Nancy “Sue” May Franke, 81, of Nederland, died Monday, October 24, 2016. She was born on May 2, 1935, in Nederland, to Lena Rae Wooten and John Jefferson May.Nancy was a member of Nederland Historical Society. She enjoyed spending time with NHS Class of ’52 friends. Nancy will be remembered as a humble, merciful, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. A gathering of Mrs. Franke’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, 101 Block Street, Port Neches. Survivors include her husband of sixty-two years, Robert Franke of Nederland; sons, Bruce Franke and his companion, Debbie Smith, of Cedar Park and John Franke and his wife, Becky, of Liberty; three grandchildren, Krystal Franke, Joshua Franke and his wife, Amanda, and Jayden Franke; six great-grandchildren; and special friends, Carol Culp and Caroline Nichols.She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial Contributions for Mrs. Franke may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284, Church of the Living Waters, P.O. 7820 Beaumont, Texas 77726-7820, or a charity of choice.Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.
Announces Availability of 15% Workers’ Compensation Premium Credit for the Sector; Since 2016, Sector has Seen 25% Reduction in Workers’ Compensation Rates Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and representatives from the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and the Department of Labor (DOL) on Wednesday highlighted progress(link is external) on the new Vermont Logger Safety and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program, including a 15% workers’ compensation premium credit.“Innovative programs like the Vermont Logger Safety and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program are critical to growing our economy and making Vermont a more affordable place to do business,” said Governor Scott. “The program is a win-win: it will improve workplace safety for loggers and lead to savings for Vermont employers, allowing them to reinvest in their businesses and create jobs.”The program was launched by the administration earlier this year(link is external) – with support and funding from the legislature – to modernize safety training for logging contractors and their employees to reduce injuries and insurance claims, helping them qualify for reduced insurance rates.Eligibility for the newly announced premium credit is determined by a two-step process. First, employers attend a leadership training designed to foster a workplace culture of safety, while employees attend occupation-specific training to learn best practices for worksite safety. Second, an onsite verification is conducted to ensure implementation of the safety practices.DFR has contracted with W.J. Cox Associates, Inc., a third-party risk prevention specialist with over 40 years’ experience in the forest products industry, to conduct the verifications. Successful completion of both steps will deem an employee “safety certified,” automatically qualifying their employer for the 15% premium credit. The “safety certified” designation must be renewed on an annual basis to remain eligible for the premium credit.“Our research indicated that onsite verification is a critical component to actually improving workplace safety so we are confident this program will yield results,” said DFR Deputy Commissioner of Insurance Kevin Gaffney. “It is important to deliver consistent safety standards that result in an environment of safety, which in turn encourages competition among insurance carriers – this program accomplishes both.”FPR and DOL hosted a virtual information session this summer for forestland owners, foresters, loggers and insurance agents to provide an overview of the program and new online resources. Required trainings for employers, supervisors and employees began in the summer and will continue throughout the fall and the following spring.“We’ve built a program based on what has proven to be successful and sustainable in other states and countries in the logging sector,” said Deputy Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation Sam Lincoln. “Modernized training for employers and employees, on the job loss prevention consultations and a direct connection between verified safer logging operations and lower insurance rates is the path forward we’re charting for Vermont’s forest economy.”In addition to lowering workers’ compensation rates in the logging sector, statewide rates have decreased for three consecutive years(link is external), resulting in approximately $40 million in savings for Vermont businesses.The Vermont Logger Safety and Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program was established through an interagency collaborative effort by DFR, FPR and DOL, with input from logging safety trainers, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, insurance carriers and business owners in the forestry sector. A website with more information for logging contractors, consulting foresters and forestland owners is now available at https://fpr.vermont.gov/vermont-logger-safety-and-workers-compensation-insurance-program(link is external).Source: Montpelier, Vt. – Governor 10.9.2019
