Green Mountain Vista Inc of Williston has added its name to the manufacturers and retailers joining the voluntary recall announced in December 2009 of ALL Roman shades and roll-up blinds.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Green Mountain Vista, announced the voluntary recall of the Roman shades. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.Name of Product: Roman shadesUnits: About 200,000Manufacturer: Green Mountain Vista, Inc. of Williston, Vt.Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.Incidents/Injuries: None reported.Description: This recall involves all Green Mountain Vista Roman shades. These shades have a small sewn-on label on the back side of the shade with RN#107875.Sold at: Specialty home textile retail shops and mail order companies nationwide from September 2004 through August 2010 for between $40 and $120.Manufactured in: ChinaRemedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org(link is external)Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Green Mountain Vista at (800) 639-1728 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.gmvista.com(link is external)Note: Examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.Source: US Consumer Product Safety Commission. www.cpsc.gov(link is external).
For the first time ever, University of Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel, PhD, will confer medical degrees upon graduates in the UVM College of Medicine’s Class of 2011 during the school’s Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22, at 2:30 pm in UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel. Marcia Angell, MD, senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address.Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., and Melinda Estes, M.D., president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care, will provide a welcome and President Fogel will present remarks prior to Angell’s address. Senior Associate Dean of Research Ira Bernstein, M.D., will recognize the 14 Graduate College students earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and Associate Dean of Student Affairs G. Scott Waterman, M.D., will announce Class of 2011 awards and honors. Following remarks from Class of 2011 student Ari Garber, Ed.D., Fogel will confer an honorary degree, as well as the medical degrees upon 110 members of the Class of 2011.Below are snapshots of some of the Class of 2011’s soon-to-be-doctors:â ¢ Taking action to bring about change is medical student Matthew Meyer’s motto. A Shelburne, Vt., native, Champlain Valley Union High School and Middlebury College graduate, he served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania before enrolling in medical school. As a first-year student, Meyer co-founded the College of Medicine Marathon Team ‘ a group of Vermont City Marathon runners who fundraise for pediatric cancer research ‘ and later organized health care policy forums with Vermont candidates. Fresh from completing a two-month Centers for Disease Control-Hubert Fellowship spent coordinating tuberculosis surveillance in Kenya and East Africa, Meyer counts seeing “my first birth and death and participating in my first surgery and code” among his best med school educational experiences. He will serve a surgical residency at Brown University.â ¢ Barre, Vt., native Alan Frascoia came from a long-line of stone cutters and worked in the granite industry as a sculptor himself before switching gears to medicine, volunteering at the People’s Health & Wellness Clinic in his hometown, and completing a post-baccalaureate premedical program at UVM prior to enrolling. Fast-forward four years and Frascoia is now readying himself for life on a different coast as a psychiatry resident at Los Angeles, Calif.-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.â ¢ A UVM undergraduate molecular genetics major, Michelle Shepard, Ph.D., of Hardwick, Vt., didn’t expect her career path to lead to pediatrics when she enrolled at the UVM College of Medicine. One of five M.D.-Ph.D. students who will receive their medical degrees on May 22, she studied the immune system during pregnancy for her doctoral thesis and expected to go into obstetrics/gynecology (Ob/Gyn). Two critical clinical experiences ‘ one in Ob/Gyn and an Acting Internship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ‘ led to a new-found interest in the miracle of birth and child development. Shepard, who hopes to do a genetics fellowship after her residency, will complete a residency at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, Angell trained in both internal medicine and anatomic pathology and is a board-certified pathologist. She joined the New England Journal of Medicine in 1979, became executive editor in 1988, and editor-in-chief in 1999. A frequent contributor to professional journals and the popular media on a wide range of topics, particularly medical ethics, health policy, the nature of medical evidence, the interface of medicine and the law, and care at the end of life, Angell is the author of Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case (W. W. Norton & Company, 1996), The Truth about the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do about It (Random House, 2005), and a co-author of the first three editions of the textbook Basic Pathology. