Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort(link is external), the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, has announced that the band Dispatch(link is external) will headline a robust music and entertainment lineup to celebrate the return of the Audi FIS World Cup. Dispatch, who formed while attending Vermont’s Middlebury College, will return to their Green Mountain State roots for the free concert on Saturday, November 25 at Killington’s K-1 Base Area. Known as one of the biggest independent rock bands in history, Dispatch hit a major career milestone when they played an outdoor concert in Boston that drew over 110,000 people and were dubbed by Rolling Stone as the hosts of the largest independent music event ever. Dispatch is returning to the road with their first national tour in five years and their Audi FIS World Cup concert at Killington is their only scheduled appearance in the state of Vermont.RIGHT: The Audi FIS World Cup at Killington November 2016. TOP: Dispatch promo photo.“Combining top-notch entertainment with one of the world’s most premier ski racing events makes for an amazing, party-like weekend at Killington for families and fans of all ages,” said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort. “We are thrilled Dispatch will headline our full weekend of World Cup Race festivities and hope the public comes out to enjoy the concerts, movie premiers, opening parades, fireworks, our unique dining experiences and autograph signings, in addition to the women’s giant slalom and slalom races.”New this year and, in addition to an already action-packed, fun-filled weekend, Killington Resort and the Audi will host a free concert on Friday, Nov. 24 featuring Troy Ramey(link is external), originally from Woodstock, VT, and best known for soaring through season 12 of the hit singing competition “The Voice.” Killington’s Snowshed Base Lodge will host two separate movie premiers throughout the weekend, including new releases from Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller Entertainment showcasing extreme snow sports and thrilling cinematography, with proceeds from Friday and Saturday’s showings benefiting the Pico Ski Club and Killington Ski Club respectively.The World Cup Expo Village, located at the K-1 Base Area, will feature over 40 unique sponsors, ranging from artisan Vermont craft and food vendors to the latest ski industry hardware and technology companies. Opening parades on both Saturday and Sunday will feature youth racers marching with their ski clubs carrying participating nations’ flags’ culminating in the finish area to kick off the competition each day. We expect more than 1,000 youth racers both days with Vermont ski clubs featured on Saturday and ski clubs from all over the North East joining us Sunday.Schedule of Weekend Events*Friday, November 24, 2017Expo Village Open – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – K-1 Base AreaFree Concert by Troy Ramey – 4:00 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base AreaAthlete Presentation – 5:45 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base AreaFireworks – Immediately following athlete presentation – Expo Village K-1 Base AreaTeton Gravity Research Movie Premier “Rogue Elements(link is external)” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Base LodgeSaturday, November 25, 2017Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base AreaVIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella BarOpening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base AreaGiant Slalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar TrailGiant Slalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar TrailFree Concert by Dispatch – Immediately following second race runs – K-1 Base AreaWorld Cup Official Post Party – 6:00 p.m. – Wobbly Barn NightclubWarren Miller Movie Premier “Line of Descent(link is external)” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Lodge, Killington ResortSunday, November 26, 2017Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base AreaVIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella BarOpening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base AreaSlalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar TrailSlalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar TrailThe general public is invited to view the women’s giant slalom and slalom races from free general admission areas or from the grandstands as a limited number of premium grandstand tickets(link is external) remain available when Killington hosts the Alpine World Cup event for the second year in a row. The free viewing areas will accommodate approximately 12,000 spectators and Killington will provide free parking and an enhanced shuttle system for event spectators during the weekend. Appropriate attire for winter weather is recommended for the outdoor venue, including sturdy waterproof shoes and multiple layers. No pets, lawn chairs or coolers will be permitted in the Expo Village.Please visit www.killington.com/worldcup(link is external) for 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Information and the Entertainment Lineup* and be social with #beastworldcup(link is external).About Killington ResortKillington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com(link is external) for more information and be social with #beast365(link is external) and #beastwinter(link is external).*Schedule subject to change, visit killington.com/worldcup(link is external) for updates.Source: KILLINGTON, VT (October 12, 2017) – Killington Resort(link is external)
