by Andrew Stein March 31, 2013 vtdigger.org Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington is planning to propose more than $120 million in capital improvements this year.The state’ s largest health care provider gave the Green Mountain Care Board a heads-up last week, since the power to issue a certificate of need for health care facilities was transferred to the board on Jan. 1. Previously, the Department of Financial Regulation issued such permits.Aerial view of the Fletcher Allen Health Care campus. Photo courtesy of FAHC.The biggest project coming down Fletcher Allen’ s line is a new $85 million inpatient building. The multi-storied building would begin three stories above the center’ s Emergency Department parking lot, creating a canopy over the area.David Keelty, Fletcher Allen’ s director of facilities planning and development, said that the company’ s stock of inpatient buildings is aging, with numerous structures dating back to the 1940s and 1960s. Right now, Keelty said, less than 60 percent of Fletcher Allen’ s inpatient beds are private rooms.‘ We’ d like to move towards 90 percent for obvious reasons with respect to better management of the beds, infection control, gender issues, patient privacy, and improve the way we integrate families into the care process,’ he said. ‘ We want to look at a number of options for replacing our oldest beds with single-room environments.’Fletcher Allen is also planning $15.4 million in renovations for a new mother-baby unit and new research center. The facility plans to move its mother-baby unit from a 50-year-old space to an area that has been occupied by the University of Vermont’ s General Clinical Research Center for decades. Fletcher Allen plans to revamp the space and add a 2,800-square-foot addition to create 25 patient rooms for 28 in-patient mothers.The research center would move to a former radiation oncology unit, which would be converted to a laboratory with necessary facilities for voluntary human studies.Fletcher Allen plans to replace its two data centers, which it currently leases, with a new center priced at about $8.5 million. Fletcher Allen also plans to invest $7.4 million in Central Vermont Medical Center’ s new $20 million information technology (IT) system, which would mesh with Fletcher Allen’ s. CVMC is a participating member of Fletcher Allen Partners, which is an organization that brings four of the region’ s largest hospitals under one umbrella.‘ This project would allow us to integrate Fletcher Allen Partners’ system and will greatly improve the coordination of care so that we’ re all working from the same platform or system, so that when our doctors leave Fletcher Allen and walk into Central Vermont Medical Center, they’ ll be walking into the same IT system,’ Keelty said.Fletcher Allen is planning to replace imaging equipment in two catheterization labs, which will total roughly $4.6 million, and the hospital has already filed an application with the Green Mountain Care Board for a certificate of need to buy a $2.36 million MRI unit to replace a nine-year-old machine.The MRI was approved for expedited review by the board, which is tasked with controlling Vermont’ s rising health care costs. The board’ s process for determining certificates of need on hospital expenditures is very similar to the Department of Financial Regulation’ s, except that it allows for broader conditions under which a hospital can seek an expedited review for the permit.Michael Donofrio, the board’ s general counsel, said that for regular upgrades, like aging equipment, the board wanted to streamline the process.‘ You wouldn’ t have any policy disputes over whether a certain piece of equipment needs to be replaced; it needs to be replaced,’ he said. ‘ In routine situations we wanted the discretion to run (applicants) through the expedited review process rather than the prolonged process.’Anya Rader Wallack, chair of the board, said this new process allows the board to concentrate its regulatory efforts on more important applications.‘ We tried to streamline and relieve some of the burden of the regulatory process for routine matters that don’ t need serious review so that we can focus on the ones that are more significant,’ she said.
