DEW Construction begins work on several Vermont projects

first_imgDEW Construction Corp,DEW Construction Corp has announced that the following projects in Jay, Derby and Whitingham are under way.Stateside Base Lodge & Hotel’Jay Peak Resort, VT Project Description:  Construction of a new 80,000-sqaure foot Stateside facility including a base lodge offering restaurants, locker rooms, a rental center and a 85 room hotel with additional space for restaurant, retail, swimming pool and common area. Construction began in May and is slated for a December 2013 completion.Twin Valley Middle/High School:  ‘Whitingham, VTProject Description: 22,345 sf addition to the existing school.  The new addition will include a gym, locker rooms, a new administrative wing with offices, guidance areas and a health care office.  Renovations will be made throughout the existing school.  A performance center (auditorium, music, media arts) will be located in the existing gym.  A new industrial arts and family consumer room will be located in an adjacent building. Extensive site work includes improvements to parking, roads and athletic fields.  Construction began in June and is slated for a September 2014 completion.Louis Garneau U.S. Offices and Distribution Facility ‘Derby, VTProject Description: Construction of a new facility in Derby, Vermont, which will house production, distribution, marketing, commercialization and administration activities. Located on Route 5 close to I-91, the new building, totaling 60,000 sq. ft., represents an 8 million dollar investment. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and be completed by the end of May 2014.DEW Construction is a commercial contractor offering preconstruction and construction services throughout Northern New England and Upstate N.Y. The company is headquartered in Williston, Vt.Renderings:  Louis Garneau U.S. Offices and Distribution Facility ‘Cross Consulting Engineerslast_img read more

Bintan Triathlon: 10 years in the making

first_imgEventEntry feeto 16 AprEntry feeto 1 May Kids Distance: 150m Swim, 6K Bike, 1.5K RunS$61S$68 Olympic Distance: 1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K RunS$236S$263 Sprint Distance: 750m Swim, 20K Bike, 5K RunS$148S$172 Related Youth Distance: 300m Swim, 12K Bike, 3K RunS$62S$70 Billed as ‘Asia’s premier triathlon festival’, the 2014 Bintan Triathlon in Singapore will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 17-18 May. As the event celebrates its 10th outing, the organisers note that there will be a bigger budget in 2014. Participants and their friends and families are told to ‘expect fireworks, fun fringe activities and a big party!’Staged on the beautiful coast of the South China Sea, the annual Bintan Triathlon has established itself as one of the most popular triathlon events in Southeast Asia with an audience of 1,500 participants, hundreds of spectators and ‘millions more through local, national and international media.’With photo booths for fun pictures and event souvenirs to mark the anniversary, the 2014 Bintan Triathlon has races and activities for all… ‘parents and kids, fit and unfit, young and not-so-young’. A tropical paradise only 55 minutes by ferry from Singapore, Bintan Island provides a perfect backdrop for a triathlon experience combined with a holiday.The organisers are also awarding free race weekends (ferry, accommodation, food, party and race entry) to two participants who have participated in the last 9 Bintan Triathlon events. For those who have participated in 4 or more events over the past 10 years, the organisers will give a free anniversary cycle top, free race entry and free race massages.Current event sponsors include:Nirwana Gardens, Bintan – an integrated resort that comprises 5 different beachfront resortsJulbo – a French family owned business and leading international eyewear companyNewton Running2XUBike HausTravel + Leisure Southeast Asia Official Hotel Partners are: Nirwana Resort Hotel (now fully booked); Angsana Bintan; Bintan Lagoon Resort; Bintan Lodge; Bintan Hostel.Day tripperFor all adult races (Olympic and Sprint distance) a day trip from Singapore is an option. This appeals to those with less time to spare and looking to race on a budget. The Nirwana Gardens day-trip package includes: ferry ticket, ferry bike slot and return transfer for athletes and bikes between the Bintan ferry terminal and race venue at Nirwana Gardens, Bintan. The day trip option is priced at S$123 for adults and S$111 for kids.The Bintan Triathlon is organised by Metasport (previously known as Tribob after his founder Bob Bowness). The company was formed in 2000; and MetaSport has over the years built a reputation in coaching to individuals and groups of all levels, ‘from absolute beginners to high performance athletes competing at world championship events.’In tandem, the company has established a reputation in event management. The New Moon Khcycle MetaSprint Series, MetaMan Bintan, the Tour de Bintan, Singapore Duathlon and the Bintan Triathlon are among the events that MetaSport organize.Leveraging its dual expertise of coaching and event management, the company has more recently embarked successfully in the organization of corporate clinics and events ‘using sport to foster team bonding and employee wellness.’www.bintantriathlon.comwww.metasport.com Fun Race Duo Challenge: 1.5K Run, 150m Swim & dashS$40S$48last_img read more

