Email A former chairman of the board of the Hungry Horse Volunteer Fire Department is charged with felony theft for allegedly taking $3,000.Fifty-seven-year-old Ross Barker was arrested Wednesday.Prosecutors say Barker used the department’s checking account to write to checks to his wife for $1,502 in May 2009. A month later, he purchased $46 in lattice for use at his home and over the past three years purchased $1,537 worth of parts for personal vehicles.Barker’s arrest comes as Flathead County officials are dealing with the dissolution of the fire district’s board, which left the rural fire department with nearly $71,000 in debt.Deputy County Attorney Tara Fugina said she could not say whether if other charges would be filed related to the district’s finances. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (VNAVNH), and VGo Communications, the leader in robotic telepresence, announced their agreement to be the first to deploy telepresence robots for use in delivering care in Vermont and New Hampshire clients’ homes.”We are continually looking for ways to increase levels of care, independence and safety in the home,” said Jeanne A. McLaughlin MSN, MSEd, President/CEO of VNAVNH. “VGo is the first affordable solution that enables us to expand client engagement without a dramatic increase in cost, while still preserving a person to person interaction. People often need more care and attention, not less, but that’s hard to do in rural areas without an army of staff. VGo’s light weight and ease of deployment means that nurses and doctors can now visit with select patients more frequently. By eliminating the need to travel for each visit, professional staff can better utilize their time and respond to client’s needs and unforeseen problems that arise much quicker.”VNAH will initially leverage its fleet of VGo initially in four ways:Care and support for clients recovering from surgery or for others with complex medical needsClinical specialty support for home healthcare or hospice nursesWound care assessment and treatment consultationConsultation for chemotherapy, antibiotics, hydration or other infusion therapies”VNAVNH’s visionary approach to improving healthcare at home is a perfect match with our goals of replicating a person in a distant location at a very affordable cost,” said Peter N. Vicars, CEO of VGo. “For about $10 a day, their nurses can visit more clients, spending more time with each one and less time on the road. Researchers have proven that patients enjoy interacting with their caregivers using VGo and look forward to each visit.”For more information on VNAVNH, visit http://www.vnavnh.org(link is external)For more information on VGo, visit http://www.vgocom.com(link is external)About Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Vermont and New HampshireThe Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (VNAVNH) is a compassionate, non-profit home healthcare organization. VNAVNH is committed to providing the highest quality home health care and support services to individuals and their families, while also serving the communities in their region with education and wellness programs.Serving nearly 113 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire and covering 4,000 square miles along the Connecticut River Valley, the VNAVNH cares for more than 5,000 people each year, making over 132,000 home visits to people of all ages and at all stages of life.About VGoVGo Communications, Inc. develops and markets visual communications solutions for the hospital, home, school and workplace. VGo has leveraged the recent trends of widespread wireless networks, lower specialized component costs and the universal acceptance of video as a communications medium to become the Robotic Telepresence market leader.With the VGo solution, an individual’s presence is replicated in a distant location such that they can interact and perform their job in ways not previously possible. Now they can see, be seen, hear, be heard and move around in any remote facility ‘just as if they were there. VGo enables: healthcare providers to deliver lower cost services and improved quality of care, businesses to increase productivity of remote and travelling employees, and homebound students to attend school ‘all with a great user experience and at an affordable price.SOURCE WEST LEBANON and NASHUA, N.H., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — VGo Communications, Inc.