Thanks to an all-volunteer statewide effort, the ninth annual ‘Wheels for Warmth’ tire recycle and resale event raised a record $35,000 for emergency fuel assistance programs this year. All of the funds from tire sales, disposal fees and contributions go directly to emergency fuel programs at Central Vermont Community Action Council, the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, and BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont.Since Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott established the program in 2005, ‘Wheels for Warmth’ has raised more than $213,500 for emergency fuel assistance, sold more than 11,000 safe, donated tires, and recycled almost 18,000 unsafe, unusable tires.This year ‘Wheels for Warmth’ sold 1,350 safe, donated tires, and recycled 2,400 unsafe, unusable tires, a significant jump from the 1,700 tires recycled in 2012.This jump is due in large part to additional tire drop-off locations at Bond Auto stores in Bradford, Rutland, St. Albans, and St. Johnsbury, as well as drop-off locations at Sen. Dick Mazza’s Store in Colchester and Village Grocery in Waitsfield. All of these drop-off locations were operating for two weeks before the tire sale at DuBois Construction in Montpelier on Saturday, Oct. 26.‘The footprint of Bond Auto stores allows us to collect tires from other areas within the state, so we can extend the program outside of the central Vermont region,’ said Mark Mast of Bond Auto. ‘This translates into even more tires being resold and recycled.’‘Thanks to the many volunteers at ‘Wheels for Warmth,’ we had a record year, which means that we will be able to keep so many more families warm this winter,’ said Hal Cohen, executive director of Central Vermont Community Action Council.Governor Shumlin joined in by dropping off his old tires.Tires were also donated on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25, at Casella Waste Management in Williston, and DuBois Construction in Montpelier.‘It is great to help communities recycle tires with 100 percent of the funds raised going to help Vermonters heat their homes,’ said Michael Casella of Casella Waste Management. ‘I am from Rutland and expanding the program to Rutland and other areas increased our tire recycling efforts by 45 percent. We are proud to help do our part in the communities we serve.’Tires meeting inspection standards were sold for a maximum of $25 each on Oct. 26. Vermonters began arriving at DuBois Construction as early as 11:30 p.m. the night before to be first in line for available tires when the sale began at 7 am.‘It was a cold day, I was lucky to be under the tent grilling food,’ said Sen. Dick Mazza (D-Grand Isle). ‘Phil and I may be from different political parties but I’m so impressed with what he’s accomplished over the last decade. I’m proud to be a member of his ‘Wheels for Warmth’ team.”Tires that didn’t meet state inspection standards were recycled through Casella Waste Management. Casella donates 100 percent of the $4 recycling fee to the home heating program.Bond Auto donated $2,500 to be used toward media and advertising expenses, ensuring that all sale and recycling proceeds will go to the fuel assistance fund. The company collected $2,660 in recycling fees at their four drop-off locations, a big boost for the fund. As a result of this state-wide effort, a portion of the total funds raised will go to community action councils in those regions.Thanks to the generosity of business sponsors: Bond Auto, Casella Waste Management, Radio Vermont Group, Troy Kingsbury and the Village Grocery in Waitsfield, Dick Mazza’s Store in Colchester, Accura Printing, Always on Time Signs and Design, Capitol Grounds, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Associated General Contractors, DuBois Construction, Inc., WDEV, and individual volunteers, all costs associated with promoting and implementing Wheels for Warmth are covered without using program funds.www.wheelsforwarmth.com(link is external).
Construction on Shawnee Mission Parkway from Johnson to State Line begins MondayThe Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a mill and overlay project on Shawnee Mission Parkway from Johnson Drive to the state line Monday, June 8, in Fairway.Nightly traffic will be intermittently reduced to one lane traffic, both east and westbound. Work will occur from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly, with some lane daily lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.Signage, lane closures, arrow boards and traffic cones will be used to control traffic. KDOT anticipates the project to be completed by the end of June. All Johnson County Library locations opening June 15Johnson County Library announced last week it will reopen all 14 of its branches to the public Monday, June 15 with limited services.Hours of operation will be announced by the end of this week as administrators determine staffing resources. Library locations will likely open with reduced hours to allow library staff to sanitize public areas and safely process materials.Starting Monday, June 8, patrons may return materials to any library location. Returns are accepted 24/7 in exterior book drops and where they will be quarantined for 72 hours through June 15.Items checked out prior to the March 15 closure are due June 30, and fines will begin to accrue on these items starting July 1. More details are on the library’s website.Intersection of 51st Street and Lamar Avenue in Mission to close Monday for at least one weekAs part of the Lamar Avenue rehabilitation and resurfacing project, the intersection of 51st Street and Lamar will be closed for seven to 10 days beginning Monday, June 8.The intersection will be closed due to the amount of utilities in the area such as water, fiber, gas, cable and the traffic signal pole, according to Mission. The closure will allow crews to complete the following:Removal of large blockage in corrugated metal pipe beneath the intersection.Replacement of undersized inlet on southwest corner of the intersection.Replacement of rusted corrugated metal pipe with a failed rating by Johnson County stormwater standards.Detour signage will be posted, and traffic will be routed to Foxridge Drive since there is road construction on Roe Boulevard in concert with Roe 2020. Access to the local businesses and residences in the area will be maintained.Additional information about this project can be found here.