Headstrong for Jake celebrating 10 years of bike safety, helmet distribution at VillageFest

first_imgSaturday’s annual VillageFest celebration will mark a big milestone for the area’s biggest advocate of bicycle safety for kids.Headstrong for Jake will celebrate 10 years of hosting its bike safety training sessions and free helmet distribution at the annual Fourth of July event on the Prairie Village Municipal Grounds.The organization was founded by the Clough family of Fairway shortly after the death of their son Jake, who was injured in a bike accident in February 2005. The bike helmet Jake was wearing that day saved his life. But a medical error during Jake’s recovery led to his death in March 2005. Since his death, his family has worked to spread the word that bike helmets work and save lives, and ensure that every area kid who needs one has access to a bike helmet.Headstrong for Jake will be distributing 350 properly fitted bike helmets to kids on a first-come first-served basis at VillageFest. Volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon hosting bike safety sessions and distributing the helmets.Since the organization was founded, Headstrong for Jake has distributed more than 11,000 properly fitted helmets to Kansas City area kids.last_img read more

New guidelines may impact some current lawyer advertising

first_img February 15, 2014 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News New guidelines may impact some current lawyer advertising New guidelines may impact some current lawyer advertising Senior EditorAround 350 ads from about 70 different law firms approved by The Florida Bar in recent months may no longer be allowed under new advertising guidelines recently approved by the Bar Board of Governors.The Bar is sending 90 to 100 letters to lawyers and law firms that submitted ads to the Bar under new advertising rules that became effective May 1. The firms were told either that the ads complied with the new rules or would comply if certain changes were made. In the latter case, the ads may have been modified to comply and then used without further submission to the Bar, so these letters are being sent as a precaution.The Standing Committee on Advertising was told about the letters during its January 23 meeting as it considered a request from Bar staff for guidance on how to apply the guidelines to some TV ads.The guidelines were approved by the Bar Board of Governors in December and restrict references to past results in billboards, other such display ads, and TV and radio ads. The board’s concern is that while new rules allow ads to contain past results if they are objectively verifiable and there are proper disclaimers, it may be impossible to include the disclaimers and adequately explain the context of the award in quick-hitting ads like billboards or TV and radio spots.Because of those concerns, the guidelines provided that “generally” past results may not be used in such ads.The specific ads considered by the advertising committee came from the Orlando firm of Dan Newlin & Partners, which was represented by Tallahassee attorney Mike Glazer. He contended its TV ads met the tougher standards because all awards mentioned were net awards and hence accurately reflected the amount actually received by clients — a concern of the board’s. Glazer also said the spots contained a prominent text disclaimer: “Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.”“We don’t believe that those guidelines are an absolute prohibition on past results on television ads. It [the guidelines] says the Bar generally will not approve past results on TV, radio, and billboards,” Glazer said. “It’s not an absolute prohibition. The concern is there is not enough time to communicate the disclaimer. Mr. Newlin has proposed two ads that prominently feature the disclaimer.“We think this should not be difficult. They are short ads; they are objectively verifiable and they prominently feature the disclaimer.”In a letter to the Bar, Glazer contended some of the new ad guidelines are unconstitutional but said the Newlin firm is nonetheless attempting to comply with them.The guidelines approved by the board state that any amount claimed to have gone to a client in an ad in an acceptable advertising medium must be the net amount, and if the client received a structured settlement, the amount must be given in current dollars. They also mandate that unless the advertising law firm can show differently, any ad that includes a dollar amount award must have this disclaimer: “Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result” — which Newlin used in its ads.Things considered misleading under the guidelines include:* Advertising that the lawyer obtained a $1 million judgment without disclosing that the fees and costs exceeded the amount of the judgment or that the court issued a $500,000 remittitur.* Advertising that the lawyer obtained a $1 million judgment without disclosing that the defendant offered to settle for $2 million.