US Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch Wednesday announced that six Vermont organizations will be receiving a share of $1.8 million from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help assess, clean up, and reuse polluted industrial sites. Leahy, Sanders and Welch said the EPAs Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grant program has helped dozens of Vermont communities turn old contaminated industrial sites into parks, housing, and new business opportunities — creating jobs and cleaning up the environment. The EPA awarded the following organizations grants Wednesday:· City of Burlington: A $200,000 grant to enable the City of Burlington to work with the community and other stakeholders to develop an area-wide plan and implementation strategy for the Railyard Enterprise brownfield area.· New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro: Two $200,000 grants totaling $400,000 to clean up two adjoining sites, 100 Flat Street and 56 Elm Street. · Northwest Regional Planning Commission, St. Albans: Two $200,000 assessment grants totaling $400,000 for use across Franklin and Grand Isle Counties to help communities complete environmental site assessments in preparation of clean up.· Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, Windsor: A $200,000 assessment grant which will be used across Southern Windsor County to complete environmental site assessments and to create clean up plans.· Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Montpelier: Two $200,000 assessment grants totaling $400,000 for use statewide to complete environmental site assessments and to create clean up plans. · Windham Regional Commission, Brattleboro: Two $200,000 grants totaling $400,000 to conduct environmental site assessments in Windham County.In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: Vermont communities have hundreds of former industrial sites that remain unused because of development obstacles such as pollution. These grants help these communities turn lemons into lemonade, turning underused industrial wastelands into community assets where people can work, live and play.WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, May 8) Congressional delegation
The recent arrival of cold temperature has formed early-season ice on Vermont ponds, lakes and rivers. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds winter enthusiasts that ice should never be considered safe and ice conditions vary. “Vermont’s State Game Wardens were vigilant and effective this fall at protecting the state’s wildlife from poachers,” said Col. Jason Batchelder, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s head of law enforcement. “They not only made several high-profile arrests, but we believe their presence on the landscape also deterred many would-be poachers and prevented several potential safety issues.”Read more about game wardens’ efforts…(link is external) Game Wardens Make Several Arrests Vermont State Game Wardens made several deer poaching arrests in northern Chittenden County this fall. read more on staying safe on the ice…(link is external) Vermont Fish & Wildlife The recent arrival of cold temperature has formed early-season ice on Vermont ponds, lakes and rivers. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds winter enthusiasts that ice should never be considered safe and ice conditions vary. F&W officers also made several arrests, mainly for deer poaching, in Chittenden County last fall. And William Pinney, 65, of Warren, is the lucky winner of the 2017 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery. William Pinney of Warren Wins Vermont’s Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License LotteryWilliam Pinney, 65, of Warren, Vermont, is the lucky winner of the 2017 Vermont Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License Lottery. With his lifetime license, Pinney will be entitled to hunt and fish for free for life. He was drawn as the winner from among 10,650 lottery tickets purchased in 2017. Read more…(link is external) VT F&W Offers Ice Safety Tips
WaterOne workers on Monday afternoon were repairing a water main break near the intersection of Somerset Dr. and Nall Ave., near Meadowbrook Park on the border between Prairie Village and Overland Park.Northbound traffic along Nall was being impacted during the late afternoon rush.According to a WaterOne spokesperson, the break was reported at about 3 p.m. Monday, and a crew was dispatched to repair it. WaterOne says four customers were affected by the break and anticipate their water service will be restored by 10 p.m. Monday night.A Shawnee Mission Post reader said Monday afternoon they saw asphalt pushed up from pressure from the pipe bursting underneath the road way at the intersection.Though no cause was given for this particular main break, WaterOne posted an explainer video to its Twitter account Monday afternoon saying main breaks are “unpredictable, but overly wet conditions (as well as dry) can cause the ground around pipes to shift.”The Kansas City area received several drenching rounds of rain Monday, which on top of another round of rain Saturday, came on the tail end of an extended dry spell in the region.The video on WaterOne’s Twitter account notes that WaterOne has more than 2,600 miles of pipeline in the metro, spread out over more than 270 square miles.WaterOne says main breaks can be reported at the utility’s 24-hour emergency contact line at 913-895-1800.
