Winooski River Basin water quality management plan completed

first_imgToday, the Agency of Natural Resources announced the approval of the Winooski River Basin (Basin 8) water quality management plan. This plan reflects years of work in the Winooski River Basin to evaluate the health of the basin. Secretary Markowitz said, â I am proud of the work done by our basin planner Karen Bates. Her excellent work with the communities in the Winooski River Basin has resulted in a plan that will allow Vermont to protect and improve the water quality in the area for years to come.â The Basin 8 water quality management plan provides an overview of the health of the basin and a description of the priority future and ongoing steps to restore and protect the quality of its surface waters. Karen Bates said, â In this plan we focused both on improvement of water quality and also the health of the aquatic habitat that is vital to our fisheries. We could not have completed this work alone. I am pleased to report that this plan reflects the recommendations of local watershed groups, residents, a variety of stakeholders, the Agency of Natural Resources and natural resource professionals from other state and federal agencies.âThe central component of the water quality management plan is the implementation table, which includes specific actions to address threats to surface waters in the basin. Examples of some of the priority actions in the plan include implementing steps to address bacteria in the Huntington and Mad Rivers, and Allen Brook; mapping stormwater systems and detecting illicit discharges in village centers; working with towns to apply for Better Backroad grants and to include protections for fluvial erosion hazard zones and buffer zones in local zoning; and making contacts with farmers to promote agricultural programs that address water resource concerns. Neil Kamman, program manager for the Monitoring Assessment and Planning Program, said â This is the third of four plans the Agency will issue this spring, all of which reflect a transition to the new Tactical Basin Planning Process. In the coming weeks, citizens in most regions of Vermont will have opportunities to engage in the tactical planning process by providing input to draft plans and assisting with new plans. The Agency will be increasingly reliant on tactical basin plans to direct funding to the highest priority work that addresses stressors to our surface waters.â  ANR 5.24.2012last_img read more

Five towns get nearly $600K to hire more officers

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on Monday announced that five rural Vermont law enforcement agencies will receive a total of nearly $600,000 to help hire new officers through the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program. The program covers a large portion of the costs that communities face when adding officers to their ranks, thereby supporting the goals of community policing.“These funds are critical to small law enforcement agencies that would otherwise find it too costly to bring a new officer on board,” said Leahy, a longtime champion of the program who continues to support its funding through his role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “With the increase in opioid abuse and its inherent problems, our law enforcement agencies and officers are stretched to their limits. This is the type of federal spending that just makes common sense.”The funding provides up to 75 percent of the entry-level salaries and benefits of full-time officers over a three-year period, with a required 25 percent local match. Each of the five Vermont grants will allow the respective departments to hire one new officer.The FY 2017 grants include:Essex County Sheriff’s Department – $113,169Franklin County Sheriff’s Department – $93,583Hardwick Police Department – $125,000Orange County Sheriff’s Department – $125,000Village of Winhall Police Department – $125,000In the case of Franklin County, the new funding will help hire a School Resource Officer in Fairfax for grades K-12, according to Franklin County Sheriff Robert Norris.Leahy said he was pleased that this year’s grant awards would be helping some of the state’s most rural populations, noting, “Our small law enforcement agencies are being asked to do more every day to meet the needs of their communities.  We know the challenges of illegal drug use hit our small towns just as they do our larger cities, and our law enforcement partners need  resources to fight this epidemic.”               Since the program was signed into law in 1994, COPS Hiring grants have supported hiring more than 130,000 law enforcement officers throughout the country.  Last year the Burlington Police Department received a $625,000 COPS Hiring grant to help the city hire five additional officers over a three-year period.Source: WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017) — Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)last_img read more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: Overall impressions of this year’s Kansas legislature

first_imgTeachers packed the gallery in the Kansas House late Saturday night to protest a bill that would have stripped them of some of their due process rights. Photo via Twitter, Devin Brick Wilson (@ksucats96).The Kansas legislature has had quite a session. Bills on gay marriage and spanking earlier in the year made their way into national headlines, while the debate over bills on school finance and teacher tenure have made the closing days of the session increasingly controversial.Register to continuelast_img read more

