CPHO Sunday Edition: Vaccine safety in Canada: What you should know

first_imgCPHO Sunday Edition: Vaccine safety in Canada: What you should know From: Public Health Agency of CanadaOn March 28, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.March 28, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of CanadaThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.It has been yet another productive week on the vaccine front in Canada, as close to 1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Canada, and roll-out continues to ramp up across the country. It seems fitting that as the first signs of spring emerge around us, and the days get longer, there is more hope and optimism to fill the air. Our vaccination program is moving forward, to a point that the majority of us now have someone close to us who has been vaccinated. It is an incredible feeling to know that a loved one who is at higher risk for COVID-19 is now safer.Through this process, we are also learning many new things about vaccines. However, with so much information coming at us, and much of it evolving at a rapid pace, this can also create gaps in our understanding, cause confusion, and even, in some cases, lead to distrust.I know that many of you are curious to know more about vaccine safety and how adverse events following immunization (AEFIs) are monitored in Canada. That is why, in today’s Sunday Edition, I would like to explore this process by providing you with a bird’s eye view of the vaccine safety monitoring process from vaccine development through to post-marketing surveillance.Ensuring Vaccine Safety at Every Step of the Vaccine Life CycleVaccine safety assessment and monitoring is not something that takes place in a single, fixed step. Rather, it is an ongoing and continual process that is carried out throughout a vaccine’s life cycle, spanning all phases from development, to market authorization, administration, and post-marketing surveillance.Here is brief description of how safety (and effectiveness) are evaluated at each step of the vaccine life cycle:Pre-approval review and approval processVaccine testing starts in the lab with preclinical studies, which are carried out using cell cultures (in vitro studies) and animal models (in vivo studies). These studies provide preliminary information on vaccine effectiveness and safety.If the vaccine is shown to be safe and effective in the lab and in animals, studies in people, known as clinical trials, are conducted next. These assess safety, including safe dose range, and efficacy, starting with a small number of healthy volunteers, and moving up to 1,000 or more participants by phase 3 trials. Importantly, every AEFI noted in these studies is investigated carefully and assessed to determine whether the vaccine is the cause.In order for a manufacturer to receive regulatory approval for a new vaccine, they are required to submit all preclinical, clinical and manufacturing data to the Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate, the group responsible for approving vaccines at Health Canada, for their own independent review. Scientific and medical reviewers from this group then conduct an in-depth assessment of all the data they receive. A vaccine is only authorized for use in Canada if it meets the regulatory requirements for safety, efficacy, and quality set by Health Canada.Quality ControlThe Biologic and Radiopharmaceutical Drugs Directorate will also review detailed chemistry and manufacturing information to ensure consistent quality of the vaccine product, which is another important facet related to safety. This may include an on-site evaluation of the manufacturing process, as well as a lot release program, which tests vaccine samples from different lots. Vaccine manufacturers must also adhere to current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), or recognized international quality standards, a process which is ensured by Health Canada’s Regulatory Operations and Enforcement Branch.Post-approval monitoringOnce a vaccine is approved, it continues to be monitored and any safety signals are investigated. Canada has a strong vaccine safety monitoring system that remains in place for as long as the vaccine is used. Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) share the responsibility for ongoing monitoring in collaboration with provincial, territorial and local public health authorities, health care professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and the public. This ongoing process is important as it alerts public health authorities to changing trends or unusual AEFIs that were not previously reported. These are adverse events that occur too rarely to be detected even in a large clinical trial; they can only be identified once millions of people receive a vaccine. This is why when serious, unusual or unexpected AEFIs occur, they need to be taken very seriously and investigated very carefully, in order to determine whether they are indicative of a safety issue related to the vaccine that has emerged unexpectedly.Manufacturers are also required to report AEFIs that they become aware of in Canada, or internationally, to the Canada Vigilance Program, Health Canada’s post-market surveillance program that collects and assesses reports of suspected adverse reactions to health products marketed in Canada. As part of a “risk management plan”, manufacturers may also be required to provide data on the safety of the vaccine for specific groups of people or conduct additional studies.Canada also has several other post-market vaccine safety surveillance systems in place to detect any serious adverse events that may occur following immunization. These include the Canadian Adverse Events Following Immunization Surveillance System (CAEFISS), a federal, provincial and territorial collaborative surveillance system that is supported by PHAC. CAEFISS continuously monitors the safety of vaccines in Canada through various reporting processes. Health care professionals are asked to report all serious adverse reactions, such as those that may require hospitalization, result in persistent or significant disability or incapacity or be life-threatening, to CAEFISS. Anyone who experiences an adverse event is encouraged to inform their healthcare professional so they can report it.Another component of the vaccine safety surveillance system involves proactively inquiring about adverse events from vaccine recipients or searching adverse events in clinical or administrative records. The Canadian Vaccine Safety Network (CANVAS) is a national network of sites across Canada that conducts vaccine safety surveillance during implementation of immunization campaigns. It can provide rapid information early on in vaccination campaigns, including for COVID-19. CANVAS is currently conducting a large, national, web-based vaccine safety study to monitor health events that may occur after COVID-19 vaccinations.Approaches used in Canada align with good practices put forward by the World Health Organization in their COVID-19 vaccine Safety Surveillance Manual. If any serious side effects are identified, an investigation will take place and this information will be rapidly communicated to Canadians. The Canadian Immunization Guide provides specific information on management of selected AEFI and/or special populations. AEFI expert assessment is available via several avenues. For example, all serious AEFIs are reviewed by medical specialists at PHAC and Health Canada. Where needed, experts in specific fields of study are consulted. The Canadian Immunization Research Network’s Special Immunization Clinic /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, clinical trials, Government, health, healthcare, investigation, manufacturing, mental health, optimism, Ottawa, participants, public health, surveillance, vaccination, vaccine development, Vaccines, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

