Vermont Software Developers’ Alliance changes name to Vermont Technology Alliance

first_imgVermont Technology Alliance (vtTA) to better reflect the organizationâ s expanding membership and its mission to represent and support the stateâ s growing number of technology companies that are creating high-skilled, high-paying jobs. VtTA companies represent one of the strongest sectors of the Vermont economy. They have been adding jobs ‘even during the economic downturn ‘that earn higher than average Vermont salaries. For example, vtTA members Dealer.com added 250 jobs in 2011, Technical Connection placed 200 people in tech jobs in 2011, and MyWebGrocer added 63 employees in the last six months. The Vermont Software Developers’Alliance was formed in 2004 by entrepreneurs to foster a strong and growing software industry in Vermont, with a focus on common business interests and programs where members can share ideas, expertise and strategies for success.  As the organization has grown, Vermont companies in other technology business segments have identified common needs and have joined or expressed interest in joining the Alliance. The name change reflects this expanded role and that the organization welcomes all Vermont technology companies as members.  â VtTA is dedicated to helping and promoting Vermontâ s technology industry, creating technology jobs in the state, and advocating policies that strengthen Vermont technology companies,’said John Canning, president of the board.  â Some think of Vermont only in terms of farming, skiing or maple syrup and are surprised to learn it also is home to cutting-edge software and technology companies that are creating innovative products and high-paying jobs. We want this important segment of the Vermont economy to be recognized, celebrated and supported.â  The Alliance recently published the second edition of â Tapping Tech 2.0,’which highlights the positive impact of Vermont technology companies on the stateâ s economy, including these facts:·         The average wage for a software company job in Vermont is $65,000 ‘25% higher than the Vermont median household income $51,841 (2010 U.S. Census).·         The estimated revenue generated in Vermont by vtTA members in 2011 was $280 million ‘representing an 87% increase in just two years.·         For every software developer hired, technology companies typically add an additional six non-technical support positions. To continue to deliver these results, vtTA has identified three key needs: 1) educated employees with strong foundations in science, math and technology who can fill current and future job openings; 2) continued investment in high-speed Internet broadband connectivity throughout the state as well as traditional infrastructure that enables tech companies to operate and stay in Vermont; and 3) improved access to financing to help Vermontâ s knowledge-based businesses get started and expand. In addition to promoting tech-friendly public policy initiatives, the vtTA sponsors a number of programs and offerings in support of its mission, including: Lunch and Learn ‘Monthly information sessions for Vermont technology companies and employees on a range of topics, from company profiles to public policy initiatives to business advice and education. Vermont Tech Jam ‘The Alliance is a founder of and participant in the Vermont Tech Jam ‘an annual fall conference and exhibition that showcases more than 70 Vermont technology and bioscience companies, and promotes technology careers and education. Tapping Tech ‘VtTA has produced the second edition of, â Tapping Tech’a 36-page, full color publication that highlights the positive impact of Vermontâ s growing technology businesses. Bentley Award ‘The alliance has created The Bentley Award, which offers cash, Apple iPads and technical expertise in support of specific projects focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in Vermont K-12 schools. The awards honor the life of the late Bentley Seifer, who was the 12-year-old son of Julie A. Davis and Bruce Seifer, a founding member of the Alliance.  The Vermont Technology Alliance is welcoming new company and individual members to join the organization.  Details and the membership form are available at VtTA.org.About the vtTA The Vermont Technology alliance supports and promotes Vermontâ s thriving software and technical business community. VtTA helps its members share ideas, expertise, and strategies for success and works with business, government and higher education to advocate for policies and programs that strengthen Vermontâ s technology-based economy.More information about the Vermont Technology Alliance can be found at: ·         vtTA.org·         facebook.com/VermontTechAlliance·         twitter.com/VermontTechAlliance·         linkedin/VermontTechAlliance May 17, 2012 âlast_img read more

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Shumlin issues executive order allowing Vermonters to continue displaying Vermont Strong license plate