E-filing classes offered E-service rule heads to the Supreme Court E-service rule heads to the Supreme Court Senior EditorA procedural rule mandating that service be done by e-mail has been recommended for approval by the Bar Board of Governors.The board was the last stop before Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516 is presented to the Supreme Court. Some board members expressed concerns similar to those in some rules committees, but finally voted 36-3 to recommend that the court adopt the rule. ( See the text of the proposed rule here. )Board member Murray Silverstein, who presented the rule to the board at its October 1 meeting, and Bar President Mayanne Downs noted the Supreme Court has indicated it wants an expedited presentation of the rule, and those with questions can still present their concerns when the court takes up the rule.Silverstein said hundreds of hours were spent drafting the rule and considering potential problems, adding, “It was a masterful process.“It’s probably got some glitches, but the glitches that you’re speaking about are largely of a technical nature,” Silverstein said.He said the rule centralizes the service rules found in other procedural rules, and replaces current Rule 1.080.The new rule provides,a mong other things, that, “All documents required or permitted to be served on another party must be served by e-mail, unless this rule otherwise provides. When, in addition to service by e-mail, the sender also utilizes another means of service provided for in subdivision (b)(2), any differing time limits and other provisions applicable to that other means of service control.”Board member Bill Davis said he served on the Civil Rules of Procedure Committee when it looked at proposed Rule 2.516. He said the civil rules panel favored the concept but had reservations about the specifics.“It will be a wholesale change in the way that lawyers practice day-to-day in their office with respect to service,” he said. “It will be relatively easy and convenient for large numbers of lawyers, but for others it will be relatively disruptive.“There’s no opportunity for flexibility under the rule. I urge us to study it carefully because there will be blowback if we pass it as is.”Silverstein said the e-service rule is part of the shifting of the courts to electronic access to court records, which includes e-filing.Board member Laird Lile said with such changes coming, there was no reason to delay.“I think the time is now. There are those glitches that we will have to deal with, but the time is now,” he said.Downs noted that the board cannot prevent a rule approved by a procedural committee from going to the court, but can only comment on it.Meeting a week earlier at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Orlando, the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee discussed the challenges that lie ahead in ultimately getting the e-service rule adopted.“The biggest problem getting e-mail service through is not writing the rule, but there is going to be a welter of objections to this,” said committee member Paul Regensdorf. “Some people are very well-meaning and well-intentioned, and a lot of them are just trying to delay [the system] because nobody wants to change how they have been practicing law for 40 years.”Committee member David Jones noted the rules panel recently received a comment from a lawyer concerned that spammers will pick up on the requirement that all e-service subject lines contain the words “SERVICE OF COURT DOCUMENT.”“That is absolutely going to be a spammer magnet if that is used throughout the state; spammers will catch wind of it, realizing that anybody who sees that caption is going to open the communication and the potential parade of horribles that might create,” Jones said.Regensdorf said while that is “not an unreasonable concern,” it has not been a problem with the volunteers who are currently trying the process.“But then again, it’s not 88,000 lawyers using the rule so far,” said Regensdorf, adding that if spam or other problems arise, they can still be addressed during the comment period when the court is considering the rules.The fix could be as simple as adding a prefix to the subject line specifying the case involved, he said.“Are we ultimately going to get too much spam?” Regensdorf asked. “We don’t know. It is a concern, but I’m totally confident any problem like that. . . can usually be tweaked once it rears its ugly head. Our mission is to sort out legitimate concerns and comments.”Regensdorf noted one lawyer went so far as to contact the U.S. Postal Service in an attempt to get the USPS to oppose the rule so it would not lose the revenue generated by lawyers mailing documents back and forth.“There are people out there just looking for ways to beat this system down,” he said. October 15, 2010 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawyers in North Central Florida will have two opportunities at the end of October to attend demonstrations on the new e-filing system for Florida’s courts.Representatives from the Florida Association of Court Clerks will be demonstrating the system in two CLEs. One is scheduled for October 28 in the Jury Assembly Room at the Marion County Judicial Center in Ocala and the second is October 29 the Jury Assembly Room in the Lake County Judicial Center. The programs are being offered, respectively, with the Marion County Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association.The Marion County event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and attendees are requested to pre-register and pay a $5 fee. The event carries two CLE credits. Those interested should contact Shelly Owen Heatherdale, MCLSA Educational co-chair, PO Box 157, Ocala 34478, phone: (352) 624-2258.The Lake County event will start at Noon and offers one CLE credit, and a catered lunch will be offered. Lunch reservations and menu selection should be made with Shelly Smith at McLin Burnsed at 787-1241 or ShellyS@mclinburnsed.com no later than Thursday, October 21.A presentation for legal assistants, paralegals, and other office staff will be offered immediately after the Lake County luncheon, beginning at 1:15.Information covered at the e-filing events will including the Florida E-Filing Authority, which oversees the Internet portal used for e-filing, a description of the portal, registering for e-filing, how to e-file cases, how to e-file documents for existing cases, electronic notifications, electronic service, and clerk review and acceptance of submitted documents.
