Big Rig Driver Dead, Three Others Injured in Buellton Accident

first_imgBUELLTON, Calif. ( — The driver of a big rig is dead and three others injured after a vehicle accident Thursday afternoon. It happened at about 2:40 p.m. at northbound Highway 101 at Santa Rosa Road. Santa Barbara County Fire, Hazmat, water tenders, AMR, a battalion chief and helicopter all assisted.Click here to continue reading the story.last_img

Notre Dame London Program receives advisories regarding coronavirus

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sarah Naatz The Millennium Eye and Thames River in London. Notre Dame officials met with students in London on Monday about the coronavirus outbreak and its implications for the abroad program.“As of today, we have no intention of closing the London program. We’ve made that very clear to everyone,” Alice Tyrell, director of academic programs for Notre Dame in London, said. “That means, at this moment, if you chose to voluntarily withdraw from London today, that would constitute a voluntary withdrawal from the University.”The situation is active and changing, Tyrell said, and is informed by advice from the University, as well as both the U.S. and U.K. governments.“If this guidance changes, it will be communicated to you,” Tyrell said.However, students were encouraged to take some travel precautions in the wake of the virus’ spread. Students were strongly advised not to go to Italy, after Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s cut both of their study abroad programs short.University-sponsored travel has been halted entirely, as it is unclear where and to what degree coronavirus will appear next.“The situation remains fluid,” Josh Copeland, director of student affairs for Notre Dame in London, said. “We follow the information as it’s given, in daily updates from local government resources both in the U.S. and in the U.K., but there’s only so much that we can predict about it. As you’re choosing where you go on your travels, please do keep that in mind.”These warnings should be given greater attention as students head into spring break, Copeland said.“Think about the the possible potential consequences for you returning from a place like Italy coming back to the U.K. if it becomes a greater concern,” Copeland said. “Travel restrictions could be put in place. You could be facing more complicated screening. Depending on if you were to come back and be symptomatic of something, you might have to be facing quarantine or self-isolation as governed by those guidelines. … You could have significant issues at reentry, you could find yourself stuck and unable to be back for classes because you’re dealing with an isolation situation. Personal advice — it’s just not worth it.”All students — those planning to leave London over spring break and those choosing to remain the city — are required to alert the University to their whereabouts for the upcoming week by filling out standard travel forms.Furthermore, University officials confirmed if the Centers for Disease Control and State Department issue a level three travel alert for a country, the University will pull students from that country.“We are looking at working for all locations,” Jaime Signoracci, associate director of international travel and safety for Notre Dame International, said at the meeting over the phone. “Again, we’re monitoring the situation hour-by-hour [in] all the countries that we currently have international travelers due to faculty and staff.”Tags: coronavirus, London Global Gateway, Notre Dame International Notre Dame officials called a mandatory meeting for London Global Gateway students at Marian Kennedy Fischer Hall at noon Monday to update them on the ongoing spread of coronavirus throughout Europe. Notre Dame’s Dublin program — its second-largest abroad program — has yet to call for such a meeting.In the meeting, administrators stressed that, as of right now, the London program will continue as normal.last_img read more

VFCU elects new board

first_imgVemront 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 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, 2017last_img read more

ASICS and range of new sponsors back 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon…

first_img 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 on 19-20 April.sandiego.triathlon.orgwww.asicsamerica.comwww.amtrak.comwww.competitorgroup.comwww.gatorade.comwww.GUenergy.comwww.momentcyclesport.comwww.TYR.comlast_img read more

New Rx for Spider Fears? Shout It Out

first_imgLiveScience: 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 >last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Flu severity in Taiwan, Salmonella in tuna samples, dengue mosquitoes in Europe

first_imgApr 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 abstractlast_img read more

News Scan for Aug 25, 2017

first_imgTularemia 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 studylast_img read more

U.S. Secretary Jewell Sets Out Priorities for Prosperous Energy Future

first_imgIn 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)last_img read more

Strike Energy’s PEL 96 contingent resources certified

first_imgStrike 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.last_img read more

Jakarta’s New Terminal Starts Operation

first_imgA 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.last_img read more