GMC adds off-road AT4 trim to Canyon, renews Denali

first_img advertisement Eagle-eyed spotters will immediately identified AT4-laden Canyon pickups thanks to a unique grille and natty red recovery hooks. They’ll also see 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels.Underneath, GMC has fitted an off-road tuned suspension and a rear automatic locking differential. There’s a skid plate over the transfer case for good measure.RELATED ‹ Previous Next › In a sibling rivalry, it’s generally understood when one brother gets a cool toy, the other isn’t far behind in asking the parents for one of their own.The same goes for car companies, believe it or not: when big-bro Sierra found success with the off-road-focused AT4 trim, it didn’t take long for the mid-sized Canyon to start clamoring for one of its own.This time, the parents caved. For 2021 (yes, we know; 2020 has just begun) the Canyon pickup truck will be offered in AT4 guise, bringing the off-road goods to a customer base that doesn’t mind splashing out full-sized bucks for mid-sized trucks. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTScenter_img RELATED TAGSCanyonGMCPickup TruckNon-LuxuryNew Vehiclesat4canyondenaliGMCNon-Luxury GM may be building a Silverado ‘ZRX’ to take on Ford’s RaptorThe Denali trim is familiar to Canyon shoppers and has been updated for 2021. Its grille is of a slightly different design, said to be more ‘sculpted and layered’ as if it just spent three months at the gym or something. Stylists at GMC completed the chrome work assigned by their teacher in the form of adding shiny assist steps and a blitz of bright accents.Also on board are a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels, exclusive to the Denali trim. “Denali represents GMC’s bold design philosophy and these changes further elevate the Canyon from the mainstream competition, while delivering a modern look for the customer,” said Holt Ware, director, GMC exterior design.Denali interiors will be infused with open-pore ash wood, aluminum décor and unique stitching. A new “Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere” colour theme is available as well, covering standard equipment heated and ventilated front seats. As for powertrain options, they haven’t changed. The 2021 Canyon will be available later this year, with pricing announced closer to production. Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca First Drive: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 See More Videoslast_img read more