Best Places to Work honoree Mark-Taylor is actively seeking team members to be part of its growing corps of professionals to manage new properties coming online this spring.Full and part-time positions are available, including assistant manager, leasing consultants, porters and maintenance technicians, for new luxury apartment communities throughout the Valley. The company is hoping to fill at least 20 positions, in addition to 40 recently hired positions to staff other new managed properties.Interested candidates are encouraged to complete an online application and research career opportunities, at www.mark-taylor.com/careers. Resumes can also be emailed to HR@mark-taylor.com or faxed to 480-281-5580.Mark-Taylor offers excellent long-term opportunities for individual interested in a career in the multifamily industry. Every employee is automatically enrolled in Mark-Taylor University, a state-of-the-art training program with customized courses and program to set employees on a path of continual success.Mark-Taylor benefits include medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, voluntary long-term disability, life and accidental disability, additional life, 401k and employee rental discounts. Career development paths are customized to foster growth through personal training programs designed to bring out the very best in each individual employee.
Harvard Business Review:The United States is in a pain crisis. The use of pain killers increased by 50% from 2006 to 2012 and one recent estimate put the cost of physical pain on the U.S. economy at $635 billion — a 1,000% increase from 20 years earlier. At the same time, a widening income gap, growing sense of financial desperation, and erosion of the middle class have elevated economic insecurity to the top of the political agenda in the United States.A growing body of evidence suggests that this fiscal pain and physical pain are linked and reinforce each other. Over numerous studies, both in the lab and in the field, we have found that the experience of economic insecurity leads people to experience physical pain. Analyses of household consumption data, surveys, and controlled experiments demonstrate a causal link between economic insecurity and pain.Read the whole story: Harvard Business Review More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Facebook Share The exchange of words, speaking and listening in conversation, may seem unremarkable for most people, but communicating with others is a challenge for people who have aphasia, an impairment of language that often happens after stroke or other brain injury. Aphasia affects about 1 in 250 people, making it more common than Parkinson’s Disease or cerebral palsy, and can make it difficult to return to work and to maintain social relationships. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications provides a detailed brain map of language impairments in aphasia following stroke.“By studying language in people with aphasia, we can try to accomplish two goals at once: we can improve our clinical understanding of aphasia and get new insights into how language is organized in the mind and brain,” said Daniel Mirman, PhD, an assistant professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences who was lead author of the study.The study is part of a larger multi-site research project funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and led by senior author Myrna Schwartz, PhD of the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute. The researchers examined data from 99 people who had persistent language impairments after a left-hemisphere stroke. In the first part of the study, the researchers collected 17 measures of cognitive and language performance and used a statistical technique to find the common elements that underlie performance on multiple measures. Share on Twitter LinkedIn Email They found that spoken language impairments vary along four dimensions or factors:Semantic Recognition: difficulty recognizing the meaning or relationship of concepts, such as matching related pictures or matching words to associated pictures.Speech Recognition: difficulty with fine-grained speech perception, such as telling “ba” and “da” apart or determining whether two words rhyme.Speech Production: difficulty planning and executing speech actions, such as repeating real and made-up words or the tendency to make speech errors like saying “girappe” for “giraffe.”Semantic Errors: making semantic speech errors, such as saying “zebra” instead of “giraffe,” regardless of performance on other tasks that involved processing meaning.Mapping the Four Factors in the BrainNext, the researchers determined how individual performance differences for each of these factors were associated with the locations in the brain damaged by stroke. This procedure created a four-factor lesion-symptom map of hotspots the language-specialized left hemisphere where damage from a stroke tended to cause deficits for each specific type of language impairment. One key area was the left Sylvian fissure: speech production and speech recognition were organized as a kind of two-lane, two-way highway around the Sylvian fissure. Damage above the Sylvian fissure, in the parietal and frontal lobes, tended to cause speech production deficits; damage below the Sylvian fissure, in the temporal lobe, tended to cause speech recognition deficits. These results provide new evidence that the cortex around the Sylvian fissure houses separable neural specializations for speech recognition and production.Semantic errors were most strongly associated with lesions in the left anterior temporal lobe, a location consistent with previous research findings from these researchers and several other research groups. This finding also made an important comparison point for its opposite factor – semantic recognition, which many researchers have argued critically depends on the anterior temporal lobes. Instead, Mirman and colleagues found that semantic recognition deficits were associated with damage to an area they call a “white matter bottleneck” — a region of convergence between multiple tracts of white matter that connect brain regions required for knowing the meanings of words, objects, actions and events.