first_imgLawrence Keyes, president, announces that Microdesign Consulting Inc. ofColchester has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Vermont ExperimentalProgram to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to develop aconferencing system for home-based health care.The grant was awarded to Microdesign in collaboration with Dr. Ge Wu ofthe University of Vermont Department of Physical Therapy.The system, to be deployed using a television set-top box and high-speedinternet connection, is designed for home-based patients who havedifficulty traveling to a clinic for treatment or therapy.The prototype device will support a study of elder patients who use TaiChi exercise to develop and maintain flexibility, balance and muscle tone.Microdesign is a six year-old corporation in Colchester VT whichspecializes in computer network design and information systems planningand management.The Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research(EPSCoR) is widely recognized for providing leadership in connectingVermont’s higher education community, the science and technology (S&T)based private sector, and state government to couple high quality scienceand engineering in Vermont with the type of economic development thatprovides maximum benefit to the people of the state of Vermont.The award winning VT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase (0)program, pioneered in Vermont in 1992, serves as a model for the other 22EPSCoR states across the country. In 2003, 15 Phase (0) awards were madeto Vermont businesses. Since 1992 over eighty businesses have receivedPhase (0) funding and over $8.2M in follow-on activity has resulted fromPhase (0) awardees. For more information, please contact Dr. ChristopherW. Allen, Project Director, VT EPSCoR at Christopher.Allen@uvm.edu(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 4-year-old boy died the day after the car he was a passenger in crashed in Bethpage this week.Nassau County police said the toddler’s 65-year-old grandfather was driving a Nissan Altima northbound on Stewart Avenue when the car veered off the roadway, onto the sidewalk and struck a tree at 1:20 p.m. Monday.Both the grandfather and the tot were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for head trauma.The boy, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead Tuesday at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle but did not charge the driver.last_img read more

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you knew everything about your credit union, members, and loans, then performing analytics would be a waste of time.If not, I would suggest taking a step back and thinking about what questions you have that can be answered using data and how those answers can benefit your credit union.With the improving economy and collateral markets, common themes throughout the industry have used data to:Increase yield by offering products, specifically secured products, to higher-risk borrowers, and;Identify growth opportunities, including refinancing auto loans held at other institutions and identifying qualified credit cardholders for credit line increases.Before starting any program geared toward taking on additional risk, you should evaluate your loan portfolio, looking at FICO scores and collateral values to answer the question, “What does our risk concentration look like?” continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgMay 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Pregnant women who have confirmed, probable, or suspected novel influenza H1N1 infections should receive antiviral treatment for 5 days, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in a detailed report on three pregnant women who had the disease, one of whom died.In its surveillance of the novel influenza outbreak, the CDC has been gathering information on infections in pregnant women. As of May 10, 20 cases have been reported, including 15 confirmed and 5 probable cases. The CDC published its findings on the three cases in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Dispatch.Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director CDC’s science and public health program, said at a media briefing today that the CDC is singling out the cases to remind healthcare providers and the public that pregnant women are at higher risk for flu complications such as pneumonia and dehydration and that the agency is seeing some severe complications in pregnant women who have novel H1N1 infections.”We want to get the word out about prompt antiviral treatment,” she said.The first of three case reports in today’s MMWR Dispatch appears to describe the Texas woman who was recorded as the nation’s second novel H1N1 flu death. The 33-year-old woman was 35 weeks pregnant and had a 1-day history of myalgia, dry cough, and low-grade fever when she was seen on Apr 15 by her obstetrician. She had a history of psoriasis and mild asthma, but was not taking medication for the conditions.Four days later she went to the emergency department with worsening shortness of breath, fever, and cough. During the visit the woman had severe respiratory distress. Chest radiographs showed bilateral