Garagiste Wine Festival Wins ‘Best of the Fests’, Kicks off 10th…

first_imgAdvertisementNational award from Fest Forums recognizes Garagiste Festival’s innovation; 2020 lineup in Sonoma, Solvang, Los Angeles and Paso Robles announcedPaso Robles, CA –December 10, 2019– The Garagiste Wine Festival, which was just named ‘Best of the Fests’ for 2019 by Fest Forums, is kicking off its 10th anniversary year with its popular Garagiste Northern Exposure event in Sonoma on February 15th, 2020. The Sonoma event offers wine lovers rare access to cutting-edge wines from over 40 micro-production, commercial wineries from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Sierra Foothills, Lodi, Santa Cruz and more.The Garagiste Festival premiered in 2011 and is the nation’s first and only festival to showcase the wines of micro-production commercial ‘garagiste*’ winemakers. The ‘Best of Fest’ Award from Fest Forums, the country’s leading conference for Event and Festival producers nationwide, recognized The Garagiste Festival for its innovation. Because Garagiste offers wine lovers one-of-a-kind opportunities to taste a range of each year’s most exciting handcrafted small-lot production wines, all under one roof, its four annual festivals in Sonoma, Solvang, Los Angeles and Paso Robles consistently sell out. This is the second national award for the festival which was also named the ‘Best Wine Festival in the US in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.“2020 is a landmark year for Garagiste, and we are so grateful to receive this prestigious award as we head into our 10th anniversary year,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick.  “The Garagiste Festival is the ‘little engine that could’ in a world of bigtime events featuring major stars and corporations, and we know it is all down to the amazing winemakers who pour at our festivals and each year inject freshness, creativity and a renegade spirit into the wine establishment.”The non-profit Garagiste Festival also supports the Garagiste Festival Scholarships at the Wine and Viticulture Department at Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo.“Our mission over the last decade has been to shine a spotlight on small-lot winemakers, who you don’t find in grocery stores or on wine country maps, while supporting the winemakers of the future through our Garagiste Festival Scholarships,” said Garagiste Co-founder Stewart McLennan. “Our intimate and ‘no snobs’ allowed atmosphere has made the Garagiste Festivals unique and memorable, while our winemakers have expanded the horizons and palates of thousands of wine lovers. 2020 will be our best year of festivals ever. Stay tuned!”Northern Exposure in Sonoma:The February 15th 2020 Garagiste Festival Northern Exposure will be held at the Sonoma Veterans Building near Sonoma’s historic downtown plaza and features 40 winemakers, one-in-four of which are brand new to the festival, pouring over 100+ wines from 20+ grape varieties. Limited availability VIP Experience tickets celebrate Valentine’s weekend with a Rare and Reserve tasting featuring library, club only and reserve wines; a wine county box lunch from local fave, The Girl & the Fig; a full glass of sparkling Rosé from Garagiste Festival winemaker, Carboniste Modern Sparkling, as well as a themed treat from artisan chocolatiers Fleur Sauvage Chocolates.Among the 40+ winemakers scheduled to pour at the Sonoma Northern Exposure Festival are:601 Cellars, Abbot’s Passage, Aesop Wines, Ampere/Pine Mountain Vineyards, Armitage Wines, Benevolent Neglect Wines, Boonville Road Wines, Brombeere Wines, Carboniste Modern Sparkling, Carpenter Wine, Crux Winery, Dane Cellars, DeWitt Vineyard, Enriquez Estate Wines, Fallon Place Wines, Ferguson Family Wines, Fields Family Wines, Frostwatch Vineyard, Greyscale Wines, Jardesca Aperitvo, JonEVino, March Wines, Mastro Scheidt, Montagne Russe Wines, Oceano Wines, Oceans Churning, Old County Cellars, Ondule Wines, Perri Jaye Vineyards, Piezo Winery, Purple Dragon Cellars, Ricci Vineyards, Sosie Wines, Sutro Wine, T. Berkley Wines, Weatherborne Wine Corp. and Zo Wines.2020 Garagiste Festival Dates and Places:The Garagiste Festival’s 10-year anniversary celebration will continue throughout the year with special events, signature tastings, local chefs, after parties, and rare and reserve nights.Feb 15 in Sonoma at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall: 126 1st Street W. Sonoma, CAApril 17 & 18 at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang: 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CAJuly 25 at the historic Glendale Civic Auditorium: 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CANov 12 -15 – The 10th Annual Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles includes a series of special events and The Grand Tasting at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds: 2198 Riverside Ave, Paso Robles, CA For more information and full Garagiste Festival Northern Exposure schedule details, go to: http://californiagaragistes.com/.Tickets are limited for the Sonoma festival and Garagiste Festivals always sell out. To buy tickets, go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-garagiste-wine-festival-northern-exposure-tickets-75598187213?aff=website. For breaking 10 anniversary celebration festival news and special discounts, sign-up for our free newsletter, The Dirt at https://www.garagistefestival.com/garagiste-blog or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook.About The Garagiste Wine FestivalThe Garagiste Wine Festival (www.garagistefestival.com), named Best of the Fests for 2019 by Fest Forums and the ‘Best Wine Festival in the US in 2018 in USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice Awards, is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized American artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot production wines in the world. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festivals are committed to discovering the best and most innovative limited-production winemakers and promoting and showcasing them to a broad audience of discerning wine consumers. In addition to its flagship annual festival in Paso Robles, CA, the Garagiste Festival line-up includes Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, featuring Santa Ynez Valley garagistes; the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure, in Los Angeles; the Garagiste Festival, Northern Exposure, in Sonoma; winemaker dinners, a newsletter, garagiste profiles and more.In addition to being named the US’ Best Wine Festival, the Garagiste Festival was named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News, * “one of the premier wine events of the year,” by the LA Times and “Best Festival” by Sunset Magazine’s ‘Best of the West.’ The festivals are produced by Garagiste Events, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry. Proceeds from the festivals support the Garagiste Festival Scholarship fund of the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo Wine and Viticulture Department.*Garagiste (garage-east) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. The Garagiste Festivals were the first to shine a light on the American garagiste winemaker in 2011.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Garagiste Wine Festival Wins ‘Best of the Fests’, Kicks off 10th Anniversary…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessGaragiste Wine Festival Wins ‘Best of the Fests’, Kicks off 10th Anniversary Year in Sonoma on February 15thBy Press Release – December 10, 2019 391 0 Previous articleBeverage Industry Executives Launch M&A and Business Consultancy Azur AssociatesNext article3 Badge Mixology Appoints Gustavo Baena as Midwest Market Manager Press Release Share Pinterest TAGSConsumerGaragiste Wine Festival Email Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