* Advertising a success at trial without disclosing that the judgment was overturned on appeal.* Advertising a success percentage without disclosing material limitations on the types of cases accepted (e.g., advertising a percentage of success in traffic ticket cases without disclosing that the percentage only includes minor infractions by first-time offenders.) * Advertising by a criminal defense lawyer that an acquittal on one or more charges was obtained without disclosing that the client was convicted of other crimes in the same case. The guidelines also state that lawyers cannot claim a win in a case when there are opposing claims or mixed results or if the judgment amount was substantially less than sought or less than a settlement offer.Bar Ethics and Advertising Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said there is uncertainty about interpreting the guidelines until the Board of Governors gets an appeal and applies them.“I’m not sure I understand how the board intends the guidelines to be interpreted,” she said, adding that if the committee affirmed the staff position, then the Newlin firm could appeal to the board, which could make the final decision and also clarify how the guidelines should be applied.Glazer, though, argued it was unfair to make the firm wait and the ads were an attempt to comply with the clear language of the guidelines.The committee, after an extensive discussion, wound up directing staff, by a 3-1 vote, to find noncompliance based on its uncertainty on how to apply the guidelines.Committee member Connie Bookman cast the no vote, saying, “I think they should run these ads. Under the guidelines we received, I don’t see where it crosses the line unless you don’t want money talked about at all.”Committee member Al Alsobrook disagreed: “I think the board’s determination would be it doesn’t comply because in a 15- or 30-second ad, all the consumer is going to see is the money.”Committee member Mike Faehner agreed with Tarbert that the committee needed more guidance.“These are new guidelines and when Elizabeth is basically telling us, ‘Guys we need some guidance on these,’ we should defer to staff. I think we need to get some guidance from the Board of Governors on this,” he said.It was during the discussion of the Newlin ads that Tarbert reported that Bar staff, acting on the board’s direction, had reviewed several hundred ads approved since the new Bar rules went into effect that contained past results. She said several hundred did not comply with the guidelines and the affected law firms would be notified.The board, in approving the guidelines, said law firms with ads that were previously approved but do not meet the new guidelines would be given a reasonable amount of time to remove or change the ads.last_img read more

How Kids Catch Our Social Biases

first_imgScientific American:While on the campaign trail Donald Trump was criticized for an incident in which he performed an exaggerated and unflattering  impression of journalist Serge Kovaleski, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist with a physical disability. While Mr. Trump insists that he was not mocking Mr. Kovaleski—and instead pointed out that he referred to Mr. Kovleski as “a nice reporter”—his nonverbal signals told a different story.Those signals probably sent a powerful message. Recent research has explored whether young children develop bias against people by watching the nonverbal displays of the adults around them. The findings are worrying as they suggest that children can “catch” prejudice that they observe in adults, even when the bias is more subtle than that demonstrated by Trump.In our forthcoming paper in Psychological Science, four- and five-year-old children observed adults display negative nonverbal signals, scowling and using an unfriendly tone of voice toward one person, while displaying positive nonverbal signals to another person. Moments later, children showed a bias in the same direction—favoring the person who received positive nonverbal signals.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

first_img“I felt like I was being attacked by this invisible enemy,” Witt says. “It was nothing that I asked for, and I didn’t even know how to battle it.” When Sterling Witt was a teenager in Missouri, he was diagnosed with scoliosis. Before long, the curvature of his spine started causing chronic pain. It was “this low-grade kind of menacing pain that ran through my spine and mostly my lower back and my upper right shoulder blade and then even into my neck a little bit,” Witt says. The pain was bad. But the feeling of helplessness it produced in him was even worse.center_img Witt’s experience is typical of how an unpleasant sensation can become something much more complicated, scientists say. Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media > So he channeled his frustration into music and art that depicted his pain. It was “a way I could express myself,” he says. “It was liberating.”last_img read more

