Vermont Business Magazine April 1st is the traditional date that the state’s winter manure spreading ban is lifted and farmers can get out on their fields and begin to apply those valuable nutrients to their cropland. However, with fresh snow expected for many parts of Vermont by April 1st, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is issuing a special ‘spring stewardship’ reminder for all Vermont farms: Even though the manure spreading ban will be lifted April 1st, new statewide water quality rules – the Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) – prohibit the application of manure on frozen or snow covered ground, in addition to any application that would result in runoff to surface waters.Farmers concerned about storage capacity in their manure pits are encouraged to call the Agency of Agriculture to discuss options available for managing, transferring, or developing emergency manure spreading exemption plans. The Agency is committed to working with farmers to find solutions. When evaluating their fields over the coming weeks to assess appropriate manure spreading conditions, the most important question that farmers and manure applicators need to ask is: ‘When applied to this field, will manure runoff to surface water or a ditch?’ Individual conditions will vary significantly across the state, and farmers need to assess their fields carefully and take action to ensure that they are in compliance with the rules and are protecting our waterways.To ensure compliance with the RAPs [ http://agriculture.vermont.gov/rap(link is external) ] and protect water quality, VAAFM has the following reminders for farmers this spring:If you still have capacity in your manure pit, wait until snow is off the fields before you spread manure.If you do not have capacity in your pit, reach out to VAAFM to seek alternative solutions or an exemption.Do not spread manure on saturated ground that will runoff to surface water, or before major rain events.If an emergency manure spreading exemption is issued for manure application on frozen or snow-covered ground, farmers need to observe the following protocols:Avoid spreading when rain is expectedSpread at least 150 feet from top of stream banks, ditches or roadside ditchesSelect the most level fields available and avoid significant (>5%) slopesUtilize reduced (<3,000 gallons/acre) spreading ratesSelect fields with cover crops or good residue coverAfter spreading any nutrient (liquid or solid manure, compost, or fertilizer) be sure to keep accurate records of the manure or nutrients applied.“Over the past two months, more than 120 farmers and manure applicators have attended our new Manure Applicator Training workshops to understand the rules about spreading under the new RAPs. The participation and feedback has been fantastic – it is clear the ag community is engaged and eager to do their part!” said Laura DiPietro, Deputy Director of the Ag Resource Management Division at VAAFM.Vermont’s winter manure spreading ban, which prohibits spreading between December 15 and April 1, began in 1995.For more information about the RAPs, the winter manure spreading ban, or for recommendations regarding early season spreading practices, please visit: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/RAP(link is external)To request an exemption to the prohibition from spreading on frozen or snow-covered ground, please call VAAFM Ag Resource Management Staff, either: Laura DiPietro, 802-595-1990 or Dave Huber, 802-461-7160.
Lyndon Furniture,Vermont Business Magazine The Contemporary Design Group has named the winner of the group’s 2017 Edward Haimsohn Design Award. First place went to Molinari Design for the Rondo seating collection. The Rondo collection features a sofa and chair designed by Lucy Kurrein that was inspired by punching bags. First runner up went to the Unity dining table, designed by Sean Breen and Shawn Straffin for Lyndon Furniture.Unity Table by Sean Breen and Shawn Straffin of Lyndon Furniture.The second runner up was the Apelle chaise lounge chair by Beatriz Sempere for Midj, and the third runner up was awarded to Mellow Seating by Stefan Heiliger for Koiner Planum(link is external) Furniture.A panel of judges, consisting of CDG retailer members, evaluated nominees on originality, creativity, consumer appeal, use of materials, functionality and manufacturing execution. The winner was announced last week at the Contemporary Design Group’s Annual Conference in San Diego.The Edward Haimsohn Design award recognizes manufacturers producing outstanding and original furniture designs. The award is named after CDG’s co-founder, Edward Haimsohn, who was well known for his strong eye for design and attention to quality.The Contemporary Design Group is a national association of independent home furnishings showrooms, specializing in modern and contemporary design. The group includes 40 showrooms with retail members in 37 cities from coast to coast.Source: Contemporary Design Group