PEC reports on its work

first_img Jun 05, 2019 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Regular News Meeting just weeks before the Bar’s Annual Convention, the Board of Governors has signed off on a series of recommendations by the Program Evaluation Committee.PEC Chair Wayne Helsby delivered the highlights at the board’s meeting in Palm Beach.“I will apologize in advance for the length of this report,” Helsby said. “As I have told you throughout the year, the Program Evaluation Committee has been extremely active.”Helsby said the PEC and a dozen subcommittees spent the last year — in some cases longer — evaluating 13 different programs.Those reviews, he said, covered 33 rule amendments, six implementation areas, five new program requests, and four section bylaw revisions. In addition, Helsby said, two committees were approved for review this year.As a result, Helsby said, the PEC unanimously approved 42 recommendations for 13 different programs.In a series of unanimous votes, the board adopted the following PEC recommendations:• Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc.A subcommittee chaired by Out-of-State Board Member Brian Burgoon recommended, among other things, asking FLA to take into consideration the potential of increased users of FLA services as mental health awareness issues become more visible; maintaining additional data on staff time utilization to help with future budgetary requests for information; considering whether it would be appropriate to retain a consultant familiar with what FLA does to perform an analysis of FLA’s services; and possibly consider a rebranding effort.• Standing Committee on TechnologyA subcommittee chaired by 17th Circuit Board Member Jay Kim recommended, among other things, increasing communication between the Council of Sections, individual sections/divisions of the Bar, and the Standing Committee on Technology; for each section and division that has an interest in furthering their use or knowledge of technology in its particular substantive practice area, having an executive council member or liaison serve on the Standing Committee on Technology; creating a subcommittee to review the LegalFuel website; creating a subcommittee on practice management; suggesting that the Bar president appoint a board liaison to the Standing Committee on Technology that is also a member of the Board of Governors Committee on Technology, and suggesting that the YLD president-elect be appointed to the committee.• Public Interest Law SectionA subcommittee chaired by 13th Circuit Board Member Amy Farrior recommended, among other things, keeping the section’s website fresh; conducting a membership drive; establishing various committees and subcommittees; studying potential sources of revenue, including new continuing legal education programs; generating periodic email blasts from the chair; and conducting a membership survey.• Florida Bar Committee AwardsA subcommittee chaired by 17th Circuit Board Member Lorna Brown-Burton reviewed, among other things, the criteria and overall processes for the Group Professionalism Award; Law Faculty/Administrator Award; William M. Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award; Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award; Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Board Certification; Justice Teaching Awards; Florida Bar Journal & News Excellence in Writing Award, the Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award, the Parker Thomson Awards for Outstanding Legal Journalism in Florida, and Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award. The subcommittee recommended requiring a Florida Bar disciplinary background check of potential award recipients and asking committees and sponsoring groups to review their award processes every three years for fairness.• Military Affairs CommitteeA subcommittee chaired by 11th Circuit Board Member Debra Baker recommended, among other things, modifying the name of the committee to “Military & Veterans Affairs Committee;” expanding the mission of the committee to include veterans’ affairs and veterans’ issues; and establishing a “Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.”• Section Leadership ConferenceA subcommittee chaired by Fifth Circuit Board Member Renée Thompson recommended, among other things, conducting breakout sessions to discuss relevant topics based on section size; providing conference attendees with materials in advance for use as a reference guide; creating a conference session focused on increasing membership and engaging new members; allowing YLD leadership to present special programming with section involvement; and encouraging sections to send their upcoming officers to the conference prior to the beginning of the section year.• Council of SectionsA subcommittee also chaired by Thompson recommended, among other things, scheduling council meetings on a day other than Saturday; streamlining Florida Bar standing board policy bylaw amendments by utilizing proposed rules with Bar staff suggestions; having quarterly meetings, two of them in-person and two via teleconference; creating in-depth content for the Council of Sections on a quarterly basis on main topics of interest for sections based on themes for each meeting; and incorporating networking time for Council of Sections members to interact at in-person events.• Creation of a Special Committee on Criminal JusticeFollowing a presentation by President-elect John Stewart, PEC unanimously approved a recommendation to create the special committee that would act as a forum for discussion and provide subject-matter expertise for the promulgation of criminal justice legislation. The special committee would work with legislative and criminal justice stakeholders without advocating a particular legislative position. The 10- to 15-member panel, appointed by President Stewart, would begin meeting in July and have a June 30, 2020, deadline.Another subcommittee, chaired by Second Circuit Board Member Melissa VanSickle, met several times to evaluate a proposal to create a diversion program for “disruptive and unruly lawyers,” Helsby said.The subcommittee consulted Bar staff and experts with Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Helsby said.“Ultimately, it was the recommendation of the subcommittee not to establish a program for disruptive and unruly lawyers,” Helsby said. “The subcommittee felt that it was just very difficult. . . to identify disruptive and unruly lawyers, how you would define them, and how that whole process would work.”Another PEC Subcommittee, chaired by Fourth Circuit Board Member Michael Tanner, met to consider a proposal to award CLE credit for service on Bar divisions, sections, committees, and other groups, including the Constitution Revision Commission, Helsby said.But subcommittee members ultimately decided “to remain status quo,” Helsby said.Because both subcommittees recommended no change, board approval was not necessary. 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County Drops Pursuit of FEMA Grant for Red Bridge Removal

