Vemront Business Magazine On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 over 200 members joined Vermont Federal Credit Union leadership and staff at the DoubleTree in South Burlington to elect the Board of Directors. The meeting began with an Italian buffet and a special presentation on emotional intelligence from guest speaker, David Caruso, PhD, followed by remarks from President and CEO of the Credit Union, Jean Giard and Board Chair, Douglas Fisher. Upon membership voting at the 64th Annual Meeting, incumbent Lisa Rees and newly elected Will Voigt joined the Credit Union’s Board of Directors for three year terms.Lisa Rees currently works for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as a leadership coach specializing in emotional intelligence and appreciative inquiry. Lisa has worked for the USCIS since 1987 which was also when she became a member of Vermont Federal Credit Union. Lisa is a Board Member of the Vermont Federal Executive Association, where she works with executives from 34 federal agencies and is an active member of the Colchester-Milton Rotary. Lisa received her Associates in Accounting and Bachelors in Management from Champlain College, and her Master’s in Public Administration from Norwich University. Lisa lives in Milton with her husband, Grant, and their super spoiled dog, Belle.Will Voigt is the Senior Accountant at DW Voigt CPA P.C., a tax and consulting firm located in South Burlington. Will began his career with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) working in budget and finance and was the special assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of USCIS before leaving to work in the family owned business of D.W. Voigt CPA P.C. Will holds a business degree with a focus in accounting from Champlain College and is currently preparing to sit for The Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. He lives in Essex, Vermont with his wife, Jenna, their son, Oliver and their crazy golden retriever, Tony.Vermont Federal is a $490 million-plus financial institution, with six locations currently serving over 36,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning they share ownership in the Credit Union and elect a volunteer board of directors. Vermont Federal Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Franklin, Washington, or Addison Counties in Vermont. Vermont Federal Credit Union is committed to providing support to the communities it serves and to make a decided difference in the lives of its members and other Vermonters. For more information about Vermont Federal Credit Union, call (888) 252-0202, visit www.vermontfederal.org(link is external), or find us on Facebook.Back row (left to right): Megan Manahan Bliss, Frank Broughton, Douglas Fisher, Lisa Rees. Front Row: Suzanne Lynn, Joseph Finnigan, Will VoigtSource: Burlington, VT – Vermont Federal Credit Union May 2, 2017
Related Leading athletic shoes and apparel specialist, ASICS America, has been named the Official Apparel Partner of the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego, slated for 18-20 April 2013 in Mission Beach, California.ASICS joins a raft of new sponsors to the event, bolstering on the ground brand engagement with athletes and boosting the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU’s) World Triathlon Series.Amtrak, Competitor Group Inc, Gatorade, GU Energy, Moment Cycle Sport and TYR Sport have all also been named official local partners of the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego event.As one of eight ITU World Triathlon Series (ITU WTS) events around the globe in 2013, the second edition of the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego will feature an Olympic-calibre elite field competing on a historic course adjacent to the birthplace of the sport of triathlon.The Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego is co-produced by USA Triathlon and the Hamburg, Germany-based UpSolut Sports AG and Lagardère Unlimited.ASICS engagementServing as the Official Apparel Partner of the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego for the first time, ASICS will provide gift certificates for a free pair of ASICS performance running shoes to the top 50 most-improved run split performances from last year’s event among age-group competitors. Participants in both the Olympic-distance and sprint races are eligible.In addition, ASICS will support the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego with athlete, volunteer, medical and swim safety t-shirts, as well as apparel for event staff.“ASICS and the ITU World Triathlon Series are leading brands among the world’s best triathletes, and we are excited to have ASICS play a key role in the upcoming Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego,” said Jamey Sunshine, Lagardère Unlimited Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships.“Given ASICS’ strong presence and popularity within triathlon, we feel this partnership is an excellent match.”