365Competitors, which specialises in cover for event registration fees, has signed a deal with Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon, and his business DMSE Sports. The agreement introduces 365Competitors’ event registration fee protection at several DMSE Sports events, including the 2nd Annual Gloucester Event, to be held on 21 August 2011.Registration Fee Reimbursement protects the registration investment of athletes should they become injured or ill and unable to participate in an event. 365Competitors’ products and services are available for sporting events across the United States, including; running events, from 5K to marathons, as well as cycling, duathlons, triathlons and beyond.Via its Registration Fee Reimbursement, the company also provides an easy way to thank participants, many of whom have been loyal for decades, by protecting their interest in an event.Company President and founder Ken Baldo said, “I’m passionate about educating as many athletes and events as possible about Registration Fee Reimbursement, and our new web site will allow us to reach a vast audience. As a runner, I know how heart breaking it can be when an injury or illness prevents me from competing. Losing registration dollars really adds to the sting. With Registration Fee Reimbursement, virtually any event can ease this pain and create goodwill for their event. It truly is good for the sport.”Running enthusiast Neil Ruggiero said “Races aren’t cheap anymore, and it’s hard to be able to put forward the money to register if you’re not 100% sure you’re going to be able to make it due to an injury or illness. So, usually, I wait. Thanks to 365Competitors, I can register early with no worries.”According to 365Competitors, there are a number of benefits with its Registration fee Reimbursement:Create positive buzz and gain an edge over the competition – When news spreads that an event has added Registration Fee Reimbursement, participants will possibly choose the event over others that do not offer it.Strengthen goodwill with participants – 365Competitors reimburses 100% of the participant’s registration fees, offering peace of mind and relief from the pressure of participating while injured or ill.Boost registration sales and convert the undecided – Having Registration Fee Reimbursement gives participants the confidence to register early for events that are costly or far off, and may even be a deciding factor when choosing from multiple events.Increase sponsorship funding – Registration Fee Reimbursement sweetens the deal for vendors who want to associate their brand name with an event, creating additional sponsorship opportunities.Reduce Potential DNFs – When athletes need not race injured or sick for fear of losing their investment, events see a reduction in potential DNFs, and thus see an increase in the percentage of finishers.365Competitors is dedicated to educating race promoters and their athletes about the benefits of the company’s Registration Fee Reimbursement services. It is understood to be the only company currently offering Registration Fee Reimbursement.Interested parties can go to www.365competitors.com and request an instant revenue quote, by which race promoters can assess earnings through the offering of Registration Fee Reimbursement to their runners/participants. The new website showcases a user-friendly interface with detailed information about the service, company background, sponsorship options and current charity/community outreach projects.365Competitors’ fee structure takes into consideration each participating race event’s budget, registration fees, sponsorship opportunities, as well as, additional benefits.www.365competitors.com www.dmsesports.com Related
Police arrested a man and a woman Saturday evening after the two allegedly caused two crashes in Shawnee Mission Park.Johnson County Park Police were called to the area of the marina on a report that a dark-colored SUV had forced another vehicle off the road and continued driving shortly before 7 p.m.Lenexa Fire Department personnel tended to the woman after she fell from the tree. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.Sgt. Matt Gillespie of Johnson County Park Police says officers responded to the call for the vehicle off the road and then began receiving reports of a second crash near the south end of the dam. No one was injured inside the vehicle near the marina.Officers arrived at the second crash scene to find a Ford Escape had run off the road and damaged several tree branches. No one was inside the SUV.Three officers and a K-9 unit from the Shawnee Police Department responded to assist Park Police in searching for the occupants of the crashed SUV.Recorded radio traffic indicates that a witness captured cell phone video of the man, who was a passenger in the SUV, running away towards a trailhead.An arriving Shawnee officer immediately spotted the man, shirtless and barefoot, running down the trail towards the woods.Sgt. Gillespie says the Shawnee officer tased the man and detained him. The man was treated on scene for minor injuries.The Shawnee K-9 located the woman, who was the driver of the SUV, hiding approximately 15 feet up a tree, not far from where the man was found. After arguing with officers briefly, she slipped and fell to the ground. Like the man, she was also barefoot and only wearing a bathing suit.Paramedics from the Lenexa Fire Department were still on scene, finishing up treating the man’s injuries, and were immediately called over to treat the woman after her fall.Johnson County Med-Act responded and transported the woman to an area trauma center with non-life threatening injuries.Gillespie says both of the suspects will face charges. He wasn’t able to comment on what those charges may be, saying that they were still investigating.Mike Frizzell is a freelance crime and fire reporter who runs Operation 100 News.
