by Anne Galloway www.vtdigger.org(link is external) Vince Brennan, a Progressive member of the Burlington City Council, has offered a resolution opposing the Air Force proposal to bring F-35s to the Burlington International Airport based on the environmental impact of the jets on the region.The main issue is noise. In his resolution, Brennan asserts that the peak noise level for the jets will be 115 decibels ‘19 decibels higher than the peak noise level for Vermont National Guard F-16 planes that now fly out of the airport. People hear that decibel increase as â four times louder’he says.Brennan presented his resolution at the Burlington City Council meeting Monday night. City Councilors Vince Dober, a Republican, will offer a proposal to support the Air Force proposal, and Joan Shannon, a Democrat, will introduce a resolution that is somewhere in between.Brennanâ s resolution refers to Col. Rosanne Grecoâ s 17-page analysis of the voluminous Air Force environmental impact statement. Greco, the chair of the South Burlington City Council and former strategic planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Defense Department, detailed the key impacts of the EIS in her report and ultimately urged her colleagues to vote against the F-35 proposal. They rejected the F-35 base in a 4-to-1 vote.In his 1,679 word resolution, Brennan says the F-35A is a weapon for â penetrating enemy air space and delivering 18,000 pounds of air-to-ground bombs and air-to-ground missiles rather than primarily for saving Vermonters during natural disasters, like Hurricane Irene, or defending the US from attack.âMichael Dubie, adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, told reporters last week that opponents were using â fear or exaggeration’to block the planes. The Associated Press reported that 100 people in Winooski protested against the F-35s on Thursday.VTDigger.org received a copy of Brennanâ s resolution in advance of the meeting tonight (Monday).Here is a sampling from the proposal that addresses noise levels:Whereas under the FAA program, the airport has so far purchased 120 homes near the airport in South Burlington for demolition because the F16 and other airport noise reached or exceeded that 24-hour average 65 dB threshold, and that once healthy neighborhood of affordable houses has been turned into a wasteland; andWhereas the Air Force draft EIS shows that basing the F-35A here will place 1366 additional houses and 2,863 more people in Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski, Williston and Colchester within the 24-hour average noise level that caused the purchase for demolition of those 120 affordable houses; andWhereas the airport recently announced that it would purchase no more homes; andWhereas although F-16 noise is quite high, the Air Force draft EIS shows the present-day 24-hour average 65 dB contour from F-16 noise barely skirts edges of Winooski and Burlington while the F-35A will put half of Winooskiâ s houses and Burlington houses along Calarco, Chase, Rumsey, Barrett, Mill, Grove, and Patchen roads, and along portions of Pearl and Riverside, within that incompatible-with-residential-living contour; andWhereas the table on page BR4-18 of the Air Force draft EIS shows that the peak noise level for the F-16 is 94 dBA and for the F-35A it is 115 dBAâ a difference of 21 dBAâ when each plane takes off and reaches 1000 feet above ground level; andWhereas according to the numbers in the Air Force draft EIS the decrease in property values for houses experiencing the 21 dB increase in loudness is likely to be in the range from 11% to 42%; andWhereas the Air Force draft EIS raises serious questions about safety as it states that â it is possible that projected mishap [crash] rates for the F-35A may be comparable to the historical rates of the F-22A’and numbers in the draft EIS show that in its early years the F-22A had a â most severe’mishap rate 7 times higher than the current rate for the F-16; andWhereas the draft EIS makes clear that the Burlington airport was a preferred location because air quality in the Champlain Valley is in â attainment’with air quality standards and therefore the Air Force can more conveniently bring the F-35A to Burlington than it can to competing Air Force bases whose already fouled air and â non-attainment’status present difficult hoops for the Air Force to jump through to achieve compliance with the Clean Air Act; andWhereas the draft EIS shows that the negative effect of basing the F-35A in South Burlington will fall disproportionally on low income and immigrant communities. June 18, 2012 www.vtdigger.org(link is external)
Vermont Business Magazine Community leaders gathered at 206 Park Street in Bennington to welcome Southwestern Vermont Health Care employees Russell Carrier and Leah Hart, along with their 9-month-old son Able, to their new home. The young family’s new home was provided by Healthy Homes for Bennington, LC3. The organization is a project of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), in cooperation with The Bank of Bennington and the Town of Bennington. Healthy Homes’ mission is to enhance community health while revitalizing Bennington, Vermont’s downtown region by renovating distressed or vacant homes and facilitating home ownership. “Studies show that home ownership and quality living situations go hand-in-hand with good health,” said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC’s president and CEO. “We have an interest in reinvesting in