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American Flatbread hires new President

first_imgAmerican Flatbread Company, Waitsfield, VT, is pleased to announce the hiring of Victor Morrison for the position of President. After a 4-month search, involving nearly 50 applicants, Morrisons 20 years of Vermont management experience in both business and non-profit organizations earned him the role.”Victor’s diversified management background, MBA, strong financial experience and emphasis on relationship building and empowerment are a great combination. In the handful of meetings we have had thus far, our communication and teamwork have been very rewarding,” said George Schenk, founder and now “former” president of American Flatbread Company. With the installation of Victor Morrison as President, Schenk will remain vitally involved as the CEO of American Flatbread Company. The company has four primary facets: wholesale production of frozen flatbreads, company owned restaurants, restaurant franchising, and the Inn at Lareau Farm.Vice President, and 14-year employee, Camilla Behn noted, “Victor really rounds out our management skill sets and gives us the strength of big business experience that a lot of Flatbread employees do not have. Many of us have worked with George building American Flatbread for most of our careers.” Morrison, a Hinesburg resident and avid skier, will begin at American Flatbread at the end of January 2007.last_img read more

Honduran Armed Forces Destroy Coca Field

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo August 31, 2020 In early July, following months of investigation, the Honduran Armed Forces, with the support of the Office of the Attorney General against Organized Crime and the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC, in Spanish), carried out an operation in the tropical rainforest near Limón municipality, Colón department, where they destroyed a 6-hectare coca field.After being transported by helicopters, service members began their advance, crossing the thick jungle to reach the coca field and a wooden structure that served as a narco-lab. Several precursor chemicals to prepare cocaine hydrochloride were also found, Honduran Army Colonel Norman Ayax Medrano, commander of the Xatruch Task Force that led the operation, told Diálogo.“We are talking about 30,000 coca plants that were cut and incinerated in Colón department,” Army First Lieutenant José Antonio Coello, Honduran Armed Forces’ Communications officer, told Diálogo. “This is the area where the most [crops] were reported.”From January 1 to July 22, 2020, 1st Lt. Coello said, authorities destroyed 34,000 coca plants in Colón. In May 2019, ATIC agents destroyed a coca crop and a narco-lab in Limón, where the drug produced was of optimal quality.Referring to the 2019 operation, Ricardo Castro, head of ATIC, told the Honduran newspaper La Prensa that “according to sample analysis from the field found, the alkaloid is better or equal to that produced in Colombia.”“Criminal structures always look for remote places like jungle areas and near the Atlantic Ocean, to do topographic and weather tests, as well as places with infrastructure to prepare, store, and distribute this drug,” said 1st Lt. Coello.“Areas favored by these criminal structures are the Colón and Gracias a Dios departments,” the officer continued, adding that authorities have destroyed 20 clandestine airstrips and four narco-labs so far in 2020 in Gracias a Dios.First Lt. Coello highlighted U.S. and Colombian support in the fight against narcotrafficking, an effort that “aims at intercepting suspicious vessels, aircraft that carry drugs, and land operations to destroy narco-labs.”In 2017, Honduran authorities found the first coca fields in the national territory, 1st Lt. Coello said.According to InSight Crime, an organization specializing in security threats in Latin American, the 8-hectare plantation found in Olancho department in May 2017 was an experiment by narcotraffickers. InSight Crime indicated that Colombians were known to operate in the area and that the coca fields found in the country had further complicated Honduras’ position in the narcotrafficking chain.last_img read more

Employees unprepared for retirement can hurt your credit union

first_imgAlmost half of American workers say that financial challenges cause them the most stress in their lives. Part of this stress comes from concerns about saving for retirement.Are your employees able to successfully save for a financially secure retirement? Are they prepared to retire on time? If you don’t know the answers to these questions—or worse, you know the answers are “no”—you could be costing your credit union. Not only can delaying retirement be a stressful situation for your workers, it may also negatively impact your bottom line.Problems in Retirement PreparationConcerning trends are emerging in employee retirement readiness. For example, less than half of workers are confident that they will reach their retirement goals. Even more alarming, 20 percent of those people said they don’t think they’ll ever reach their retirement goals.Surprised? Your workers’ current financial situation may be the culprit. Some employees are so challenged by their current financial situation that they aren’t able to focus on saving for retirement. In fact, 42 percent of employees find it difficult to meet their household expenses every month. For these workers, saving for retirement might not even be an option. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Latest COVID-19 numbers in Chenango and Delaware counties (May 24)