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin has issued an executive order to allow Vermonters to continue to display the Vermont Strong license plate. The exemption allowing Vermonters to display the plate on the front of their vehicle was slated to expire June 30, 2016. The executive order will remain in effect until a new governor rescinds it or the Legislature revisits the issue. “These plates remind us of how our state pulled together in the wake of Irene to rebuild stronger than the storm found us,” Shumlin said. “The plate has become a symbol of pride for many Vermonters, myself included, and I want ensure people can continue to display them.”The full text of the order is copied below.STATE OF VERMONTEXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTEXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 04-16[Vermont Strong License Plates]  WHEREAS, Vermont passed legislation creating Vermont Strong Commemorative License Plates in 2012 to “recognize all of those who have suffered losses because of the destruction brought by Tropical Storm Irene and the flooding of 2011, and to commemorate the contributions of the many who are helping to rebuild Vermont and to make it stronger”; and WHEREAS, in 2014, the General Assembly extended the display of Vermont Strong License plates to June 30, 2016; and WHEREAS, the Vermont Strong license plate continues to be an important symbol of Vermont’s resiliency and commitment to the many communities, businesses, and families impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and other major flooding events; andWHEREAS, under section 511(a) of title 23, “[a] motor vehicle operated on any highway shall have displayed in a conspicuous place either one or two number plates as the Commissioner may require.”NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT I, Peter Shumlin, by virtue of the power vested in me as Governor, do hereby order and direct that:(a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall continue to permit Vermonters to display Vermont Strong Commemorative License Plates on the front of eligible vehicles; and (b) Vermont law enforcement officers shall refrain from ticketing or otherwise penalizing any Vermonter with a Vermont Strong Commemorative License Plate as the front plate on an eligible vehicle until the General Assembly next has the opportunity to consider and clarify the duration of Vermont Strong commemorative License Plates; and  (c) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and the Commissioner of Public Safety shall take all necessary and appropriate actions to implement this Order with state and local law enforcement.  This Executive Order shall take effect upon signing.last_img read more

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Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei toasts Dan Halksworth

first_img Related Dan Halksworth, currently one of the UK’s best long-distance triathletes, is joining Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei as a sponsored athlete – with immediate effect. He joins Lucy Gossage in promoting the refreshing, isotonic ERDINGER Alkoholfrei in the UK.Dan’s career to date is notable – with two Ironman UK victories in the last two years. Equally impressive were his second place in the prestigious Challenge Fuerteventura (2012) and third place in the Koh Samui Triathlon (2013). His first event representing Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei was Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on Saturday 10 May, where he placed 8th.“As an athlete and a person, Dan makes a great addition to our team. I’m sure he’ll make quite a splash and together with his teammates help put the spotlight on ERDINGER Alkoholfrei,” said Florian Sosna, Head of Sponsoring at ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.Waltraud Kaiser, Export Director of Privatbrauerei ERDINGER Weißbräu, is equally delighted. “ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is enjoying growing popularity among endurance athletes and consumers in the UK,” he said. “We therefore plan to intensify our marketing activities here in the coming years in order to strengthen our brand presence.”Dan Halksworth will find himself in good company at Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei. The community is the sporting home for numerous triathlon professionals, such as world record holder Andreas Raelert, two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert and multiple Ironman winner Sonja Tajsich.The ERDINGER Alkoholfrei community also includes over 400 ambitious amateur athletes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK who enjoy the benefits of an ERDINGER Alkoholfrei sponsorship.ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is increasingly a major promoter of endurance sport and this is illustrated by its continued support for UK events in 2014. Athletes crossing the finishing line at such events as the London Triathlon, Outlaw and the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Blenheim Triathlon – to name but a few – can celebrate their victory with a refreshing glass of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.ERDINGER Alkoholfrei has been available in the UK for a number of years, and is well known internationally as ‘a refreshing isotonic recovery drink for endurance athletes.’www.ERDINGER-alkoholfrei.co.uklast_img read more

