by Hilary Niles September 3, 2013 vtdigger.org About 70 workers remain at the Energizer plant in St Albans Town, and regional planners are wondering what will become of the property once battery and flashlight manufacturing operations are disassembled by the end of the year.Energizer announced in November 2012 that it would close the plant on Swanton Road, along with two others in Missouri and Malaysia, as part of a 10 percent global workforce reduction. Operations in North Carolina, Canada and China also were downsized. Production in St. Albans will cease by the end of September.Of the 100 employees who already have moved on, many have found local jobs, according to Tim Smith, executive director of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corp. Expansions at Mylan Technologies, the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery and Perrigo Nutritionals have helped absorb some of the displaced workers, he said.While the Energizer displacement tells the story of manufacturing’s shifting foothold in Vermont, it also highlights Franklin County’s resolve to grow through industry. Once empty, the Energizer plant, which reportedly opened in 1947, will join the ranks of at least 15 industrial parks looking for tenants.GoalsSmith emphasizes that industrial development ‘isn’t an overnight venture.’In 2010, the development corporation completed the first phase of what could be a 20-year undertaking: establishing an eight-lot industrial park in St. Albans Town. The $93 million build-out, financed through the Vermont Economic Development Authority, set in place infrastructure for five of the eight parcels.‘The ideal scenario is manufacturing or technology operations,’ Smith said. He’s hoping to land one tenant, on average, every two to three years. There aren’t any serious inquiries yet, he said.Whether or not the pending vacancy at Energizer will throw a wrench in FCIDC’s plans remains to be seen. It hardly would be the only parcel potentially competing for tenants. Other industrial site development projects are underway, at varying stages of development or completion, in Enosburg, Highgate, Richford and Swanton.And the Energizer plant’s role in the market will depend on what the company intends to do with the property. Lawrence Miller, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said his office is engaged in ongoing talks with Energizer’s real estate representatives to gauge whether and how the company will divest itself of the St. Albans land and facilities.Meanwhile, St. Albans City appears to be gearing up for a renaissance, largely orchestrated around a tax increment financing district approved in 2012.On Sept. 10, residents will vote on a proposed bond to build a new parking garage to service a state office building that might move downtown. If that goes through, medical patch-maker Mylan Technologies might take over the current state office building. Brownfield remediations are underway at two former manufacturing sites, and a downtown streetscape renovation, years in the making, will be celebrated Thursday evening.Mayor Liz Gamache said many of the city’s development plans can stand alone, but industrial growth in surrounding St. Albans Town and the rest of Franklin County can help the city exceed the sum of its parts.‘Right now we have tremendous opportunity in Franklin County to develop economically,’ Gamache said. She highlighted the area’s geography ‘ on the outskirts of Burlington and on the way to Montreal ‘ as one major advantage.Energizer’s closing in St. Albans has been blamed largely on consumer technology choices: More all-in-one devices and rechargeable batteries have reduced demand for AAA lithium batteries, the conventional wisdom goes. The plant had brought on more workers in 2004 precisely to make those batteries, in addition to handheld flashlights.But foreign trade also played a part. The U.S. Department of Labor certified a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance in February, acknowledging that the Energizer workers were displaced at least in part because of the company’s shift to foreign production or suppliers.A similar determination was made two years earlier in the wake of a layoff at Vermont Transformers Inc. And another TAA investigation is underway following IBM’s summer layoff in Essex Junction. Elsewhere in the state, 13 layoffs have been certified through the trade adjustment act since 2010.Within Franklin County, the population faces its own hurdles.St. Albans City has the county’s highest crime rate, according to 2010 data from the state’s division of criminal justice services within the Department of Public Safety. With an average 89.39 offenses per 1,000 people, the rate far exceeds averages of 36.28 in the surrounding St. Albans Town, 44.78 in Swanton to the north, and still lower rates between roughly 18 and 25 in other neighboring communities.U.S. Census data show that, like many other parts of Vermont, the poverty rate in Franklin County hovers in the low teens ‘ not as high as Lamoille and Orleans counties, but certainly higher than in Grand Isle and Chittenden counties, which round out Franklin’s borders. Franklin County also ranks low in educational attainment, particularly beyond high school, according to a 2012 publication from the Lumina Foundation.State economists pointed out in July meetings with the Legislature, however, that manufacturing is trending more and more high-tech and increasingly requires a workforce with higher levels of expertise.Miller compares the dichotomy to one faced by New York City years ago.