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1997, Time magazine named her one of the 25 most influential Americans.President Fogel will confer an honorary Doctor of Science degree to a family member of the late Thomas Sullivan, M.D., an alumnus from the College of Medicine’s Class of 1966, in recognition of his relentless passion for improving health care and health education and his transformative gifts in support of the education he valued so greatly.Faculty members William Raszka, M.D., professor of pediatrics, course director of Attacks and Defenses, and Class of 2011 Foundations Teacher of the Year, and William Hopkins, M.D., associate professor of medicine, course director of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Systems, and Class of 2011 Clinical Teacher of the Year, as well as Dr. Estes, will participate in hooding the graduates. In addition, some students will be hooded by their faculty mentors. College of Medicine graduates will take their professional oath at the conclusion of the degree-conferring portion of the ceremony.Beginning in mid-June, these new physicians will begin residencies in a wide range of subspecialties, including emergency medicine (18 students), internal medicine (14 students), pediatrics (14 students), and general surgery (11 students), at teaching hospitals across the country.A webcast of The University College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony will be available online on May 22 at www.med.uvm.edu(link is external). For more information about the College’s Commencement ceremony, visit www.uvm.edu/~cmncmnt/?Page=com.html&SM=submenu1.html(link is external) .###
Vermont Law School,Vermont Law School’s classes started today, two days late, because of school closure due to electricity, telephones and Internet service being interrupted by Hurricane Irene. All systems have been restored. Scores of VLS students have been volunteering and helping South Royalton residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the storm. The students have been delivering food, cleaning up flood damage, delivering supplies and doing other tasks. Floodwaters on campus damaged two buildings, three riverside parking lots and an outdoor classroom, while the school’s Internet server center had a mechanical failure. Flooding also damaged the homes of or stranded several faculty, students and staff in South Royalton and other communities.Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).
Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are available to help those Vermonters left without work as a result of tropical storm Irene. President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) have declared the following counties as official disaster areas eligible for individual assistance: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, and Windsor counties. Under this declaration, individuals living, working, or scheduled to work in those counties may be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits. ‘Tropical storm Irene has brought unprecedented damage and devastation to our state and to many Vermonters. I am very grateful to the Obama Administration and FEMA for their assistance during this difficult time.’ said Governor Shumlin. ‘Since the storm I have visited the communities impacted, and I am pleased that Vermonters may qualify for this assistance. We are dedicated to helping businesses reopen their doors and to supporting workers while they are unemployed as a result of this storm.’ ‘The flooding from Irene has resulted in temporary and permanent job loss in Vermont,’ said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan. ‘We encourage Vermonters who have experienced job loss relating to tropical storm Irene to explore their eligibility for this assistance.’ The disaster assistance period begins August 27, 2011 and ends March 3, 2012. The filing deadline for individuals deemed eligible for assistance is October 7, 2011. The first payable week will be the week ending September 3, 2011. An individual must be continuously unemployed as a direct result of the disaster in order to continue to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance. If eligible, he or she can collect benefits for the weeks during which they meet the necessary criteria. Individuals who experience temporary job loss as a result of the disaster and who do not qualify for State Unemployment Insurance Benefits, such as self-employed individuals, may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. An individual may qualify to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance if: You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self-employed.Your workplace was damaged, destroyed, or you cannot work because of the disaster.Your transportation to work is not available.You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the impacted area where means of transportation are not available.You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster.You derived most of you income from areas affected by the disaster, and your business is down as a direct result of the disaster.