Bennington, helping make it a safe and desirable place to live, and promoting the health of our workforce and their families. This project is a vehicle to achieve this.” Healthy Homes of Bennington’s goals include: providing affordable opportunities for home ownership; assisting with recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce; supporting community development and local investment; establishing stable and supportive environments that improve the health of Bennington families; and boosting the local economy by employing local contractors to perform renovations to distressed downtown homes. The home, a modest early 20th century colonial, had been abandoned when Southwestern Vermont Health Care began investigating it as the first Healthy Home of Bennington. The group offered the owner the assessed value for the home and contracted with Hale Resources, LLC, to renovate it. The entire property was gutted and re-insulated. New windows, electrical upgrades, and dry wall were installed, in addition to new fixtures and appliances. The house is now in like-new condition. “The program helps facilitate home ownership for SVHC employees and connects them to Bennington’s economic redevelopment,” said Kevin Dailey, the vice president for Human Resources and the primary administrator for Healthy Homes of Bennington. “We see it as an investment in our community’s revitalization and more importantly in our regional workforce.” Carrier, a hospital chef, and Hart, a nurse-patient liaison in the post-anesthesiology recovery unit, have a combined total of 12 years with SVHC. The health system put a call out to employees in 2016, which prompted the couple to apply. “This has been so exciting for us. We are so grateful to SVHC and Healthy Homes for making home ownership possible for us at this stage in our lives,” said Hart. “As a young couple with a 9-month-old, it would have taken years for us to be able to afford a down payment.”To be eligible for home ownership of a Healthy Home, applicants must be first-time home buyers, have 18 months employment tenure in a full-time or benefited part-time position with household income capable of supporting the debt service. Carrier and Hart’s application was accepted in late fall. They closed on the property on February 1. Financing was obtained through The Bank of Bennington. In addition, the buyers must attend a first-time home buyer education program.“The Bank of Bennington is proud to support this project to improve the health and vitality of our community,” said Jim Brown, president of the Bank of Bennington. The Town of Bennington has pledged to participate in Healthy Homes for Bennington through making improvements and repairs to municipal infrastructure, including sidewalks and street lights, within associated neighborhoods.The Healthy Homes project organizers have begun work on a second house on County Street. And a third house on Spring Street will begin soon. “We hope that renovations to these homes will inspire nearby homeowners to improve their properties and that other employers may be inspired to replicate the program,” Dee said. About:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock.SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).Source: BENNINGTON, VT—February 23, 2017—SVHC. Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.
After the game, head coach Bob Motzko told the media that the game was an important win.“It wasn’t a pretty game for us, but we did enough good things that amount to a win, and that’s what is important….You add up those little things tonight, and that’s what led us to get the win tonight,” Motzko said. “But we have a chance to be better tomorrow too.”Minnesota will face Michigan again Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the date of the game. The article has been updated with the correct date. Minnesota takes game one in Ann Arbor 3-1Sophomore Ben Meyers had a three-point night.Audrey RauthGophers forward Ben Meyers approaches Penn State’s goal during the final period at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19. Julianna Landis, Sports ReporterDecember 8, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn the final series of the first half of its schedule, Minnesota faced an unpredictable matchup against Michigan, given that both teams would be losing key players temporarily to the World Junior Championship, but Minnesota prevailed to extend its win streak to seven straight to open the season.Ben Meyers put in the work against the Wolverines on Tuesday, assisting the first two goals of the game and also scoring the final goal of the night. In post-game media availability, Meyers said that after a scoreless first period, play opened up more as the game went on, allowing the Gophers to score.“The first period, it was just two good teams playing really hard and there were a lot of experienced guys, so there wasn’t many turnovers and not a lot of offense… just stuck to the game plan,” he said.Michigan’s only goal of the night came directly after Meyers’ 3-0 tally in the third, with Kent Johnson getting the Wolverines on the board.Minnesota had five chances on the powerplay on Tuesday, and it once again found the back of the net with the man advantage, this time from a gritty Sampo Ranta rebound in front of the crease. Ranta’s goal in the second period was quickly followed up with one from Bryce Brodzinski, and after a scoreless first period Minnesota went into the locker room leading 2-0 at the second intermission.