“ASICS is proud to be the Official Apparel Partner for such a prestigious competition and we look forward to beginning this exciting partnership,” added Erik Forsell, ASICS America Vice President of Marketing. “This partnership further strengthens our existing presence within the triathlon space and truly demonstrates our passion and commitment across all sports.”Last month, Omegawave, a leader in physiological assessment technology, was named the Title Sponsor of the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego event.Other sponsors also prove engaging!Offering a 30% discount on rail service from Los Angeles and Orange County to Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego participants, Amtrak is America’s railroad, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator.Competitor Group (CGI) – the active lifestyle industry’s leading media and event entertainment company – is a media partner for the ITU WTS San Diego event. The aggregate CGI customer base now exceeds 7 million endurance enthusiasts and athletes. CGI’s portfolio of media assets span the full range of the expanding endurance industry and include a robust digital community on the web and on mobile across the Competitor Endurance Sports Network of websites.Gatorade will be on course for all athletes at Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego 2013. Gatorade Endurance Formula is scientifically formulated to meet the specific needs of endurance athletes. It contains a five-electrolyte blend including nearly twice the sodium (200 mg) and more than three times the potassium (90 mg) compared to original Gatorade Thirst Quencher.GU Energy Gel is the official gel of the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego, and will also support all the athletes participating at the event.Moment Cycle Sport returns as the Official Bike Mechanic Service of the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. ‘San Diego’s only fit-first bike shop’, Moment Cycle Sport leverages technology to enable its customers to reach the limits of their athletic potential. Moment Cycle Sport will provide bike mechanic support for athletes competing in the San Diego event.TYR returns an official partner for the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. TYR engineers technical apparel and equipment for swimmers and triathletes. Named after the Norse god of warriors, TYR is ‘dedicated to re-imagining technologies that help athletes attain peak performance.’Calling all triathletes…In addition to elite and paratriathlon races, the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego event features top-flight Olympic- and sprint-distance age group races, as well as an Olympic-distance relay and an aquabike event, offering amateurs the chance to compete in the same epic venue as the world’s best athletes. The 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego also serves as the USA Triathlon (USAT) Club National Championships.Nearly 2,100 amateur triathletes aged from 14 to 90 years old, from 42 US states and 16 countries, competed at the 2012 World Triathlon San Diego.This month’s Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego will also be televised live in the United States on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com on 19-20 April.sandiego.triathlon.orgwww.asicsamerica.comwww.amtrak.comwww.competitorgroup.comwww.gatorade.comwww.GUenergy.comwww.momentcyclesport.comwww.TYR.com
LiveScience: Feeling frightened? Say so. A new study finds that speaking your emotions out loud can help you confront your fears.People who fear spiders are less distressed upon approaching a large, hairy tarantula when they say, out loud, that they’re afraid. Voicing fear was a more effective tactic at banishing it than the soothing self-talk (“That little spider can’t hurt me”) more often used when people confront their phobias, researchers reported.“This is unique because it differs from typical procedures in which the goal is to have people think differently about the experience — to change their emotional experience or change the way they think about it so that it doesn’t make them anxious,” study researcher Michelle Craske, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement. “Here, there was no attempt to change their experience, just to state what they were experiencing.”Read the whole story: LiveScience More of our Members in the Media >
Apr 25, 2012Taiwan harder hit by flu in 2010-11 than during 2009 pandemicTaiwan experienced a higher rate of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations in the flu season after the 2009-10 pandemic than during the pandemic itself, according to a study in PLoS One yesterday. Using data from 12 labs that make up Taiwan’s Influenza Laboratory Surveillance Network, Taiwanese researchers noted that 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu (pH1N1) caused 44 deaths, but in the next season (through the 13th week of 2011), 93 pH1N1 deaths were confirmed, as well as 30 H3N2 fatalities and 128 total flu deaths. In 2010-11, H3N2 dominated until December, when pH1N1 resurged. During 2009-10, 22 (50%) of the 44 pH1N1 deaths were in the 20-to-49 age-group, compared with 24 (26%) of the 93 pH1N1 deaths in 2010-11. In comparison, pH1N1 deaths in the 50-to-64 age-group rose from 9 (21%) in 2009-10 to 49 (53%) in 2010-11. During 2009-10, 1,297 hospitalized flu cases with severe complications were reported, of which 937 (72%) were caused by pH1N1 and 161 (12%) by H3N2. Those numbers rose to 1,751, 1,040 (59%), and 606 (35%) in 2010-11. The authors conclude that reemergence of pH1N1 in 2010-11 “had an intense activity with age distribution shift.”Apr 24 PLoS One studySushi Salmonella outbreak strain confirmed in tuna samplesA state lab in Wisconsin has confirmed Salmonella matching the outbreak strain in samples from recalled yellowfin tuna and a spicy tuna roll, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene at the University of Wisconsin-Madison confirmed that the Salmonella Bareilly in the samples matches the DNA fingerprint of the strain that has sickened at least 160 people in 20 states, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a press release yesterday confirming the lab findings, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) said that 3 of the 15 Wisconsinites infected with the outbreak strain have been hospitalized. Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., has recalled frozen raw yellowfin tuna because of the outbreak, the CDC said. The tuna is not sold to individuals but may have been used to make sushi, sashimi, and similar dishes for restaurants and stores, the AP said.Apr 25 AP storyApr 20 CDC updateApr 24 WDHS news releaseStudy sees improving climate for dengue mosquitoes in northwestern EuropeIn the past 20 years the climate of northwestern Europe has become more favorable for Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger) mosquitoes, which can carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses, according to a modeling study published online today by the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. A chikungunya outbreak in Italy in 2007 was attributed to A albopictus, and two cases each of dengue and chikungunya fever were traced to the species in France in 2010, the report notes. In the study, British and Belgian investigators modeled and mapped the distribution of the species in Europe on the basis of climatic features, using three different distribution models and multiple climate models along with data on the existing distribution. From the 1960s to the 1980s, the authors found, conditions were suitable for A albopictus in southern France, northern Italy, the northern coast of Spain, the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, and western Turkey. “Over the last two decades, climate conditions have become more suitable for the mosquito over central northwestern Europe (Benelux, Germany) and the Balkans, while they have become less suitable over southern Spain,” because warmer and wetter conditions favor the overwintering of the mosquito in the north, while drier, warmer summers may limit its southward spread, the report says. It adds that this trend is likely to continue, with an expected increased risk in northern Europe and slightly decreased risk in southern Europe.Apr 25 J R Soc Interface abstract
Tularemia investigation links Arizona’s woman’s illness to dogAn investigation into a 73-year-old Arizona woman’s death related to a Francisella tularensis infection (tularemia) in June 2016 revealed that she probably contracted the bacterium, classified by federal health officials as a tier 1 select agent, from her pet dog. Researchers from Arizona and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported their findings yesterday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).The woman had pulmonary sarcoidosis and initially sought treatment for onset of fever, muscle pain, loss of appetite, and diarrhea, and her doctors suspected colitis and advised her to stop taking amoxicillin that had been prescribed for a dental infection. Two days later she was hospitalized for breathing problems and confusion, and chest x-rays found pneumonia and an effusion.Her stool tested positive for Clostridium difficile, and she was treated with metronidazole and vancomycin. The woman’s condition continued to deteriorate, and she died 3 days later. The medical team didn’t suspect F tularensis until blood culture confirmed it about a week after she died.A probe into the source of her illness found that she lived in a semirural area but did not take part in outdoor activities. She had recently traveled to Hawaii, but postmortem examination found no bites or other physical signs of the disease.The patient’s dog has been sick in late May after it had a rabbit carcass in its mouth. A sample of the dog’s blood was positive for F tularensis, and the woman’s property was found to have numerous rabbits, and a squirrel found dead tested positive for F tularensis, with a type A.II strain that matched the human sample.The authors said the patient probably inhaled F tularensis during close contact with her dog and that human illnesses from dogs have been documented before. They concluded that the pulmonary sarcoidosis may have contributed to illness severity, and the woman’s C diff infection may have worsened the tularemia infection. They concluded that the nonspecific nature of tularemia infections makes diagnosis difficult and assessing animal exposures and related contact might help focus clinical suspicions of the disease.Aug 24 MMWR report Microbes living at lower densities develop resistance faster, study saysUK researchers have discovered that microbes living at low populations densities—dubbed “lonely” microbes—have higher rates of mutations that cause antibiotic resistance, according to their study yesterday in PLoS Biology.A team of scientists from the universities of Manchester, Keele, and Middlesex previously had found that “lonely” Escherichia coli bacteria were nearly 10 times as likely to mutate to resist antibiotics as those living in dense populations. The new study expands their research to 26 microbial species, including viruses, and involved 70 years of data and nearly 500 mutation measurements.They found that both in the literature and in their own lab experiments the relationship held across the microbes, with higher population densities leading to lower rates of resistance mutations and lower densities leading to the converse. The authors call their finding “density-associated mutation-rate plasticity” (DAMP).Lead author Rok Krasovec, PhD, said in a University of Manchester news release, “What’s exciting about DAMP is that it requires protein molecules that do the same thing in very different microbes, meaning that we can start to understand