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Scientists reduce fear of death by using virtual reality to induce an out-of-body experience

first_imgShare on Facebook Share Share on Twitter The study, published in the journal PLOS One, used an Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted-display to induce out-of-body experiences in 16 women.The researchers used a virtual reality simulation to induce what is known as the “full body ownership illusion.” They created the illusion that a virtual human body in the simulation was the participant’s own. After this illusion took hold, the participant’s perspective was then shifted from first-person to third-person, making it seem as if their visual perception had been lifted out of their body.Another 16 women, who were used as a control group, experienced a similar virtual reality simulation except the researchers did not induce an out-of-body experience.After the simulation, the participants who had the virtual out-of-body experience had lower levels of fear of death on average than the control group. Slater told PsyPost the findings provide “implicit evidence that it is possible to separate consciousness from the body, which may have the impact of changing attitudes towards death.”The research, however, is still in the preliminary stages.“It was a single study so it needs to be replicated,” Slater said. “The study relied only on a questionnaire, and it would be interesting to see if there were long-term effects on the relationship of people towards death.”“We have another more sophisticated study that has been completed that will hopefully be published in a few months,” he added.The study, “A Virtual Out-of-Body Experience Reduces Fear of Death“, was also co-authored by Pierre Bourdin, Itxaso Barberia, and Ramon Oliva. It was published January 9, 2017. LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Email Virtual reality systems can create out-of-body experiences — and these experiences may be able to reduce the fear of death, according to a recently published study.“My lab has been working for many years on the influence of changing someone’s body in virtual reality on their attitudes, perceptions, behavior and cognition,” the study’s corresponding author, Mel Slater of the University of Barcelona, told PsyPost. “For example, placing White people in a Black virtual body reduces their implicit racial bias, while putting adults into a child body changes their perceptions and self-identification.”“Here we wanted to see what the effects were of establishing a strong feeling of ownership over a virtual body, and then moving people out of it, so simulating an out-of-body experience. According to the literature, out-of-body experiences are typically associated with changes of attitudes about death, so we wanted to see if this would happen with a virtual out-of-body experience.”last_img read more

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WHO confirms H5N1 deaths in Egypt and China

first_imgJan 5, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the deaths of two men from H5N1 avian influenza, one from Egypt and another from China whose death was reported earlier in the media.The patient from Egypt, a 42-year-old from Menofia governorate, got sick on Dec 16 and was admitted to a hospital in critical condition and treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) on Dec 21, the WHO said in a statement. The man died the next day, raising Egypt’s official H5N1 infection total to 157 and the number of deaths from the disease to 55.Of those, 38 cases and 15 deaths occurred in 2011.Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratories confirmed the H5N1 virus on Dec 24. An investigation into the man’s illness revealed that he had been exposed to sick and dead poultry, according to the WHO report.The man from China, a 39-year-old from Shenzhen in Guangdong province, came down with flu symptoms on Dec 21 and was hospitalized in critical condition on Dec 25. He died on Dec 31, pushing China’s WHO-confirmed H5N1 cases to 41 and its deaths from the virus to 27. His H5N1 case and death, however, are the country’s first in 2011.Guangdong lab officials diagnosed the man’s infection on Dec 30, and the Chinese government lab confirmed it the following day, the WHO reported. Earlier media reports suggested the man had no known exposure to live poultry, and the WHO said an investigation into his exposure to the virus is ongoing. Health authorities are monitoring his close contacts, and so far all are well, according to the WHO.The two infections and deaths push the WHO global H5N1 count to 576 cases and 339 deaths. According to WHO records, the number of H5N1 cases and deaths reported in 2011 so far are modestly higher than 2010 (60 cases versus 48, and 33 deaths versus 24).In a related development, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today issued a rapid risk assessment regarding China’s H5N1 fatality, based on a request from the European Commission.The ECDC said the case is not part of a cluster and that the virus that infected the man is closely related to strains recently found in Hong Kong’s wild birds. The findings suggest the patient was infected from an avian source rather than a human one.Sporadic human infections in countries where the virus is endemic in birds aren’t unexpected, and the latest Chinese case doesn’t change the risk to human health, which for EU countries is very low, the ECDC report said.Meanwhile, South Korean officials yesterday advised people traveling to China to take precautions, based on the man’s H5N1 infection, Chosun Ilbo, a newspaper based in Seoul, reported today. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also stepped up monitoring of travelers arriving from China by checking their body temperatures and having them fill out questionnaires.See also:Jan 5 WHO statement on Egyptian caseJan 5 WHO statement on Chinese caseJan 5 ECDC risk assessmentJan 5 Chosun Ilbo storyDec 21 WHO global H5N1 case count (does not include the two recent cases and deaths)last_img read more