first_img Email Flathead County will not pursue a federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration to remove the Red Bridge, which spans the Flathead River in Columbia Falls. The future of the Red Bridge has been up for debate since 2010, when a group in Columbia Falls offered to help save and rehabilitate the historic structure. The efforts were deterred by the project’s high cost, however, and the Flathead County Commission decided to pursue removing the bridge to avoid liability issues. One of the potential avenues for removal was through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP), which is part of FEMA. The commissioners gave the green light to planning staff to look into the grant application process. The grant would have paid for 75 percent of the bridge’s removal costs, while the county would be responsible for the remaining 25 percent. According to Flathead County Planning and Zoning Director BJ Grieve, the application process for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HGMP) was particularly onerous in this case. Grieve sent a memo to the commission on March 1, detailing the troubles planning staff ran into during the application process, starting with the benefit cost analysis. The software used to complete this analysis was not designed to address bridge removals as a hazard mitigation project, Grieve said. The planning office got in touch with FEMA, which determined that the Red Bridge is viable and agreed to help planning staff with the benefit cost analysis. However, FEMA did have concerns about destroying a bridge that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as potential public outcry and/or lawsuits, Grieve said. FEMA officials said the bridge removal was “one of the most unique and complex hazard mitigation grant projects” they had seen, Grieve said in the memo, and the software could work on the proposal if the data were put in the correct formula. This would mean creating an engineered computer model that uses hydraulic, hydrologic and topographic data to calculate which areas may flood; adding an engineered structural analysis to determine the probability of bridge failure in the event of a 20-, 50- and 100-year flood event; and quantifying alternatives and potential benefits of restoring the bridge. Grieve told the commission that he did not believe the work to complete the cost analysis and the HMGP grant application could be finished before the March 30 deadline. “Even if we had more time, the cost to prepare the required information just for the (benefit cost analysis) is difficult to justify since it may simply demonstrate that the project doesn’t qualify,” Grieve wrote in the memo. FEMA’s concerns about the standard of environmental remediation and negative impacts to a historical structure could also affect approval, Grieve said, or would be an “ongoing challenge for years to come.” The commission agreed with Grieve’s recommendation during their March 8 meeting. “We’re back to square one,” Grieve said in an interview after the meeting. “The slate has been wiped clean.” The commissioners are interested in the most cost-effective way to deal with the structure and diminish the existing hazard and liability, Grieve said, whether that is through removing it or partnering with the community to rehabilitate it. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Local Fish Researcher Urges ‘Global Action’

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email To anglers across the globe, trout streams are characterized by free-flowing water that’s clear, complex, connected and, most importantly, cold.Meanwhile, the trout that inhabit the waters, in addition to providing sustenance and recreation to millions of people, play critical roles in the health of ecosystems worldwide.So what’s the piscatorial problem?In the years ahead, the chilly streams that sustain Northwest Montana’s prized native fish — as well as trout habitat worldwide — are predicted to grow increasingly tepid as a result of rising global temperatures, threatening the sensitive aquatic species with “global extinction” unless more conservation studies take place at a local and planetary scale.That’s according to a recent study published in the esteemed research journal “Science Magazine,” whose lead author, Clint Muhlfeld, works as an aquatic ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Glacier Park field office based in Glacier National Park.The publication offers a lofty platform of scientific prestige that Muhlfeld hopes will draw broader attention to the plight of native fish and a multitude of trout species distributed throughout the world’s watery arteries, all of which share something in common — they are especially sensitive to rising temperatures.Published in the May 25 issue of “Science,” the article, titled “Trout in Hot Water: A Call for Global Action,” marks the first worldwide assessment of trout species’ status. It found that a disproportionately high rate of trout species (compared to other vertebrates) are now threatened under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the status of biological species.Of the 124 recognized species of trout, only 67 percent have been assessed by the IUCN, Muhlfeld said.The kicker?