Governor Shumlin to present Small Business Person of the Year award to Switchback Brewing

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin will present Vermont Small Business Person of the Year to Bill Cherry and Jeff Neiblum, owners of Switchback Brewing Company in Burlington. The 2014 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony is Tuesday, June 17, from 4 to 7 pm at the Shelburne Museum Pizzagalli Center.Previous Vermont Small Business Person of the Year recipients include Ben and Jerry’s, Vermont Teddy Bear Company and Dealer.com. The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office has awarded Small Business Person of the Year annually since 1967.During the ceremony five other Vermont businesses and SCORE will be recognized in addition to Small Business Person of the Year. Awards will be presented to Sidehill Farm as the Family-Owned Business of the Year, The Bee’s Knees as the Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Vermont Bean Crafters as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Grow Compost of Vermont as the Microenterprise of the Year and Super Thin Saws as the Exporter of the Year. SCORE, originally the Senior Corps of Retired Executives, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Comprised of volunteers and funded by the SBA, SCORE assists small businesses through education and mentorship.The awards ceremony is hosted by the SBA and Vermont Business Magazine.Photo: mall Business Persons of the Year award to Jeff Neiblum and Bill Cherry of Switchback Brewing of Burlington.last_img read more


Tim Don to wear Fusion apparel for 2014 season and beyond

first_img Related UK distribution specialist Multisport Distribution has reached agreement with 4-time world champion triathlete Tim Don to wear Fusion race apparel for the 2014 season and beyond, as Tim continues his successful transition from ITU short course racing to 70.3 and Ironman distance races.The deal helps to bolster the continued popularity of Fusion sportswear from Europe, which has steadily built a following in the UK for its high quality materials that aim to deliver ‘unrivalled functionality, comfort, style and durability’.Tim joins other Fusion athletes such as Camilla Pedersen, Martin Jensen and Yvette Grice.Tim Don said “since moving up to Ironman 70.3 and this year full Ironman I have learnt that small percentages win races. Having seen the pure quality, functionality and fit, as well as the professionalism that goes into the research and development of the fusion race kit, I just had to get my hands on some. I can’t wait to get out there and race to make 2014 a dirty fast year with Fusion.”Jamie hawthorn from Multisport Distribution said “We’re really excited to be working with Tim [and] the Fusion brand is growing quickly in the UK as a brand for athletes at all levels.”Tim will be racing numerous 70.3 events and making his Ironman debut later in the year as he builds on his two 70.3 wins and two 70.3 podiums in 2013.www.fusionsportsuk.co.ukwww.timdon.comwww.multisportdistribution.co.uklast_img read more


District says it can’t release information on ELL status, Jump Start participation for students in segregated kindergarten class

first_imgThe Shawnee Mission School District says it cannot release information on English language learner status or Jump Start participation for students on the roster of the John Diemer Elementary kindergarten section that was the subject of a Title VI racial segregation complaint prior to the start of classes last month.Following the revelation that the district reconfigured the rosters of its three Diemer kindergarten sections after parents there noticed that one of the classes contained an abnormally high concentration of minority students, a number of district patrons asked questions about whether administrators may have been attempting to put children who would benefit from access to an ELL-certified educator together, or perhaps were attempting to group children who knew each other from participation in a summer Jump Start program.But the district says it does not keep records on rosters formed ahead of the official start of classes. Asked to provide information about the number of students on the original class roster who had ELL status and who participated in Jump Start, the district’s communications office said that the information simply wasn’t available.“[T]he district does not have that information you are inquiry [sic] about because these rosters have already changed and the oldest class roster snapshot that we have is from August 21 (which was after the classes were rearranged),” Shawnee Mission Director of Communications Erin Little wrote in response to a request from the Shawnee Mission Post. “In addition…the district has not started compiling Jump Star [sic] data.”Correspondence on the matter obtained by the Shawnee Mission Post under a Kansas Open Records Act request showed district-administrators suggesting that a desire to keep students with a teacher they knew from the Jump Start program might have been behind the issues with the roster.“The issue here might be related to Jump Start, and the fact that we try to keep Jump Start students with their kindergarten teachers,” wrote Dan Gruman, the district’s director of assessment and research. “…and that JS has a higher concentration of minority students… I don’t happen to have JS rosters yet to confirm.”Without information about the makeup of the initial class roster, however, it’s difficult to gauge what building administrators may have been trying to accomplish.Jemma Radick, the district parent who submitted the Title VI complaint, maintains that administrators likely had good intentions in crafting the original kindergarten rosters at the school, but said the district needs to be held to a high standard in matters of diversity.“I really believe they had the best of intentions, but there is a need to ensure that students are not being separated from each other based on their heritage, and some families felt like that was what was happening,” she said. “Again, I think there wasn’t any bad intention, but we have high expectations of our schools and we hold them to a higher standard.”Radick does not have any children who attend Diemer, but she is friends with Diemer families who had discussed the situation with her. She said she felt compelled to get involved and ask the district to look into the situation after hearing from some of her friends that when they’d brought the matter to the attention of school-level staff, they’d gotten “unsatisfactory” answers.“The problem was that parents were getting responses that were all over the map,” she said. “Some heard that it was completely random. Some heard that it was the district’s policy to group ELL students together. The teachers weren’t armed with the facts to respond to these questions.”However, Radick says she was very satisfied with how the district-level administrators handled the issue once it was brought to their attention.“They took the comments seriously and addressed the problem,” she said. “I sent a letter on Friday and by Monday the issue was taken care of.”last_img read more


