Vermont Research News: Who wears a mask and who doesn’t, voter fraud in 1844

first_imgHopeful Approach to Climate ChangeTown officials hosted an interdisciplinary climate change planning workshop in Londonderry, Vermont to explore emotionally-conscious climate change planning methods. This small town has struggled to recover from Tropical Storm Irene and continued unprecedented flooding and rainfall. The climate change planning workshop utilized an open-ended, hopeful dialogue rather than a crisis approach.(link is external) The shift in dialogue can generate positive feelings, and responsibility, care and solidarity. Public health framing of gun violenceFollowing a potential school shooting incident in  2018, Governor Phil Scott supported a series of gun control laws. A new study looks at how the issue(link is external) was framed in public health terms, drawing from data and strategies used in public health campaigns in early childhood development, mental health and substance abuse. Sex Education in Vermont Public SchoolsAlthough sex education is mandated in Vermont schools — including information about contraceptives and effective condom use —  the topic is challenging to some educators.  A 2019 study examined the characteristics of public high school teachers and how those characteristics influenced their sex ed teaching approaches.(link is external)  The Association of E-cigarette Use and Suicidal IdeationA study conducted by UVM graduate students explored the association between e-cigarette usage and suicidal ideation among more than 15,000 Vermont high school respondents. E-cigarette use was found to be related to suicidal ideation, yet more research is needed to understand the relationship.(link is external)  Barriers to Early Lung Cancer Detection in VermontLung cancer persists as the leading cause of cancer death among men and women  with mortality rates in rural populations much higher than urban counterparts. Estimates show that rural areas have nearly twice the lung cancer incidence of the largest metropolitan areas.(link is external)  Screening programs in counties of Vermont with lower levels of education provide local citizens with access, the study finds. Best Methods to Encourage Mask-Wearing During the PandemicA recent study examined people’s motivations for and against wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in Franklin County, Vermont.(link is external) People for mask-wearing had motivations like keeping their family members and immuno-compromised friends safe. People who sometimes or never wore masks generally did so for reasons like glasses fogging up, difficulty being heard and COVID skepticism. The August 1 mask mandate increased mask-wearing from 84.6% of survey respondents prior to 97.3% after. Vermont Flood ProtectionThe National Flood Insurance Program provides subsidized flood insurance to communities across the U.S. However, local governments must enforce certain standards such as zoning requirements and building codes to qualify. Rural governments often struggle to have the authority and budget to meet these demands. A recent study of Vermont, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, looked at how these states have responded.(link is external) In Vermont, individual municipalities have the authority to regulate development to meet the requirements of the NFIP. Voter fraud!In the election of 1844 that is (!) See —  “As In Your Conscience:” Voting in Vermont(link is external) — a new virtual exhibit sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society illustrating how much has changed, with examples of early paper ballots and instructions to voters. It also showcases how much has not changed. center_img Fish Foraging in Vermont WintersA recent study observed the feeding habits of various species of fish in Lake Champlain during winter. They found that sunfish (left image), which are more adapted to warmer environments, foraged significantly less than yellow perch (right image), which are adapted to cooler environments. Population balances are expected to change as climate change causes warmer winters going forward. Have an opinion on any of this? Post it here!(link is external) Erosion from Dirt Roads Affecting Water QualityPast research has indicated that erosion from unpaved roads in Vermont has impacted water quality through the discharge of stormwater, sediment, and other pollutants into nearby waters. A recent study has shown that gullies from concentrated road discharge points, which lead to receiving waters, are increasing in volume.(link is external) Data gathering will continue through June 2021. Heavy Rainfall Impacting Invertebrate PopulationsOver the past few years, Vermont has seen increasingly frequent and heavy rainfall, which has led to occasional minor flooding. High stream flow causes many types of macroinvertebrates to be crushed by water levels. A recent study looked at macroinvertebrate response to rainfall and floods.(link is external) Results indicate these invertebrates are capable of repopulating after single significant storms, such as tropical storm Irene back in 2011. Cases involving sustained frequent rainfall, however, are harder to recover from. Vermont Dept of Health(link is external)Weekly Data Summaries(link is external)COVID Testing(link is external) Celebrating the First Female Governor of VermontWith women poised to lead the offices of Lt. Governor and both branches of the legislature,  a new exhibit(link is external) looks at Vermont’s first women governor, Madeleine Kunin. Elected in 1984, Gov. Kunin focused on education, healthcare, and the environment, starting programs like Dr. Dynasaur — which provided low-income children with access to healthcare — and championing  more women to seek public office.last_img read more

Air Products inks long-term contract in Malaysia

first_imgUnder the agreement, Air Products will install a PRISM® cryogenic nitrogen generator which will supply a significant volume of high purity, reliable and economical on-site gaseous nitrogen to the new facility.The gases will be used will be used in the customer’s chip assembly processes and cold testing of the memory products, helping improve product quality, productivity, and environmental performance.Alex Tan, President of Air Products Southeast Asia, said, “We are honoured by the continued trust of our customer in our capability to support their growth plans with this significant investment in Malaysia.”“Malaysia is one of the largest exporters of electrical and electronics (E&E) products. The E&E industry is not only a key growth driver of the county’s industrial development, it also enables the country to move into Industry 4.0 by leveraging the latest smart technologies such as Internet of Things and artificial intelligence with the intermediary products and components produced.”last_img read more