“Alarmingly, 73 percent of these species are currently threatened with global extinction, and four are now extinct,” he wrote in the “Science” article.“Trout are like canaries in a coal mine,” Muhlfeld said in a recent interview, speaking by phone from Oslo, Norway, where he is working on a Fulbright Scholarship. “They are excellent indicators of disturbance, especially under climate change because of their sensitivity to temperature and freshwater stream flows.”Native to all continents in the Northern Hemisphere, trout belong to seven genera (plural of genus), which are distributed across 52 countries. These cold-water specialists provide recreation and food to millions of people and play important roles in ecosystem functioning and health.In an addition to serving as an economic boon — a recent federal analysis of outdoor recreation found that boating and fishing activities contributed $38.2 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2016 — they are also excellent markers of an ecosystem’s health, Muhlfeld said.“They are extremely sensitive to human disturbances because they require cold, clean, complex, and connected habitats for survival and persistence — all attributes that humans have substantially altered and degraded,” according to the study. “Despite their importance as societal icons and as indicators of biodiversity, many of the world’s trout species and lineages are endangered and some require immediate conservation efforts to reverse their precarious decline.”Muhlfeld, along with a team of researchers, emphasized the need for swift courses of action to save “one of our most culturally, economically and ecologically important freshwater fishes.”“Reversing these declines will require progressive conservation efforts to protect native trout diversity and ameliorate ongoing and future threats at local and global scales,” the study states.Locally, Muhlfeld pointed to successful efforts by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which set out more than a decade ago to preserve and restore the westslope cutthroat trout fishery in the South Fork Flathead River.Recognizing the pressure of hybridization with nonnative species like rainbow trout, the architects behind the South Fork Flathead Cutthroat Conservation Project began systematically removing nonnative fish and replacing them with genetically pure westslope cutthroat in 2007.“Even though this is a global study, it stresses the need for conservation studies to take place at a local scale,” Muhlfeld said. “We know that hybridization is irreversible, and eliminating those sources that do long-term damage is a proactive strategy. Dealing with nonnative species like the South Fork recovery program that FWP implemented is a great example of that.”Another example takes place in Glacier National Park, historically one of the last best strongholds for native cutthroat and bull trout. The biggest problem for these native species is that Glacier’s lakes and streams are brimming with nonnative fish, particularly invasive lake trout, which radiated out of Flathead Lake and colonized the park’s lakes, out-competing the native residents.In 2009, biologists with Glacier Park and a USGS team led by Muhlfeld launched an experimental project on Quartz Lake, located in the park’s remote northwest corner, where lake trout invasion was still in its early stages of invasion. The aim was to reduce or eliminate lake trout by gillnetting, a project that required a boat to be helicoptered in and all of the supplies to be hauled in by biologists and mules.Muhlfeld and his team first located so-called “Judas fish,” captured and radio-tagged them, then tracked the fish to spawning areas in order to capture and remove the densest concentrations of spawning lake trout.The project has shown evidence of success in reducing lake trout, and is hailed as one of the first successful projects of its kind, standing out as a leading example that lake trout suppression, once thought to be futile, is possible.“Only by addressing threats at their root causes can we accomplish these conservation goals,” Muhlfeld said.Muhlfeld’s co-authors on the study were: Daniel Dauwalter, Ryan P. Kovach, Jeffrey L Kershner, Jack E. Willians, and John Epifanio.To learn more about the study, visit science.sciencemag.org.last_img read more