Epson announced Tuesday that it is now shipping its entry-level PowerLite 800F aimed at classrooms and PowerLite 805F for digital signage. Epson’s new ultra-short-throw laser solutions are helping increase engagement already in education, retail, entertainment and hospitality environments.These ultra-short-throw projectors offer flexible, 360-degree placement and a full stack of connectivity options including HDBaseT to illuminate spaces with vibrant, true-to-life images up to 130 inches. The PowerLite 800F and 805F feature built-in edge blending and split-screen for easy, scalable projection image when larger images are required and a 3LCD laser light engine for lasting reliability. For added convenience, users can wirelessly display content using Miracast via Epson’s iProjection app, and even mirror device photos, videos and apps.These PowerLite models come equipped with Epson’s free content management software, along with the Epson Creative Content Projection app. With the new software, users can combine and customize videos and photos, use existing preset or uploaded filters to deliver effects and display content with scheduling and playlist functions. Epson’s Creative Projection app offers ad-hoc iOS device messaging and selection with touchscreen capabilities for image adjustments and displaying device content on the projector.Common Features:5,000 lumens of color and white brightness.Full HD 1080p resolution for true-to-life images up to 130 inches (16:9) diagonal.20,000-hour laser light engine with no lamps to replace.Connectivity includes three HDMI connections, HDBaseT, optional 5GHz wireless, two built-in speakers and direct playback function via USB.Mirror device photos, videos and apps using Miracast; wirelessly display content with Epson iProjection.Can be mounted in any position or angle from landscape to portrait and everything in between.Content management software and app included via download.See related Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 1The Epson PowerLite 800F and 805F projectors are available now.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance to help optimize antibiotic use in US hospitals.The CDC says the new version of its Core Elements of Hospital Stewardship Programs, released late last week, reflects lessons learned by hospitals in the 5 years since the document was first published, along with evidence from the field of antibiotic stewardship. The 2019 update emphasizes the need for more commitment from hospital leadership, prioritizes specific antibiotic stewardship interventions, and calls for more efforts to educate patients about antibiotic use.”We’ve made tremendous progress in antibiotic stewardship programs in US hospitals,” Arjun Srinivasan, MD, the CDC’s associate director for healthcare-associated infection prevention programs, said in a CDC video. “The goal now is to make them as effective as possible.”More specifics on leadership, accountabilityInitially released in 2014, the Core Elements was designed to be a roadmap to help hospitals of all sizes develop and implement antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs). It consists of seven structural and procedural components that are associated with successful ASPs: hospital leadership commitment, accountability, drug expertise, action, tracking, reporting, and education.Across the country, hospitals have been following that roadmap as stewardship has emerged as an important component of patient safety. According to the agency, 85% of US acute care hospitals in 2018 reported having all seven Core Elements in place, up from 41% in 2014. But the CDC says that, with the federal government now requiring US hospitals to have ASPs in order to get reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid, updates were needed.While the 2019 update retains the original Core Elements, it provides more specifics and detail on the individual components. For example, the CDC now defines more clearly what “hospital leadership commitment” means. Hospital executives are urged to give ASP leaders the time and resources to manage the program effectively, have regular meeting with ASP leaders to assess resource needs, and appoint a senior hospital executive to be a champion for the program. Other examples of leadership commitment include making formal statements of support for efforts to improve antibiotic use.The update also further emphasizes how important it is for ASPs to appoint a leader or co-leaders who are accountable for program management and outcomes. The document notes that co-leadership between a physician and a pharmacist has become a particularly popular model, with 59% of hospitals reporting such an arrangement in the most recent National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) survey. Programs with co-leaders are advised to have a clear delineation of responsibilities and expectations, and regular “stewardship rounds” for the co-leaders are recommended.Highlighting audit and feedback, preauthorizationThe most significant revisions