“Semantic memory almost certainly involves a widely distributed neural system because meaning involves so many different kinds of information,” said Mirman. “We think the white matter bottleneck looks important because it is a point of convergence among multiple pathways in the brain, making this area a vulnerable spot where a small amount of damage can have large functional consequences for semantic processing.”In a follow-up article soon to be published in the journal Neuropsychologia, Mirman, Schwartz and their colleagues also confirmed these findings with a re-analysis using a new and more sophisticated statistical technique for lesion-symptom mapping.These studies provide a new perspective on diagnosing different kinds of aphasia, which can have a big impact on how clinicians think about the condition and how they approach developing treatment strategies. The research team at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute works closely with its clinical affiliate, the MossRehab Aphasia Center, to develop and test approaches to aphasia rehabilitation that meet the individualized, long-term goals of the patients and are informed by scientific evidence.According to Schwartz, “A major challenge facing speech-language therapists is the wide diversity of symptoms that one sees in stroke aphasia. With this study, we took a major step towards explaining the symptom diversity in relation to a few primary underlying processes and their mosaic-like representation in the brain. These can serve as targets for new diagnostic assessments and treatment interventions.”Studying the association between patterns of brain injury and cognitive deficits is a classic approach, with roots in 19th century neurology, at the dawn of cognitive neuroscience. Mirman, Schwartz and their colleagues have scaled up this approach, both in terms of the number of participants and the number of performance measures, and combined it with 21st century brain imaging and statistical techniques. A single study may not be able to fully reveal a system as complex as language and brain, but the more we learn, the closer we get to translating basic cognitive neuroscience into effective rehabilitation strategies. Pinterest
Study: Inadequate drug-susceptibility tests linked to poor TB treatmentThe accuracy of tuberculosis (TB) drug-susceptibility testing in high-burden countries was inadequate, and inaccurate test results led to inadequate treatment that contributed to higher mortality in patients with drug-resistant forms of the disease, an international team of researchers reported yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.In a multicenter cohort study conducted in seven high-burden countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Peru, and Thailand), researchers collected tuberculosis isolates from patients aged 16 years and older and compared the results of drug-susceptibility testing done locally with results from gold-standard phenotypic drug-susceptibility testing conducted in a Swiss reference laboratory. They then examined mortality in patients who had concordant and discordant test results.Drug-susceptibility tests of isolates from 634 patients at the reference lab found that 394 isolates (62%) were pan-susceptible, 45 (7%) were resistant to one drug, 163 (26%) were multidrug-resistant (MDR), and 30 (5%) were pre-extensively or extensively drug-resistant (pre-XDR or XDR). A comparison of the results from the local and reference laboratories showed that they were concordant for 513 (81%) of 634 patients and discordant for 121 (19%) of 634, resulting in an overall sensitivity of 90.8% (95% confidence interval [CI], 86.5 to 94.2) and specificity of 84.3% (95% CI, 80.3 to 87.7).Mortality ranged from 6% (20 of 336) in patients with pan-susceptible strains and concordant test results who were treated according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to 57% (8 of 14) in patients with resistant strains who were under-treated. More than half the people with misdiagnosed drug-resistant tuberculosis who received inadequate therapy died. In logistic regression models, compared with concordant drug-susceptibility test results, the adjusted odds ratio of death was 7.33 (95% CI, 2.70 to 19.95) for patients with discordant results who were under-treated.The authors of the study say the results support the idea that rapid molecular drug-susceptibility testing at treatment initiation, preferably using whole-genome sequencing, is required to improve outcomes in patients with MDR and pre-XDR/XDR TB, though they acknowledge that much work is required to make that approach feasible and affordable in lower-income countries.They conclude, “In the meantime, the capacity for the phenotypic and molecular drug-susceptibility testing recommended by WHO should be increased to ensure the most adequate treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis in these settings.”Feb 7 Lancet Infect Dis study UK releases new guidance on antibiotic prescribing for acute coughThe UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) yesterday issued new clinical guidance aimed at reducing antibiotic prescribing for adults and children with acute cough.The guidance advises against offering antibiotics to treat patients with acute cough associated with either an upper respiratory tract infection or with acute bronchitis who are not systematically unwell. Clinicians are also advised to explain to patients why an antibiotic is not necessary, how long acute coughs lasts, how to manage symptoms with self-care (honey, herbal remedies, and over-the-counter cough medicine), and when to seek further medical help.For patients who appear systematically unwell at a face-to-face examination, the guidance recommends an antibiotic be offered immediately. For patients with a higher risk of complications, the guidance suggests clinicians consider offering an antibiotic.The guidance recommends doxycycline as the first-choice antibiotic for adult patients, and amoxicillin as the first-choice agent in children under the age of 18. Feb 7 UK NICE acute cough guidance
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