Israel’s shipping company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has launched a new service linking Asia and the Pacific Northwest and presented a revised coverage on the Transpacific route, scheduled to start in April 2017.The ZIM North Pacific (ZNP) service will connect major ports in South East Asia and China to the Vancouver gateway, according to the company. Additionally, the new service will offer expanded coverage of Asian ports in terms of both export and import.Port rotation of the ZNP service will be as follows: Port Kelang (Malaysia), Cai Mep (Vietnam), Da Chan Bay, Yantian, Xiamen, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai (China), Busan (South Korea), Vancouver (Canada), Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Da Chan Bay, Port Kelang.The company said that the ZNP service joins ZIM’s Transpacific network, which also includes ZIM Container Service Pacific (ZCP) and ZIM Seven Star Service (Z7S).The ZCP links Shanghai and Busan to US South Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean clusters.The upgraded port rotation of the ZCP service will be as follows: Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai (China), Busan (South Korea), Rodman, Panama Canal (Panama), Kingston, Savannah, Norfolk, New York (USA), Halifax (Canada), Kingston, Qingdao.In addition, ZIM said that its Z7S service will resume full-scale activity, connecting South China, South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent to the US East Coast main ports, including Maher terminal in New Year.The Z7S service will link the following ports: Da Chan Bay, Yantian (China), Cai Mep (Vietnam), Port Kelang (Malaysia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), New York, Norfolk, Savannah (USA), Port Kelang, Da Chan Bay.ZIM did not indicate that the latest changes are linked to any vessel sharing agreements (VSAs).
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Blacklaws: long journey remains to gender equality. Society president Christina Blacklaws said the profession had made ‘great strides’ in the century since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which allowed women to train as solicitors, became law, ‘but there is still a long journey to gender equality, particularly senior levels in certain regions of England and Wales’.Today’s report contains 15 recommendations for firms to adopt based on the roundtable discussions.Male leaders are encouraged to ‘take their own concrete, inpactful and measurable action’ to address gender inequality, including refusing to participate in all-male panels, conferences and boards.Organisations should have coaching, mentoring and sponsorship initiatives to empower women to achieve leadership roles. An ‘open and honest’ culture should be embedded, ‘where it is normal to challenge negative gender stereotypes’.Blacklaws said: ‘To create a more diverse senior leadership, diversity and gender equality must be placed at the heart of business decisions. The profession needs to come together to combat unconscious bias, encourage flexible working and meet both men and women’s working needs.’The Society plans to follow up today’s report with further insights from roundtables with men. Blacklaws said she wanted to share the data so far to ‘provoke further discussion, consideration and, I hope, positive change’.In June the Society will hold an international symposium entitled ‘the power of gender equality to transform the business of law’ in London. Unconscious bias is the greatest barrier to career progression for women solicitors, according to Law Society research released today to mark International Women’s Day. Where they live is also revealed to be a factor.Chancery Lane surveyed 7,781 people on key issues affecting women working in the law. Just over half (52%) said unconscious bias was the biggest obstacle. However, only 11% said their organisation consistently carried out unconscious bias training.The finding is contained in the Society’s Women in Leadership in Law report, Influencing for impact: the need for gender equality in the legal profession. The report also contains feedback from the 40 roundtables it hosted, where attendees were asked to focus on the key perceived issues identified in the survey and provide examples of best practice to help women overcome career progression barriers.Last year women comprised 62% of new solicitors, but only 30% of partners in private practice.According to the Society’s research, firms in the East Midlands, Wales, east and south-east have a higher than average proportion of women partners. London has the lowest proportion.