Easy beach search for tourists: 1.000 Croatian beaches in one place

first_imgA list of over 1.000 Croatian beaches was presented today on the web portal www.beachrex.com , and a list of 1.500 beaches in France, Spain and Italy will soon be presented.Probably the largest beach base in the world is the project of Gregor Balažic, who for four years personally went through all the beaches, photographed, recorded and recorded data on the offer and their tourist infrastructure. Also, Gregor Balažic left his job in a large company, bought a camper, a camera and with a well-prepared plan and vision began his journey and exploring the beaches of the Mediterranean. This resulted in a huge collection of 50.000 photos, 2.500 videos and 3D spherical images, and more than 500.000 information about the type of beach, infrastructure and facilities on each beach.A phenomenal story, isn’t it?Croatian beaches are classified by the following areas: Istria, Kvarner, Lika and Dalmatia. Dalmatia is further divided into the areas of Zadar, Split, Šibenik and Dubrovnik, and the beaches on the islands (Brač, Čiovo, Cres, Hvar, Korčula, Krk, Lošinj, Murter, Pag, Pašman, Rab, Ugljan, Vir and Vis) are especially presented. ).The development of a mobile application is also planned, which will enable beach visitors or tourism workers to comply with the high standards of beach presentation at www.beachrex.com, and their own beach can be present on our site. “Each beach is presented with high quality photos, videos and 3D spherical shots, which allow you to see the beach from every angle. In addition, you can see and find information about parking, the road to the beach, navigation and duration of travel from the place of overnight stay to the beach, current weather on the beach, current water temperature, weather forecast for the next days, webcams on the beach. ”Points out Gregor BalažićFurthermore, BeachRex also states the type of beach (eg sand, pebbles, natural shade, etc.), occupancy, suitability depending on the user of the beach (family, for researchers, for fun), as well as detailed information on the possibilities of tourist accommodation on the beach , restaurants, sports facilities and animation. There is a total of about 200 data available for each beach, and each visitor can add their own comment and rate the beach. “The benefit of the BeachRex beach presentation is in the fact that all tourists are able to find a beach that suits their own preferences. For example, families with small children will immediately find suitable beaches in the areas they are interested in, as well as enthusiasts who put sports and entertainment first. The system also allows direct booking of accommodation on an individual beach. “Said Balazic.All beaches associated with Google MapsFinding the most suitable beach for all users of the website www.beachrex.com is facilitated in several ways: with intuitive filtering, classifying beaches into six groups, depending on the type of terrain or three types according to user interest, list of beaches by main tourist destinations or by clicking on Google Maps and beach selection. “BeachRex wants to help tourist destinations and accommodation providers, so that they can equally represent their beach and offer. BeachRex also aims to help tourism professionals as a central site for beaches. Thus, the website is also suitable for a simple presentation of tourist services, tourist organizations, places, regions and even the state.”Concludes Balažić.On Google Maps, photos of beaches have been viewed over 1.5 million times in just 6 months, and the website is mostly visited by Germans (25% of visitors), followed by Slovenes, Poles, Czechs, Austrians, Hungarians, Croats, Slovaks, Italians and Americans.The purpose of the BeachRex project is to beautify the holiday for tourists, so they can first choose a suitable beach and only then tourist accommodation, or before renting accommodation to check the suitability of the beach, because it will spend most of the day, while the vision of the project is to present all beaches place.Explore and find your ideal beach in Croatia.Article available on English: SIMPLE BEACH SEARCH FOR TOURISTS: 1.000 CROATIAN BEACHES IN ONE PLACElast_img read more

