Life saving organ donations celebrated at Vermont State House

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On Wednesday April 6 at 11:15 am, Governor Peter Shumlin will join Health Commissioner Harry Chen, DMV Commissioner Robert Ide, a Vermont man who is alive today because of a heart transplant, Donate Life Vermont, and other individuals personally touched by organ donation, to celebrate organ and tissue donation and announce April as Donate Life Month in Vermont, encouraging citizens to register as organ and tissue donors. What: April as Donate Life Month in Vermont – Lives saved because of organ and tissue donation-          Heart recipient shares his story-          Governor awarded the Donate Life AwardWho:   Governor Shumlin                        Commissioner Harry Chen – VT Department of Health                        Commissioner Robert Ide – VT DMV                        Heart recipient                        UVM Medical Center                        Individuals personal touched by donation – organ recipients & donor families                        DMV Staff                        Donate Life Vermont                           Where: Vermont State House – Governor’s ChambersWhen:  Wednesday, April 6th at 11:15 AMIn 2015, 719 lives were saved here in New England because of the generosity of individuals who became organ donors.  Thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation.  With the need for life-saving transplants growing every day – over 121,000 patients are now on the US transplant wait list – it is crucial to educate our communities about taking action to register as donors. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors. The vast majority of individuals in Vermont (95%) register to be an organ and tissue donor at the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There are now 120 million registered donors in the United States; still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise.  The solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and encouraging them to sign up through their state donor registry. About Donate Life Vermont: Donate Life Vermont is a joint project of two federally designated organ procurement organizations that serve New England – New England Organ Bank and Center for Donation and Transplant. They have come together to create a fast and easy way for citizens of Vermont and New England to register as organ and tissue donors in a secure and confidential manner.  For more information, visit www.DonateLifeVT.org(link is external).last_img read more

Portable wheel lathe launched

first_imgA PORTABLE wheel lathe designed for emergency field repairs to wheel damage on freight wagons was officially launched by Swedish maintenance specialist EuroMaint Rail AB at the Nordic Rail exhibition in Jönköping on last month.EuroMaint Rail’s PWL can be transported by van to a remote location and assembled by a two-person crew. Hydraulic and electric power is provided from a 50 kVA diesel generator in the service truck. The unit and support beams can be assembled in both left and right-handed positions to treat both wheels.The rail vehicle is lifted slightly to relieve the load on the defective wheelset, which is turned by four hydraulic motors through profiled steel wheels on the wheel flanges. The wheel is first assessed with a portable measuring head to determine the diameter, out-of-roundness and the rectification work required. This data is fed into the CNC controls, and the measuring head exchanged for a cutter. Typically, each wheel is turned twice to remove the defects and produce a new profile according to given UIC standards. A 5 mm deep radial cut can be turned at each pass. The second wheel is then treated in the same way, the whole process taking between 1 h and 2 h. Turning both wheels can generate up to 10 kg of swarf, and EuroMaint has designed the cutting process to produce small shavings rather than long spirals. A protective mat is laid under the vehicle before work starts to collect the waste and prevent any environmental damage.The maintenance crew uses EuroMaint’s portable brake testing equipment to verify the vehicle’s braking performance, both to detect any fault which could have caused the wheel flat and to confirm that the rectified vehicle is fit to continue its journey. All data from both systems is transferred by GSM or GSM-R to the customer for record-keeping purposes and subsequent analysis.According to EuroMaint’s Head of Engineering Thomas Robertsson, the prototype PWL has been tested for around a year and has proved very successful, mainly in the north of Sweden where wheel flats are a common problem during the long Nordic winter. Turning the wheels in situ avoids the need to use lifting cranes when changing the wheelsets, which can be a major problem under 15 kV catenary. It also avoids the requirement to dismantle the brakes or unload the wagon, minimising handling damage and any delays to the shipment.A second unit is due to start work in the spring of 2008, expanding the geographical coverage of EuroMaint’s support service. Robertsson expects that EuroMaint Rail’s PWL will be available commercially from 2009.EuroMaint Rail AB, Swedenlast_img read more