Azerbaijan: ŽOS Zvolen has completed work on the first two of five ČKD-built CME3 Co-Co diesel-electric locos which are being refurbished for ADY with the complete renewal of all equipment except bodyshells to extend their service life by 15 years. Canada: Montréal metro operator STM has ordered a further 17 nine-car trainsets from a consortium of Bombardier Transportation (€188m) and Alstom (€112m). Europe: Leasing company Akiem has placed two firm orders for Bombardier to supply a total of 33 Traxx MS2, AC3 and DC3 locomotives in 2019-21. EP Cargo has ordered a further three Siemens Vectron MS locomotives equipped for use in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, with an option for seven more. They are to be delivered in spring 2019 and initially used in Poland. France: On behalf of the Hauts-de-France region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier a €256m firm order to supply 19 Omneo Premium double-deck inter-city EMUs for use on the Paris – Amiens and Paris – Saint Quentin – Maubeuge/Cambrai routes from 2022. Germany: On October 19 Hamburger Hochbahn gave notice that it intends to directly award the Alstom-led DT5 Hamburg consortium a contract to supply a further 13 DT5 metro trainsets compatible with the existing DT5 fleet, in a contract which would also have two options each for the supply of a further 16 sets. Indonesia: CAF subsidiaries are to supply traction and control systems and wheelsets and gears for 31 LRVs that PT Inka is to supply to Jakarta. International: RM Rail has won orders to supply Russia’s Gazprombank Leasing and VEB-Leasing and Kazakhstan’s largest cement manufacturer with more than 1 000 Type 19-1217 cement hopper wagons by September 2019. The teardrop-shaped body offers a capacity of 73 tonnes and volume of 60 m3, taking into account the density of bulk cement. Kazakhstan: Hyundai Rotem has signed an 80·8bn won contract to supply 32 metro cars to Almaty in time for the opening of an extension in 2020. Representatives of Kamkor Locomotive, GE Transportation and Škoda Transportation met last month to discuss co-operation to maintain KTZ TEP33A passenger locomotive wheelsets at the Shar depot. Moldova: CFM has named GE Transportation as the winner of an EBRD-financed €45m contract to supply 12 mixed traffic locomotives from early 2020 and modernise Chișinău depot. Poland: PKP Cargo signed a 45·3m złoty contract for the purchase of three Dragon 2 E6ACTa six-axle electric locomotives from Newag on October 25. They have already been produced and are awaiting regulatory approval for operation, which is expected by the end of this year. Russia: RZD has awarded TMH’s Demikhovsky Engineering Plant a contract to supply one six-car and two four-car EP3D AC EMUs to its Far Eastern Railway by the end of the year. Fertiliser producer MCC EuroChem has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 700 Type 19-9835-01 hopper cars by mid-2019. The wagons have a 25 tonne axleload and a lightweight design to offer a capacity of 101 m3 and 76·7 tonnes, 6 tonnes more than older designs. The body is designed with a low centre of gravity to lower the risk of overturning, while a two-part internal coating based on a vinyl copolymer will provide protection against explosion. Under a 3·7bn rouble contract TMH’s Tver plant is supplying 83 Type 61-4505 and 24 Type 61-4504 postal vans to Russian Post, which will lease them from VTB Leasing before taking ownership after seven years. Some of the vehicles will be suitable for 1 435 mm gauge bogies and equipped with a device for lowering the height of the couplers to permit their operation in China. Yekaterinburg municipality has selected Fobos-TS as preferred bidder for a 77m rouble contract to supply four partly low-floor single-section trams. Fobos-TS acts as a trading company for Uraltransmash, and it is expected that the trams supplied will be UTM’s 36% low-floor Type 71-412. Senegal: Indonesian company PT Inka has won a contract to supply locomotives to Senegal. Switzerland: On November 8 SBB ordered seven Stadler Flirt EMUs for the Bern – Neuchâtel – La Chaux des Fonds route where it is to replace BLS as the operator, with an option for seven more. Investment group Reichmuth Infrastruktur Schweiz’s leasing business LokRoll 2 has awarded Alstom a €40m contract to supply 12 Prima H3 diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives, which it will lease to SBB Cargo for 10 years from October 2020. Alstom will be responsible for maintenance, to be undertaken in partnership with SBB Cargo. Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has awarded SBB’s Bellinzona works a SFr35·4m contract to modernise nine HGe4/4II electric locomotives and three BDt driving trailers by the end of 2022. The work will include installing more energy efficient IGBT converters and asynchronous motors and replacing electronic equipment. The cabs will be modernised and fitted with new displays and diagnostic systems, and new train protection and a fire alarm systems. Turkey: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has signed a US$500m contract with CRRC Zhuzhou for the supply of four-car light metro vehicles. UK: Arriva and Eversholt Rail have ordered a further three Class 195 DMUs from CAF to increase capacity on the Northern network, taking the total order to 58 DMUs and 43 Class 331 EMUs. On November 20 Transport for London confirmed it had signed the £1·5bn contract for Siemens Mobility to supply 94 trainsets for the Piaccadilly Line and support then for 40 years (RG 7.18 p13). USA: On November 12 GATX announced an agreement to acquire a fleet of up to 3 100 wagons from ECN Capital Corp for $229m.