‘Many of the strategies that worked there are what community planners and economic development professionals here are working toward,’ Miller said. ‘Setting standards for livability and community conduct, and making resources available for people who need to get to a better place in their life.’In conjunction with the Agency of Human Services’ presence in St. Albans, Miller said the hope is for downtown revitalization to create an anchor on which other development can follow.‘You give people something to be proud of in their community. You get the positive momentum, see job growth, see people moving from having the wrong kind of free time to good employment and civic engagement, and you do it bit by bit and person by person,’ he said.And, planners might hope, industrial park by industrial park.PHOTO: Vermont Business Magazine, August 2013
During a press conference Monday, Ferebee laid out the District’s plans for reopening classrooms in 29 school buildings, known as Canvas Academics and Real Engagement, or CARES classrooms. Up to 600 elementary schools students will attend virtual classes from inside a school building five days a week starting Wednesday, Nov. 18. DCPS staff will supervise students and patient care technicians will oversee temperature checks and symptom screenings. Teachers will not lead instruction in school buildings. Silverman’s bill would have barred schools from reopening more than two classrooms in a school building. It also demanded that the mayor submit a reopening plan to the Council at least three weeks before students and staff would return to campuses. The plan was to include a list of medical and teaching staffs, a description of how students are chosen for in-person learning, and, among other details, a letter from “all the labor organizations representing workers in DCPS schools, demonstrating agreement with all aspect of the re-opening plan.” “That’s why we need more discussion, not less,” she says. I’m already a member! Silverman said the bill is meant, in part, to foster more conversation about transparency around school reopening. She said some councilmembers expressed interest in the bill, though none signed on as co-sponsors. She needs nine votes to pass emergency legislation. Davis says that on Friday, Ferebee told her the new plan for opening in-person classrooms this week included one occupied classroom at 35 different buildings. By Monday, Ferebee announced 29 buildings will open, some with capacity for up to five classrooms. Councilmembers would have a three-day window to object to the mayor’s plan, and if none did, the Council could approve the plan by a simple majority. Support independent journalism “I’m not interested in spending an hour fixing a bill,” Mendelson said. He cautioned that the Council’s role in public education is best carried out through oversight, not legislation. WTU President Elizabeth Davis supports Silverman’s bill and chided Mendelson’s obstruction in a phone interview. “It’s like a plane that’s being built as they’re flying it,” Davis says in response. “There’s no definitive information about anything.” At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman introduced an emergency bill last week that would have given the D.C. Council and the unions representing school employees significant power in determining when it’s safe to reopen DC Public Schools for in-person instruction. But, as is his prerogative, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson did not include the bill on the agenda for Tuesday’s legislative meeting. He said during a press conference Monday that the bill contained more than a few half-baked provisions. DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee does not support the bill, which Silverman introduced following Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s initial failed attempt to reopen schools for thousands of students by Nov. 9. Reopening plans fell apart when negotiations with the Washington Teachers Union fell through, the Washington Post reported. “I am questioning his leadership right now,” Davis says. “Questioning whether he might be out of step with what it means to have oversight. I believe he has given far too much authority to agency leaders, and particularly DCPS’ chancellor.” We started the year with 302 members. When the pandemic came, our readers stepped up. Our goal is to end the year with 1,800. Will you join them? “We don’t believe that the legislation that was put forth is a smart way to address the reopening of our schools,” Ferebee said Monday as he announced his plan to bring up to 600 elementary students into school buildings this week. “We believe that we have done the due diligence with health and safety, and we have collaborated with our union partners along with our school communities.” The administration’s plan to allow up to five reopened classrooms would have conflicted with a provision in Silverman’s bill. A memo from Silverman’s office circulated last week said the administration’s plan complied with her proposed bill. That’s because Silverman says she, like Davis, was initially told buildings would host one classroom, not up to five. 1,472 paying members.