Pavlik has yet to make a dent on TV

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Arum, who promotes Pavlik, said the perception many have for white fighters is partially responsible for Pavlik being overlooked. That, Arum said, and Pavlik’s overall ability that includes a powerful punch. Arum said that during a meeting with HBO executives about a year ago, he brought up Pavlik in an effort to try to get him a fight on the network. “They all laughed at me because there is a perception with boxing network guys, with boxing people, that if you are a white guy, you can’t fight,” Arum said last week during a conference call. “But that is not the case with Kelly, and Kelly Pavlik will fight anybody in the middleweight division.” Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, hammered Arum when contacted by the Daily News. He said Pavlik’s name has come up in the past, and that he would have no problem approving him as an opponent in a big fight. Pavlik has never fought on HBO, or on one of Showtime’s main cards. Pavlik has fought on ShoBox, a minor-league version of Showtime Boxing designed for up-and-coming fighters. Pavlik also has fought on ESPN. Pavlik, 23, will take on Jose Luis Zertuche (17-2-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico on Jan. 21 on the undercard of Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao II at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The card will be available on HBO pay-per-view, but Arum was quick to point out that HBO is only carrying this telecast, it is not footing the money for it. Arum is, so he picks the fighters. “It is a disgraceful and undignified remark by a disturbed man,” Greenburg said of Arum’s comments regarding white fighters. “That is pretty much all we have to say. It is sad. This has nothing to do with race.” Arum went on to say that he doesn’t believe the network executives mean any malice toward white fighters. “It is not that the people at the networks are bad people,” Arum said. “They judge (fighters) by their color or racial background, and the general tendency is that white guys can’t fight. Therefore, it is much tougher for a white guy to break through than if Kelly was a different race.” Race aside, Pavlik is just the sort of fighter a promoter of a champion might want to avoid. Not only does he have 24 knockouts in 27 fights, he is 6-foot-3, which makes him an even tougher nut to crack. Arum said he would like Pavlik to next fight Jermain Taylor, who holds three of the four middleweight belts, but doubts he can get the deal done. Arum also said he offered Pavlik as an opponent to top contender Winky Wright, but that Wright’s promoter, Gary Shaw, “almost fainted” when Pavlik’s name was mentioned. “The guy we want to fight, who I’m confident he (Pavlik) can beat, is Jermain Taylor,” Arum said. “But here is the problem, and it’s a problem that permeates boxing: The Taylor people will not fight Kelly Pavlik at this point because they are afraid of him and they are afraid of him because he presents a real challenge. “He has tremendous knockout power. In boxing, if you have a champion, you try to keep him away from a puncher.” Pavlik, who said he is not looking past Zertuche to a shot at Taylor, Wright or anyone else, echoed Arum’s sentiments. He said it perturbs him when he hears people describe him as being a “good white fighter.” “It kind of upsets me a little bit,” Pavlik said. “I think I am just an overall good fighter. A lot of the networks, they don’t want to see a lot of white fighters because of the reputation that white fighters don’t win a lot of titles. “But if you look out there, there are a lot of good white fighters. White fighters are making a comeback.” Mayweather-Judah on? Despite an absolutely horrible performance by Zab Judah in his loss to unknown Carlos Baldomir on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, Arum on Sunday said the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Judah scheduled for April 8 in Las Vegas might still be on. When it was signed, it was contingent upon Judah defeating Baldomir. But Judah shockingly lost his WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight belts by dropping a unanimous decision to Baldomir, who took only the WBC belt because he did not want to pay three separate sanctioning fees. “Don King called me (Sunday),” Arum said of Judah’s promoter, “and he wants to keep it on. I don’t know what Floyd is thinking. I would think, probably, it would be off. But maybe not, I don’t know. “Maybe Floyd fights this Baldomir.” Arum agreed the fight lost plenty of gusto by Judah losing to Argentina’s Baldomir, who did not possess half Judah’s talent. “I agree with you,” he said. “We would have to reduce the purses dramatically. We are not going to make a decision today. Sometime during the week. Needless to say, everybody is in a state of shock.” Arum said he was so convinced Judah would win easily Saturday, that he didn’t even watch the fight. He said that had Judah won, Mayweather was scheduled to make $6 million plus upside from pay-per-view revenue and Judah would have made $3 million plus upside for their fight. After his loss, Judah had the nerve to blame King. He said King ran him ragged by having him go around New York doing various interviews. First time we’ve heard that one. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Kelly Pavlik has not been able to crack the starting lineup on boxing’s two largest networks HBO and Showtime and promoter Bob Arum said some of that has to do with Pavlik being white. Pavlik, of Youngstown, Ohio, is 27-0 with 24 knockouts. He is a top 10 middleweight whose highest ranking is in the World Boxing Organization at No. 3. last_img read more