INTERNATIONAL: ‘The most important stop of the day!’ is the slogan for this year’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 6, which is targeting professional drivers of lorries, buses, coaches, farm, industry and emergency vehicles with the message that a brief stop is always preferable to a serious accident with potential loss of life. This year 40 countries are participating in ILCAD, which is being marked with a conference at Amersfoort organised jointly by the International Union of Railways and Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail.Level crossings would not exist in an ideal world, UIC said. However, there are half a million worldwide and it is vital that users respect the rules and pay attention to barriers, signs and signals.UIC data shows there were 439 collisions at level crossings in Europe in 2017, of which 75% involved road vehicles. Crossing incidents accounted for 25% of all significant railway accidents. The 282 fatalities and 240 severe injuries represented 29% of all fatalities and 32% of severe injuries on Europe’s railways. Lorries were involved in 23% of all collisions at level crossings in the USA during 2018, accounting for 7·7% of fatalities and 19·8% of injuriesUIC said 98% of collisions with vehicles at level crossings in the EU were caused by a failure to comply with the rules of the road, either deliberately or accidentally. Driving errors may be caused by routine, stress, fatigue, inattention, consumption of psychoactive substances or speeding, as well as inappropriate use of electronic devices. Drivers of long, oversized and heavy vehicles may also cause collisions through a lack of training or information on potential risks. Studies are currently underway to develop technology to help road users cross railways safely, including the geolocation of level crossings on GPS and communications between road and rail vehicles.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 07: Try time Andre Esterhuizen of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Jaguares at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images) DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 07: Andre Esterhuizen of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Jaguares at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)South Africa’s Cell C Sharks made it five wins from six games in this year’s Super Rugby edition after defeating last year’s finalists the Jaguares of Argentina 33-19 at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Saturday.The Sharks outscored their opponents by four tries to two with flyhalf Curwin Bosch kicking 13 points.Tries from Hyron Andrews and Sikumbuzo Notshe and a conversion from Bosch saw the Sharks take an early 12-0 lead. The Jaguares responded with a try of their own through Santaigo Carreras in the 18th minute to make it 12-5.A penalty from Bosch and a converted try from Andre Esterhuizen shortly thereafter made it 22-5. However, the Jaguares hit back with a try from Joaquín Tuculet which was converted by Joaquín Díaz Bonilla as the first half ended 22-12.Two penalties from Bosch early in the second half and a try from Kerron van Vuuren stretched the Sharks’ lead to 33-12.The visitors would have the last say in the game after Sebastián Cancelliere crossed the whitewash and Domingo Miotti added the extras.The Sharks top the South African Conference with 20 points, three clear of the DHL Stormers who had a bye this weekend. The Sharks also top the overall standings and are two points clear of the Chiefs of New Zealand.Meanwhile, the Vodacom Bulls secured their first win of the season after defeating the Highlanders of New Zealand 38-13 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.Rosko Specman scored a hat-trick of tries as the South Africans overturned a 5-10 deficit at halftime and outscored the visitors 33-3 in the second half for a thumping win.Jaco Visagie, Warrick Gelant and Cornal Hendricks also dotted down for the home side while Manie Libbok (3) and Morne Steyn (1) kicked their conversions. Josh Ioane’s haul of 13 points for the visitors included one converted try and two penalties.Following the result, the Bulls moved above the Emirates Lions into fourth place in the South Africa Conference and are up to 11th in the overall standings.Related Zamalek defeats Espérance 3-1 to win CAF Super Cup Stormers stay perfect with late win against Lions in Super Rugby Super Rugby: Stormers beat Jaguares for fourth straight win
NewsRegional Martinique: accused terrorist recaptured by: – August 24, 2016 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 258 Views no discussions By Caroline Popovic for the TimesThe accused terrorist who escaped house arrest in Martinique is now in prison.After twenty-six days hiding out in the rain forest, Rachid Rafaa was arrested by the police on Sunday, August 21.He was found near the bungalow where he had been held under house arrest for the last two years.Rafaa had never left Martinique since his disappearance ion July 27.According to police sources, they received a tip off that Rafaa returned regularly to get food from the small bungalow situated in the northern town of Morne Rouge, where he had been placed under house arrest.No explanation was given for the escape of the accused terrorist.However, this is the first crime that he has committed on French soil.He appeared in court on Monday, August 22 and has been remanded in custody in Martinique’s jail.An inquiry is underway to find out why Rafaa escaped and what he was doing for the past twenty-six days.The inquiry is expected to determine whether he had any accomplices and why he returned to Morne Rouge.For escaping house arrest, Rafaa could spend up to three years in jail.A trial date has not been set.Rachid Rafaa is accused by Moroccan authorities of being a member of the terrorist group – al Qaida.He escaped to France where he was picked up by the police who then prepared to extradite him.He appealed to the European Human Rights Tribunal, saying he would be tortured if he were returned to Morocco.The Judge believed him and his extradition was overturned.For the last three years, Rachid Rafaa has been under house arrest, first in the north of France and since 2014, in Martinique. Share