Banned conveyancer worked for three firms after changing name

first_imgA conveyancer who changed her name after being banned from working in the legal profession has been jailed for five years for stealing more than half a million pounds from three employers.Oonagh Grant, 57, of Altyre Close, Beckenham, Kent, pleaded guilty in February at Croydon Crown Court to three counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of dishonestly failing to disclose information for personal gain or to expose others to loss. She was sentenced last week.Details of her crimes were highlighted by the Metropolitan Police on its website. Oonagh GrantSource: Metropolitan PoliceGrant was convicted in 2011 of stealing from a law firm she worked for by transferring funds into bank accounts which she controlled. She was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. The Solicitors Regulation Authority banned her from working in the legal profession.In 2013 Grant changed her name by deed poll to Frances Bernadette Grant. Under her new name, she did conveyancing work for a law firm in Lewisham, south London, as a self-employed contractor. She began redirecting funds, was caught and dismissed by the firm. An audit showed she stole around £28,000. The offences were reported to the police.By this time, Grant had joined a law firm in Bromley, Kent, where she stole £223,950. She resigned when her employer was contacted by her previous firm.Grant was arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Falcon in December 2015. During the interview she denied all offences. She was released on bail on condition she did not work for a law firm.However, Grant subsequently worked for a firm in Reading. When the firm was alerted to the SRA order, she was dismissed. An audit showed Grant had diverted funds into her personal bank account.Grant was arrested in October 2016 for breaching bail conditions. Police say she was later released on bail by the court to have ‘planned surgery’. Grant failed to attend a Crown court hearing on 23 November 2016 and another appearance due to being ‘medically unfit’.However, the Met says letters supplied to the court purporting to be from Grant’s GP were fraudulent. She was arrested on 15 January this year on suspicion of fraud.Operation Falcon’s detective sergeant Daren Walby said Grant was a ‘serial fraudster who believed that she was above the law’ and who ‘even went so far as to send fake GP letters to the courts to delay her trial’.The Metropolitan police says Grant stole £536,250 from three companies between 1 January 2014 and 3 August 2016. Only one firm has been able to recover some of the stolen funds.Anyone who may have employed Grant is asked to contact Operation Falcon by dialling 101.last_img read more

Three students inducted into Hall of Fame

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Three students inducted into Hall of Fame by: – April 26, 2013 166 Views   2 comments Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Maycee Lawrence and her mother Samantha Lawrence standing in the Hall of FameThe St. Luke’s Primary School has added three more inductees into its Hall of Fame at a special ceremony on Friday April 26 at the school’s compound in Pointe Michel.The Hall of Fame was designed to highlight the achievements of students and other citizens towards Dominica’s development.The inductees are;• Daneal Dupigny for sports (cricket)• Maycee Lawrence for diving and• Jarett Jean Jacques for music.According to the citation read by Thomas Kentish who is also a St Luke’s Hall of Fame inductee, Daneal Dupigny, a former student of St Luke’s Primary, has made significant progress in the game of cricket.Daneal Dupigny and his father Felix Dailey“He represented the Dominica under 15 team before he represented the under 13 so that’s a good accomplishment from him. He just came from St Vincent where he was part of the Dominica under 15 team which won the Windward Islands under 15 competition,” Mr Kentish said.Mr Dupigny who currently attends the St Mary’s Academy, also participated in the Ministry of Sports Primary School program and is one of four Dominicans who will be going to Jamaica in July of this year to represent the Windward Islands at the under 15 competition.Maycee Lawrence, a current student of the St Luke’s Primary School and daughter of William and Samantha Lawrence, the owners of Al Dive and Water Sports has a deep love for diving.Jarett Jean Jacques plays eight instruments but his favorite is the trumpet.She began swimming at the age of two and her love for the sea and all it entails quickly developed according to the citation read by her teacher.“Maycee can be seen on her own little boat on a regular basis…she was introduced to diving at Dive Fest which takes place every year, she followed Discover Scuba which introduced her to diving”. She became certified at age 10 from the National Association of under Water Instructors in January 2012. Meanwhile, current student Jarett Jean Jacques, the son of Norman Jean Jacque, was introduced to music at a very early age.He plays eight instruments namely; the piano, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, euphonium, flute and clarinet but his favorite is the trumpet.“He has sat examinations at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London and has attained grades four level certification in piano, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and French horn,” his teacher said in the citation.Other Hall of Fame inductees include Mr Lemuel Christian, Dr Alwin Bully, Ossie Lewis, Pat Aaron, Aileen Burton, Dr Lennox Honeychurch, Sonia Lloyd, E. O LeBlanc, Ophelia Marie, Reginald Shillingford, Marie Davis Pierre, David Toussaint, Clara Walsh, Felix Henderson and Joan Frampton, among others.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more