Right-wing authoritarianism linked to an enhanced sense that one’s life matters, study finds

first_imgPinterest Share on Twitter People who endorse right-wing authoritarianism tend to have a greater sense of meaning in life, according to a new study published in the Journal of Personality. The research provides some of the first empirical evidence that right‐wing authoritarianism serves an existential function.“In recent years, we have witnessed a proliferation of right-wing authoritarian ideology and behavior across the Western Hemisphere. We wanted to understand why people find the authoritarian worldview appealing,” said Jake Womick, a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri and corresponding author of the study.“One potential answer we wanted to test was that it may serve an existential function, facilitating a sense that the individual’s life is meaningful. This hypothesis was first generated by psychologists attempting to understand the rise of the Nazis during WWII. Until now, it has gone empirically untested.” Share on Facebook LinkedIncenter_img Share Email A survey of 2,391 American adults found that individuals who scored higher on a measure of right-wing authoritarianism also tended to report higher levels of meaning in life. In other words, people who agreed with statements like “The established authorities generally turn out to be right about things, while the radicals and protestors are usually just ‘loud mouths’ showing off their ignorance” tended to also agree with statements like “I have a good sense of what makes my life meaningful.”This relationship held even after controlling for religiosity, personality traits, and other factors.“Endorsement of right-wing authoritarianism is associated with anti-democratic dispositions, and prejudice towards outgroups. Our research shows that one reason this worldview may be appealing is because it is positively related to the sense that one’s life is meaningful,” Womick told PsyPost.A second survey of 505 individuals found that a sense of significance, rather than purpose or coherence, explained the association between right-wing authoritarianism and meaning in life. A third survey of 971 individuals and a fourth survey of 833 individuals found evidence that right-wing authoritarianism helped people maintain a sense of meaning even in the presence of psychological distress.“Our research suggests that right-wing authoritarianism contributes to meaning in life particularly because it enhances the sense that one’s life matters to important others and that one’s contributions matter to society,” Womick explained.“Note, we found the same results for religiosity, so this pattern seems to be common to worldviews generally, rather than right-wing authoritarianism specifically. Right-wing authoritarianism not only predicts meaning, but we also found that it helps the individual maintain a sense of meaning in the context of psychological and physical distress.”Like all research, the study includes some caveats. The researchers used cross-sectional surveys, allowing them to establish associations between certain factors but not determine causality.“The studies we report are correlational. So, it is very important that people keep in mind that we make no causal claims. We are not saying authoritarianism leads to higher meaning in life. Rather, we are seeking to understand the relationship between these variables,” Womick explained.“Because of the nature of our methodological and statistical approach, we are studying these constructs aggregated across large groups of people. Thus, while the constructs of authoritarianism and meaning are positively related, that does not mean that every individual with a strong authoritarian disposition is going to experience their life as meaningful.“Moreover, we argue that this existential function is one reason why right-wing authoritarianism is perceived as an appealing framework of values, but there are likely many other reasons (like preference for social conformity, perception of in-group threat, and belief that the world is dangerous) that people endorse these views.”“Certainly, we are not arguing people should endorse right-wing authoritarianism. Our results do not imply that living in an authoritarian system would enhance meaning on a societal level compared to living in an egalitarian system. We do not believe this is the case. Our results simply speak to individual differences in right-wing authoritarianism and show that people high on this construct tend to rate their lives as more meaningful, on average,” Womick said.Additional studies could help establish a causal relationship between right-wing authoritarianism and meaning in life.“Future research needs to address a number of issues,” Womick explained.” First, is the relationship between right-wing authoritarianism and meaning different in cultures outside of the United States? Second, although we feel it is conceptually more plausible that right-wing authoritarianism contributes to meaning, there is also some possibility that meaning leads to right-wing authoritarianism. Thus, longitudinal and experimental research designs are necessary to address these lingering questions. We are currently conducting research to test these possibilities.”“I would like to drive home the point that the results of our research do not imply that it is good to endorse right-wing authoritarianism, either on a personal level, or a societal level. There are many other ways that people come to experience their lives as meaningful, including social relationships, daily routine, and the experience of positive mood,” Womick added.“It may be possible to target these other constructs that facilitate meaning to reduce the negative social implications, like prejudice, that are typically associated with right-wing authoritarianism.”The study, “The Existential Function of Right-wing Authoritarianism“, was authored by Jake Womick, Sarah J. Ward, Samantha J. Heintzelman, Brendon Woody, and Laura A. King.last_img read more