A report in the New Zealand Herald has pointed to some challenges faced in staging major triathlon events in New Zealand.The news report notes that New Zealand reluctantly walked away from hosting the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2016 ‘because the numbers simply did not work’. The article goes on to point out a further blow to the local multisport community in New Zealand, citing that ‘Ironman 70.3 Auckland has also been dropped because it didn’t work financially through high operating costs and a lack of participants.’Having been a part of the World Triathlon Series (WTS) for a number of years, and having hosted the World Triathlon Grand Final in 2012, Auckland will not feature in the 2016 WTS. Confirmed earlier this month, the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series calendar will incorporate racing in the Middle East, Australia, Japan, Europe and the Americas:Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 4-5Gold Coast, Australia – April, weekend dates TBCYokohama, Japan – May 14-15Leeds, England – June 11-12Stockholm, Sweden – July 2-3Hamburg, Germany – July 16-17Edmonton, Canada – TBCCozumel, Mexico – September 11-18The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland event took place in January 2013. However, the event website currently notes that the race is discontinued, with athletes given the option of considering alternatives, such as IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong in Australia, or the full distance IRONMAN New Zealand or IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo.As the NZ Herald article points out, high operating costs are presenting a barrier. This is amplified in a market such as New Zealand, which has a smaller, albeit an active triathlete population, thus presenting a challenge to staging major triathlon events in the country. Maintaining the momentum for triathlon here will be a key objective, particularly as, in December 2014, national governing body Tri NZ witnessed a drop in the annual funding it receives.www.triathlon.org.nzwww.ironmanauckland.com Related
Proposed advisory opinion concerning LinkedInThe Standing Committee on Advertising will consider adopting Proposed Advisory Opinion A-14-1 on the issue of lawyers’ participation in the social networking site LinkedIn, including LinkedIn’s endorsements feature, as a topic of interest among a significant number of Florida Bar members at the request of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. The committee will consider this issue at a meeting to be held in conjunction with The Florida Bar Winter Meeting, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014. There is no draft opinion available at this time. The Standing Committee on Advertising’s existing Guidelines on Social Networking Sites are available on the bar’s website at www.floridabar.org under “Advertising Rules.” Pursuant to Procedures 4(c) and (d) of The Florida Bar Procedures for Issuing Advisory Opinions Relating to Lawyer Advertising or Solicitation, comments from Florida Bar members are solicited on the issues presented. All comments to the Standing Committee on Advertising must contain the draft proposed advisory opinion number and clearly state the issues that the bar member believes should be addressed by the committee’s opinion and may contain citations to relevant authorities. Comments should be submitted to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert, Ethics Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be postmarked no later than 30 days from the date of this publication. January 1, 2014 Regular News Proposed advisory opinion concerning LinkedIn
Men and women open fall slate with weekend tourneys in Michigan and Alabama Zach EisendrathSeptember 16, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintDespite a disappointing 2004-05 season, sophomore Jane Anderson said she is confident that she – along with the rest of the women’s tennis team – can turn things around this fall.The road to success starts this weekend at the Bronco Invitational in Kalamazoo, Mich.“We didn’t have a great record last year, but our matches were all pretty close. We just didn’t close out very well,” Anderson said. “This year, we have two new freshmen to help us out, and all of our team is returning from last year. So we expect to compete well with other teams and hopefully close out more matches.”The two new additions, freshmen Karina Chiarelli and Mariana Spilca, have the Gophers feeling optimistic.Chiarelli comes to the University after being rated the best junior player in Brazil. As a high school senior, Spilca led Sandia Preparatory School to the New Mexico Team State Championship.Anderson said she believes they will learn a lot under fifth-year coach Tyler Thomson.“I think that they are both good players who have potential to be even better,” she said. “Coming to a new environment with new coaches and a new team will help them a lot in developing their game.”Anderson played No. 2 singles for a Gophers team that finished dead last in the Big Ten standings at 1-9. The women compiled a 6-15 overall record in match play.But she believes inexperience played a large role in the team’s failures.“There were too many matches we should have won, but our team was young and lacked experience, so I think this year we have grown a little bit,” Anderson said. “But we are still young enough to get better each year.” Although they struggled, the Gophers always stayed positive.If Minnesota improves significantly this season, credit a large portion of their success to the teams’ sanguine nature.“I don’t care what people on the outside are thinking, as long as we’re working together as a team, hopefully our hard work will pay off and the results will speak for themselves,” Anderson said.Men open this weekendNo team on campus is looking forward to a fresh start more than Minnesota’s men’s tennis team.The team opens its fall season with the Alabama Fall Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala.The Gophers are rebuilding after a forgettable spring season, in which the team committed six secondary NCAA rule violations – leading to suspensions of both coaches and players for the majority of the season – along with the disappointment of failing to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 12 seasons.“I think that it has been a long time since we finished a season ranked that low and didn’t qualify for the NCAAs, so I think that we are all fired up about the season and ready to make our coaches proud,” sophomore Chi Pham said.The Gophers must also find a way to compensate for the loss of the team’s previous captain and No. 1 singles player, Avery Ticer. It remains to be seen how the team will function without the programs first-ever three-year captain.