De Rito Partners reported the following commercial transactions:De Rito Purchases Macayo’s PlazaDeRito-P Retail 1, LLC recently purchased the Macayo’s Plaza shopping center located at the southwest corner of Bell Road and Reems Road in dynamic and expanding Surprise, Arizona. Brian Bridgman and Trevor Clinch represented De Rito Partners in the purchase. This adds to the growing number of retail assets De Rito Partners has acquired and revitalized throughout the Valley.Rent-A-Center adds location in the Southwest ValleyRent-A-Center signed a lease to add a new location west of the northwest corner of 75th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix. De Rito Partners’ brokers Bill Bones represented the tenant, and Bruce Milton and Justin Rihs represented the landlord in completing the deal for a 5,100-square-foot space. Salon opening first location in the Southwest ValleyChely’s Beauty Salon completed a deal to open its first location at the northeast corner of 35th Avenue and Southern Avenue in Phoenix. Chris Corso of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing a lease for a 1,206-square-foot space. Masaki’s Restaurant renews lease at Verde Valley CenterDe Rito Partners’ broker Dale Harsh represented the landlord in completing a lease for a 1,200-square-foot space to Masaki’s Restaurant at the Verde Valley Center located along Highway 89A in Cottonwood, Arizona. San Tan Village Furniture Center adding a Crossfit GymCrossfit 375 signed a lease to open its first location at the San Tan Village Furniture Center located just west of the northwest corner of Loop 202 and San Tan Village Parkway. De Rito Partners’ broker Robert McKnight represented the landlord in signing the lease for 3,000 square feet. Rent-A-Center adding location in PeoriaDe Rito Partners’ broker Bill Bones represented Rent-A-Center in completing a deal for a 4,197-square-foot space at the southwest corner of 67th Avenue and Peoria Avenue in Peoria, Arizona. Title Max opening new location in TempeTitle Max signed a lease to add a new location at the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Fillmore Street in Tempe, Arizona. Bill Bones represented the tenant in completing the deal for a 2,400-square-foot space. A-Professional Locks adding new showroomA-Professional Locks completed a deal to open a new showroom/warehouse just west of the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Germann Road in Gilbert, Arizona. Justin Rihs represented the tenant in signing the lease for 6,567 square feet. Shear Gossip Salon opening in MesaShear Gossip Salon will be opening a location next to Walmart on the northeast corner of Baseline Road and Country Club Drive in Mesa, Arizona. Justin Rihs represented the landlord in completing the deal for the 1,000-square-foot space. Rodney D. Young Insurance expanding across ArizonaRodney D. Young Insurance signed a lease for a 1,500-square-foot space in San Luis, Arizona near the U.S./Mexico border. Carl Jones, Jr. and Lizette Fonseca of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in signing deal at the northeast corner of South J Avenue and Piceno Drive. Metro PCS continues expansion throughout the ValleyDe Rito Partners’ broker Carl Jones, Jr. represented the landlord in signing a deal to bring Metro PCS to the North Central Plaza located just south of the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Van Buren Street in Avondale, Arizona. The lease was for a 1,200-square-foot space. A new Ace Hardware to open in Orange County, CA trade areaDe Rito Partners’ broker Marty Olejarczyk helped to represent Ace Hardware in completing a deal for an 8,000-square-foot space in the difficult to penetrate trade area of Garden Grove, California. The new Ace Hardware will be located at 11919 Valley View Street in Garden Grove. Rodney D. Young Insurance adding Midtown Phoenix officeRodney D. Young Insurance completed a lease to open its newest location at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix. Justin Rihs of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal for a 1,080-square-foot space. P.A.W. Services opening location in TucsonP.A.W. Services signed a leased to open at the southwest corner of Nexus Road and Valencia Road in Tucson, Arizona. Dean Ingram of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing a lease for 3,150 square feet. Metro PCS joining The Village Shopping CenterMetro PCS continues to expand throughout the Valley signing a lease for a 1,105-square-foot space just west of the southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Dunlap Avenue in Phoenix. Chris Corso and John Palmieri of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in the deal. Mountain Range Restaurants leases former El Paso BBQDe Rito Partners’ brokers Matt Morrell and Paul Serafin represented the landlord in completing a deal for Mountain Range Restaurants to lease the former El Paso BBQ at the southwest corner of 43rd Avenue and Peoria Avenue in Phoenix. The lease was for a 4,700-square-foot space. 