Governor Announces 100 Free Home Energy Workshops

first_imgVermonters have significant opportunities to save energy in their homes, and today Governor Jim Douglas, Hal Cohen, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council, and Jim Grevatt, Director of Residential Energy Services for Efficiency Vermont, unveiled a new initiative to help Vermonters learn how to reduce their home energy use and save money. Button Up Vermont will work with local energy committees and other civic groups to offer free home energy saving workshops in 100 Vermont communities throughout the fall. The plan is the most recent addition to the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership-a collaboration of public and private partners charged by the Governor with marshaling every available resource to help Vermonters address the rising cost of fuel and food. Button Up Vermont is spearheaded by the Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) in partnership with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and Efficiency Vermont, with funding provided by the Vermont Agency of Human Services. “Many Vermonters are concerned about the rising cost of heating their homes, and our Fuel and Food Partnership has put together a valuable series of workshops to help Vermonters to take advantage of cost-effective opportunities to save energy in their homes and lower their heating bills. I strongly encourage all Vermont homeowners to attend a Button Up Vermont workshop in their community to learn more.”To date, over 89 Vermont communities have signed up to host a Button Up Vermont workshop. The two hour sessions will focus on the greatest opportunities for residential energy savings, finding and sealing air leaks, immediate and simple actions homeowners can take to reduce their energy consumption, and where to find technical and financial resources to get started on the path to a more energy efficient home.”These workshops will emphasize no-cost and low-cost ways to save both energy and money,” added Hal Cohen. “We all know the challenge of rising energy costs. Button Up Vermont is designed to help all Vermonters reduce their energy bills this winter.”Button Up Vermont will provide specially trained presenters who will give slideshows to illustrate hands-on tips, bring samples of energy saving materials, and provide free educational materials for everyone attending the workshops.”The Button Up workshops will provide Vermonters with the information they need to get their homes ready for winter,” said Jim Grevatt, Director of Residential Energy Services for Efficiency Vermont. “We will be presenting practical information in areas ranging from do-it-yourself projects to professional work through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.”Montpelier homeowner Suzanne Hechmer already knows her investment in efficiency was worthwhile. “Last year,” she explains, “after having a home energy audit conducted on my house, I had some major energy improvements done, including installing insulation and sealing air leaks. During the last heating season, we reduced our propane use by 50% from the previous winter — and the house was more comfortable without all the drafty spots.”To learn how your community can host a workshop, please contact Button Up Vermont at button-up@cvcac.org(link sends e-mail) or call 802 279-1708. To find out when and where Button Up Vermont workshops will be held in your community, visit www.helpforvt.org(link is external) or call 211; or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external) or call 1-888-921-5990.last_img read more

