Vermont Business Magazine White River Junction VA Healthcare System began COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.“Today, hope arrived in a box containing frigid vials of a highly effective vaccine. Yes, we need to continue our vigilance in battling this virus – social distancing, hand washing, masks, avoiding gatherings. But rest assured, hope really is on the horizon.” said Dr. Brett Rusch, Executive Director, in an email to all staff at White River Junction VA Healthcare System. “As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”White River Junction VA Healthcare System is one of 113 VA Medical Centers across the country to receive the first limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine(link is external). Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDC’s 1A(link is external) prioritization and capacity to store the vaccine at -20◦C. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 disease. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.Thirty-seven medical centers(link is external) began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans Dec 14. Fifteen additional VA facilities will receive an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.At 11:06AM today the first Moderna vaccinations were administered to three employees:Chris McSherry, Army Veteran, LPN JP Flanigin, RN, Infection Preventionist Chelsie Hatfield, Air Force Reservist, NP Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.As vaccines become available for more groups of Veterans, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.Veterans can get up-to-date information on VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage(link is external), which launched on December 11, 2020, and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed(link is external) page. For more information, please contact Katherine Tang, Public Affairs Officer at Katherine.Tang@va.gov(link sends e-mail) or (802) 295-9363 extension 5880.Source: White River Junction, VT —White River Junction VA Healthcare System 12.21.2020
by. Anthony DemangoneFor all I gripe about email, it is a powerful tool that is here to stay. At least for a while.This is what Kate thinks of email.That being said, even the best tools have their limits. There are times when “email” falls short. A short meeting or phone call might be better. Or no communication at all. Just when are those times?When you broke your keyboard typing in anger. If a colleague who works on a different floor heard you type your email, you may want to consider a cooling off period before you hit send. Anger and emails are a dangerous couple. Love is forever? That’s up for debate. But not for emails.Hitting “reply all” for 99.45% of normal work emails. Say you send an email to 10 people asking for input. One person “replies all.” The other nine have a choice. Do they respond to your original question, or do they respond to the new universe that consists of your question and the response? Before you know it, people are weighing in on responses to responses that responded to a response that didn’t come from you. If you want a brainstorming session, call a meeting. If I ruled the world, I’d create a pop-up box when someone hits “reply all” to make sure that’s what they really want to do. I’m telling you, 99.45% of the time, it isn’t. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Gophers’ men’s hockey pro signing trackerThe first Gophers’ player to sign was Mat Robson with the Minnesota Wild on Monday.Jack RodgersJunior Mat Robson eyes the puck from the goal during the game against Arizona State on Friday, March 1 at 3M at Mariucci Arena. Drew Cove and Jack WarrickMarch 19, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintNow that the Gophers’ men’s hockey season is over, keep track of the players that sign professional contracts here as they happenGoaltender Mat Robson (March 18)Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton announced Monday afternoon that the team was signing Minnesota junior goaltender Mat Robson to a two-year contract starting with the 2018-19 season.Robson got the start and was in net when the Gophers’ season ended on Saturday after losing in overtime to Notre Dame in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals 2-1. Robson, a Mississauga, Ontario native, finished with a .921 save percentage on 31 starts this season. He led the Big Ten in saves with 950, and was named one of three finalists for the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year last week.Robson started most of the Gophers’ hockey games this season, beating out former starter and two-time Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Eric Schierhorn for playing time. He transferred to the team last year, and had to sit out half of the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Robson was the only goaltender on the 2018-19 roster eligible to play next season.The Minnesota Wild has two goaltenders on the NHL roster: Alex Stalock and Devan Dubnyk, and the Iowa Wild, it’s AHL affiliate, has two goalies on its roster as well.Forward Tommy Novak (March 20)The American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals, the minor league affiliate team of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, signed senior forward Tommy Novak to an amateur