why mutation rates vary like this. This means that our results could be the first step towards manipulating microbial DAMP clinically as a way to slow the evolution of antibiotic resistance.”Aug 24 PLoS Biol study Aug 24 University of Manchester news release Study probes gap in kindergartner measles vaccinationAccording to CDC research published yesterday in Vaccine, 90.9% of incoming US kindergartners have received the recommended two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV).The highest achievable coverage for the vaccine is 98.6%, meaning there’s a 7.7% vaccination gap. All vaccination coverage estimates were based on provider-reported histories.To analyze the gap, the researchers conducted a national survey of 1,465 parents of children ages 5 to 7 years throughout the winter of 2013 and 2014 to understand vaccine exemptions. Of the undervaccinated children, they found that 2.7% were attributable to a requested vaccine exemption. Among undervaccinated children whose parents did not request an exemption, 41.6% had a missed opportunity or a skipped dose of a MCV.Currently, all 50 states and the District of Columbia require two doses of MCV by kindergarten entry. But often, the authors say, schools fail to fully implement these vaccination laws. Doing so would help close the MCV coverage gap, they wrote.Aug 24 Vaccine study
In remarks at the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell laid out the Department’s priorities for strengthening the nation’s economy with a balanced, prosperous energy future over the next two years.Read the highlights of the speech:Our economy has emerged from recession with a stronger, more stable foundation.It is no coincidence that our economic recovery has been accompanied by the biggest energy transformation of our lifetimes. The energy revolution we experienced in the past six years helped spur the recovery, but it has also been accelerated by the policies our country has put in place.Since 2008, American oil production has surged from five million to nine million barrels per day, and our dependence on foreign oil has fallen to its lowest level in more than 30 years. The amount of solar energy has increased ten-fold, and wind energy has tripled since 2008, helped by more than $340 billion of private sector investment and a tax policy that helped move those investments off the sidelines.These shifts in U.S. energy markets aren’t marginal or temporary: they are tectonic shifts.The tectonic shifts are forcing governments at every level to face questions of the same magnitude: Can we adapt in this fast-changing environment? How do we modernize our energy programs to anticipate the new energy future? Are we doing what is needed for the U.S. to lead the world on energy?When it comes to good government, we are also working to provide predictability to industry by identifying, on a landscape level, where it makes sense for companies to focus their resources.To that end, we’re taking a targeted leasing approach in offshore frontier areas. To be clear, predictability also means identifying places that are too special to drill. I’m talking about places with rich cultural resources, or key wildlife habitat, or awesome outdoor recreation opportunities. That all matters – to our economy and to our future.We’re using this comprehensive, landscape-level approach for renewable energy, too.Onshore, we’ve mapped out nearly 20 zones across the West where solar potential is high and other conflicts are low. Because of this early planning work, companies will see faster permitting times. Offshore, we’re identifying wind energy areas that will allow our nation to capture the huge potential of wind along the Atlantic – without compromising fishing, recreation, national security, the environment or viewsheds.We’ve already held four successful auctions where industry has competitively bid to develop offshore wind farms. We now have over 800,000 acres offshore under commercial leases and are looking forward to seeing steel in the water in the coming years.America is both blessed with diverse natural resources and – importantly – the human capital to develop new and better ways to harness them. Just as the United States is a leader in unconventional oil extraction and is now the world’s top producer of natural gas, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t also be the top producer of solar power and wind power.Source: U.S. Department of Interior; Image: DOI (archive)
Strike Energy said that consulting firm DeGolyer and MacNaughton has certified contingent gas resources at the Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project in PEL 96.DeGolyer and MacNaughton has estimated a contingent gas resource for the initial zones that have been flow tested within the Le Chiffre 1 and Klebb 1 wells. As these zones only represent a portion of the net coal encountered at these locations, successful flow testing of additional zones will enable an increased contingent resource to be booked.DeGolyer and MacNaughton has estimated a threshold economic field size of 150 Bcf of sales gas (gross) which is the minimum amount of gas required to be recovered to underpin a commercial development. The TEFS estimate was based on actual cost data and indicates that the existing 2C sales gas volume of 155 Bcf will be sufficient to underpin a project development.1C and 3C sales gas volume (gross) have been estimated at 105.05 and 225.7 respectively.Strike Energy is the operator of the PEL 96 with a 66.7% while 33.3% stake in the Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project is held by Energy World Corporation.
