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Longtime Douglas aide, Susanne Young, moving back to AG’s office

first_imgVermont Attorney General William H Sorrell announced Monday that Susanne R Young has been appointed as an Assistant Attorney General. She will serve as the supervising attorney for the staff that provides legal services to the Department of Mental Health.Young served most recently as Legal Counsel to Governor Douglas and as Deputy State Treasurer while Douglas was state treasurer. She returns to the attorney general’s office where she served for 17 years in a variety of positions, including as Chief of the Criminal Division and Deputy Attorney General.‘We are extremely fortunate to have an attorney with Susanne’s experience re-join our ranks at the AGO,’ said Sorrell. ‘Her knowledge of state government, her past experience in this office, and her familiarity with the legislative process will serve us well.’ January 31, 2010last_img read more

The Cheesiest Race Ever

first_imgEvery spring, hundreds partake in the cheese rolling race at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, as they have for decades.Competitors chase a large wheel of cheese down an incredibly steep hill. The winner wins the roll of cheese and bragging rights. Due to the steep incline, injuries are quite common. But not to worry: the local rugby team stands guard at the foot of the hill to ensure people do run into the fence at the bottom.People from around the world have come to chase the massive roll of cheese down the hill, including an American veteran who ended up winning in 2013. Each year, the event grows in popularity both in spectators and competitors. Last year there were an estimated 4,000 people on the hill. This year’s cheese rolling will take place on May 29.Could Appalachia import this funky competition? Our hills seem ideal for some cheese chasing.View last year’s cheese rolling race here.last_img read more

‘Armageddon’ at Beirut hospitals after blast hurt medics, patients alike

first_imgHis head bandaged just like his patients, Dr Antoine Qurban said Tuesday’s enormous blast brought “Armageddon” to Beirut’s overwhelmed hospitals in chaotic scenes reminiscent of a war zone.   “Wounded people bleeding out in the middle of the street, others lying on the ground in the hospital courtyard — it reminded me of my missions with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Afghanistan many years ago,” he said of his volunteer stint with the medical charity. The surgeon was among more than 4,000 wounded people who staggered or were taken into badly damaged and massively crowded hospitals across the devastated Lebanese capital on Tuesday evening. ‘She’s already dead’ The scenes were no less chaotic on Wednesday, as people wounded overnight by falling shards of glass sought treatment, weaving between smashed equipment and piles of debris in Hotel Dieu’s hallways. Mothers asked desperately about the fates of their wounded sons. An elderly man begged for news of his wife, who had been transferred from another hospital.A cacophony of cellphones rang, and fragments of exhausted conversations could be heard, usually retelling survival stories. “A miracle kept him alive,” one woman was heard saying, while a man with a bandaged leg handed a blinking cellphone to his sister, telling her simply that “I can’t talk anymore”.Hotel Dieu treated at least 300 wounded Tuesday and registered 13 dead, according to its medical director Dr George Dabar, who was a medical student there during Lebanon’s 15-year civil war.”Even then, I didn’t see anything like what I saw yesterday,” he said.His voice cracking with emotion, Dabar told AFP the hardest moment was telling families their loved ones had died, with nothing left to be done. “It’s so hard to tell a father carrying his young daughter and trying to save her that she’s already dead.”According to Lebanon’s health ministry, two hospitals were rendered completely out of service and two more were partly unusable.At least five nurses died, and several medics and patients were severely hurt. “The medical teams were already exhausted by everything that has happened in this country and by the coronavirus pandemic,” Dabar said.”But to face yesterday’s crisis, they came together with amazing solidarity.”From cooks to maintenance workers, Dabar said, the entire staff was working side by side so Hotel Dieu could stay open. Topics : His own hospital was overflowing within minutes with wounded, so a stranger on a motorcycle zipped him to another facility. After an hours-long wait, a medic stitched up his head wound in the street.center_img The huge explosion has piled even more pressure on Lebanon’s strained health sector, which before the disaster was already struggling with a wave of coronavirus cases and a severe economic crisis.”It was Armageddon,” Qurban, who is in his late sixties, told AFP outside the Hotel Dieu Hospital in central Beirut.The facility is normally his place of work, but on Wednesday he was among throngs of patients, following up on a gash he suffered Tuesday night.  Qurban was at a nearby coffee shop when the blast hit around 6:00 pm local time, flinging him some 20 meters (60 feet) across the room. Evacuating COVID-19 patients The St. George Hospital was not so lucky. The blast left the facility, one of Beirut’s oldest, with collapsed ceilings and electrical wires hanging over beds showered with glass. “We are not in service anymore,” said St. George Hospital’s chief of staff Eid Azar.”Amid the current economic situation, I don’t know how much time it will take to repair,” he told AFP.Staff worked until just before dawn to evacuate patients, equipment and files.”We did a hospital evacuation, which very rarely happens,” and which included the highly sensitive transfer of 20 patients being treated for COVID-19, he said.Azar said the emergency operation reminded him of Hurricane Katrina, the devastating natural disaster that hit the US in 2005. The courtyard was turned into a field clinic, where doctors in bloodied medical robes treated shell-shocked people in the open.”There’s nothing harder than evacuating a hospital filled to the brim with patients while even more wounded are coming,” said Azar. “The hospital staff itself was wounded and we needed to transfer our own employees.”Medics carried patients from nine separate floors one by one on stretchers, as the blast had knocked out the elevators.Without electricity or water, nurses took great risks to provide whatever life-saving support they could. “The hospital lights are usually on 24 hours a day — it was completely dark,” said clinical nurse specialist Lara Daher. “We stitched up patients by the light of our cellphones last night. I don’t know how we did it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”   last_img read more

Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen confirms he is ready to leave Sampdoria

first_imgArsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen has decided he is ready to leave Sampdoria this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen believes it is ‘time to further his career’ amid significant transfer interest from Arsenal.The north London club are reported to have failed with a joint £44million bid for the Denmark international centre-half and his Sampdoria teammate Dennis Praet.Tottenham have been long-term admirers of the 23-year-old, meanwhile, while Andersen’s former Sampdoria coach, Marco Giampaolo, is said to be keen to bring him to Milan have been appointed as Gennaro Gattuso’s successor earlier this month.‘It could be time for me to further my career,’ he told Goal. ‘I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.‘It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me. I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.‘I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Jun 2019 6:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Arsenal have also registered an interest in Joachim Andersen’s Sampdoria teammate Denis Praet (Picture: Getty; Metro.co.uk)MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at Arsenal‘I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy.‘I have learned a lot. I grew up in Denmark and Holland playing with a lot of possession. When I came to Italy, I learned a new part of the defending game, which added a new layer to my football education.‘But most importantly I haven’t forgotten how to play ball. That means I’m still comfortable in possession while I have developed as a defender.‘My position is good and of course I’m pretty tall [193cm], which gives me an advantage in the air. I’m not going to tell you what I had to work on – let the strikers see if they can find out themselves!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen confirms he is ready to leave Sampdoria Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Last-minute changes to IORP II Directive spark confusion

first_imgA European Commission source confirmed to IPE there would be “no changes for cross-border funds” in the new text, maintaining the funding requirements put in place by the first IORP Directive.“[The] status quo remains,” the source said. “That means cross-border pension funds need to be fully funded at all times, whereas national pension funds don’t have to be.”The source said the reason behind the Commission’s volte-face was twofold.“The revision of IORP is not about funding, so it makes no sense to deal just with one element of funding,” the source said.  “And although we are not asking pension funds to increase their funding at this stage, we don’t think it makes sense either to encourage them to weaken existing funding requirements.“[This is] not in line with the general movement to improve prudential soundness.”The eleventh-hour reversal is certain to come as a shock to the industry, which had broadly welcomed the leaked draft’s position specifically on cross-border funding.Mark Dowsey, senior consultant at Towers Watson, said: “If the rumour that the fully funded requirement is not going to be removed is correct, it is very, very disappointing.“It is just two years ago that Michel Barnier, [EU commissioner for the internal market and services], stated in a public hearing in Brussels that the pre-eminent reason for the Commission revising the Directive was to ‘contribute to growth and employment and make better use of the Single Market’.“He stated that, to do so, the Commission wanted to ‘facilitate economies of scale’. The full-funding requirement is a major – if not the major – block on achieving the consolidation necessary to achieve that scale.”But Jerry Moriarty, chief executive and head of policy at the Irish Association of Pension Funds, was more phlegmatic, describing the policy reversal as “business as usual”.“The effect of the full-funding requirement has been to greatly reduce the number of Irish cross-border funds, and it is hard to see how DB schemes can operate on a cross-border basis,” he said.“It is a strange decision, as the purported aim of IORP II is to encourage more cross-border schemes.“As individual member states don’t require full-funding at all times and have provisions in place to allow recovery plans, it is hard to understand why that couldn’t apply on a cross-border basis.”The finalised Directive is expected to be published on Thursday, and will include provisions for governance, transparency and long-term investing. There has been confusion in Brussels after what looks like a last-minute lobbying intervention by the insurance industry to amend a key provision in the IORP II Directive regulating pension funds.An EU source has confirmed that cross-border pension funds will need to be fully funded after all.This represents a departure from several widely circulated drafts of the IORP II text, seen by IPE, which suggested cross-border schemes would not be required to be fully funded.One member of the EIOPA occupational pensions stakeholder group expressed anger about what has been interpreted as undue influence by insurers.last_img read more