nodular infiltrates, and the woman was intubated and placed on mechanical ventilation. Her doctors performed a cesarean delivery, and the healthy baby girl was later discharged home.On Apr 21 the woman experienced acute respiratory distress syndrome. One week later, she began receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and broad-spectrum antibiotics, but she died on May 4.During the woman’s hospitalization San Antonio health officials detected an untypable influenza A strain in the woman’s nasopharyngeal specimen and sent it to the CDC, which on Apr 30 confirmed the novel H1N1 virus.In the second case report, a previously health 35-year-old woman who was 32 weeks pregnant sought treatment at the emergency department on Apr 20 with a 1-day history of shortness of breath, fever, cough, diarrhea, headache, myalgia, sore throat, and inspiratory chest pain. Chest radiographs were normal and the rapid influenza test was negative. She received parenteral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, acetaminophen, and an albuterol inhaler, and was sent home.The next day her obstetrician obtained a nasopharyngeal sample and sent it for testing. She recovered fully and her pregnancy is progressing normally following her treatment with antibiotics, antinausea medication, and an inhaled corticosteroid. Influenza testing revealed an untypable influenza A strain, which was forwarded to the CDC and confirmed as novel H1N1.She had visited Mexico 3 days before she was seen in the emergency department, and several of her family members on both sides of the border had recently been sick with flu-like illnesses.The third patient, a 29-year-old woman who was 23 weeks pregnant, visited her family doctor for a 1-day history of cough, sore throat, chills, and subjective fever. She had a history of asthma but was not on medication. Her 7-year-old son was also sick and was also seen during the appointment. Another son, age 10, had been sick with similar symptoms the previous week. The family had not traveled to Mexico recently.The woman’s doctor was 13 weeks pregnant and began oseltamivir prophylaxis and did not get sick.The woman’s rapid influenza test was positive. Her doctor prescribed oseltamivir, her symptoms resolved, and the pregnancy is proceeding normally. The Washington State Public Health Laboratory identified the woman’s virus sample as untypable influenza A, and the CDC later confirmed it as novel H1N1.CDC experts note in the report that research has shown a higher risk for complications in pregnant women during seasonal flu outbreaks and previous pandemics. Cardiovascular, respiratory, and immune system changes during pregnancy are thought to contribute to the higher risk, and health officials have recommended that pregnant women receive annual flu vaccines.Though little information is available on antiviral use during pregnancy, the CDC says the benefits of treatment for the novel virus outweigh the potential risk to the fetus.Alongside its recommendation for 5-day antiviral treatment for pregnant women, the CDC recommends that pregnant women who are in close contact with a confirmed, probable, or suspected case-patient receive a 10-day prophylactic course of antivirals.Though both of the neuraminidase inhibitors can be used to treat or prevent the new virus, the CDC said oseltamivir is the preferred treatment, because its systemic absorption may provide better protection against mother-to-child transmission.”Beginning treatment as early as possible is critical,” the CDC states, adding that treating fevers with acetaminophen is important for preventing maternal hyperthermia, which can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes.CDC. Novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infections in three pregnant women, United States, April-May 2009. MMWR Dispatch 2009 May 12;58 [Full text]last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In an election year where the only real wisdom may actually come from the animated movie, “Despicable Me,” it’s been almost refreshing to hear and read (in your paper) about the ongoing saga regarding school tax exemptions for veterans.While, for most school districts, this issue would appear on the surface to be a slam-dunk no-brainer favoring our vets, I have to applaud former Duanesburg school Superintendent Christine Crowley for her insight and willingness to stand up for the larger interests of the district. It is wise to fully consider the effect of such a benefit on the whole of the tax base.For my part, it’s a head scratch, since I’ve never really viewed prior military service as a financial handicap generally, although I have great respect for those who have served and have personally helped some vets who have needed it. Perhaps it’s not really about the money and just an effort to take full advantage of available benefits. That’s hard to argue against, I guess.Regarding the upcoming election (or is it choice of a degree of evils), I’ve never been much of a minion and had hoped for a much better Republican option. I’ll go with the only one who understands what a Democratic republic is. Yeah, it’s not Trump.Jeff Schworm DuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