FDA urges hospitals to start using duodenoscopes with disposable partsThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it will now recommend that hospitals move away from using duodenoscopes with reusable parts because of concerns about patient infections that have been linked to cleaning issues.In a safety communication issued yesterday, the FDA said it’s recommending that hospitals and endoscopy facilities transition away from fixed endcap duodenoscopes, which are used to diagnose and treat conditions of the pancreas and bile ducts, to those with newer design features that “facilitate or eliminate the need for reprocessing.” The agency says it’s working with manufacturers to increase the supply of disposable cap duodenoscopes and encourage development of innovative device designs that reduce the risk of infection, and that it recognizes a full transition away from conventional duodenoscopes will take time.Fixed endcap duodenoscopes have been linked to a number of outbreaks of multidrug-resistant bacteria at US and European hospitals in recent years, including a January 2015 carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae outbreak that resulted in two deaths at a Los Angeles hospital. Because of the complex design of the devices, they can be difficult to clean and have been found to harbor dangerous bacteria that can be transmitted to other patients, even after being properly cleaned. The FDA issued a safety warning in 2015 and device manufacturers updated their cleaning instructions, but problems have persisted.Duodenoscopes are used in more than 500,000 endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography procedures each year in the United States.The FDA said that, during the transition period, hospitals and endoscopy facilities should ensure that staff members are meticulously following duodenoscope reprocessing instructions, institute quality control programs that include sampling and microbiologic culturing, and develop schedules for routine inspection. The agency also noted that patients should be aware that the risk of infection from inadequate cleaning is relatively low, and that they should discuss the risks and benefits with their providers before cancelling or delaying planned procedures.Aug 29 FDA safety communication Oral omadacycline found non-inferior to linezolid for skin infectionsDrug maker Paratek Pharmaceuticals reported yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases that and oral version of omadacycline—its FDA-approved antibiotic for community-acquired and pneumonia and skin infections—was found to be non-inferior to oral linezolid in adults with acute bacterial skin and skin-structure infection (ABSSSI).In the phase 3 OASIS 2 trial, which was funded by Paratek, eligible adults with ABSSSI at 33 US hospitals were randomly assigned to receive one dose of oral omadacycline or two doses of linezolid for 7 to 14 days. The primary end points were early clinical response (48 to 72 hours after the first dose) in the modified intention-to-treat (mITT) population, and investigator-assessed clinical response at post-treatment evaluation in the mITT population and clinically evaluable population. The non-inferiority margin was 10%.Overall, 735 participants were randomly assigned, with 368 receiving omadacycline and 367 receiving linezolid. The results showed that omadacycline (315 of 360, 88%) was non-inferior to linezolid (297 of 360, 83%) for early clinical response in the mITT population (percentage-point difference 5.0; 95% confidence interval [CI], −0.2 to 10.3). For investigator-assessed clinical response at post-treatment evaluation, omadacycline (303 of 360, 84%) was non-inferior to linezolid (291 of 360 81%) in the mITT population (percentage-point difference 3.3; 95% CI, −2.2 to 9.0) and in the clinically evaluable population (278 of 284 [98%] vs 279 of 292 [96%]; percentage-point difference, 2.3; 95% CI, −0.5 to 5.8).The safety analysis showed that at least one treatment-emergent adverse event occurred in 197 of 368 omadacycline patients (54%), compared with 137 of 367 linezolid patients (37%), and that mild-to-moderate nausea and vomiting were more frequent in omadacycline patients (111 of 368 [30%] and 62 of 368 [17%], respectively) than in linezolid patients (28 of 367 [8%] and 11 of 367 [3%], respectively).The authors of the study write, “Considering the substantial burdens associated with initial inpatient management of skin infections, oral omadacycline is a new once-daily option to treat ABSSSI that might be considered as an alternative to linezolid.”Aug 29 Lancet Infect Dis study Data show vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium rising in GermanyData from the German Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System show a 43% increase in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREF) in German hospitals, according to a new study in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.For the study, researchers from Germany’s Robert Koch Institute analyzed data from routine vancomycin susceptibility testing of 35,906 clinical E faecium isolates collected from 148 hospitals from 2012 through 2017. The analysis found that the proportions of E faecium isolates exhibiting resistance to vancomycin increased from 11.2% in 2014 to 26.2% in 2017. The rise in VREF proportions was primarily seen in southern Germany, increasing from 10.8% in southwest Germany and 