first_imgDelaware County: (WBNG) — The following is updated coronavirus information from Chenango and Delaware counties. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. 118 total confirmed cases46 individuals in mandatory quarantineThree individuals in precautionary quarantine 87 recoveriesOne active hospitalizationFive total deathscenter_img 72 total confirmed cases13 active cases23 individuals in mandatory quarantineThree individuals in precautionary quarantine55 recoveriesFour active hospitalizationsFour deaths Chenango County:last_img read more

FDA panel supports H5N1 vaccine approval

first_imgFeb 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel today recommended that the agency approve the nation’s first H5N1 influenza vaccine, despite new evidence that the vaccine is less protective than reported in a clinical trial last year.The panel of health advisors, convened to weigh the risks and benefits of the “prepandemic” vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur, voted today to call the vaccine safe and effective, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The FDA is not bound by the advisory panel recommendations but usually follows them.The vaccine is based on an H5N1 virus isolated from a Vietnamese patient in 2004. Two companies, Sanofi and Chiron Corp., have been producing clade 1 H5N1 vaccines for the national stockpile under US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contracts worth more than $200 million.At least 3 million courses of the vaccine are already in the national stockpile. The government’s most recent pandemic planning update, released in November 2006, said up to 5 million more courses could be added in 2007 if vaccine seed stock supply and production yield are adequate. The stockpile goal is 20 million courses.Sanofi, in a report submitted to the FDA panel, revealed that two 90-microgram (mcg) doses, administered 28 days apart, generated a protective immune response in 45% of patients. That level is less than the 54% rate reported almost a year ago in the New England Journal of Medicine. The higher rate was based on interim findings, the AP reported yesterday. The researchers used a neutralizing antibody titer of 1:40, a fourfold or more increase in antibody titer, to define adequate immune response.The clinical trial, led by John J. Treanor, MD, was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and conducted at NIAID centers at the University of Rochester in New York, the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, and Harbor–University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center in Los Angeles.During discussion yesterday, panel member Monica Farley, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said she was struggling to balance the urgency for an H5N1 vaccine with “how low to set the bar on immunogenicity,” according to a Canadian Press report.The two-dose course used in the study is 12 times the standard (15-mcg) dose used in the seasonal flu vaccine and lags behind its 75% to 90% protection rate. However, the vaccine is still better than nothing in the event of a pandemic, Norman Baylor, director of the FDA’s vaccine office, told the panel, according the AP report yesterday.In its final analysis presented to the FDA panel, Sanofi echoed interim findings that there were almost no serious side effects, even at the highest dosages. The company said no clinically significant adverse reactions were identified after a two-dose, 7-month controlled follow-up study in adults aged 18 to 64.”The benefit of having a licensed vaccine against a potential pandemic influenza virus strain must be weighed against the risk of having no vaccine at the time of an inevitable pandemic,” Baylor said, as quoted by the AP today.Last November, the World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned governments against rushing to stockpile prepandemic flu vaccines, because too many scientific questions about them remained. The WHO said vaccines that seemed to work well against one H5N1 clade didn’t work well against others. Also, the agency said no one knew what level of measured immune response indicated an adequate level of protection.However, on Feb 16 the WHO issued a statement saying that a number of new vaccines against various strains of H5N1 look promising.When HHS issued its most recent pandemic preparedness update, it acknowledged that a prepandemic vaccine would provide only partial protection against new viral strains. “It is, for now, the best vaccine defense we have, and so we are stockpiling it,” the HHS said in the update.The HHS has said that it is moving forward with the development of a clade 2 H5N1 vaccine based on viruses that circulated in birds in China and Indonesia in 2003-04 and spread to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa in 2005 and 2006. Also, the HHS has supported the development of cell-based vaccine production methods that would streamline and modernize vaccine production and is exploring new adjuvants that would stretch the vaccine supply.See also:Sanofi’s FDA panel briefingMar 30, 2006 CIDRAP News article “H5N1 vaccine trial shows limited benefit” JJ, Campbell JD, Zangwill KM. Safety and immunogenicity of an inactivated subvirion influenza A (H5N1) vaccine. N Engl J Med 2006 Mar 30;354(13):1343-51 [Full text]November 2006 HHS pandemic planning update read more