Researchers at an Indian hospital have identified strains of hypervirulent, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae associated with extremely high mortality rates, according to a new study in the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India.The findings represent the first report of a hypervirulent form of the drug-resistant pathogen in India, the authors of the study say. Strains of K pneumoniae that combine carbapenem resistance and hypervirulence, which to date have been reported only in China, can cause severe infections that spread quickly throughout the body.Infectious disease experts have called the combination a “worst-case” scenario that poses a significant threat to public health.High mortality tied to high resistance, hypervirulenceIn the study, researchers at Christian Medical College in Tamil Nadu state tested isolates of carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniae obtained from 86 patients hospitalized with bacteremia in 2015 and 2016. They conducted antibiotic susceptibility testing to assess resistance to meropenem, performed string tests to evaluate virulence, and looked for carbapenem-resistance and virulence genes using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis. They used multilocus sequence typing (MLST) to determine the sequence type (ST) of 10 of the isolates.The results were then analyzed for association between 30-day mortality, meropenem minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), string-test positivity, and carbapenem-resistance genes.Of the 86 isolates tested, 27 (31.3%) had a positive string test, which indicates hypervirulence. But PCR tests found that only 3 of the string-test-positive isolates contained the rmpA2 hypervirulence gene, and none contained the rmpA or magA hypervirulence genes. The authors say the absence of these genes could indicate that other genes were responsible for the hypervirulence. The most common carbapenem-resistance gene found in the isolates was blaNDM.MLST indicated that two of the isolates belonged to ST231 and one each to ST11 and ST43—clonal types that have previously been reported in carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniae. A hypervirulent, carbapenem-resistant ST11 strain was implicated in a 2016 outbreak of ventilator-associated pneumonia at a Chinese hospital that left five patients dead.Case-fatality rate 56%The overall mortality among the patients was 55.9%, which is higher than the 42% that’s previously been associated with carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniae. But it was significantly higher in patients with string-test-positive isolates (74.1%) and isolates with a meropenem MIC equal to or higher than 16 micrograms per milliliter (mcg/mL, 67.9%). Isolates with both positive string tests and high resistance to meropenem were associated with a mortality rate of 84.2%. String-test-positivity (odds ratio [OR], 2.2, P = 0.036) and a meropenem MIC of 16 mcg/mL (OR 9.5, P = 0.008) or higher were both independently associated with mortality. The median age of the patient was 37.5 years, and 52% were immunocompromised. Ninety-two percent of the infections were associated with healthcare.The authors of the study say their findings indicate clinicians will need to be on the lookout for these strains.”It is important to monitor the prevalence of CR-hvKP [carbapenem-resistant hypervirulent K pneumoniae] among invasive isolates, as they pose a public health threat in the treatment and management of infections,” the authors write. “The combination of increased virulence and decreased susceptibility to antimicrobials is very challenging to treat and hence results in worse outcomes.”See also:December 2018 J Assoc Physicians India studySep 8, 2017 CIDRAP News story “New Klebsiella strains ‘worst-case’ scenario, experts say”
“I couldn’t be more excited to add someone like Douglass Kirchdorfer to the Elite family. Not only does he have a brilliant business mind, but he received numerous awards for ethics throughout his career as a shop owner, and truly enjoys helping people” said Bob Cooper, president of Elite Worldwide.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Elite Worldwide has announced that Douglass Kirchdorfer, a recently retired award-winning shop owner, has joined the company as its newest business development coach. In his new role, Kirchdorfer will utilize his more than 30 years of experience as a successful shop owner to provide one-on-one business-building guidance to other shop owners throughout the U.S. In addition, Douglass served on the board of directors for the Colorado Automobile Service Association (ASA) for 10 years, starting in 1994 and was board president in 2004. He also was one of the founding members of the Denver chapter of the NAPA Auto Care advisory board, the Delphi Tool Advisory Board, the Denver BBB Torch Award Selection Committee and served four years on the Mechanical Operations Committee of the national Automobile Service Association. He currently serves on the Grievance and Standards Committee of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. Starting in 2002, Kirchdorfer’s shop, Downing Street Garage, was voted among the top five AAA Approved Repair Shops in Colorado. In 2003, the shop won the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau and in 2004, went on to win the International BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics as well as the coveted Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance Award. His shop was also named as one of the top 10 shops in America in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011 in a national trade publication. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.