With the worst drought in 50 years pushing feed prices higher and adding to the struggles of Vermont dairy farmers, Representative Peter Welch is urging Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to bring relief by relaxing the mandate that requires the blending of ethanol in US transportation fuel. Welch and a bipartisan group of 156 lawmakers ‘30 Democrats and 126 Republicans ‘want Jackson to reduce or waive the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires that 10 percent of all transportation fuel in the U.S. come from corn-based ethanol. Producing that much ethanol can consume up to 40 percent of the U.S. corn supply. And with the drought causing expected yields to plummet and prices to soar ‘ price forecasts are up nearly 40 percent in a month ‘Welch and his colleagues are urging the EPA to act now. ‘This is common sense. Corn prices are surging and Vermont dairy farmers are struggling. Whatever we can do to bring relief amidst the worst drought in 50 years we should do,’Welch said. ‘I’d like to eliminate the ethanol mandate forever, but let’s at least waive it temporarily for struggling farmers in this extremely difficult drought.’ Welch has been a House leader working to end the unprecedented taxpayer support enjoyed by the ethanol industry, which includes the RFS and a protective import tariff of $0.54 per gallon. An additional $.045 per gallon tax credit for ethanol producers ‘which was in place for over 30 years and amounted to a $6 billion taxpayer expenditure in 2010 ‘was ended by Congress in January. The EPA has opened a 30-day public comment period on the request to waive the RFS. To see the letter Welch and his colleagues sent to EPA Administrator Jackson, CLICK HERE.Source: Welch’s office. 8.23.2012
ASICS Europe has announced accelerated growth across the EMEA region, delivering an overall 13% increase in net sales between January and December 2014. According to the company, the increase across Europe, Middle East and Africa was largely driven by strong growth across apparel and footwear in both the running and tennis categories.The 2014 results show significant growth in the brand’s key strategic categories, with running apparel growth increasing by 15% and running footwear up by 14%. In performance running apparel, ASICS notes that it now leads the market in France and has reinforced its top-3 position in Germany.In tennis, ASICS’ main sports category behind running, ASICS achieved double-digit growth in both footwear and apparel.In the indoor footwear category, ASICS increased its leading position by generating double digit growth. This reportedly placed ASICS as the best performing top-brand over the last 12 months.The strong growth results were generated across all major European sales subsidiaries. ASICS Benelux, Germany, Austria and Norway posted solid single digit growth, while ASICS Denmark, Sweden, France, Spain, Italy, UK and Poland delivered impressive double digit growth figures. From a retail perspective, sales in ASICS’ own retail outlets increased by 37%.ASICS was recently placed in the top-3 of ‘most desired sports brands’, according to Ipsos. This has cemented the brand’s position as a global player among the major international sports brands. A new 2015 global advertising campaign, which launches in March on major TV-channels, will further strengthen the brand’s equity on a global level.Alistair Cameron, CEO of ASICS Europe said “We’re extremely pleased with ASICS’ strong performance in the EMEA region, and in particular the increase in apparel sales. As a result we are confident of breaking the US$1 billion sales mark in 2015.”He continued, “Over the last five years growth in Europe has come from performance categories, but in 2014 sports lifestyle once again became a growth driver in our business with ‘ASICS Tiger’ becoming hot.“Our awareness levels have grown year-on-year and we’re set to build on our position as one of the top 3 ‘most desired sports brands’ with the launch of a number of new product innovations in 2015. Demonstrating our ambition for growth, our new global advertising campaign – which will launch in March – will be ASICS’ largest campaign to date.”www.asics.com Related
The condition of the lot at 47th and Mission Road has been a point of contention.Unhappy about the condition of the parcel of land at the corner of 47th and Mission Road, the Roeland Park Planning Commission has recommended that the city change its ordinance on demolition and removal of a structure.The condition of the land, now used as a parking lot for overflow parking from Taco Republic, became a primary issue when the owner applied for a Special Use Permit to allow parking on the lot until he can find a restaurant partner and build a new building. Several objections to the SUP were lodged because of the remaining concrete slabs and uneven lot. The owner noted that he had complied with all of the city regulations and that removal of the slabs before new construction would add expense to the project.Building official Mike Flickinger told the city council that there were a “lot of strong feelings” about the 47th and Mission lot – “not just from the planning commission (but) citizens as well.”It “was discovered that city code did not have adequate language in place regarding site clean up after demolition,” a recommendation from the planning commission read.The proposal for the new language, Flickinger came after researching the requirements in several nearby cities. “This is very close to what Olathe uses,” he said. The changes would require that the original foundation be demolished, that any in-ground structures (such as basements) will have the bottoms broken apart and the walls pushed in. Everything must be covered by 24 inches of soil and all excavations filled to grade.The property also must be seeded and left in a condition that it can be mowed with no ponding of water.The council decided to consider adding sections requiring that slabs and foundations be completely removed along with other surface improvements. It will be discussed again at a committee of the whole session.