Limited partnerships top investors’ lists

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Buyer snaps up a bargain on Ephraim Island

first_img27501/2 Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Although she is selling at a loss from what she paid she can move forward and enjoy a new lifestyle closer to family.“Her loss will be your opportunity.”The vendor paid $1.495 million for the property in 2006.It features an enclosed patio, electric blinds, new carpet and a built-in desk.“This home is beautifully maintained and presented and has many extra features that many others do not provide.” 27501/2 Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point.A BUYER scored a bargain on Ephraim Island, snapping up an apartment for $285,000 less than the vendor paid for it.The three-bedroom 229sq m residence recently changed hands for $1.21 million.“The owner has added so much extra value to this property and has been living here since 2006,” the listing states. 27501/2 Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point.Susan Crook of @realty handled the sale.Ephraim Island is accessed via a 400m bridge from Paradise Point.It offers residents a luxury lifestyle with a marina and on-site communal facilities including a gym, several pools, sauna, spa and restaurant.last_img read more

Low interest rates and affordable prices entice Cairns home buyers

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralia’s most expensive houses02:02FAR Northern buyers have no excuse for not jumping headfirst into the property market this month with economic conditions perfect for adding a first home, or an investment property, to a lean portfolio.Belle Property Cairns residential sales consultant Vanessa Robinson said the city was a buyer’s market and low interest rates and affordable prices should be enticing renters to buy.“Should the pendulum swing it may do so quickly, so I honestly think it’s the perfect time to buy, most especially if you are a first homebuyer,” she said. 34 Old Smithfield Rd, Freshwater is on 1240 sqm and has a current development approval in place for four townhouses. Price in the mid $400,000s.“Avoiding the significant cost of mortgage insurance with the Federal Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is great I would sign up tomorrow if I was a first homebuyer.“I would like to see the government make a commitment to it long term so that young people can plan and save accordingly as even saving a 5 per cent deposit is hard.”Elite Real Estate Service director Karl Latham agreed 2020 was the time to buy for those who still hadn’t taken the plunge. 48 Lake Placid Rd, Caravonica. Inspect today at 11.30am. Full of character and natural charm, this cute Moroccan-inspired cottage offers cool living conditions.“After a rocky 2019, I think there’s some clear skies ahead,” he said. “The beginning of last year was pretty poor in regards to volume. It started to pick up in the second part of the year though.“There is a shortage of listing stock out there and we are seeing increased buyer inquiry in the $300,000 to 450,000 price range.“Not only that, we are seeing some of the highest rents in Cairns in recorded history so it actually works out more economical to purchase a home.” 10 Etty St, Kewarra Beach. Buyers in the $400,000s. Low maintenance in a sought-after location with an open plan interior and a clever versatile floorplan.Mr Latham said a lull in the market over the Christmas break and stable prices meant it would be easy for a first-timer to buy.“Interest rates are expected to go down again this year so it makes much more sense to buy a property,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“We’re noticing the majority of properties on the contract board are at the lower end, we’re getting multiple offers and while open home numbers are still lower, it’s about quality not quantity. 9 Colonial Cl Redlynch. On the market for $430,000. Four bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and a master bedroom featuring an ensuite, plus an in-ground swimming pool.“What I think is buyers in the lower end will stimulate the property market in the next bracket of properties.“Some of these owners (of lower priced homes) will be retiring, some will be investing but a good proportion will be homeowners looking for the opportunity to upgrade. “If these properties get snapped up then those people looking at upsizing can move on and be buying those more expensive homes.”There are 540 homes for sale in the greater Cairns region on currently.Of those, 191 were three-bedroom houses.last_img read more