6.7 acres sold in Chandler off Loop 202De Rito Partners’ broker Michael McWilliams represented the seller in completing a deal for 6.7 acres west of the northwest corner of Loop 202 and Gilbert Road in Chandler, Arizona. Chilton Properties was the buyer of the land. Sushi restaurant to open at McDowell MarketplaceSushinola Roll signed a lease to open a restaurant at McDowell Marketplace at the southwest corner of 59th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. Marcela Houser of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in completing the deal for a 1,320-square-foot space. Courtyard Interiors joining dynamic Pavilion’s at Talking StickDe Rito Partners’ brokers Gordon Heckaman and Carl Jones, Jr. represented the landlord in completing a deal to bring Courtyard Interiors by J&L Flooring, Inc. to The Pavilions at Talking Stick. The deal was for 2,163 square feet at the center located just off of Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.
DRC confirms 1 more Ebola case as vaccination level passes 5,000One more case has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) latest Ebola outbreak, in a patient from Beni, the health ministry said yesterday in its latest update.The development raises the outbreak total to 116, which includes 86 confirmed and 30 probable cases. Health officials are still investigating 8 suspected cases, including those involving 3 people who died in community settings, a factor known to increase the risk of virus transmission in Ebola outbreaks.In Beni, Health Minister Oly Ilunga, MD, led city and district officials, as well as other community leaders, on tours of the outbreak response center and the town’s Ebola treatment center to give them a better understanding of case management and to respond to community concerns about the epidemic and patient care.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update today that over the past week contact follow-up has improved, most patients admitted for treatment have received therapeutics within hours of case confirmation, and ring vaccination has reached most contacts of confirmed cases.The agency urged caution, however, in light of the promising trends, noting that 13 confirmed and probable cases have been reported since its last update on Aug 24, 8 of them in Beni. The WHO also said substantial risks remain from possible undocumented transmission chains; of the 13 most recent cases, 4 were among unknown contacts.Also, it said sporadic high-risk behaviors in some communities have been reported, such as unsafe burials and reluctance to cooperate with contact tracing, vaccination efforts, and admission to Ebola treatment centers. The WHO added that gaps in infection prevention and control in some community health centers and delays in some patients reaching treatment centers also have the potential to fuel the outbreak.As of Aug 30, 5,130 contacts and their contacts have been vaccinated. The WHO said 20 patients have now received investigational treatments: 13 mAB114, 5 remdisivir, and 2 zMapp.Aug 30 DRC update Aug 31 WHO outbreak update Saudi Arabia reports more MERS-CoV casesSaudi Arabia’s health ministry has reported five MERS-CoV cases so far for the month of August, three involving camel contact, according to posts covering epidemiologic weeks 31, 32, 33, and 35.During the first week of the month, the ministry reported two MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case-patients, a 55-year-old man from Hufoof in the eastern part of the country who recovered and an 82-year-old woman from Tabuk in the far northwest who died from her infection. Both had contact with camels before they got sick.The following week, officials reported an illness in a 41-year-old man living in Dammam in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province. An investigation also revealed that he had contact with camels before his symptoms began. He has recovered.In reports for epidemiologic week 33 and 35, the ministry reported infections in an 80-year-old man from the city of Buljorshy in the southwest who died and a 77-year-old man from Alzulfi in in the centrally located Riyadh province who is hospitalized. Investigators found that neither of the men had contact with camels.The latest illnesses from Saudi Arabia, combined with a travel-related case reported last week from the United Kingdom, appear to lift the global MERS-CoV total to 2,243 cases and the number of deaths from the disease to 795.Saudi MOH report for week 31 Saudi MOH report for week 32 Saudi MOH report for week 33 Saudi MOH report for week 35 Aug 23 CIDRAP News story “Traveler from Mideast diagnosed with MERS in UK” Four countries from 3 parts of the world report more polio casesIn its