Indicating the district was preparing for the possibility that the type of remote learning currently in place could be necessary next school year as well, the board of education unanimously on Monday approved a $9 million investment in refreshing 19,000 iPads and 775 Apple TVs.The previously planned device refresh had been tabled by the board in February after administrators said they wanted to spend a year reviewing how iPads and MacBooks were being used before committing additional dollars to the program.But with the devices now providing a direct link between students and teachers during the unforeseen school building closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of education last week announced it was putting the refresh back on the table.Moving ahead with the refresh as planned does offer some minor financial benefits — it will allow the district to recoup $1.75 million by selling the used devices being replaced. That figure would be expected to diminish by approximately 60% if the devices on hand were kept for an additional year. But COVID-19 will likely complicated the resale process, officials noted.“It should be understood that our ability to collect devices in a timely manner during the month of May is a major factor [in maximizing the proceeds from selling devices],” Executive Director of Information and Communications Technologies Drew Lane wrote in a memo to the board. “It should also be understood that the figure is based on historical and familiar market trends.”Still, members of the board of education and administrators said that, while there were continued concerns about connectivity problems and filtering issues, the devices were an important instructional tool in the current environment. About 93% of the district’s 1:1 devices have connected to the district’s virtual private network since the continuous learning initiative began, indicating that they’ve been widely used by students.Superintendent Mike Fulton told the board that the administration planned to conduct a detailed review of how devices contributed to student learning during this spring quarter so they’ll have a better sense of what works and what doesn’t moving into the next school year.“They are just tools for learning,” Superintendent Mike Fulton said of the devices. “Every tool has to be used in appropriate ways.”Public comment was suspended for the meeting because it was being held remotely, so there was no patron input considered during the proceedings.
April 30, 2007 Regular News Proposed Bar rule dealing with misconduct The Florida Supreme Court recently amended Rule Regulating the Florida Bar 3-7.2, Procedures Upon Criminal or Professional Misconduct; Discipline Upon Determination or Judgment of Guilt of Criminal Misconduct. See In re Amendments to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar-Rule 3-7.2, No. SC07-460 (Fla. April 5, 2007). The court amended the rule after considering the impact the previous version of the rule had on parties, referees, and court dockets. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the amendment, which provides a referee with 90 days (rather than 30 days) to hold a hearing on sanctions and file a report. The amendment is reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before July 5, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on John F. Harkness, Jr., Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The Florida Bar has until July 25 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR — RULE 3-7.2, SC07-460 RULE 3-7.2 PROCEDURES UPON CRIMINAL OR PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT; DISCIPLINE UPON DETERMINATION OR JUDGMENT OF GUILT OF CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT (a) Definitions. [No change.] (b) Determination or Judgment of Guilt, Admissibility; Proof of Guilt. [No change.] (c) Notice of Institution of Felony Criminal Charges. [No change.] (d) Notice of Determination or Judgment of Guilt of Felony Charges. [No change.] (e) Notice by Members of Determination or Judgment of Guilt of All Criminal Charges. [No change.] (f) Suspension by Judgment of Guilt (Felonies). [No change.] (g) Petition to Modify or Terminate Suspension. [No change.] (h) Appointment of Referee. [No change.] (1) Hearing on Petition to Terminate or Modify Suspension. [No change.] (2) Hearing on Sanctions. In addition to conducting a hearing on a petition to terminate or modify a suspension entered under this rule, the referee shall also hear argument concerning the appropriate sanction to be imposed and file a report and recommendation with the supreme court in the same manner and form as provided in rule 3-7.6(m) of these rules. The hearing shall be held and a report and recommendation shall be filed with the supreme court within 30 90 days of assignment as referee.The respondent may challenge the imposition of a sanction only on the grounds of mistaken identity or whether the conduct involved constitutes a felony under applicable law. The respondent may present relevant character evidence and relevant matters of mitigation regarding the proper sanction to be imposed. The respondent may not contest the findings of guilt in the criminal proceedings. A respondent who entered a plea in the criminal proceedings may be allowed to explain the circumstances concerning the entry of the plea for purposes of mitigation.The report and recommendations of the referee may be reviewed in the same manner as provided in rule 3-7.7 of these rules. (i) Appeal of Conviction. [No change.] (j) Expunction. [No change.] (k) Waiver of Time Limits. [No change.] (l) Professional Misconduct in Foreign Jurisdiction. [No change.] Proposed Bar rule dealing with misconduct