As REE focuses on expanding its global industry partnerships, Nair brings extensive automotive expertise and a proven track record of driving business growth through innovation, technology leadership and global collaboration. Hari Nair Electric mobility company REE announced that Hari Nair has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. REE is powering the future of mobility by fundamentally changing vehicle architecture by pioneering what the company says is the world’s first fully flat modular skateboard chassis. The company says that its disruptive technology is essential to widespread vehicle electrification and capitalizes on the trends that are transforming mobility needs. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Nair began his career in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries at General Motors. Subsequently, he joined Tenneco Inc., a global automotive supplier, where he held numerous executive positions including serving as Tenneco’s chief operating officer from 2010 to 2015. He was a member of Tenneco’s board of directors from 2009 until his retirement in 2015. Nair currently serves as a member of the board of directors with Delphi Technologies, Musashi Seimitsu Industry, Owens-Illinois Inc. and as chairman of Sintercom India Ltd. He also is CEO of Anitar Investments, a global technology and industrial investment firm. “Hari’s forward-thinking backed by many years of experience will help broaden our global reach and accelerate our impact on the future of mobility,” said Daniel Barel, co-founder and CEO. “The move toward electrification, autonomous driving and increased ride-sharing are fundamentally changing the industry and vehicle requirements. I look forward to Hari’s support as REE pursues new avenues and opportunities for our innovative solutions.” “I am excited to join the REE board and be a part of a dynamic company that is truly at the cutting-edge of mobility. REE embraces new perspectives and is at the forefront of vehicle design and technology,” said Nair. “I look forward to supporting REE’s collaboration with leading technology partners to build on its unique approach to designing and developing vehicles.”
QED Naval, the developer behind Subhub tidal foundations platform, has moved their head office to satisfy the company’s growing requirements.The company stated their new location on Castle Street, Edinburgh, provides improved access for their customers and clients.The new accommodation comprises a dedicated server room that allows QED Naval to make best use of high performance computing capabilities, and to boost the performance large fluid loading and mechanical models.As announced earlier, the company started Subhub testing with the launching of the operational model at Forth Estuary Engineering’s dock in Leith, UK.Subhub tidal foundations platform is designed to commission, test, transport, install, and secure a mini array of wave and tidal turbines to the seabed.QED Naval is an Edinburgh-based naval architecture consultancy that is focused on the development of the marine renewable energy industry and the vessel requirements for deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal devices.[mappress mapid=”616″]Image: QED Naval
Petrel Resources, an Irish based exploration and production company, has formally accepted two new Licensing Options (LOs) awarded in the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland, as part of phase two of the 2015 Atlantic Ireland licensing round. The second phase of the 2015 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round, held last Friday, saw 14 new LOs awarded offshore Ireland. The first phase of the Licensing Round was held in February of this year.Petrel announced on the same day that the company was awarded two separate LOs, one in the north-western Porcupine License Option and the other including the entirety of Block 45/27.The company said on Friday that it formally accepted the two awarded Licensing Options, both of which are 100 percent owned and operated by Petrel.The licenses have two-year terms with agreed work programs following which Petrel has the option to convert to Frontier Exploration Licences.Licensing Option 16/24, in the North-Eastern Porcupine Basin, is a considerable grant of 664 sq km encompassing the entirety of Blocks 26/26, and 35/01, as well as available parts of 26/27 and 35/02.Major discoveries in the Flemish Pass basin, offshore eastern Canada, have re-focussed industry attention on the Upper Jurassic, particularly in South Porcupine, while along the basin margins the exciting potential in the Lower Cretaceous, prolific in West Africa, also remains undrilled. According to Petrel, LO 16/24 has potential for both Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous prospects.Licensing Option 16/25 is in the Eastern Porcupine Basin, closer to shore, and encompasses 260 sq. km of the entirety of Block 45/27.The company said that this area was covered by a 3D seismic program acquired by Kosmos Energy in 2013.David Horgan, Petrel Director, said, “The resounding success of the 2015 Bid Round has transformed the Irish Atlantic, and especially the Porcupine Basin. When we first applied for acreage in 2011 it was a lonely path. Financial markets were sceptical and the industry unconvinced. We have persisted with our work on and evangelising of the Porcupine Basin.” “There were three discoveries in the Porcupine Basin in the period 1978-1981, of which the Spanish Point discovery is due to be re-drilled by Cairn. Recent technological advances, better understanding of geology and higher average oil and gas prices have opened up the Irish Atlantic. Previous oil price falls after 1986, and again after 1998, led to operator departures and a drying up of interest. However, Horgan said that this latest oil price drop of 54% since mid-2014 has not diminished explorer interest. Instead, he said, more and bigger companies are bidding larger work programmes. “In the 2015 Bid Round, 43 applications were made by 17 companies but only 28 offers made. Less than half of the Porcupine Basin acreage applied for was offered,” Horgan said.He said the company’s plans to apply new techniques and lessons learnt elsewhere to the new ground, “approaching innovative partners open to different ideas, and we hope to expand our Porcupine Basin presence in the future.”