1,254 Number People completed monitoring People tested 1,436(5 new) 8 Total cases* 1 Hospitalized under investigation Currently hospitalized Deaths+ 57 20 98,990 Travelers monitored Contacts monitored The video describes Norwich University protocols for arriving students. Parents can drop off their kids and unload their vehicles, but they will not be allowed in the dorms or on any other part of the campus. The students will be tested immediately before they can enter their dorm or interact with other students or staff. Norwich video.Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)August 5, 2020New information is in red and bold.This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external)Click the “See the Latest Update” button.Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 web and data pageshealthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external)Planning for the College YearAmong the more complicated undertakings for pandemic response, are the efforts by Vermont’s universities and colleges – large and small – to prepare for welcoming back their students and staff. Health Department and other state agencies have been working closely with these secondary education institutions, providing guidance and information to assist in their planning.College and university teams have been working fast and well to figure out the logistics and procedures to educate, house and feed students, to keep them and their employees healthy, and to accommodate sports and other activities.Many have been rolling out communications that help students and families know what to expect for check-in, testing and any quarantine requirements. For an excellent example, see video above produced by Norwich University. Prepare Now – For Any EmergencyYesterday’s rain and winds from Tropical Storm Isaias resulted in downed lines, power outages and some flooding. All of which is a reminder of the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Something that now must take pandemic preparedness into account.Readiness is key! Take the time now to be sure you have supplies, including masks and medications, that may be harder to find following a storm or other emergency. Make a plan for where you can go if you can’t be home, and what you will need to do to keep from getting or spreading COVID-19.Visit our emergency preparedness pages(link is external) for information, guidance and resources in multiple languages(link is external), including how to prepare an emergency kit.And sign up now for VT Alerts(link is external), so you get the latest as it happens. Case InformationCurrent COVID-19 Activity in VermontAs of 12 p.m. on August 5, 2020 Description Total people recovered 5,703 988 * Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.+ Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.Find more at the data dashboard: healthvermont.gov/currentactivity(link is external). Getting Tested for COVID-19Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Use CDC’s Self-Checker tool(link is external) to find out if you should be tested.If you think you may need to get tested, talk with your health care provider, or call 2-1-1 if you don’t have a provider and need to be connected to care.If you do need testing, look for a clinic or pharmacy that offers testing near you, or register at a pop-up location.See how to get tested and to make an appointment(link is external).Guidance for VermontersIf you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.If you are having even mild symptoms of COVID-19(link is external), call your health care provider.Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a mask when near others(link is external).Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions(link is external).Traveler InformationStay up to date on guidance, recommendations and requirements associated with travel to Vermont(link is external). Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental HealthIf you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:Call your local mental health crisis line(link is external). Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external) at 1-800-273-8255.Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line(link is external).Visit healthvermont.gov/suicide(link is external).Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT(link is external).See ways for Coping with Stress(link is external). For more information:COVID-19 health information, guidance and case data: healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external).Governor’s actions: governor.vermont.gov/covid19response(link is external).The state’s modeling: dfr.vermont.gov/about-us/covid-19/modeling(link is external).