FDA: Salmonella strain in pistachios matches illness isolate

first_img “However, it is important to recognize that when a patient’s isolate has a relatively common DNA fingerprint pattern (such as this one) that matches that of a food isolate, it does not necessarily follow that the patient’s illness was related to that food,” the FDA cautioned. Until the FDA’s latest update, no illnesses had been linked to the recall, though the agency had said earlier that it had received two consumer complaints, one from the East Coast and one from the West Coast. The FDA said it submitted DNA fingerprints of the Salmonella Montevideo found in the plant to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PulseNet database and that some of them match the fingerprints of Salmonella strains from recently ill patients. Health officials have also isolated the same strain from a stool sample of a child who got sick after eating pistachios that came from Setton Farms. The FDA said the same Salmonella fingerprint also matches a number of other clinical isolates in PulseNet. See also: “The common way we identify the source of outbreaks is to first identify the outbreak and then conduct a study to associate the outbreak with a common food source,” Hedberg said. “When you start with a priori knowledge of the common source, it is not possible to confirm it using the same type of epidemiological study.” He predicted that a number of cases will be identified, but that a variety of arguments will surface about whether they reflect an outbreak or just unrelated cases in people who happened to have eaten pistachios. CDC investigators are investigating whether other patients who were infected with the same Salmonella strain were exposed to Setton Farms pistachios, the FDA said. The FDA said in its latest online investigation update that three environmental samples and one finished-product sample obtained during the plant inspection all had the same genetic fingerprint for a strain of Salmonella enterica serotype Montevideo. On Apr 6, the FDA had said it found Salmonella in critical areas of the Terra Bella, Calif., facility, along with the potential for cross-contamination between raw and roasted pistachios.center_img Case-control studies hinge on selecting cases based on disease status rather than exposure status, Hedberg said. “Since in this investigation we will be starting with the exposure, a major principle of epidemiology will be violated, and the results fatally biased,” he said. Instead, investigators could identify cohorts of exposed and unexposed people to compare illness rates, but it’s difficult to identify an exposed group without referring to illness status. “That approach also falls apart, from a theoretical perspective,” Hedberg noted. Setton Farms recalled certain lots of its pistachios in late March after Kraft Foods identified four Salmonella strains, including Montevideo isolates, in pistachios supplied by Setton Farms. The company expanded its recall on Apr 6 after the FDA announced that investigators had found Salmonella in its California plant. So far, companies have recalled 486 products made with Setton Farms pistachios. Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota, told CIDRAP News that a wave of illnesses will almost certainly be linked to the contaminated pistachios. However, the timeline of the pistachio recall and illness findings create an unusual situation for epidemiologists, he said. FDA pistachio recall update Apr 15, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified the Salmonella strain found in early April at Setton Farms’ California processing facility and said its genetic fingerprint matches the strain in at least one illness, in a child who suffered gastroenteritis after reportedly eating the firm’s pistachios.last_img read more

Support for Sweden’s coronavirus response falls: Poll

first_imgTopics : Confidence in the Swedish authorities’ ability to manage the coronavirus pandemic has fallen, a poll published on Tuesday showed, as the death toll has soared amid a highly-publicized light approach.Unlike most European nations, Sweden never closed society down, opting instead to keep schools for under-16s open, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants and most businesses.The Public Health Agency argued that lockdowns only work temporarily, insisting that drastic short-term measures are too ineffective to justify their impact on people. That compared with 56 percent in April, while those who had “little confidence” rose from 21 to 29 percent.And 57 percent now have “strong confidence” in the Public Health Agency, down from 69 percent in April.Support for the agency’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has become the face of Sweden’s strategy, remains relatively strong although it has declined from 69 to 60 percent.Those who believed the center-left government was coping well with the crisis meanwhile dropped from 50 percent in May to 38 percent in June.Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s support also dropped from 49 percent to 39 percent.”The differences are big enough that we can say with certainty that there has been a real change. The view of authorities’ capabilities has taken a clear negative turn,” Ipsos analyst Nicklas Kallebring told Dagens Nyheter.center_img The country of 10.3 million has reported 5,122 COVID-19 deaths, far exceeding the combined total of its Nordic neighbors which all adopted much stricter measures.As a result, many countries now opening up to tourism have barred Swedes from entry, including closest neighbors Denmark, Finland and Norway.Stockholm has also been slow to roll out mass testing.An Ipsos poll of 1,191 Swedes published in daily Dagens Nyheter showed that in June, 45 percent had “strong confidence” in authorities’ ability to handle the crisis.last_img read more

This $2.05m Brisbane home is like a personal country club

first_imgThe property is over 9,000sq m. The parking bay has the potential to be converted into a granny flat. There are many spots to put your feet up. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The tennis court has floodlights.The 9,000sq m block (over two acres) just over half an hour from the Brisbane CBD was like a private country club, complete with just about everything you could desire from a steam room that can take a dozen people at once, to a heated pool, floodlit tennis court, full theatre room and massive car parking for nine.Agent Brett Crompton of Ray White — Samford, who sold the home with Angela Galvin, said locals were driving the market in the area at the moment.“It was a local buyer. I believe the attraction was the size of the bedrooms, accessibility of separate living areas, car accommodation and the position.” Wonder if the chef will give cooking lessons? The home is understated but bursting with fun activities.center_img Way to stay in for the night.Another property sold in the same estate also went to Brisbane buyers.“Those higher end properties are attracting local, Brisbane-based buyers, but as time progresses we will see more Sydney and Melbourne interest.”He said the Spring season was “absolutely fantastic” at the moment. “The market’s strong, we have a good range of quality buyers and properties entering the marketplace have great value.”Samford Valley is considered a high demand market, with 711 visits per property compared to the Queensland average of 307. Perfect spot to entertain friends and family. 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley Qld 4520. Picture: Realestate.com.auA SPRAWLING Brisbane home that has so much room you can have your own footy field has sold for twice the median price of its neighbourhood.The five bedroom home at 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley, which recently sold for $2.05 million has features that blow other Brisbane properties out of the water. It has its own gym with special flooring.last_img read more