Allergic to penicillin? Review calls for deeper probe

first_imgA paper today in the Journal of the American Medical Association recommends evaluation of reported penicillin allergy as an important tool for antimicrobial stewardship.An estimated 10% of the US population, some 32 million people, have a documented penicillin allergy. In many cases, patients receive the label as children, as penicillin and other beta-lactam antibiotics are frequently prescribed for common pediatric infections. Hives, benign rashes, and gastrointestinal issues are among the most commonly reported reactions.Yet studies have shown that more than 95% of patients reporting penicillin allergy are not truly allergic to this class of antibiotics, and the incidence of serious anaphylactic reactions is extremely low. Furthermore, in roughly 80% of patients who’ve had an anaphylactic reaction, the allergy wanes after 10 years.Consequences of mislabelingWhen people are labeled as having a penicillin allergy, the clinical consequences can be significant. For one, patients with infections that would typically be treated with penicillin or other beta-lactam drugs instead receive antibiotics that aren’t as effective and may be more expensive. Additionally, treatment with broader-spectrum agents can increase the risk of Clostridium difficile and other adverse reactions.In today’s review, commissioned by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Kaiser Permanente, and Northwestern Medicine say these consequences—and the potential to reduce antimicrobial resistance by replacing broad-spectrum antibiotics with narrow-spectrum agents—underscore the importance of confirming documented penicillin allergies in all patients.”Evaluation of penicillin allergy has substantial benefits for patients by allowing improved antimicrobial choice for treatment and prophylaxis,” the authors write. “As a component of antimicrobial stewardship efforts, evaluation of penicillin allergy leads to more appropriate antibiotic administration and may reduce antimicrobial resistance and cases of C difficile infection.”Determining who has a true allergyThe review recommends that clinicians begin by performing a comprehensive allergy history to assess reported reactions and determine the level of risk that patients have for a true penicillin allergy.Patients who’ve reported isolated, non-allergic reactions to penicillin—like stomach upset, headache, or itchy skin with no rash, for example—would be considered low-risk, while patients who’ve experienced hives or shortness of breath, but haven’t had anaphylactic reactions, would be in the moderate-risk category. The high-risk category is for patients who’ve had documented anaphylactic reactions to penicillin.Those categories, in turn, inform how clinicians should proceed. For the low-risk patients, the review recommends either prescribing a course of amoxicillin or performing a direct amoxicillin challenge, in which patients are given a dose of the drug and then observed for a period. Moderate-risk patients should receive a penicillin skin test first, followed by a direct amoxicillin challenge if the test is negative. Patients with a history of high-risk reactions should be referred to a specialist.The review also recommends that, when skin testing is negative and direct amoxicillin challenges are tolerated, patient medical records should be updated and patients educated so that they understand they don’t have a penicillin allergy.The review’s corresponding author, Erica Shenoy, MD, PhD, of the MGH division of infectious diseases, says the evaluation of documented penicillin allergy can benefit patients in all medical settings in which beta-lactams are commonly used, from pediatrics to oncology to long-term care.”If I had my way, verification of a penicillin allergy would be on many of our checklists, just like age-related screenings and immunizations,” Shenoy said in an MGH press release. “Evaluating a reported penicillin allergy, regardless of the current need for an antibiotic, can lead to really important benefits for our patients.”See also:Jan 15 JAMA abstractJan 15 MGH press releaselast_img read more


Burckhardt renews IPO shareholder agreement

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Linde promoting services at event

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Capital Power invests in carbon-fibre producing technology