try-out contract on Wednesday. Novak spent much of this season as one of the top centers for the Gophers. He collected 21 points in 38 games this season. Over his entire career, he had 88 points in 129 collegiate games with Minnesota. His most productive season statistically was his freshman year in 2015-16 with 27 points in 27 games.The Predators’ organization acquired his NHL rights when it drafted him in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.Goaltender Eric Schierhorn (March 21)Another Gophers’ goaltender is on his way to a professional team. This time, it was senior Eric Schierhorn who signed a professional contract Thursday. He signed with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL, one of the minor league affiliate teams of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Schierhorn collected many accolades in his time with the Gophers. He was the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year twice, in each of his first two seasons with the team. He also set the program record for longest game-starting streak for a goaltender at 94 games. That mark ranks fourth in NCAA records.Schierhorn led the team to two Big Ten regular season titles in 2016 and 2017, the same years he won Big Ten Goaltender of the Year. After he set his 94-game starting streak, Schierhorn began to see his time in the net decrease and that streak come to an end. That was due to former goaltender Mat Robson transferring and becoming eligible halfway through the 2017-18 season. During Schierhorn’s senior season, he played 11 games, 15 less than his next lowest season game total.In all, Schierhorn appeared in 112 games for the Gophers and recorded 59 wins and 44 losses with four ties. Forward Rem Pitlick (March 22)Another player signed before his eligibility was up, junior forward Rem Pitlick. Pitlick decided to not play his senior season with the Gophers and decided to sign with the NHL’s Nashville Predators on Friday.Pitlick’s deal with the Predators is a two-year entry level contract. It is unclear as of Friday if Pitlick will be playing with the NHL club or its AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Admirals also signed Gophers’ forward Tommy Novak to an ATO. Pitlick is the second player to forgo his senior season with Minnesota this year, as earlier this week junior goaltender Mat Robson signed with the Minnesota Wild. Pitlick quietly recorded 45 points in 38 games this season, which led the team in scoring. He had 21 goals, which was the most on the team, and the next highest goal scorer had 14. He finished his Gophers’ career as a near point-per-game player. Pitlick had 108 points in 112 games played for the team over three years. His junior and final season was by far his most productive, it eclipsed his next higest point total by 13 points.Pitlick was originally drafted by the Predators in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.Forward Tyler Sheehy (March 22)The Gophers’ last two-year captain has signed a professional contract. Senior Tyler Sheehy signed an amateur try-out contract with the Iowa Wild of the AHL, the minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. Sheehy became the Gophers’ captain after his predecessor, Justin Kloos, followed a similar path to the next level. Kloos was a two-year captain and signed with the Wild organization to become a pro. Both Kloos and Sheehy were not selected in an NHL Entry Draft.The Burnsville, Minnesota native’s best season came in his sophomore year, when he had 53 points with 20 goals and 33 assists. His production declined last season but surged again this season for 41 points, one spot behind forward Rem Pitlick for the lead on the team.Sheehy will make his debut for the Iowa Wild on Friday. He will join another former Gophers’ captain, Kyle Rau, as a teammate on the ice in his professional debut.Forward Brent Gates Jr. (March 22)Shortly after one half of the Gophers’ captaincy signed a professional contract, the other half followed. Co-captain Brent Gates Jr. signed an amateur try-out contract with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, the minor league affiliate for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. Gates was drafted by the Ducks in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and spent four seasons with the Gophers. Gates improved his production in each season with Minnesota culminating in 31 points in 38 games played this past season. Over the course of his four seasons with the team, he played in 148 games and missed out on just three possible contests. Gates will join former Gophers’ captain Justin Kloos in San Diego with the Gulls.This article will be updated as more players sign professional contracts.Defense Jack Sadek (March 28)Gophers’ defense Jack Sadek signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Iowa Wild on Thursday, the team’s general manager Tom Kurvers announced.Sadek, a Lakeville, Minn. native, tallied 43 points in his four-year career with Minnesota, including a career-high 18 points and 14 assists this season on the top line. Sadek was drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. He is the first Gophers defense to sign a professional contract this season.Teammate at Minnesota and 2018-19 Gophers’ captain Tyler Sheehy was signed by the Iowa Wild on March 22.