A new container terminal built by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II (IPC), Mitsui and PSA International (PSA) has commenced commercial operations at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia.The new terminal will be operated by the newly established company PT New Priok Container Terminal One, a joint venture founded by IPC, Mitsui, PSA and NYK Line to construct and manage the terminal.The container terminal is expected to have an annual handling capacity of approximately 1.5 million TEUs. The terminal has an overall berth length of 850 meters and a 16-meter draft and is capable of handling mega container ships.Back in December 2014, the companies teamed up to build the new terminal due to a rapid increase in container traffic in Indonesia.Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port, being the largest port in the country, handles the majority of Indonesia’s international container traffic.The new terminal is a part of the Indonesia Port Corporations’ (IPC) expansion project which includes the construction of seven terminals and two product terminals by 2023. With the new terminals, the port will have the capacity to handle 18 million TEUs annually.
Wind and solar power are likely to be less expensive than burning trees in order to replace coal in the United Kingdom, according to a new study released today by the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).Conducted by London-based Vivid Economics, the study says these truly clean, renewable forms of energy also will help the UK reduce carbon pollution and meet its goals to combat climate change.The report examines the full system costs of renewables like wind and solar relative to biomass for replacing coal and meeting the UK’s clean and reliable electricity objectives in the period 2020-2025.The results point to the need for policymakers to reform the UK’s bioenergy policies so as not to encourage more expensive and dirtier solutions to the country’s energy needs.“The science already shows that burning biomass on a mass scale for electricity increases carbon pollution and is extremely harmful to the environment. The emissions risks associated with biomass are simply too big to be ignored, and now we see that the economics of biomass don’t make sense as the UK strives to replace coal and decarbonize its power sector,” said Sasha Stashwick, a senior advocate with NRDC. “This report clearly indicates that when you account for total economic costs, cleaner alternatives like wind and solar are the lower-cost solution for a coal-free UK. It’s just good economic sense.”The study compares the economics of biomass and other renewables – onshore wind, offshore wind and large-scale solar photovoltaic – under varying assumptions about the total economic costs of each, including the latest technology costs, the cost of ensuring reliability of supply, and carbon costs.In 2020, when fully accounting for the total economic cost of different energy technologies, biomass is more costly than wind and solar alternatives, the study shows. Even for scenarios that do not include a full accounting of biomass carbon emissions, the total economic cost of biomass is comparable to or higher than that of onshore wind and solar. In 2025, as their costs continue to fall, wind and solar are likely to be the least-cost way to ensure reliability of supply in the UK power system, not biomass.The UK’s electricity system, like many across the globe, is undergoing major transformation. Under the Climate Change Act of 2008, the UK committed to cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. The UK also has an aging power sector and plans to retire all coal plants by 2025, creating an ideal opportunity for investments in clean, low-cost wind and solar energy, not biomass, according to the study.The UK has relied heavily on biomass-plant matter used for energy-to build new electricity capacity and meet climate targets. However, science shows that many forms of biomass-especially biomass from forests-produce higher carbon emissions than coal and natural gas for decades. At the same time, the costs of building low-carbon alternatives to biomass like wind and solar have fallen rapidly and are expected to continue declining as the sector grows. By contrast, biomass conversion is a mature technology and comparatively little cost reduction is expected. Feedstock costs-which are two-thirds of technology costs-are also increasingly uncertain, the report says.“Phasing out coal is absolutely necessary as the UK aims to curb climate change, but we can’t afford to backtrack by focusing on unsustainable forms of biomass that are neither clean nor cheap,” said Matt Williams, Policy Officer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).“It is critical that we focus on renewable forms of energy that deliver emissions reductions and protect wildlife and the natural environment while providing value for money, so as to ensure that the UK hits its legally binding climate change targets.”Research shows-including data from the UK government’s own previous Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)-that burning whole trees in power plants increases carbon emissions relative to coal and natural gas for many decades-anywhere from 35 to 100 years more.
The Law Society has launched a flexible working protocol for legal firms, after research last year identified resistance to the practice is the ‘single most significant obstacle’ to women reaching senior roles. The protocol presents a clear business case for flexible working, including the retention of key talent. It includes case studies highlighting successful lawyers who work flexibly in a variety of practice areas, including transactional work. Firms featured include Pinsent Masons, Allen & Overy and Addleshaw Goddard. Chancery Lane believes firms that are signed up to its Diversity and Inclusion Charter should adopt the commitment to flexible working outlined in the protocol. Although the protocol was driven by gender-based research, the Society stressed that it can also apply to men and is also relevant as an environmental sustainability tool.