Latex labeling change causes minor delay for some flu vaccine

first_imgAug 31, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Three vaccine makers are making label changes to their seasonal flu vaccine doses for the US market, warning healthcare providers that the tip caps on syringes may contain natural rubber latex, an allergen to sensitive individuals. This development will slightly reduce the number of doses and delay delivery of some doses by 2 or 3 weeks.The labeling change, required by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the partial withdrawal of the pediatric version of CSL Ltd’s seasonal flu vaccine earlier this month has reduced the projection for total doses this year to 160 million to 165 million, slightly down from an earlier 170 million dose estimate, according to the most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Federal officials have warned that the vaccine manufacturing process can be unpredictable, and the amount of doses delivered can vary from early estimates.At an Aug 5 meeting of the CDC’s vaccine advisors, a representative from Merck, which distributes CSL’s Afluria, said CSL’s decision not to distribute the multidose vials would reduce the US seasonal flu vaccine supply by 5 million.Despite the lower number of doses, the total represents a record number of seasonal flu vaccine doses, which comes as the CDC launches a universal flu vaccination recommendation. The seasonal flu vaccine, which includes the 2009 H1N1 virus strain, is now recommended for nearly everyone except for babies younger than 6 months.GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, and Novartis have all sent letters to customers or physicians notifying them about the latex labeling changes. News of the change and its effect on flu vaccines supplies and deliveries first surfaced on Aug 25 in a report from the online newsletter American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) News Now.Sanofi said in its letter that all injectable flu vaccine products that use syringe tip caps provided by Helvoet Pharma are subject to the labeling change. Sanofi said the FDA told manufacturers in July that it didn’t have enough documentation to support the company’s latex-free claims.Meanwhile, Glaxo said its letter that the labeling change would reduce the number of Fluarix doses that will be delivered to the US market, and Sanofi said the change would delay shipments of Fluzone by 2 or 3 weeks.Glaxo told customers that the changes weren’t sparked by any adverse reaction reports, but urged physicians to report any latex-related reactions to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) or to the company. Novartis urged physicians to ensure that emergency measures are in place for patients who have an anaphylactic reaction.Diane Peterson, an editor for the National Influenza Vaccine Summit’s Web site and associate director for immunization projects at the Immunization Action Coalition, based in St Paul, told CIDRAP News that she didn’t think the delay and scaled-back doses will have much of an impact on flu vaccination activities.”The bottom line is that instead of early delivery of vaccines for this season, it will be more like the normal timing of vaccine delivery,” she said.The chance of an extremely allergic person having a reaction from the latex residue on the needle is unlikely, but could happen, Peterson said.Only one manufacturer makes the cap tips for the flu vaccines, so all prefilled seasonal flu vaccines are affected by the warning. Some already had a notice in their prescribing information, but some had to relabel their products, she said.Peterson said Glaxo notified National Influenza Vaccine Summit members on Aug 12 that it expects to provide between 32 and 33 million doses of Fluarix and Flulaval combined, which represents fewer doses than originally planned. Sanofi said it is on track to deliver the 70 million doses that it originally projected.In an Aug 6 letter to healthcare providers, Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, emphasized the new universal flu vaccination recommendation and urged providers to start administering the vaccine as soon as it’s available. She said that offering the vaccine “at any opportunity for every patient is essential.”Even though not all medical practices will stock unlimited quantities of flu vaccine, she said it is still important that patients get the vaccine for themselves and their family members. “Studies show that your recommendation makes the difference in convincing patients to seek influenza vaccination,” Schuchat wrote.See also:Aug 25 AAFP News Now reportAug 16 Glaxo letter to providersJul 20 Novartis letter to providerslast_img read more

Rising cost of borrowing is not holding investors back

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