Euthanasia debate: Is there dignity in death, or does palliative care kill?

first_imgStuff co.nz 3 December 2018Family First Comment:  For Dr Ian Gwynne-Robson, medical director of Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt, the idea of having to kill someone flies in the face of the medical commandment “first, do no harm”. That’s why, since the End of Life Choice Bill was introduced, he has been a vocal opponent. www.Protect.org.nzAs debate rages about whether euthanasia should be legalised, a palliative care expert is urging MPs to spare a thought for doctors who would have to carry out the act.For Dr Ian Gwynne-Robson, medical director of Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt, the idea of having to kill someone flies in the face of the medical commandment “first, do no harm”. That’s why, since the End of Life Choice Bill was introduced, he has been a vocal opponent.He says he is acting as a voice of the patients whom the legislation is most likely to affect.“[When] you’re given a diagnosis of terminal illness, you’re a vulnerable person … All patients referred to me are vulnerable, and it’s my job as a palliative care doctor to advocate for those patients and for their protection.“Those people are sick, they clearly have other priorities.”Gwynne-Robson has heard plenty of momentary requests to die.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/108717999/Euthanasia-debate-Is-there-dignity-in-death-or-does-palliative-care-killKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

3 injured in road mishap

first_imgPolice identified them as 21-year-oldSanny Claud, 31-year-old Argie Boy Sumugat and 18-year-old Tommy Agravante. Theyall sustained body injuries, a police report showed. The victims were brought to the LorenzoD. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City but were later transferred to theCorazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here for medicaltreatment. BACOLOD City – Three persons wereinjured in a road crash in Barangay Dancalan, Ilog, Negros Occidental. Pavillar, meanwhile, surrendered and wasdetained in the custodial facility of the Ilog municipal police station./PN According to police investigators, acargo truck driven by Alex Pavillar, 42, of Barangay Tabu, Ilog collided withthe motorcycle driven by Claud with Sumugat and Agravante as back riders around6 a.m. on March 28.last_img read more

Bayern Munich land PSG star on a four-year deal

first_img Read Also: Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims “We are very happy to have been able to sign Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi for FC Bayern,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “In our opinion, he is one of the best talents in Europe.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks Bayern Munich have made the signing of Tanguy Kouassi official after penning a four-year deal with the Bundesliga giants. Bayern Munich unveil Kouassi The 18-year-old youngster joins the Bundesliga side on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and has signed a deal until June 30, 2024.last_img read more

