackets at the Navantia Fene Shipyard.Foundations will be loaded on transport ships in batches of 4 jackets. Piles for the jackets will be loaded by Windar at the Avilés harbour.Wikinger will comprise 70 foundations, supporting Adwen’s 5MW wind turbines, with Bladt Industries in charge of supplying the remaining 41 jackets.The installation of the first foundations at the offshore wind farm site started in April.
Sarah Davis is group commercial legal director at Guardian Media Group Never mind a week; a day is a long time in the politics of media regulation. On Monday Jeremy Hunt, who succeeded Vince Cable as the minister responsible for deciding on News Corporation’s proposed acquisition of up to 60.9% of BSkyB, told MPs that he is referring News Corporation’s bid to the Competition Commission. A week earlier no one would have predicted that, but then a week earlier Rupert Murdoch had not closed down the News of the World following public outrage over the phone-hacking scandal. Hunt’s announcement was the only possible response to News Corporation’s sudden withdrawal of the undertakings Murdoch had previously worked so hard to persuade the government to accept in exchange for allowing the bid to proceed. Murdoch’s surprise move seems to be aimed at taking the decision out of the hands of politicians and ensuring that it is not made at a time when News Corporation is vilified in all quarters. On Monday morning Hunt had asked the regulator Ofcom whether ‘any new information that has come to light causes you to reconsider any part of your previous advice, including your confidence in the credibility, sustainability or practicalities of the undertakings offered by News Corporation’. By Monday afternoon this question might have seemed less urgent, perhaps even redundant, following Hunt’s referral of the bid to the Competition Commission, which will buy Murdoch time. The commission may clear or block the proposed takeover, or it could propose remedies aimed at easing concerns about ‘media plurality’. A great deal has been written about the proposed acquisition by News Corporation of BSkyB since Cable, the business secretary, issued a European Intervention Notice in connection with the transaction, in November 2010, specifying the public interest consideration of sufficiency of plurality of persons with control of media enterprises. Hunt’s announcement this week in fact gives effect to Ofcom’s original advice, on the last day of 2010, that the bid should be referred to the Competition Commission. The secretary of state has a statutory discretion that allows him to accept undertakings in lieu of a reference to the commission. Hunt took the view that only if no suitable undertakings were offered by News Corporation would he refer the transaction. At times the secretary of state’s decision-making process seemed somewhat improvised, with merger control remedies being unsatisfactorily applied to public interest considerations. Then, less than two weeks ago, Hunt announced he was minded to exercise his discretion in favour of accepting News Corporation undertakings claimed to be sufficient to protect media plurality, which included Sky News being spun off as a separate, independent, entity and capping News Corporation’s shareholding at 39%. The collision of the phone-hacking scandal with this process has highlighted that the merger control remedy of accepting undertakings from News Corporation in lieu of a reference to the commission, in relation to the BSkyB bid, could not credibly be divorced from considerations of fitness and propriety. How could activities at News International, which raise serious questions of corporate governance, be treated as something separate from News Corporation’s BSkyB bid, given that the green light for the transaction rested on the secretary of state’s willingness to accept undertakings from News Corporation that related to corporate governance? While the ‘fit and proper test’ is not the secretary of state’s to apply, it was beginning to look untenable, both politically and legally, for there to be no consideration of this issue. The question that will now entertain and occupy media and competition lawyers is what Ofcom will do next. Last Thursday the regulator issued this statement: ‘In the light of the current public debate about phone hacking and other allegations, Ofcom confirms that it has a duty to be satisfied on an ongoing basis that the holder of a broadcasting licence is “fit and proper”.’ We look forward to hearing more about that.