3.8% in southeastern Germany in 2014 to 36.7% and 36.8% in 2017, respectively.Further analysis found that VREF proportions were considerably higher in isolates from patients aged 40 to 59 years compared with younger patients, and that E faecium samples collected in specialist care hospitals and prevention and rehabilitation care hospitals were more likely to be vancomycin resistant than those from secondary care hospitals (odds ratios: 2.4 [95% CI, 1.2 to 4.6] and 2.4 [95% CI, 1.9 to 3.0], respectively).The authors of the study note that similar VREF increases have been found in countries neighboring Germany, including Denmark, Belgium, Poland, and the Czech Republic.They conclude, “Continued surveillance and implementation of effective infection prevention and control measures accounting for local resistance differences are needed to reduce the spread of vancomycin-resistant E. faecium in German hospitals.”Aug 28 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control study
“We are writing to urge you to act swiftly to address recommendations issued in the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s (USPS OIG) recent audit report… which examined Facility Conditions, Delayed Mail, and Staffing Levels in Albuquerque, New Mexico,” the lawmakers wrote. The lawmakers also emphasized that “[a]ny delay in mail processing, scanning or delivery should not be tolerated by USPS as Americans heavily rely on timely delivery for critical documents, medicine and other items,” while urging USPS to move quickly to fill staffing vacancies and address all building maintenance, safety and security issues. In their letter, the lawmakers called on USPS to address these troubling conditions and swiftly enact critical improvements, such as filling staff vacancies; maintaining safe and secure facilities; and ensuring the timely delivery of mail. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland wrote to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to implement recommendations made by a recent audit report issued by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding serious deficiencies at post office facilities in Albuquerque. The full text of the letter is available here. Last year, after hearing troubling reports from local postal union leaders, Udall and former Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully requested a USPS Inspector General investigation into claims of unsafe conditions, staffing cutbacks, and delayed or unprocessed mail at post office facilities in Albuquerque. After its audit, the Inspector General issued a report finding that USPS facilities in Albuquerque failed to meet the necessary building maintenance, safety, and security standards, along with recommendations to address these issues. While the Inspector General report did not establish cases of undelivered mail, it did identify delays and missing information about mail processing before mail was sent out for delivery. Finally, they requested regular updates on USPS’ efforts to ensure that the Inspector General’s recommendations are implemented swiftly and effectively. “We have serious concerns about the report’s findings, which revealed building maintenance deficiencies including excessive roof leaks, unsanitary conditions, and structural issues… Subjecting customers and postal workers to unsafe or unsanitary conditions is unacceptable and related issues addressed in this report should be remedied by USPS immediately,” they continued. U.S. SENATE News:
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print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Winners of the Girls Interprovincial Series , The winning Munster Girls team with Captain Jennifer Hickey at Wexford Golf CLubPix Ronan Lang The final matches in the Ladies and Girls interprovincials are also on today with the foursomes this morning and the singles this afternoon. There are no Galway Players in the Ladies Foursomes this morning while in the girls, Lorna Mullaly of Tuam and her playing partner Niamh Cronin of Co Sligo are taking on Lisa O’Shea and Aine Donegan while Oughterard’s Niamh Smyth and her playing partner Chloe O’Connor of Roscommon is up against Sara Byrne and Grace McGrath.
The Championships are Ireland’s largest annual water sports event and are also the most significant All-Ireland sporting championship to be held annually in Cork. It’s the premier domestic event of the rowing season and promises to be a very exciting weekend of competitive rowing, with spectators from all areas of Ireland coming to enjoy the country’s sporting talent in a lively and enjoyable atmosphere.Racing begins at 9am Friday 15th and will run until 5:30pm, with Saturday’s racing taking place from 8am to 6:30pm. Sunday will see races running from 8am to 4:30pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 52 clubs in total will travel to the National Rowing Centre for the Championships, which take place this weekend 15-17 July. The biggest Championship event is set to be the men’s club single sculls, with a total of 42 scullers entered, while 49 entries in the men’s junior 15 single sculls makes it the largest non- championship event of the weekend. The entries for the 2016 Irish Rowing Championships has been recorded as the largest ever at 917 crews. 520 of these crews are Championship crews, while a further 397 are entered for non-championship events. There are 7 events requiring semi-finals.