first_imgHe also expressed pride in the SRB’s collective achievements, writing that among other things, the Single Resolution Fund had been built up to €33bn within a short period; that more than 350 people had been hired and a €55bn transitional period safety net had been constructed.Viherkenttä’s move can also be seen as a return, in that he worked in academia for the first 10 years following his graduation, both as a researcher and lecturer on tax law at the University of Helsinki.Following that, he worked in several different roles before coming to VER in 2015.Viherkenttä spent four years as a judge at Finland’s Supreme Administrative Court and eight as deputy CEO of Finland’s largest pension fund, Keva. The State Pension Fund of Finland — Valtion Eläkerahasto (VER) — is losing its chief executive officer of the last five years, but regaining its former chief who has 12 years of experience leading the €20bn fund.Timo Viherkenttä confirmed to IPE he is leaving the fund, which acts as a buffer fund for the central government’s staff pension obligations, at the end of February to take up a teaching and research post at Aalto University, which is located in Espoo in Finland’s capital region.At that point Timo Löyttyniemi, who in December ended his non-renewable five-year term as vice chair of The Single Resolution Board (SRB) in Brussels – the central resolution authority within the European Union’s Banking Union (BU) – will return to run VER five years after leaving the Helsinki-based job he held for 12 years.After leaving his post in Belgium last month, Löyttyniemi said in a post on LinkedIn he planned to take a “nice long break with the family”.last_img read more

first_img“Children being raised by their married biological parents are by far the safest from violence”- FAMILY FIRSTA new report on child abuse and its causes argues that the ‘elephant in the room’ is family structure, and that the growth of child abuse has accompanied a reduction in marriage and an increase in cohabiting and single-parent families.READ the Full ReportREAD the Executive SummaryThe report follows on from an earlier report (released in May 2016) on child poverty and its link to family structure. This latest report by welfare commentator and researcher Lindsay Mitchell is entitled “CHILD ABUSE & FAMILY STRUCTURE: What is the evidence telling us?” and examines child abuse rates and changes in family structure from the early 1960s through to current day.Key conclusions include:For the last fifty years, families that feature ex-nuptial births, have one or both parents absent, large numbers of siblings (especially from clustered or multiple births) and/or very young mothers have been consistently over-represented in the incidence of child abuse – similar to overseas data.Maori and Pacific families exhibit more of these features and have appeared disproportionately in child maltreatment statistics since earliest data analysis in 1967.The risk of abuse for children whose parent / caregiver had spent more than 80% of the last five years on a benefit was 38 times greater than for those with no benefit history. Most children included in a benefit appear with a single parent or caregiver.Contrary to the common narrative that men are perpetrators and women and children are victims, both sexes are responsible for physically abusing children. Males are responsible for around 60% of physical abuse findings and are more likely to sexually abuse children; females are more likely to neglect them. Females are also more likely to inflict multiple types of abuse against children.The high rates of single, step or blended families among Maori present a much more compelling reason for disproportionate child abuse incidence than either colonisation or unemployment, but like non-Maori, Maori children with two-parent working families have very low abuse rates.Asian children have disproportionately low rates of child abuse. The Asian population has the lowest proportion of single-parent families.The presence of biological fathers matters. Generally, it protects children from child abuse. Marriage presents the greatest likelihood that the father will remain part of an intact family.Compared to married parents, cohabiting parents are 4-5 times more likely to separate by the time their child is aged 5. Overseas data also shows a greater likelihood of child abuse in cohabiting families.The research paper, commissioned by Family First NZ, draws the conclusion that a reluctance remains (compared to other overseas jurisdictions) to identify which families are disproportionately associated with child abuse and deaths.“There are certain family structures in which children will be far more vulnerable. Suspension of fact is an abrogation of our collective responsibility to children. In the same way discussions about child poverty ignore the elephant in the room – family structure – so do analyses of the incidence of child abuse.,” says Lindsay Mitchell.Family First NZ is welcoming the report and calling on politicians and policymakers to develop policies which support marriage – including free counselling, income-splitting, removal of the marriage tax penalty, tax incentives for stable marriages – and promoting the strong formation of families and preventing the breakdown of families.