Deep adds new vessel to its fleet

first_imgDuring the last months the vessel was converted into a survey vessel by NG Shipyards and being fitted with the hull-mounted dual head multibeam system, full vessel width A-frame for deployment of large, towed gradiometer wings for UXO detection surveys as well as a large moonpool capable of deploying multiple other sensors depending on the type of survey work. The Seapal has workspace for four surveyors/geophysicists and two client representatives. Furthermore, the Deep Seapal is equipped with CPP systems. Dutch survey company, Deep BV, has added a new vessel to it fleet, the Deep Seapal.center_img The Deep Seapal adds capacity for nearshore geophysical survey work. The vessel has already been deployed on the first project.last_img read more

Wyandotte Caves open this weekend

first_imgwyandotte cave re-opening, O’Bannon Woods State ParkCorydon, In. — Wyandotte Caves is offering people a chance to beat the heat this summer by going underground, where the temperature is a cool 52 degrees all year.Public tours of the caves begin on Saturday, May 25, and are then offered on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.Wyandotte Caves is managed by the staff at O’Bannon Woods State Park and is located between Corydon and Leavenworth on State Road 62 in Crawford County. Camping is available at O’Bannon Woods. Reservations can be made at camp.IN.gov.Jackets are recommended for all cave tours due to the cool temperature. Remember to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes. Pets, alcohol, and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in the caves.Big Wyandotte Cave is closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend to protect hibernating Indiana bats. The cave is one of the most important hibernacula in the state for the endangered Indiana bat species. It is available for tours, but the tours are classified as rugged due to the steep terrain and stairs people must navigate. Tours take two hours and cover roughly 1.5 miles.Little Wyandotte Cave is available for pre-scheduled group tours throughout the year. The tours of this cave are open to all ages. They are shorter and easier than the Big Wyandotte tour, at 35-40 minutes, because of a lack of long staircases. This tour offers a view of many flowstone and dripstone formations. Occasionally, a cave-dwelling species can be seen.Both caves reopened in the summer of 2016 after a multi-year closure prompted by the impacts of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has affected bats across the Eastern U.S. and beyond.O’Bannon Woods State Park is located at 7234 Old Forest Road, Corydon, 47112.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 20 Ehwarieme Eyes World Title after Victory…

first_imgGodzilla Ehwarieme New World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental heavyweight title champion, Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwarieme, has declared his readiness to win the boxing body’s world heavyweight title soon.Ehwariemi won the WBF Intercontinental title after defeating Argentina’s Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte at GOtv Boxing Night 20, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, last Saturday.The Nigerian boxer said he is delighted at winning the Intercontinental heavyweight belt, but said his attention has now shifted to winning the vacant WBF world title.“It was great to win the title at home; it was very special. However, I now have to concentrate on winning the WBF world heavyweight title. It is currently vacant and my intercontinental title win has now made me a contender for the world title. So, I am intensifying my preparations to ensure I get the biggest prize in the weight division,” he said. Ehwarieme thanked GOtv Boxing Night for staging the intercontinental heavyweight title fight and providing him the opportunity to win the title at home. He also thanked Nigerians for coming out en masse to support him, promising them that he would make the country proud by winning the world title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Serratore, Uattara key Syracuse in victory over Maryland