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News Scan for Oct 04, 2016

first_imgThree-state Salmonella outbreak linked to eggsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that so far 8 people in Missouri (6), Illinois (1), and Kansas (1) have reported salmonellosis linked to eggs distributed by Good Earth Egg Company of Bonne Terre, Mo. Yesterday the company recalled all of its shell eggs with sell by dates of Oct 8.The eggs were distributed throughout the Midwest to supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants, institutions, and direct-sales to customers. Illnesses began from Apr 23 to Aug 24, and epidemiologic investigations have traced back three cases of the foodborne illness to a Missouri restaurant that used Good Earth eggs. Patients range in age from 1 year to 85, with a median age of 44, and there have been two hospitalizations. Five of the patients are women.According to the CDC, the outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg is genetically linked to a Salmonella Oranienburg strain from a 2015 outbreak that also originated with the Good Earth Egg Company. In that outbreak, 52 people in six states suffered from salmonellosis, and the company recalled all of its shell eggs on Jan 9, 2016. Oct 4 CDC outbreak report Oct 3 FDA recall notice CDC notes 50 acute flaccid myelitis cases so far this yearThe CDC yesterday announced an uptick in the number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like illness that can cause paralysis. The CDC said that from Jan 1 to Aug 31, 50 people in 24 states have been diagnosed as having AFM. This is more than double the cases (21 in 16 states) reported in all of 2015.From August through December of 2014, there were 120 cases of AFM diagnosed in 34 states, many linked to outbreaks of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in children. AFM can be caused by many different viruses, and the CDC warns that the cause behind the recent spike is not yet clear.”It is currently difficult to interpret trends of the AFM data since reporting only started in 2014 and is voluntary in most states,” the CDC said. “Also, since AFM reporting is relatively new, there may initially be more variability in the data from year to year making it difficult to interpret or compare case counts between years. One possible reason for the differences in annual reporting is more awareness among and reporting by healthcare providers and health departments.” Oct 3 CDC AMF update Tick-borne disease causes high fever, severe illness in Southeast AsiaA tick-borne bunyavirus is causing severe fever and illness in patients in Southeast Asia, according to new reports published yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a hemorrhagic fever that’s been documented in China and South Korea. The symptoms are fever, gastrointestinal signs and symptoms, leukopenia, and thrombocytopenia, with a history of exposure to ticks, shrubs, and weedsIn the first study, involving 25 Chinese patients who had been diagnosed and hospitalized with SFTS, researchers were able to detect neutralizing antibodies in up to 4 years after the initial illness. Through blood draws, the researchers were able to monitor antibody levels in the patients, and though antibodies waned over time, all patients produced long-lasting neutralizing antibodies to the SFTS virus. This suggests re-infection with the disease is unlikely.In another study, doctors in South Korea looked at serum samples from patients with fever and insect bite history in scrub typhus–endemic area in 2013. They found that 23% of patients suspected of having scrub typhus also had SFTS, meaning co-infection is possible and likely.The doctors collected blood samples from 74 patients at Samsung Changwon Hospital who presented with fever and a history of bug bites from September to December of 2013—during scrub typhus season.”The results of this study suggest that in South Korea, prevalence of SFTS is quite high among patients suspected of having scrub typhus. Signs and symptoms of SFTS can be atypical,” the authors wrote. “Therefore, healthcare workers in contact with patients suspected of having scrub typhus should take standard precautions.”Oct 3 Emerg Infect Dis Chinese study Oct 3 Emerg Infect Dis Korean studylast_img read more