latest weekly update, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) reported new polio cases in four countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, the DRC, and Papua New Guinea.In Afghanistan, one more wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported, involving a patient from Nangahar province who had a Jul 17 paralysis onset. The country has now had 12 WPV1 cases in 2018.Meanwhile, Nigeria, which is experiencing two separate circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) outbreaks, reported three new cases, two from different locations in Jigwa state that had Jun 27 and Jul 24 symptom onsets and one in Katsina state with a Jul 27 illness onset. Nigeria’s cVDPV2 total for the year now stands at eight.The DRC, which is affected by three separate cVDPV2 strains, said two patients who were contacts of negative acute flaccid paralysis case-patients from Mongala province have been classified as case-patients. The country has now reported 13 such cases in 2018.Elsewhere, Papua New Guinea, which is experiencing a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) outbreak, reported two new cases, one in Madang province with a symptom onset of Jul 11 and one in Eastern Highland province with a Jul 26 illness onset. The country has now reported six 2018 cVDPV1 cases from four provinces.Aug 31 GPEI update CDC confirms new H1N2v flu case, raising season total to 13For the fourth straight week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed variant H1N2 (H1N2v) flu, this time in a case in Ohio.The new case involves a child who contracted the disease after exposure to swine at an agricultural fair, which is a common risk factor for variant flu strains. The child is still recovering from the illness but did not require hospitalization, the CDC said in a FluView update today.The new H1N2v cases bring the total this year to 13, with the most in California (6), followed by Ohio (4) and Michigan (3). Since 2011, the CDC has confirmed only 25 H1N2v cases. The only other variant flu case reported so far this year in the United States was caused by the much more common H3N2v strain, in a patient in Indiana.”Early identification and investigation of human infections with novel influenza A viruses are critical so that the risk of infection can be more fully understood and appropriate public health measures can be taken,” the CDC said. Aug 31 CDC FluView report Scientists report international avian flu travel involving wild duck in AlaskaFor the fourth time in 7 years scientists have reported international spread of influenza A viruses via migratory birds, this time involving a Eurasian-origin H8N4 virus identified in a northern pintail duck in Alaska, according to a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The isolate was among 541 samples collected by US Geological Survey scientists from hunter-harvested waterfowl taken in the fall of 2016 in western Alaska. It shared more than 99% of its genetic material with isolates recovered from wild and domestic birds in East Asia from 2006 through 2016. It also shared that genetic closeness with avian flu isolates collected in western Alaska in 2012 through 2015 but not with an H8N4 isolate collected in the state from a northern pintail in 1997.Those data indicate that the new H8N4 isolate “might represent a previously unidentified or unreported genome constellation,” the authors wrote. They added, “Phylogenetic analyses provided support for Eurasian ancestry of this genomic constellation.”The other three reports of intercontinental travel of avian flu viruses involved H16N3, H9N2, and highly pathogenic H5N8.The researchers conclude, “Evidence for repeated introductions of influenza A viruses into North America by migratory birds suggests that intercontinental dispersal might not be exceedingly rare and that our understanding of viral establishment is incomplete.”Aug 30 Emerg Infect Dis study
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From Tire Review Schaeffler AG has decided to shift strategy and replace Juergen Geissinger as CEO, effective immediately. The company’s CFO, Klaus Rosenfeld, will assume the role of CEO on an interim basis, the company said. The departure of Geissinger is immediate and by mutual consent, the German-based company said. “With today’s change of leadership, we have paved the way for the future reorientation of Schaeffler Group and its leadership,” Georg F. W. Schaeffler, chairman, said in the statement. “We thank Dr. Geissinger for his work and contribution to the success of our company.” Geissinger’s current contract would have expired at the end of 2014. Earlier last month, it was reported that Schaeffler did not intend to extend Geissinger’s contract. Following its debt-financed takeover bid for Continental in 2008, Schaeffler’s liabilities soared, putting Geissinger under pressure. Schaeffler recently sold a portion of its Continental shares in an effort to reduce its debts. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Tyrata Inc. and Marubeni Corp. have announced a collaboration for distribution of Tyrata’s IntelliTreadDrive-Over System (DOS) in Japan. Tyrata’s DOS and corresponding data analytics platform have proven effective in the automation of tire tread depth monitoring and Marubeni will be introducing the new technology to its customer base in Japan.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “As we expand our efforts into the global market, Marubeni is an important element of our distribution strategy,” said Jesko von Windheim, Tyrata’s CEO. “Marubeni not only gives us a capable and trusted sales and service partner in Japan, but they also offer established channels into many other Asian markets.” In connection with the collaboration, Marubeni will obtain the right to distribute and service Tyrata’s DOS in Japan, and Tyrata gains the support of a trusted technology partner in the Japanese market. Marubeni will start introducing DOS units in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2020. Organizations interested in learning more about the IntelliTread portfolio may contact Luka Lojk at mailto:Luka.Lojk@Tyrata.com or +1-704-593-8418. “We see a demand for low-cost, automated tire monitoring across our customer base and we believe that Tyrata’s products meet the cost and performance requirements in this market. Marubeni is pleased to be a partner for Tyrata in Japan and we look forward to providing customers with this innovative new technology,” said Kazuyoshi Hosoi, general manager, Tires and Rubber Materials Department.Advertisement Marubeni will introduce the DOS to Japan and, through demonstration tests with logistics companies, proceed with verification of demand for automatic tire wear measurement, improvement of driver safety, and reduction of tire maintenance costs. Marubeni plans to conclude an exclusive distributor contract with Tyrata after verification. As partners, Marubeni and Tyrata will utilize each other’s knowledge to promote the use of automated wear measurement equipment for tires, thereby contributing to the realization of a safe and smart society.
A proposed aptitude test for bar students could accurately identify individuals who would do well in their courses, according to pilot studies. The Bar Standards Board proposed the test for students applying for the bar professional training course following the 2008 Wood review. The hour-long test is designed to assess candidates’ suitability and predict the likelihood of success or failure. A report to the BSB last week said a test would help to ensure that students would not ‘needlessly waste time and money on a course that would not ultimately prove beneficial’. The report covers the findings of two pilots, on 200 students in 2009-10 and with students who started the course in September 2010. It concludes that grades and final exam scores ‘showed strong relationships’ with test scores. It says there was no evidence to suggest that the test showed any adverse impacts for gender, primary language, age, disability or university. However John Carrier, chair of the BSB’s education and training committee, said ethnicity did affect scores, with minority groups being less successful, so an equality impact assessment would be carried out. A full report of the findings will go to the BSB next month.
Says Wolfgang Karau, CEE’s director operational: “Following the launch of the network a few weeks ago, and after having attended the recent European Breakbulk Exhibition in Antwerp, we are pleased to report that there has been a very positive response from the market to the development of the network and what it stands for.”We are aiming to have our inaugural conference for all CEE members in Kuala Lumpur in November this year, although further details will be available nearer to the time.”For more information about the CEE visit www.cargoequipmentexperts.com
Skeby previously served as ceo of Dansk Svejse Teknik, and has held several management positions in Danish industrial companies. He is currently a member of the Port of Hanstholm board of directors.Skeby replaces Jens Peter Peters, who has served as APD ceo since 2000 and has decided to retire from the business.ADP owns and operates the Danish ports of Fredericia, Nyborg and Middelfart and says that Fredericia and Nyborg are regularly used for the unloading of oversized project cargo in the form of tanks, boilers and machinery.The organisation says that it is finding that the items to be handled are becoming larger and heavier, and its newest quays and hinterland facilities are designed for this significant increase in load size. At the Port of Fredericia, four mobile cranes each have a 110-tonne lifting capacity. Nils Skeby. www.adp-as.com