Spirit matters to Pellegrini

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his team had rediscovered the winning spirit after snatching a last-gasp victory over Aston Villa. But FA Cup finalists Villa quickly replied through Tom Cleverley and looked to have claimed a hard-earned point in their relegation fight through Carlos Sanchez five minutes from time. City needed to respond and, after with team and Pellegrini under heavy scrutiny following the collapse of their title bid, Fernandinho had the final word. Pellegrini said: “I don’t think it was fortunate. “We didn’t play well and I think Aston Villa played very well, especially in possession of the ball, but they didn’t have chances to score, just the two set-pieces (from which) they drew the game. “So, I don’t know why we are fortunate that we scored the third goal from a set-piece in the same way they scored their two goals. “It is very important to continue with the spirit we had today. It is not easy when you are winning 2-0 and then they draw 2-2 to go again for the match. We did it. “With this spirit, another game we don’t lose.” The victory lifted City into second place – for at least one night – and strengthened their grip on a top-four place. Fernandinho struck in the 89th minute as City killed off a Villa comeback at the Etihad Stadium to claim a 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory. City were not at their best but looked to have the game sewn up as they went 2-0 ahead with goals from Sergio Aguero – pouncing on a Brad Guzan blunder – and Aleksandar Kolarov. One downside was an injury to midfielder Yaya Toure, who was feeling his hamstring in the first half and withdrawn at the interval. Pellegrini said: “It is difficult to know today what will happen but it was not a precaution. It was a muscle injury. We will see tomorrow or Monday how important (an injury) it is.” Villa boss Tim Sherwood felt his side competed well after recovering from their poor start. City took the lead after just three minutes when Guzan gave the ball straight to Aguero. Sherwood said: “I thought we came here and performed very well even though we had a poor start. “We stuck to the plan and I thought we dominated possession, especially in the first period. The pleasing thing was we weren’t just passing for the sake of it. We actually opened them up a few times and created chances. “Brad knows he has made a mistake. It is probably not the first mistake he has ever made but he is a good character and he will get over it. “We went 2-0 down but came back in the game very quickly. We had real belief we could go on and get something out of the game.” There was controversy soon after the Sanchez equaliser when Christian Benteke was tripped by Joe Hart – only for the Villa striker to be ruled marginally offside. “It was onside,” Sherwood said. “It is a penalty and a sending off.” Villa are now just two points above the bottom three but Sherwood is confident in his players. He said: “We are running out of games but there are still enough games for us to look after our own destiny.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Senate Tries to Block Local Sunscreen Laws

first_imgThe Florida Senate acted this week to prevent towns and cities including Key West from banning the sale of sunscreen items that contain chemicals which can potentially harm coral reefs.In a 12-4 vote on Wednesday, the Rules Committee sent a measure (SB 172) to the Senate floor that is intended to block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, with a focus on sunscreens.According to Republican Senator and bill sponsor Rob Bradley, who also chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, local governments should not be allowed to put restrictions on sunscreen, as it is needed to protect Floridians as well as tourists from getting skin cancer.He adds, “All sunscreen should be available throughout the state of Florida for people who buy it so that they can protect themselves. We should listen to those (skin cancer) experts and listen to that science, which is clear. We should not listen to junk science. That’s another thing I think our constituents expect of us.”The issue revolves around sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.Bradley cites findings by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), the Legislature’s research arm, about the effects of the chemicals. The agency concluded that oxybenzone and octinoxate have negative effects on corals and marine life when they are exposed to “concentration levels generally not observed in nature.”The agency added that the chemicals could also be found in seawater from “wastewater effluent, leaching from plastics, and leaching from hull paints on ships.”Deborah Foote, director of government affairs for the Sierra Club Florida, says people can easily use sunscreens without the disputed chemicals.The use of chemical sunscreens is not worth the risk to the reefs in tourist destinations such as Key West, according to the Surfrider Foundation’s Florida policy manager director, Holly Parker Curry.She explained before the vote, “Coral reefs are immensely valuable not only to Florida’s economy generally but particularly to the Keys and Key West,” Curry said in her testimony before Monday’s vote. In addition, Curry cited estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which show that Florida’s coral reefs have an asset value of $8.5 billion and support around 70,000 jobs.Florida League of Cities legislative director Rebecca O’Hara advised the committee to postpone enacting the preemption until more research could be conducted on the impact of the chemicals on coral reefs. She cautions, “I think there is probably good science out there, but I think it’s fair to say there is probably not enough to convince everybody.”“Our visitors are not expected to understand or appreciate the various particularities of different cities or counties and know what the rules are,” says Republican Senator Kathleen Passidomo, of Naples.She continues, “As a local government passes an ordinance that is totally different than anywhere else in the state, how are we supposed to know about it? You can have visitors coming to Key West without sunscreen, without products that protect their skin and then they can’t buy them. That’s just one example of why sometimes it’s in the best interest of the state of Florida that we preempt certain activities.”An identical bill in the House (HB 113) needs to get approval from two more panels before it can go to the full House. The Key West ban is scheduled to go into effect in January of next year.last_img read more