Second varsity eight stands out

first_img“We learned a lot, and if our [first varsity] had done better Saturday morning, I’d come away pleased with the weekend, but that just leaves a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth,” Davis said. “I am very satisfied with what the second varsity eight did and what the [first varsity four] did. They performed the way we expected.” The Gophers usually carry thick sponges to soak up water that gets in the boat, but the unexpected downpour flooded Minnesota’s watercraft, and water splashed at the rowers’ legs as they slid forward in their seats with every stroke.  Mari Sundbo was the main force behind the second varsity eight’s solid performance.  But the Gophers’ top boat didn’t have as much success as Davis would have liked over the weekend. Minnesota finished sixth out of seven teams in both Saturday races before ending on a bit of a high note Sunday, besting Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.  “Our first varsity four and our second varsity eight performed as well as we were hoping for,” head coach Wendy Davis said. “Our first varsity eight had just a horrible Saturday morning, and then they recovered well.” Minnesota’s first varsity four showed steady improvement at the Clemson Invite over the weekend.  Second varsity eight stands outDaily File Photo, Liam James DoyleUniversity rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on April 14. Jack SatzingerApril 20, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore McKenzie Lukacs had to improvise during Minnesota’s second varsity eight on Sunday morning, as a heavy rain shower caught the rowers by surprise in the middle of the race. The Minnetonka native said it was tough to race in the rain without sponges Sunday. The second varsity eight finished fourth in both of its Saturday races. Minnesota topped host Clemson in the morning with a time of 6:57.4 and then finished behind ranked Virginia, UCLA and Texas teams that afternoon.  Still, the boat’s body of work over the weekend showed that it is starting to gain some momentum.  “And then I wrung it out,” Lukacs said. “I personally love rowing in the rain. Nothing’s more dramatic than having water falling on you, and you’re at the start waiting to go fast.” Minnesota’s first varsity eight, led by Lynn Hodnett and coxswain Taylor Gainey, has also shown steady improvement this season, besting many of its times from last year.  So Lukacs bent down and used her long-sleeve shirt to soak up the little water she could to help keep Minnesota afloat en route to a fifth-place finish.  “We’ve really had a lot of great flow in the boat. Everyone’s working really hard and working well together, and I think as a unit we all want to go 100 percent every race,” Sundbo said. “Progressing from fall and the winter workouts, getting all that training in, has really paid off.” Minnesota’s second varsity eight likely would have finished higher than fifth Sunday if it had carried sponges like most of its opponents did, but those rowers andlast_img read more

Some of the best psychology websites

first_imgEmail PsychCentralFrom their about page: “Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. Since 1995, our award-winning website has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 250 support groups to consumers.”The NeuroSkeptic columnFrom their website: “Neuroskeptic is a British neuroscientist who takes a skeptical look at his own field, and beyond. His blog offers a look at the latest developments in neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology through a critical lens.”Psychology TodayFrom their about page: “Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody’s favorite subject: Ourselves. On this site, we have gathered a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick. We’re a live stream of what’s happening in ‘psychology today’.”Scientific American MindFrom Wikipedia: “Scientific American Mind is a bimonthly American popular science magazine concentrating on psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. By analyzing and revealing new thinking in the cognitive sciences, the magazine tries to focus on the biggest breakthroughs in these fields.”Research DigestFrom their about page: “We digest at least one new psychology study every weekday. Published by the British Psychological Society since 2005, this blog aims to demonstrate that psychological science is fascinating and useful while also casting a critical eye over its methods.”PsyBlogFrom their about page: “This website is about scientific research into how the mind works. The studies I cover have been published in reputable academic journals in many different areas of psychology.”MindHacksFrom WikiPedia: “Mind Hacks is an ongoing psychology and neuroscience blog that publishes daily news and commentary on mind and brain issues. It won a Scientific American Science and Technology Web Award in 2005 and was listed as a Top 30 science blog by The Times in 2010.” Share on Twitter The National Institute of Mental Health news pageFrom their about page:  “The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”The Association for Psychological Science news pageFrom their about page: “The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.”The Public Library of Science’s Mind and Brain blogFrom Wikipedia: “PLOS (for Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit open access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of open access journals and other scientific literature under an open content license.”Psychiatric TimesFrom Wikipedia: “Psychiatric Times is a medical trade publication written for an audience involved in the profession of psychiatry. It is published monthly by MJH Associates and is distributed to about 50,000 psychiatrists monthly.— —Below are some more websites that are not exclusively about psychology, but often feature quality articles about psychological research.The ConversationFrom their about page: “The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.”ScienceAlertFrom their about page: “ScienceAlert is an independently run news website that covers the most important developments in the world of science and scientific research, while sharing fun, interesting information.”Medical News TodayFrom their about page: “Medical News Today (MNT) is owned and operated by Healthline Media UK Ltd., a leading healthcare publishing company. There are offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. MNT is within the top 10 most popular health websites worldwide, as reported by Comscore, with more than 90 million monthly visits.”— —Think we are missing an important website? Let us know. Share on Facebook LinkedIn PsyPost features summaries of the latest discoveries in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, sociology and similar fields. The website is focused on highlighting and explaining research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.You can stay up-to-date on brain and behavior research by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or subscribing to our newsletter.But maybe PsyPost is not enough for you. If you’re looking for even more news about psychology and neuroscience research, check out the websites below. Share Pinterestlast_img read more