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Obituary: David F. Keddy March 21,1933 – Nov. 11, 2019

first_imgDAVID F. KEDDY March 21,1933 – Nov. 11, 2019Dave passed away peacefully at his home in Vernal UT surrounded by family.He was born in Denver CO to Mary Ann and Albert F. Keddy formerly of Los Alamos. A LAHS graduate in 1953, he married Rita McConkie in 1957 of Vernal, Utah. Dave and Rita had 62 years together. They have 12 children, 23 Grandchildren and 17 Great grandchildren.He graduated from Utah State University in Forestry. He was District Ranger in Jemez Springs, Reserve and Mayhill, NM before completing his 32-year career in Utah.He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Edward Keddy and sister Mary Bradbury.He is survived by his wife and all 12 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His daughter Liz Rock and spouse Tom, grandson Lucas, wife Erica, great-granddaughter Wynter Rock and grandson Chad Meinrod live in Los Alamos.Interment was November 16, 2019 Dry Fork Cemetery, Vernal, Utah.last_img read more

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Iran to Begin Gas Exports to Oman within Two Years

first_imgIranian minster of petroleum Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says the Islamic Republic of Iran will start natural gas export to Oman in less than two years.Zanganeh said gas contracts are mainly singed for a 25 year period adding that total value of the exports will hit 60 billion dollars considering today’s natural gas prices, Iran’s SHANA news agency reported.Zanganeh and his Omani counterpart Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy signed an agreement on gas export from Iran to the neighboring country as part of an Omani high ranking delegation visit to Iran headed by Oman ruler Sultan Qaboos.He added that construction of the planned pipeline, its length and the various possible routes will be studied very quickly and pipe laying operations will start soon after a final decision made on the final route.He said that the gas transfer deal with Oman was the largest economic agreement between the two countries so far.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, August 28, 2013last_img read more

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Coastal First Nations clarifies LNG benefits agreement, denies endorsement

first_imgCoastal First Nations on Tuesday said that there has been no endorsement by CFN for LNG developments on the coast despite certain media suggestions stating otherwise. The Coastal First Nations noted that no agreement indicating they endorse LNG has been signed.In its statement, CFN clarifies that the agreement signed with the province of British Columbia ensures the First Nations will be engaged with the federal and provincial government in addressing environmental issues related to LNG “rather than being forced to live with decisions made by others.”Under the agreement, CFN will benefit from a strategic regional approach to environmental stewardship and has secured a commitment from the province to conduct two airshed studies related to proposed LNG facilities development in the Kitimat and Prince Rupert.The Coastal First Nations have also secured regulatory requirements that LNG companies offset greenhouse gas emissions if their CO2 outputs go beyond certain benchmarks, as well as full participation with the provincial and federal government on shipping and marine cumulative impacts.The province will also provide funding for cumulative impacts study, emergency response planning, and training as well as incentives for use of renewable energy technologies at LNG processing facilities, to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases.CFN adds that none of the agreed benefits should be construed as an “endorsement of the LNG industry on the coast”.last_img read more

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ERS expects sulphur targets to benefit intermodal connections

first_img“We see that our decision back in 2012 to open a regular intermodal connection between Western Poland and the Port of Rotterdam has proven to be the right one,” says Frank Schuhholz, managing director of ERS Railways.As of June 2014, the service will be upped from five-times a week to six.ERS Railways explained that it can transport out-of-gauge cargo using open top containers, and that upcoming changes in the North and Baltic Sea regions where Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA) will be enforced from January 1, 2015, will drive further growth on its intermodal service.Drewry Consultants estimates that costs will increase by a minimum of USD120.00 per teu on short sea services due to more expensive fuels, and due to the additional technical installations that will need to be equipped on the ships to meet the stricter sulphur exhaust limits.”We sense that this topic has not been given enough attention yet amongst shippers as well as forwarders and logistic service providers,” states John van den Broeke, responsible for sales in the Benelux region at ERS Railways.Schuhholz added: “Given the short time frame until year-end to either accept higher costs per teu when choosing short sea transport or choose a competitive rail-based solution between Poland and Rotterdam, we at ERS expect that demand for our intermodal shuttle will further increase during the upcoming months.”  www.ersrail.comlast_img read more

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