involve the “action” component. While the original Core Elements called on hospitals to implement at least one recommended action to optimize antibiotic use, the 2019 update prioritizes two specific stewardship interventions: prospective audit and feedback and preauthorization. The CDC says these interventions are both strongly recommended in evidence-based guidelines and can be “foundational” for hospital ASPs.In addition, the update suggests hospitals focus their efforts to improve antibiotic use for three common infections: community-acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and skin and other soft-tissue infection.”These three infections account for more than half of all antibiotic use in US hospitals, and studies have shown important opportunities to improve use for all three,” Srinivasan said.For the “tracking” component, the update highlights the importance of reporting antibiotic use data to the CDC’s NHSN Antimicrobial Use Option, which allows hospitals to monitor their antibiotic use and compare it with other hospitals. It also recommends that ASPs monitor and measure antibiotic resistance patterns and other outcomes, such as Clostridioides difficile infections. The reporting component reaffirms the importance of providing information on antibiotic use, resistance, and adverse outcome to prescribers and hospital leaders.The final component, “education”—which was focused on clinicians in the 2014 document—has been expanded to include patients, and emphasizes the role that nurses can play in educating patients about antibiotic use, particularly with regards to potential side effects.Other changes include renaming the “drug expertise” component to “pharmacy expertise.” See also:Nov 15 CDC 2019 Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic StewardshipNov 15 CDC hospital stewardship page
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Source: Weltec Biopower The German biogas plant builder said the main investor and operator of the project is one of the largest abattoirs for cattle and pigs in Greece. The 500kw plant, which Weltec has planned in collaboration with its Greek partner Tetoros Machinery in Megara, is set to go live as early as mid-November 2020.The anaerobic digestion process will mainly use cattle manure and meat processing leftovers.Apart from these substrates, the 4,903-m3 stainless-steel digester will also be fed with production wastewater and fats.The input substances will come from the operators own abattoir and farms as well as from farmers in the vicinity.“The highly efficient digestion will start with a customised input process. For this purpose, the substrates will first be loaded into a 60-m3 moving floor feeder,” explained Alain Priser, International Sales Manager at Weltec Biopower.“The feeder will transport solid substrates, such as orange peels, to the MULTIMix unit, where they will shredded and then pumped to the digester.”“Liquid substrates will be pumped directly into the digester from two storage units“Following the digestion process, the entire digestate will be treated in a downstream hygienisation unit.”
Gazprom’s delegation paid a visit on Thursday to the Slovak Republic.As part of the visit a meeting was held in Bratislava between Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller and Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia.Miller and Fico addressed the status of bilateral cooperation in the gas sector. Particularly, high emphasis was placed on Russian pipeline gas supplies to consumers in the Slovak Republic and its transit to third countries.At the end of the meeting Alexey Miller and Robert Fico confirmed their interest in strengthening the mutually beneficial long-term cooperation.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 18, 2013; Image: Gazprom
Global oil and gas service company AGR has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Independent Oil & Gas PLC (IOG) to work together to deliver Well Construction & Well Project Management services in respect of IOG’s forthcoming drilling activity.IOG operations mapAGR’s EVP UK and Africa, Ian Burdis, said: “We are delighted to have been granted the opportunity to work alongside IOG to deliver their projects safely and efficiently.”“At AGR, we strive to add value to our client’s projects and with experience gathered from over 500 drilling projects globally we are well positioned to do just that.”Mark Routh, CEO of IOG said: “We are delighted to have signed this MOU and with AGR’s assistance we look forward to operating next year’s proposed drilling programme on Cronx, subject to completing the Cronx acquisition.”AGR delivers well construction and project management, HSEQ, reservoir and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry.The company also offers rig access management, consultancy manpower, expert software solutions and tailored training. AGR operates in all regional main oil hubs around the world and over the last 13 years has completed over 500 well projects.[mappress]Press Release, September 29, 2014