Jadestone gears up for infill drilling on Australian assets

first_imgWhen it comes to the Stag field, where Jadestone took over operatorship from Quadrant in July 2017, Jadestone achieved 100% facility uptime during the third quarter of 2018. Due to this higher uptime, average production from Stag during 3Q was 3,080 bbls/d (Q2 2018: 2,814 bbls/d).The company is continuing to pursue opportunities to enhance value at Stag, including drilling its first infill well. The well location and drilling slot have been selected and well design is in advanced planning stages. Based on the latest rig schedule information, the well is now expected to be drilled in the first half of 2019.Jadestone had two crude oil liftings from Stag during the third quarter, for a total sales production of 422,267 bbls, which is more than double the sales volume from a single lifting in the June 2018 quarter. This has resulted in substantially higher revenue during the quarter, and although it has also resulted in an increase in production costs, on a per unit basis, Stag opex has fallen to $30.13/bbl from $33.09 in the June quarter.Offshore Energy Today Staff Stag well location selected  Singapore-based Jadestone Energy has made plans to start an infill drilling program at its assets located offshore Australia in 2019. Jadestone is the 100% owner and operator of the producing Stag oil field and the 100% owner of the producing Montara project, both located offshore Western Australia.  Both assets include oil producing fields, with further development and exploration potential.As previously reported, Montara production was halted at the beginning of November to undertake an inspection and maintenance shutdown, with a focus on clearing a backlog of inspection tasks.Jadestone said on Wednesday that the maintenance work is progressing smoothly and the company anticipates the operator will restart production operations in early December.To remind, Jadestone bought the Montara field from Thailand’s PTTEP earlier this year but the Thai company remains the operator during a transition period, in line with the normal regulatory approval process for operatorship transfer. Since the start of transition, which started early last month, Jadestone has identified a backlog of maintenance and inspection activities that need to be addressed, and a decision was taken to undertake a voluntary shutdown from November 1, 2018 to undertake the required work.Jadestone previously said that, following this shut-down event, further major planned maintenance shutdowns would not be required until at least the second half of 2020.In an update on Wednesday Jadestone stated that the infill drilling at Montara will begin following completion of regulatory approvals, which are anticipated in the first half of 2019, at which time Jadestone will become the operator.Jadestone President and CEO, Paul Blakeley, said that the company’s acquisition of the Montara assets just before the end of the third quarter, has resulted in a three-fold increase in the size of its business. Montara’s production during the third quarter 2018 was 7,585 bbls/d.last_img read more

Australia claim 23-run Duckworth/Lewis win over Ireland in Belfast

first_img On a rain-affected day in Belfast, Steve Smith started life as Michael Clarke’s successor with a 23-run success on Duckworth/Lewis. Smith opted to bat first and a century opening stand between David Warner (84) and debutant Joe Burns (69) helped them to post 222 for six in the 40.2 overs that were possible. Australia defeated a spirited Ireland in their first one-day international since winning the World Cup. Ireland’s eventual target after rain delays was 181 in 24 overs but they were dismissed for 157 as Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed three for 13. Man-of-the-match Warner and his new partner Burns put on 139 in a dominant onslaught, scoring at 6.36 runs an over before Craig Young dismissed the latter. Australia never quite enjoyed the same comfort thereafter, Tim Murtagh nipping out Warner and George Bailey, with Andy McBrine adding Glenn Maxwell as the momentum slipped. Shane Watson, not seen since the first Ashes Test, finished 26 not out at better than a run per ball. Ireland, initially chasing 195 in 27 overs, lost openers Paul Stirling and William Porterfield inside two overs before a gutsy third-wicket fightback. Veterans Ed Joyce (44) and Niall O’Brien (45) put on 86 in just 12.4 overs, but neither man could go on. Maxwell’s off-spin was expensive but accounted for both top-scorers. Only Stuart Thompson backed the pair up with a score above 20 as Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins each took two wickets. Coulter-Nile returned at the death to end things early with the last two scalps. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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