Food Outbreak Scan for Aug 22, 2014

first_imgFour salmonellosis cases tied to recalled nut butterFour illnesses in four states have been confirmed in a Salmonella outbreak likely associated with recalled nut butter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an update yesterday.Connecticut, Iowa, Tennessee, and Texas have each reported one case, the CDC said. Illness-onset dates ranged from Jan 22 to May 16, and patients’ ages vary from 3 to 83 years, with a median of 36. One patient required hospitalization.”Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that almond and peanut butter manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is the likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC said.The Food and Drug Administration isolated the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup from environmental samples collected from an nSpired Natural Foods facility during routine inspections in January and July. And on Aug 19 the company, of San Leandro, Calif., recalled certain lots of almond and peanut butter because of potential contamination.The recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger.Aug 21 CDC update Aug 20 CIDRAP News Scan on recall Multistate Salmonella outbreak tied to bearded dragons called overThe CDC this week declared that a Salmonella outbreak linked to pet bearded dragons is over after affecting 166 people in 36 states. The numbers are up from 150 cases in 35 states reported in the previous CDC update, on Jun 12.The outbreak involved two strains: Salmonella Cotham (160 cases) and Salmonella Kisarawe (6 cases). Illness-onset dates ranged from Feb 20, 2012, to Jun 30, 2014. Patients’ ages ranged from less than 1 year to 79, with a median of 3 years; 59% of patients were 5 years old or younger. Thirty-seven percent of cases involved hospitalization.Of 10 isolates collected from patients, 1 was resistant to ceftriaxone, an antibiotic used to treat serious Salmonella infections, the CDC said.California had the most cases, with 27, followed by New York and Wisconsin with 12 each.”Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with pet bearded dragons purchased from multiple stores in different states,” the CDC said.The agency added that, although the outbreak is likely over, Salmonella infections from contact with bearded dragons are expected to continue at low levels. It advised pet owners to wash their hands after touching the reptiles—which can carry the bacterium without appearing ill—or their environs.Aug 20 CDC updatelast_img read more

EH Town Budget Headed For Approval

first_imgA public hearing was held concerning the East Hampton Town budget for 2019 on November 1 at Town Hall. The final budget, at $80,717,380 is slightly over, by $55,000, what was originally proposed.“We got the seal of approval from the state comptroller,” Len Bernard, who heads the town’s division of finance, told the board. He added that the town’s strong credit rating, AAA from Moody’s, will continue.The budget needs to get final approval from the board by November 20, under state law. The East Hampton Town Board is expected to pass a final budget at its November 15 meeting. The board voted to approve a motion by Kathee Burke-Gonzalez to add $5000 to the budget for the East End Special Players, a group dedicated to “enhancing the lives of learning-disabled adults through the theater arts,” according to its website. The increase brings the town’s contributions to the group for 2019 up to $15,000.t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Ezion Receives $65 Mln LoI for Service Rig

first_imgEzion Holdings Limited has announce that it has received a letter of intent with a contract value of up to approximately USD 65 million over a 3 year period to provide a Service Rig to be used by an oil major to support its oil & gas activities in South East Asia.  The Company is in the process of forming a joint venture company to order and own an additional Service Rig in conjunction with the above mentioned project.   The Service Rig is expected to be deployed and working in the Southeast Asian waters by late 3Q 2015.   The above mentioned project will be funded through internal resources as well as bank borrowings.[mappress]Press Release, October 28, 2013last_img read more

Songa Venus stacked in Malaysia. Mercur down on BOP issues

first_img[mappress] Songa Offshore, an international offshore drilling company, has announced its rig fleet update for June 2014.The company said that its Songa Venus semi-submersible drilling rig went off contract on 6 May 2014, and is now stacked in Labuan, Malaysia, where it pursues future work.Songa Mercur achieved an operational efficiency of 89% and an earnings efficiency of 88% during the month working for Idemitsu in Vietnam. The unit experienced downtime mid-June due to unplanned BOP maintenance.Songa Dee achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 100% during the month working for Statoil in Norway.Songa Delta achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 100% during the month working for Statoil in Norway.Songa Trym achieved an operational efficiency of 100% and an earnings efficiency of 97% during the month working for Statoil in Norway. July 04, 2014last_img read more

New HQ for Multitrade Spain

first_imgMultitrade Spain, which is a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network for Spain, has also opened a sales office in Bilbao.In the picture: Patrick Thomas, president of the Balguerie Groupe, Amadeo Zaragoza, project director, Multitrade Spain and Carlos Guimet, general manager, Multitrade Spain. www.multitrade-spain.eswww.cargoequipmentexperts.comlast_img