Mayor Joel Marquardt (R) and Greg Smith led the community walk Saturday.Roeland Park opens trail with community walk. Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt and parks committee chair Greg Smith led a community walk around the new trail in R Park Saturday morning with dozens of city residents following along. Funds for the trail that winds through R Park had been raised by a citizen committee. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Marquardt said the citizens had been able to accomplish more than he ever imagined possible from a private group. Smith said more improvements are coming for the park.Register to continue
Redshirt freshman Jayson Ness is continuing his quick ascent to the top in the 125-pound weight class.The Bloomington Kennedy High School graduate and two-time high school champion began the year ranked No. 19 in the country, but has quickly risen to No. 4 in a period of just over two months.Dustin Schlatter, Ness’ roommate, said his rise to the top five has come quicker than most expected.“I knew he was capable. I see how hard he works and the time he puts in,” he said. “But he definitely has been surprising people, and I think he can make a run for the national title.”Coach J Robinson said Ness is a very mature wrestler and is becoming a huge factor in the team’s success.“He’s progressing really quickly,” he said. “He’s very diligent and he learns exceptionally well, and that has helped him improve a lot early.”Record-breaking weekSenior heavyweight Cole Konrad and Dustin Schlatter continue to climb up the rankings in the Minnesota record book.While Konrad picked up his 59th consecutive victory Sunday – a new school record – Dustin Schlatter picked up his 52nd straight win, which is third in Gophers history.Aside from their career wins, both hold historic career winning percentages with Schlatter at No. 1 with a .985 (64-1) and Konrad at No. 5 with a .914 (138-13).Both are undefeated and No. 1 in the nation this season with Konrad and Schlatter sitting at 18-0 and 22-0, respectively.Junior Manuel Rivera is also undefeated for the Gophers at 26-0 and is ranked No. 2 in the country. Injured All-American Mack Reiter returning to top-ranked MinnesotaThe junior will wrestle individually at an open meet this weekend. Tyler RushmeyerJanuary 24, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota wrestling team is No. 1 in the country, and in a matter of weeks it could be adding a two-time All-American to a lineup that already includes six top-five wrestlers.Mack Reiter, who has not wrestled this season due to a knee injury, is that wrestler, and aside from the national recognition he’s received in the past two years, the junior is also the 2005 133-pound Big Ten Champion.Coupled with the return of Reiter, ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll, is the ongoing recovery and re-emergence of junior C.P. Schlatter as one of wrestling’s elite at 157 pounds. Schlatter quickly gained the No. 3 ranking after spotting a 5-0 record in his first two weeks back.With Reiter’s return, the Gophers will have wrestlers ranked in the top five in each of their first five weight classes, a scary thought for opponents and something everyone on the team is looking forward to.Dustin Schlatter, ranked No. 1 at 149 pounds, said getting an All-American back in the lineup is obviously a big boost to an already tough team.“Mack brings lots of energy to the team, and we’re all excited to get him back out there,” he said. “With him back, no one in the country comes close to our first five weights.”C.P. Schlatter agreed with the sentiment and said a healthy lineup will give Minnesota a huge advantage early and said the Gophers can be even better.“No one wants to be ranked where they are, aside from (No. 1) Cole (Konrad) and Dustin,” he said. “So everyone on this team is going to continue to work hard to be at the top.”Reiter will wrestle in an open meet this coming weekend in North Dakota to prepare himself for a possible return to the lineup on Feb. 2 against Indiana.The junior said he’s ready to hit the mat for the first time this season.“I’m real excited to get back out there,” he said. “The team has done some great things while I’ve been out, and I’m ready to be a part of it.”Ness continues upward
Pinterest Share on Facebook Email Share Share on Twitter MRIs before and after space missions reveal that astronauts’ brains compress and expand during spaceflight, according to a University of Michigan study.The findings could have applications for treating other health conditions that affect brain function, says principal investigator Rachael Seidler, U-M professor of kinesiology and psychology.The study, believed to be the first to examine structural changes that take place in astronauts’ brains during spaceflight, found that the volume of gray matter increased or decreased, and the extent of the alteration depended on the length of time spent in space. LinkedIn Seidler and colleagues examined structural MRIs in 12 astronauts who spent two weeks as shuttle crew members, and 14 who spent six months on the International Space Station. All experienced increases and decreases in gray matter in different parts of the brain, with more pronounced changes the longer the astronauts spent in space.“We found large regions of gray matter volume decreases, which could be related to redistribution of cerebrospinal fluid in space,” Seidler said. “Gravity is not available to pull fluids down in the body, resulting in so-called puffy face in space. This may result in a shift of brain position or compression.”The researchers also found increases in gray matter volume in regions that control leg movement and process sensory information from legs, which may reflect changes related to the brain learning how to move in microgravity. These changes were greater in space station astronauts because their brains were learning and adapting 24/7.