2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

first_img October 1, 2018 Published by Bojana 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Share 0 Similar Stories Tweet Reddit Volunteer Judge for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 “Theatre of the Oppressed through Multimedia Lens” a Capacity Building Project under Erasmus +programme → Pocket Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships 2021/2022 ← FOMOSO – Photo Competition 2018 Flinders University: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship Deadline: 1 November 2018Open to: citizens of a Commonwealth country aged 18 years or overBenefits: EUR 6600(GBP 5,000 – overall winner); EUR 3200(GBP 2,500 – four regional winners)DescriptionThe Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is run by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation.The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific.The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions. The final selection will be judged by an international judging panel; experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the long list.EligibilityEntrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country – please see Section 4 for the list of Commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship before winners are selected. Entries from writers from non-Commonwealth countries (including the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe) are not eligible;For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident;There is no requirement for the writer to have a current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country;Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1 November 2018; All entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Commonwealth Foundation which will exercise its judgment, in consultation with the prize chair, in ruling on questions of eligibility. The ruling of the chair on questions of eligibility is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into;Entries from previous overall winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible;Entries from previous regional winners are eligible;Entries from current members of staff at the Commonwealth Foundation are not eligible;Entries must be unpublished and remain unpublished in any language until 1 May 2019.BenefitsThere will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive around EUR 6600(GBP 5,000) and the remaining four regional winners round 3200 (GBP 2,500). If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money.Prize regions:Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, eSwatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. Overseas Territories: Saint Helena, Tristan Da Cunha, Ascension Island;Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka;Canada and Europe: Canada, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom. Overseas Territories: Gibraltar, Falkland Islands;Caribbean : Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. Overseas Territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands;Pacific: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands,Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. Overseas Territory: Pitcairn.How to apply?Entries are submitted through the online application. For more information please visit the official website. +1 LinkedIn 0last_img read more