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VBMS Repairs Defective Cable at Trianel Windpark Borkum Phase 2

first_imgVBMS has completed the repair of an inter-array cable at Trianel Windpark Borkum phase 2.The scope of work included the removal of the defective cable, and installation, burial, terminations and testing of a replacement cable which was completed in less than 48 hours, from arrival to departure. The works were executed in the German Bight by cable-laying vessel Stemat Spirit.VBMS CEO Arno van Poppel said: “We are very pleased that besides installation projects, we are partnering with more and more clients on repair projects. With this cable repair contract, both Trianel and the insurance companies have shown their confidence in VBMS as a total solutions provider.”Image: vbmslast_img read more


LSC to reconsider ‘hacked’ legal aid contract tender

first_imgA Birmingham solicitor who lost out on a family legal aid contract after her online application was hacked has won a legal challenge to the Legal Services Commission’s refusal to reconsider her application. The High Court heard that Rifat Mushtaq, owner of Mushtaq & Co, had correctly completed a tender via the LSC’s e-tendering system on 17 October last year, but that her submission had been ‘hacked’ and altered. The hacker deleted the details of the firm’s office in Birmingham, which meant that the tender did not comply with the LSC’s contract requirements. Mushtaq applied for a judicial review after the LSC refused to give her a contract, even after she had given the commission evidence that the account had been hacked. Mr Justice Bean provisionally indicated that he found in favour of Mushtaq and the LSC accepted that its decision should be quashed. It has agreed to reconsider her tender. Mushtaq was represented by a Labour former legal aid minister, David Lock QC (pictured), from Birmingham’s No5 Chambers. Speaking after the case Mushtaq said: ‘Thankfully common sense has prevailed. I knew my account had been hacked, but the LSC refused to believe me. ‘It took specialist computer experts to show that the changes had been made from computers that were in no way connected with my firm and even then the LSC dug its heels in and refused to review my tender.’ An LSC spokesman said the commission has an obligation to treat every bidder equally, but added: ‘In this instance, the LSC and the claimant recognised that the extraordinary and unusual facts amounted to fraud and the claim was concluded on that basis.’ Criminal enquiries into the hacking are pending.last_img read more


Records disclosure challenge reaches the Supreme Court

first_imgHuman rights campaign group Liberty hopes the government will be defeated a third time over what it calls a ‘disproportionate’ criminal records disclosure regime.The Supreme Court today begins hearing a challenge to rules requiring anyone with multiple convictions, no matter how minor, to disclose them to future employers.Liberty represents P, who in 1999 was charged with shoplifting a book costing 99 pence. She was bailed to appear before a magistrates’ court 18 days later but failed to attend and convicted of a second offence under the Bail Act 1976. P, who received a conditional discharge for both offences later that year, was suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness.Liberty says P, who has not committed any crimes since then, has for many years aimed to work as a teaching assistant. However, she is required to reveal her two convictions during the application process and, in explaining the circumstances of the offences, is forced to reveal details of her medical history. Liberty says this breaches P’s privacy rights under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, that the system is arbitrary and disproportionate, and must be urgently reformed.Last year the Court of Appeal ruled that the government’s scheme, which requires the disclosure of all spent convictions where an individual has more than one such conviction, is ‘not in accordance with the law’. Rosie BrighouseLibertyAhead of today’s hearing, P’s solicitor, Rosie Brighouse, said: ‘The criminal records disclosure scheme has twice been ruled unlawful – but instead of putting in place the urgent reform that’s so desperately needed, the government has chosen to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court. All P wants to do is move forward with her life. She is unable to do so because of two extremely minor offences committed nearly 20 years ago. We hope judges will agree that this situation is deeply unfair and disproportionate, and that it’s time for the government to put things right.’Liberty says a flexible system, which considers individual circumstances in cases involving old and minor convictions, should be introduced. People would still have to declare any offence which indicates that they might post a risk of harm during the course of their employment.A government spokesperson said it would be ‘inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal proceedings’.In his landmark review of criminal justice and race, Labour MP David Lammy said the records disclosure regime hampers people with convictions from starting new lives. Over the past five years, 22,000 black, Asian and minority ethnic children have had their names added to the Police National Database for offences including minor ones, such as a police reprimand. As a result, their names can show up on criminal record checks for careers ranging from accountancy and financial services, to plumbing, window cleaning and driving a taxi.Lammy recommended a system adopted by many US states to seal criminal records, looking favourably on those who committed crimes as children or young adults, and can demonstrate that they have changed since their conviction.last_img read more