“It’s interesting because even if you love something you won’t practice more than an hour a day,” Seidler said.But the brain changes researchers observed were equivalent to someone practicing a new skill round-the-clock.“In space, it’s an extreme example of neuroplasticity in the brain because you’re in a microgravity environment 24 hours a day,” Seidler said.Though they haven’t pinpointed the exact nature of the changes yet, the findings may lead to new ways of thinking about certain health conditions—for example, people on long-duration bed rest or people who have normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition in which cerebrospinal spinal fluid accumulates in ventricles in the brain and causes pressure.Seidler said the brain changes could reflect new connections between neurons, and she’s leading another long-term study that will help determine the repercussions on cognition and physical performance, as well as how long the brain changes last. For example, even after balance returns, the brain might still recruit different pathways to compensate for the structural brain changes caused by spaceflight.“The behavior may return to normal, but the way the brain controls the behavior may change,” she said.These results largely parallel findings from a long-term bed rest study that Seidler is leading, in which volunteers spent up to three months in downward tilted position, and brains shifted up.The research is supported by a grant from NASA.The study, “Brain structural plasticity with spaceflight,” appeared in the journal Nature Microgravity.
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies.The project have investigated whether different types of math math learning strategies changes the way children solves math problems. On the picture mounting of the hood which is used for recording brain activity during solving of math problems.Well-being and learning among school age children has a significant impact on how children fare later on in life. Therefore, frameworks for elementary school teaching and learning must be optimized. The 2014 Danish School Reform emphasized physical activity during the primary and lower secondary education years – as apart of academic instruction as well. Researchers from the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports have investigated the effect of different types of primary school mathematics instruction. Pinterest Share Email It helps to use the whole bodyResults from the study underscore that many children improve at math when their bodies are engaged during instruction, and that math instruction should be individualized.“The children learn more if they move and use the whole body to learn”, according to head researcher and Associate Professor Jacob Wienecke of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. “Compared to previous studies which demonstrated that intense physical activity could improve learning outcomes, we have been able to show that lower intensity activities are just as effective, or even more effective, as long as movement is integrated into the topic at hand.”After just six weeks of the study, all of the children improved their scores in a standardized fifty question national test. Children whose instruction included whole body activity performed best. Their performance improved by 7.6%, with nearly four more correct responses than the baseline, and twice as much improvement as the sedentary fine motor skills group.Differentiated instruction is crucialWhen children were grouped according to pre study math performance, the results demonstrated that children with average and above average performance benefitted most from using the entire body in learning. Children who weren’t very good at math prior to the study received no particular benefit from the alternative instructional forms.“We need to keep this in mind when developing new forms of instruction,” according to Associate Professor Wienecke, who continues: “The new school reform focuses on, among other things, the incorporation of physical activity during the school day, with the aim of improving the motivation, well-being and learning of ALL children. However, individual understanding must be taken into account. Otherwise, we risk an unfortunate combined outcome in which those who are already proficient advance, and those who have not yet mastered concepts cannot keep up.”The researchers are now investigating which areas of the brain are involved in these various learning strategies. At the same time, researchers will be testing the School Reform’s positive effects on other academic skills, such as reading.Results of the study have just been released in the article, Motor-enriched Learning Activities can Improve Mathematical Performance in Preadolescent Children, published in the internationally renown scientific journal, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience.About the studyThe University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports studied the effect of various instructional types related to mathematics instruction for Danish primary school students. 165 Danish first grade students, divided among 3 schools in the Copenhagen area participated in a 6-week study.The children were divided into three groups:One group used the whole body during mathematics education. Teaching took place on the classroom floor, with tables and chairs set to the side. Students were included in problem solving by, for example, making a triangle or shaping numerals with their bodies, or using one another when being asked to add or subtract.Another group of students was sedentary and worked on math using fine motor skills. These children worked independently or in small groups using LEGO-bricks in a classroom setting. For example, they used bricks for arithmetic or to build models for solving geometry tasks.A control group engaged in regular mathematics instruction, using pencils, paper, rulers and the like. LinkedIn