“Children being raised by their married biological parents are by far the safest from violence – and so too are the adults,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.“Whenever marriage is promoted, it has often been labeled as an attack on solo or divorced parents, and that has kept us from recognising the qualitative benefits of marriage which have been discovered from decades of research. In virtually every category that social science has measured, children and adults do better when parents get married and stay married – provided there is no presence of high conflict or violence. This is not a criticism of solo parents. It simply acknowledges the benefits of the institution of marriage.”“Governments should focus on, and encourage and support what works. Our children deserve this investment in their safety and protection.”ENDSlast_img read more

first_imgA twenty-three year old Vincentian national Toshiba Prescott who pleaded guilty to charges of importation and possession of ammunition on Monday has been fined $2000.00 by Ossie Lewis on Monday. Prescott was jointly charged with four other Vincentian nationals; Kemmicke Theobalds, Allison Blugh, Ezekiel Robin and Lennox John, after they were intercepted by Coast Guard officials on Dominican waters last week.However, the prosecution did not offer any evidence against the four Vincentians therefore the charges against them were struck out by magistrate Ossie Lewis.Police prosecutor Michael Laudat contended that on Sunday March 11th members of the Dominica Coast Guard who were on patrol duty observed a vessel named “Inspire” travelling in a southerly direction about ten miles West of Dublanc and pursued the vessel . That vessel he said, attempted to evade the Coast Guard and the officers noticed that during a chase which continued for about three miles, “A bag was thrown from the vessel into the water”.That bag was retrieved by the officers on patrol, thereafter the vessel and the defendants were taken into Police Coast Guard Base at Woodbridge Bay.According to Laudat, “The retrieved bag contained 25 rounds of 12 gage ammunition, electronics, shoes, clothes and money, all of which the defendant claimed belonged to him” and were seized along with the vessel.He said the defendant was “travelling from Guadeloupe to St. Vincent” and did not have any travel documents.Defence counsel Ronald Charles who made a plea in mitigation for Prescott said his client “was in the wrong place at the wrong time”.He further stated that his client cooperated with the police, had pleaded guilty and did not waste the courts time.He also contended that “Prescott was slapped by the police and guns were placed in his face” during interrogation.Charles asked that “mercy be granted” on his client and pleaded with the Court not impose a custodial sentence since his client was willing to pay a fine that the court sees fit since he was already in possession of a return ticket to St. Vincent.In handing down his judgment magistrate Lewis said “by Prescott’s action the state is now a few thousand dollars richer and he has already served one week in prison. He deserves justice with mercy”.He was fined Prescott $2000.00 for the importation of ammunition chargeto be paid forthwith or in default spend one month in prison.There was no separate penalty for the possession of ammunition charge. It was also reported to the Court that all Administrative and Customs fees had been paid.Dominica Vibes News has learnt that Prescott has paid the $2000.00 fine and is expected to leave the state along with the four other Vincentian nationals on Tuesday.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Magistrate fines Vincentian national $2000.00 for importation of ammunition by: – March 19, 2012 Sharing is caring! 46 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgPolice responded to a report of a car striking the Batesville McDonald’s Monday.An unidentified female driver took an uncommon entrance into the Batesville McDonald’s on Wednesday morning.Batesville Police received a report of a vehicle that had crashed into the building around 8:30 a.m.The collision caused limited exterior damage to the front of the restaurant. The store remained open throughout the day.WRBI will release updates as it is made available.last_img

first_imgCRYSTAL, Mich. (April 19) – Ionia’s A.J. Ward roasted the opening night competition with a wire to wire win in the Port City Racecars IMCA Modified class Saturday at Crystal Motor Speedway.Ward jumped to the lead and just walked away without challenge from those behind him, Rusty Ziegler, Myron DeYoung, Vern Buskirk and Jimmy Hale Jr.Two “B” mains were required to fill the feature field. Myron DeYoung took the first with Cory Rusink, Brenton DeYoung and Chris Dietrich transferring with him. The second “B” gave a lift up to the feature for Brady Hollenbeck, Kenny Playter, Austin Wonch and Tyson Minier. Minier was last year’s Flinn Stock champion and his first-ever appearance in the Modified feature proves he has a great future at CMS.last_img read more