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Balfour Beatty Investments Limited has been chosen to operate the offshore transmission system of the Thanet wind farm. Ofgem has determined to grant an offshore transmission licence to Thanet OFTO Limited, which is the proposed licensee entity incorporated by Balfour Beatty Investments Limited, the successful bidder in respect of the Thanet project.With 100 Vestas V90 3MW wind turbines, the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm has a generation capacity to deliver 300MW of power to the grid. The infrastructure also includes 1 offshore substation, 100 power cables between turbines and to the offshore substation, and 2 cables laid from the offshore substation to a connection point in Pegwell Bay.[mappress mapid=”14873″]Source: Ofgem/Vattenfall
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A barrister who co-founded his law firm before being removed from the business was not an employee or worker, a tribunal has found.Employment Judge Davies, sitting at the North Shields employment tribunal ruled that Brian Mark could not be classed as an employee of north east firm Kyles Legal Practice. Mark has brought claims for ordinary and automatically unfair dismissal, protected disclosure detriment, breach of contract and claims for wages and other payments after his removal earlier this year.The firm was heralded as a pioneer of the Legal Services Act, bringing together barristers Mark and Nick Peacock and solicitor John Turner under one roof. Peacock told local media the business would provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for criminal clients going through the court system.The tribunal heard the three directors agreed at the outset in 2010 they would each receive £30,000 a year, initially paid through the PAYE system. However, by 2016 this changed so they were paid by way of dividend.The tribunal heard that Mark was assigned to do the ‘lion’s share’ of Crown Court work, but in practice he did not do so. He was free to take on or turn down any particular case and was paid his monthly amount regardless of the work he did. There were no consequences when he ‘regularly’ turned down instructions.It was also not disputed that Mark had no set working hours and could take annual leave when he chose to do so. Mark had also declared to HMRC in 2017 that he was not an employee and not self-employed.The tribunal heard that within three years of founding the business, disagreements emerged between the three directors, partly because Mark wanted to also practise as a member of the independent bar.In late 2018, Turner and Peacock were tipped off by a third party about what they believed was evidence that Mark had leaked confidential information about the business and deleted emails to cover his tracks. The tribunal made no assessment of whether these allegations were true or not.After a board meeting, staff were sent a memo informing them Mark would not be involved in the day-to-day business of the firm, and he himself was told words to the effect he was being suspended.Considering the question of employee status, Judge Davies said there was no discussion in 2010 or since about employment status, worker status or contractual terms of engagement.The judge said that without a contract there was no contract of employment or contract as a worker. Even if there was a contract, the basic elements of the employment relationship were absent: Mark chose when he worked and was not subordinate to anybody else.The judge added: ‘This was a relationship in which an individual could choose whether to work or not and could and did outsource the work to someone else to do it instead of them.’ This was the ‘antithesis’ of personal service associated with being a worker, the judge said. Mark’s claims were dismissed in their entirety.
EUROPE: US railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corp announced on January 12 that it had taken a 25% stake in Belgium-based rail logistics company Eurorail. In 2012 RDC and Eurorail established the equally-owned RégioRail venture, which now operates four feeder services in France. ‘Through RégioRail we have developed a high quality partnership with RDC’, said Eurorail Managing Director Eric Debrauwere. ‘Their entry into the capital of Eurorail is based on shared vision and mutual confidence.’RDC Chairman Henry Posner III said ‘Europe is a challenging and fragmented market but with numerous niches representing opportunity for rail freight’, adding that the investment in Eurorail ‘represents an additional commitment to the European market based on our confidence in our partners.’RDC’s global portfolio currently includes freight operations in Iowa, Peru and Colombia. Its European interests include German open access passenger operator Hamburg-Köln-Express and UK company Vivarail, which plans to convert ex-London Underground D78 metro cars into diesel multiple-units for use on the national network.
Photo: Kazumiki Miurazoom inzoom outReplacing 25 year old vehicles, the two-car red and blue trainsets for the funicular have been supplied by Keio Juuki Seibi Co; each is able to accommodate up to 250 passengers.Services on the upper section of the railway between Hakone-Yumoto and Gora have been temporarily suspended as a result of damage to the infrastructure following Typhoon Hagibis. A replacement bus service is currently in operation over this section. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photo: Kazumiki Miurazoom inzoom outJAPAN: Hakone Tozan Railway launched its fifth generation of rolling stock for its 1·2 km funicular line into revenue service on March 20, having unveiled the two new trains on March 18.Japan’s only mountain railway serves the Fuji Hakone Izu national park, east of Mount Fuji, climbing inland from an interchange with the Tokaido Shinkansen at Odawara through a series of switchbacks to Gora, 541 m above sea level. The connecting funicular, branded as the Hakone Tozan Cable Car, passclimbs further to the hot springs at Sounzan.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#