From APRA e-Connection The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) this week offered the following memorial of industry pioneer and former APRA President Evan Hammer, 89, who died Jan. 3 after a long battle with cancer. In Memory Evan Hammer, Sr. Evan Hammer, one of the pioneers of our industry, died peacefully on Jan. 3 after a long battle with cancer. He recently spent his 89th birthday surrounded by his friends and family at home. Evan served as APRA’s president in 1992 and was a regional director in the early 1980s. He was also very active in APRA’s Electrical Division and was ever-present at APRA’s International BIG R Shows over the years with his wife Virginia at his side. Evan’s winning smile and warm personality made everyone who had the pleasure to meet him feel like a friend. There will be a viewing from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno, Calif. (1605 L Street, Fresno, CA 93721). The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Saint James’ Anglican Cathedral (4147 East Dakota Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Cancer Society or St. James Anglican Cathedral. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Virginia Hammer, c/o Evans Electric Service, 531 Fulton St, P.O. Box 11456, Fresno, CA 93773. To Evan’s family and friends, remember that those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
Jury trials will resume in up to eight Crown court premises across England and Wales next week, following the Lord Chief Justice’s announcement on Monday.The Old Bailey, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Warwick, Winchester, Manchester Minshull St. and Nottingham have all been deemed suitable for the first tranche of jury trials. Counsel and others involved in the cases to be listed from Monday have already been notified. Each court is due to confirm independently by Friday.More court centres are expected to re-open in the coming weeks. However the general restarting of jury trials across the system is not believed to be imminent.Amanda Pinto QC, chair of the Bar Council, said: ‘A huge amount of thought and expertise has gone and will continue to go into to making attending courts as safe as possible. I am confident that this hasn’t been a rushed job despite the fact that complex cases involving lots of different participants are starting up again only two months after jury trials had to stop. No doubt there will need to be adjustments made, especially in the early days, but, nonetheless this is a really positive step in the right direction.’Caroline Goodwin QC, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, added: ‘This will be a slow and managed process so that should any matters arise they can be considered in a careful and thoughtful way. Safety is paramount.’To facilitate social distancing, second courtrooms will be provided for trials, linked by closed circuit TV, to enable reporters and others to watch proceedings. Court staff will supervise entrances and exits to ensure all necessary cleaning takes place.
Tim Dugher, Chief Operating Officer of Angel Trains, will retire in March. His successor has been named as Commercial Director Kevin Tribley.
ELECTRIFICATION: Ricardo Rail has launched the Ricardo Pantograph & Catenary modelling and simulation package, which is intended to help to optimise the design of electrification systems and reduce development costs by allowing engineers to simulate the full motion behaviour of designs at an early stage in the development process.‘RiPAC uses state of the art modelling software to perform a wide range of pantograph-catenary interaction analysis’, explains Jasper Peen, Senior Consultant at Ricardo Rail. ‘By providing developers with a detailed and accurate reading of a product’s expected performance on the network, we can help them bring improved products to market in a much shorter timescale, while also offering reduced development costs.’This reduces the need for physical testing in an operational environment to ensure compliance with Technical Specifications for Interoperability.The simulation takes into account factors including how the products adjust to variations in bridge height, a pantograph’s reaction to differing tensions and resonance in the contact wires, and how changes in train speed and formation impact on performance.The simulations undertaken in line with the EN50318 standard for current collection systems are overseen by Ricardo’s vehicle-track engineering teams who process the data to provide a detailed report of measurements captured by the in-house software.Train operators and infrastructure managers can also use RiPAC to monitor the performance of existing equipment, and to help plan refurbishment and enhancement programmes.It is also suitable for use in light rail and trolleybus projects.As a case study, Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail and the Rotterdam Port Authority have used RiPAC in the planning of the Theemswegtracé freight line.