DeGise: ICE program is effective, public safety academy coming to Secaucus

first_img Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say DeGise: ICE program is effective, public safety academy coming to Secaucus Bayonne BayonneHobokenNewsNorth Bergen/GuttenbergSecaucusUnion CityWest HudsonWest New York Facebook Twitter Previous articleMayors, Democratic chairs, Assembly colleagues coalesce around Speaker PrietoNext articleBayonne Mayor Davis’ chief of staff resigning for new jobs in Roselle Park John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSimmigration customs enforcementstate of the countytom degise SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Crime By John Heinis – February 16, 2017 11:35 pm 0 Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said a program with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been safe and effective, also revealing that a public safety academy is coming to Secaucus, in his 15th annual State of the County address. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNYYWpO5GA0&feature=youtu.be[/fve]“In July, we re-authorized our Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to participate in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Priority Enforcement Program, often referred to by its place in federal code, 287(g),” DeGise said during a succinct 15-minute speech.At the, the ACLU blasted the decision for the county to renew the program, calling it “baffling” and disconcerting.”DeGise acknowledged that similar criticism may be forthcoming, particularly given the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s currently lifted immigration order, but said the statistics clearly support the move.“There may be calls in the days ahead by activists for us to withdraw from that agreement. I do not believe we should … What swayed us to continue the program was the limited nature of how 287(g) operates.”“These rules narrow the category of individuals who may be flagged for an ICE detainer to only those who pose a meaningful threat to public safety. Statistics show that the guidelines for the 287(g) program, set by the Obama administration, limit its reach to a tiny number of very dangerous individuals.”DeGise further stated that these individuals are typically felons convicted of murder, sexual assault against children and human trafficking – among other serious criminal offenses.Additionally, a 15-month study concluded on June 29, 2016 found that 599 foreign born inmates were held at the jail and less than two percent were flagged.On the subject of the new public safety academy, the county exec explained that the plan is for the facility to be built at 635 County Ave. – the site of the former juvenile detention center.Hudson County Community College will also be acting as a partner in the initiative, providing academic support and classroom space. To get off the ground, the project needs approval from the state.The “steering committee” overseeing the initiative includes Freeholders Anthony Vainieri (D-5) and Anthony Romano (D-8), former jail director turned County Administrative Assistant Oscar Aviles, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, North Bergen Police Chief Bob Dowd adn North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue’s Mike D’Orio.Immediately after his address concluded, DeGise signed an executive order authorizing the steering community to take four months to establish the scope of the project.The county hopes to have the new public safety academy up and running by 2018. Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne last_img read more

Investigators find body while searching for missing 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, FBI says

first_imgFBI Charlotte(NEW YORK) — Authorities in North Carolina have located a body in the area where they are searching for 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, who has been missing since the beginning of the month, according to authorities.The body was found in the area off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County Tuesday afternoon, FBI Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch said in a statement to ABC News. The remains have not yet been identified. Investigators found the body while following leads related to Hania’s disappearance, Lynch said. Her family has been notified. Hania was kidnapped outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, North Carolina, according to police. She had taken the keys to her aunt’s green 2003 Ford Expedition to start the car before school, when a man dressed in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face forced her into an SUV and drove away, police said. The car was located three days later several miles away from Hania’s home. Authorities have been pouring over surveillance footage from nearby homes and businesses since Hania’s disappearance. Last week, investigators asked deer hunters who have cameras in Robeson County to hand over any footage they may have from Nov. 5 and 8. Investigators are also trying to find a man seen in surveillance video walking in her neighborhood on the morning she was abducted. Authorities describe Hania as a Hispanic girl, about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Hania was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.  Lynch reminded the public that investigators are still trying to find Hania’s kidnapper.“Please continue to pray for Hania, her family, and each other as the investigation continues to find out who kidnapped Hania and hold them responsible,” Lynch said. The reward for information leading to Hania rose to $30,000 last week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

General Psychiatrist

first_imgRowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine is currentlyseeking a talented Psychiatrist to join our growing Department ofPsychiatry located in Southern New Jersey.This position is for a full-time adult psychiatrist with anacademic faculty appointment. The successful candidate will haveexperience in adult inpatient and outpatient care. Responsibilitiesinclude teaching medical students and residents and leading aninterdisciplinary team. Applicants must have an MD or DO degree,able to obtain or currently have a valid NJ Medical license, CDSand DEA and be AOBNP/ABPN Board Certified/Board Eligible.Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a comprehensivebenefits package.Our clinical campus is located in Southern New Jersey, which iswithin the Philadelphia metropolitan area approximately eight milesfrom Center City Philadelphia, one hour from the Jersey Shore, andhour and a half from NYC and two hours from Washington, DC.Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equalopportunity in employment.All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.last_img read more