Oct 17, 2011H5N1 suspected in death of Indonesian motherThe mother of two Indonesian children from Bali who died recently from H5N1 avian flu has died at her home after having a fever and being treated in the hospital, according to a report today from Bird Flu Information Corner, a Web message board operated by Kobe University in Japan and Airlangga University in Indonesia. The woman died 2 days after leaving the hospital, where her blood tests were negative for H5N1 infection. Public health officials suspect that the woman may have had an H5N1 infection and are taking precautions, such as having officers wear protective clothing and requiring mourners to wear masks, according to the report. It’s not clear if the woman had received oseltamivir (Tamiflu) prophylaxis after H5N1 was confirmed in her children, who died in the hospital on Oct 9. Translated reports from the Indonesian media on the mother’s death said she had fled the hospital before she died, according to FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board that monitors foreign-language news reports. Family illness clusters raise concerns about possible human-to-human H5N1 spread, though in this instance cause of the mother’s death hasn’t been confirmed, and previous media reports suggested a possible common exposure to the virus. The children had reportedly handled dead poultry in their home.Oct 16 FluTrackers postOct 10 CIDRAP News storyCDC introduces zombie preparedness graphic novellaThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced publication of a new two-part graphic novella, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” as a fun way of conveying the importance of emergency planning. The novella features Todd and Julie, a young couple, and their dog Max as they cope with a strange new disease that turns people into zombies. The CDC’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Web site also plays a key role as Todd searches online for preparedness tools to cope with the unfolding pandemic—caused by a flu-like virus dubbed Z5N1. The CDC’s home page for the teaching tool says, “Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency.” Readers can find a real-life all-hazards preparedness checklist at the end of part 2 of the novella.CDC zombie novella landing pageEmergency Preparedness and Response planning pagePakistan’s religious leaders urge polio vaccinationPakistani religious leaders yesterday urged parents to have their children under 5 years old immunized against polio, the Lahore-based newspaper The Nation reported today. Muslim scholars Maulana Hazrat Said and Maulana Riazullah said at a press conference that, contrary to what some groups are propagating, the vaccine contains nothing against the Islamic faith nor harmful ingredients. The leaders emphasized that refusing the vaccine risks polio-caused paralysis in their children and said it is society’s responsibility to eradicate the disease. Pakistan is battling an outbreak of more than 100 polio cases this year, according to recent news reports.WHO urges coordinated anti-dengue effort in the Western PacificWestern Pacific countries need to make a more committed, coordinated effort against dengue fever, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged in a news release last week. At a Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Region in Manila, the agency said that, of 2.5 billion people at risk globally, 1.8 billion, or 70%, live in Asia-Pacific counties. In 2010 nations in the WHO’s Western Pacific region confirmed nearly 354,000 dengue cases and 1,075 deaths. Countries reporting a “significant” number of cases in the region this year are Australia, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam, with Cambodia and Singapore reporting an increase over 2010 case numbers. The WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo, said in the release, “We should integrate dengue prevention and control activities into proven initiatives such as Integrated Vector Management and the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases,” adding that community involvement is a crucial element.
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FILE PHOTO: UN Peacekeepers on an early morning patrol in Gao, Mali. (Jane Hahn for the Washington Post/Getty Images)The Malian government should step up efforts to investigate and prosecute militants who killed hundreds of people last year, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Monday.In the report themed “How Much More Blood Must Be Spilled?”, the rights group said at least 456 civilians were killed in 2019 and hundreds others wounded. The report said the year was the deadliest for civilians since the eruption of violence in 2012.“Armed groups are killing, maiming and terrorizing communities throughout central Mali with no apparent fear of being held to account,” said Corinne Dufka, West Africa director at Human Rights Watch and author of the report.“The human toll in shattered lives is mounting as the deadly cycles of violence and revenge continue.”Since 2012, the conflict in Mali has claimed more than 1,000 military and civilian lives, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.Dufka said the militants continue to get bolder because of the lack of consequences for their actions, and that authorities should put a stop to their actions by apprehending and prosecuting them for their actions.“The Malian government’s failure to punish armed groups on all sides is emboldening them to commit further atrocities,” Dufka said.“The government, with the help of its international partners, needs to do much more to prosecute those responsible for crimes and dismantle abusive armed groups.”HRW acknowledged that the Malian government opened investigations and convicted about 45 people for communal violence, but said the powerful leaders of the armed groups are yet to be brought to book.Related Thirteen French troops killed in Mali operation against militants Mali army kills 50 militants and frees soldiers Islamic State group claims responsibility for Mali attack