A recent fundraiser in New York City, organized by former Vermonters, brought over $12,000 for Irene relief here at home. Blue Man Group supported this ‘I VT NY’ event which was conceived by two Vermonters who are now members of the troupe–Isaac Eddy and Zea Barker. The money they raised will be shared between the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The huge Brooklyn Bowl complex hosted the evening while Amanda Palmer, an eclectic and very popular rocker in the cabaret and ‘Brechtian’ vein stepped up as headliner. A showcase of Vermont products supported the cause with donations from businesses as diverse as Burton Snowboards, Sugarbush Resort, Courierware, WhistlePig Whiskey, Quaker Hill Granola, Vermont Creamery, and The Center for Cartoon Studies. The Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Vermont came aboard as a major sponsor.‘Once again the farmer-owners at Cabot came through,’ enthused Eddy. ‘Cabot’s involvement was huge. They covered our expenses, guaranteeing that our gate and auction proceeds would all go to the relief effort.’While remarkable progress has already been accomplished, residents rebuilding their flooded homes, businesses and farms are facing a longer term recovery. Donations are still needed and can be made through www.vtfloodresponse.org(link is external). On stage, Palmer’s talents were joined by others, including The London Souls, Sonya Kitchell, D.J. Spirit Bear and Blue Man Group. An impromptu Palmer/Blue Man on-stage rave with Vermont maple sugarmaker Max Cantor, from Deep Mountain Maple in West Glover, was hilarious.The surprise of the evening was when Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, took the stage and paid homage to Palmer, thanking her ‘for being a voice for the people, for standing in solidarity, for being here tonight.’ Then, these two activists sang ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ and ‘If I had a Hammer.’‘Playing with Peter was a revelation,’ Palmer said later. ‘I felt like I was receiving a pure folk transmission.’ Looking back on the evening, Eddy’ feels ‘This was the moment in the night that made the whole event truly special.”Many artists contributed work that helped make this a successful evening. They included Brookfield’s Ed Koren, who designed the poster, and numerous others including photographers Mikael Kennedy, Brian Scott, Elise Rasmussen, and Bob Eddy. Original art was given by Samuel Rowlett, Alec Longstreth, Brett Haines, Amanda Palmer, and Jennifer Kahn.Darkcloud, a Vermont-born Brooklyn street artist, designed t-shirts and other artwork.Long Trail Brewing supplied the evening’s beer. To bring Irene’s impact closer to the NY audience, 30 video monitors throughout the Brooklyn Bowl showed photographs of Irene’s devastation in Vermont. All of them came from the pages of The Herald of Randolph.At the heart of the welcoming area, were Stuart Comstock-Gay and Scott McArdle of the Vermont Community Foundation, which has helped coordinate much of the philanthropic response following Irene.‘The energy of this evening is just incredible,’ said Comstock-Gay. ‘These people are enthusiastic, they are concerned, and they care â ¦ What’s become very clear to us is that when people are given a taste of Vermont, they care about Vermont. Vermont is a beacon of inspiration and hope.’ The cast and crew of Blue Man NYC enthusiastically supported this event because there are so many Vermonters in the group, including Brian Scott and Chris Bowen. –
Fitch: Rules on Coal Investment Could Affect Debt Ratings of Electric Co-Ops and Utilities FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Steven Johnson for Electric Co-Op Today:Electric cooperatives and public utilities have dealt well with past limits on access to capital, but new curbs on coal investment could pose a challenge, Fitch Ratings said.California regulators have called on insurance companies doing business in the state to sell their thermal coal investments, including those in utilities that generate 30 percent or more of their energy from coal, regardless of location.“Should similar policies and restrictions aimed at utilities with existing coal generation versus new investment proliferate, public power systems could be faced with the difficult decision of prematurely retiring existing units or confronting a significant loss of liquidity,” Fitch said.In turn, that could increase operating and debt service costs that co-ops would have to account for in some fashion, the service said.Full article: Fitch: Coal Investment Curbs Could Affect Co-ops
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Pilita Clark for the Financial Times:Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase have delivered billions of dollars in financing for coal, oil and gas companies that is “deeply at odds” with the goals of the Paris climate change accord, a new study claims.The banks rank among the top North American and European private sector backers of coal mines, coal power plants and costly oil and gas ventures over the past three years, according to the report by environmental campaign groups, the US Sierra Club, the Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack and Oil Change International.Deutsche Bank was the top financer of big coal miners, delivering nearly $7bn between 2013 and 2015, according to the study’s assessment of publicly available financial filings.Citigroup was calculated to have supplied $24bn for large coal power plant operators, making it the largest supporter in this category.JPMorgan Chase was ranked the largest financer of so-called “extreme oil”, financing an estimated $38bn for the biggest owners of untapped reserves in ultra-deep offshore fields, the Arctic or tar sands.Dozens of other large banks named in the study have also “engaged in fossil fuel financing practices that are deeply at odds with the global climate agreement” that nearly 200 countries reached at the December COP21 meeting in Paris, the report says.Full article ($): Citi, Deutsche and JPMorgan censured for backing fossil fuel Report Finds Major Banks Out of Step With Changing Energy Markets