Lamar and Stephen F. Austin each clinched a spot to the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, March 13-16, with key conference wins Saturday afternoon. The Lady Cardinals handed Central Arkansas its first home conference loss of the season while the Ladyjacks went on the road and defeated Southeastern Louisiana. UCA still holds a one-game lead heading into the final week of the season at 12-4 while both SFA and Lamar are 11-5. In other league action, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won its sixth consecutive contest with a victory over Houston Baptist, McNeese State and Nicholls won its 10th conference game by defeating Abilene Christian and UIW, respectively, and Northwestern State knocked off New Orleans.Lamar 56, Central Arkansas 53CONWAY, Ark. –Lamar staged a last-minute rally to pull out a 56-53 win over host Central Arkansas in a Southland Conference women’s basketball game. Lamar closed out the game on a 9-0 run over the final 2:26 to clinch a berth in the Southland Conference Tournament later this month. | Read More | UCA RecapStephen F. Austin 92, Southeastern Louisiana 79HAMMOND, La. – Heading into Saturday’s contest junior center Porsha Roberts had only missed two shots in her career against Southeastern Louisiana. That number increased by only one as she and the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks rolled to a 92-79 victory. It was the first time since Feb. 29, 2011 the Ladyjacks scored 90 or more points against a conference opponent. | Read More | Southeastern RecapMcNeese State 71, Abilene Christian 64LAKE CHARLES, La. – The McNeese State had a come-from-behind 71-64 win over Abilene Christian Saturday to improve to 17-10 overall and 10-6 in the Southland. Sophomore Allison Baggett led all scorers with a game-high 20 points. | Read More | ACU RecapTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 90, Houston Baptist 65CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Seniors Brandi Huff and Jasmine Shaw each posted 20-plus points, as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women’s basketball team won its sixth straight game, 90-65 over Houston Baptist on Homecoming. The Islanders improved to 16-11 and 9-7 in Southland play with the victory to close in on a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. | Read More | HBU RecapNicholls 76, UIW 64THIBODAUX, La. – Powered by sophomore Emani White’s 22 second-half points, the Nicholls State University women’s basketball team exploded for 52 points in the final 20 minutes to erase an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Incarnate Word 76-64 on Senior Day at Stopher Gym. | Read More | UIW RecapNorthwestern State 51, New Orleans 48NEW ORLEANS, La. – Janelle Perez completed a three-point play after she was fouled on a circus shot that fell through to give the Northwestern State women’s basketball team a comeback victory over New Orleans Saturday evening at the Lake Front Arena in Southland Conference action. | Read More | UNO Recap
0Shares0000New Zealand All Blacks skipper, Richie McCaw walks to the sin-bin during their RWC clash with Argentina. PHOTO/PATWICKENHAM, October 27- The looming retirement from Test rugby of greats Richie McCaw and Dan Carter will not figure in the All Blacks preparation for Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia, assistant coach Ian Foster said.A World Cup victory would be a fitting farewell for the record-setting McCaw and Carter who between them have played 258 Tests. But Foster insisted Monday the emotion attached to their departure would be blocked out until after the final whistle at Twickenham.“We’ve got a World Cup final on Saturday and nothing else really matters apart from us preparing well,” he said.“It’s all about the here and the now. This is the moment and there’ll be plenty of time afterwards to talk about people but we don’t want to waste this opportunity.“We’re putting everything we can into doing the only thing we can do which is to prepare well day by day.”Carter, the top points scorer in Test rugby who joins Racing 92 in France after the World Cup, said before the All Blacks beat South Africa 20-18 in the semi-final that his focus was solely on the team performance.– Video analysis –McCaw, the most capped player in Test history and three-time world player of the year, has refused to discuss retirement although he indicated early this year he would bow out after the World Cup.New Zealand and Australia have played each other twice so far this year with a win each.Both favour fast-running free-flowing rugby.But the All Blacks have already started video analysis of how Australia beat Argentina 29-15 in their semi-final on Sunday to detect any adjustments to their regular pattern.Particular attention has been paid to Wallabies twin scavengers Michael Hooper and David Pocock, who gave New Zealand a torrid time at the breakdown in Sydney this year when the Australia beat the All Blacks 27-19.A week later, with only one of the duo on the field — Pocock came off the bench to replace Hooper at half-time — the All Blacks triumphed 41-13 at Eden Park.“It reaffirms they’ve got some good players, that’s why they are in the final,” Foster said, acknowledging questions about Pocock and Hooper but refusing to refer to them by name.“They have got some areas of strength that they’ll try to attack us with and we have got some areas of strength we’ll try and attack them.“The lessons we have learned from Sydney and Eden Park we’ve already applied in our game and put into practice.”The All Blacks head towards Saturday’s final with all players fit. The replacement of injured Tony Woodcock by Joe Moody before their quarter-final against France has been the only disruption to the original World Cup squad of 31.Apart from the McCaw-Carter farewell, there is also national honour at stake as New Zealand prepare to play their neighbours Australia for the third time this year in a world final.Australia have already bagged the world cricket and netball titles, leaving rugby New Zealanders hoping it will be third time lucky.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)