New Jersey begins bidding process for 1.1GW of offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Press of Atlantic City:The state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously Monday to open a bid process Sept. 20 for the nation’s largest solicitation of offshore wind energy.Companies will compete for ratepayer subsidy of construction costs and 20 years of operation costs for 1,100 megawatts of electric generation capacity, according to the BPU. The window to apply will close Dec. 28, and a decision on which projects will qualify for ratepayer subsidy will be made by July 1, 2019.That should give companies enough time to qualify for federal tax credits, due to expire at the end of 2019, said board President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. The tax credits will save ratepayers about 12 percent of the construction costs, he said.It’s the first step in meeting the state’s goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030, Fiordaliso said, and of reaching 100 percent green energy for the state by 2050. Last week Gov. Phil Murphy called on the board to open two additional 1,200 MW solicitations of offshore wind capacity — one in 2020 and another in 2022.Fiordaliso said the solicitation asks companies to estimate a net economic benefit of their projects, compared to the costs to ratepayers. The BPU will provide a guidance document to help developers calculate net economic benefits. The bid — or bids — with the best mix of cost and economic benefit will be chosen for ratepayer subsidy of construction and operating costs, he said. All income from sale of electricity will be returned to ratepayers.Companies may apply to provide anywhere from 300 MW to the full 1,100 MW, he said. But each company must also provide data on what it would cost for it to provide 400 MW, so all companies can be compared on that measure.More: BPU opens bid solicitation for 1,100 MW of offshore wind
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Vietnamese private firm Trung Nam Group said on Wednesday it will at the end of this month start building a 450-megawatt solar farm in central Vietnam that will be the largest of its kind in southeast Asia.The 14-trillion-dong ($593.22 million) facility in Ninh Thuan province is scheduled to start power generation in the fourth quarter this year, the company said in an emailed statement.Vietnam, which is working to limit its use of fossil fuel, said last month it would more than double its power generation capacity over the next decade to 125-130 gigawatts to support economic growth.Trung Nam said it has received an approval from the province to build the solar farm, which will be connected to the national power grid.In a statement, the government said Ninh Thuan province is aiming to have 8,000 MW of renewable capacity by 2030.[Khanh Vu, James Pearson]More: Sun soon to rise on southeast Asia’s largest solar farm in Vietnam Vietnam company set to begin construction of 450MW solar farm, largest in southeast Asia
Wartsila: Electricity system renewable transition likely to speed up in wake of Covid-19 pandemic FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):European responses to the coronavirus have accelerated the electricity system transition by a decade, proving systems can cope with high levels of renewable energy generation, according to analysis Friday by Finnish power engineering firm Wartsila.Coal-fired generation fell 25.5% across the EU and the UK in the first three months of 2020 versus 2019, while renewable energy accounted for a 43% share in the generation mix, according to system data gathered by Wartsila’s new Energy Transition Lab.The impact was accentuated in the month to April 10, coal generation down 29% on year, accounting for just 12% of EU and UK generation, while renewables delivered 46% of generation — an increase of 8% on 2019.“What we can see today is how our energy systems cope with much more renewable power — knowledge that will be invaluable to accelerate the energy transition,” said Wartsila Energy Business’ Bjorn Ullbro. “Electricity demand across Europe has fallen due to the lockdown measures applied by governments to stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, total renewable generation has remained at pre-crisis levels with low electricity prices, combined with renewables-friendly policy measures, squeezing out fossil fuel power generation, especially coal. This sets the scene for the next decade of the energy transition,” he said.System data from Entso-e gathered by Wartsila showed that, in the UK, renewables had a 43% share of generation in the month to April 10, up 10% on year while coal power was down 35% and gas down 24%.In Germany the share of renewables reached 60% (up 12%) while coal generation fell 44%, resulting in a fall in the carbon intensity of its electricity of over 30%.[Henry Edwardes-Evans]More ($): Coronavirus has accelerated energy transition by a decade: Wartsila