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2013 at 2:02 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edu Junior captain Nicolette Serratore bent over, hands on her knees, in frustration. She thought she had just hit the match-winning kill for Syracuse, but Maryland closed the hole and got the block just in time.“It’s hard,” Serratore said. “I saw a hole in the block and they closed it at the last second. I was just trying to refocus and forget about it.”And she did. After Maryland blocked Serratore’s kill to even the set at 24-24, Serratore hit kills on the next two points to win the match for her team, 26-24 in the fourth set.“I was just thinking, give me the ball,” Serratore said. “I feel like I had a great hitting game, and I just knew if she gave me the ball I’d be able to finish the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSerratore had 23 kills and a 34.8 attack percentage in one of her more impressive performances this season. Meanwhile, fellow outside hitter Silvi Uattara also impressed as Syracuse (14-14, 9-7 Atlantic Coast) earned a 3-1 victory over the Terrapins (13-15, 5-11) on Sunday in the Women’s Building. But this came after the Orange lost to Pittsburgh (15-14, 7-9) in straight sets on Friday. On Sunday, Serratore was all over the court. Seconds before she hit the match-winning kill, she dug out an attempted kill by Maryland.“Nico’s just playing,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “She’s the most consistent player on the floor. And in the critical situations, she’s not afraid to ask for the ball.”Serratore played strongly through her last put-away kill, but Uattara may have been even better.Uattara finished the match with a team-high 24 kills and a 40.0 attack percentage. She also finished second on the team with nine digs.With SU leading 25-24, Maryland attempted to kill the Salkute serve. But Uattara dug out a ball that appeared to come inches away from hitting the ground. That point she saved eventually ended up being the match winner.“It was because of the coach, for sure,” Uattara said. “He said for me exactly where I have to stay, so I just picked that position. And I was just kind of ready and I saw the ball was coming.”The fourth set was not the only tight set the Orange pulled out. After a Maryland kill, Syracuse only had a 23-22 lead in the first set.In those two points, Syracuse needed somebody to step up. This time it was Uattara. She hit two ferocious kills on those last two points of the first set, the last one slamming down just inside the right line to give Syracuse the set.“I just know that I have to do that,” Uattara said. “They’re digging balls, they’re setting for me, they’re giving me this ball and they’re relying on me that I make this point.”After the disappointing straight sets loss to Pittsburgh on Friday, many on the team felt it would be important to win that first set and come out strong. Uattara believes winning that first set was key and helped the team carry momentum into the second set, which it won, as well.“I think it was one of the key sets,” Uattara said. “Usually if you’re winning first set, you’re feeling more confident to play the next. Coach was just so into me this game and just wanted me to play really well.” Commentslast_img read more

Aidan Tooker and Shannon Malone are keys for Syracuse cross country’s success at NCAA Northeast Regionals

first_img Published on November 7, 2017 at 11:17 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Aidan Tooker and Shannon Malone performed above expectations at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships, Syracuse coach Chris Fox said.Their individual races on Oct. 27 in Louisville, Kentucky, helped the men’s team to a first-place finish and the women’s team to a fourth-place finish, respectively.Tooker, a sophomore, placed sixth and was the third man from Syracuse to cross the finish line behind Justyn Knight (first overall) and Colin Bennie (third). Malone finished seventh for the women, the second member of the Syracuse women’s team to finish behind Paige Stoner. Both Tooker and Malone want to improve on their performances this Friday at the NCAA Northeast Regionals in Buffalo.Tooker called the men’s team’s 27-point finish a “dominating performance,” and saw his performance as a catalyst in the win. He felt that even as a younger runner, he was able to act like a “pro,” in part because he followed the lead of older runners around him.“We were packed up for a while,” Tooker said. “I just had to pay attention to what some of the older guys were doing and follow them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFox called Tooker’s performance a “medium-hard effort,” but was impressed by the way he ran at ACCs. Going forward, Fox said, Tooker will be the third or fourth runner for the men after his strong performance at the conference championships.Tooker is a future leader for the team, Fox said, especially because three seniors — Knight, Bennie and Philo Germano — will have exhausted their eligibility after this season. Fox expects Tooker to make an All-American spot and place well at NCAA championships this year.“Tooker did exactly what we asked him to do,” Fox said.Junior Shannon Malone was not always pegged as a top runner for the women’s team. Her seventh-place finish at ACC championships was key in the women placing fourth, and it was a little surprising to Fox, who hoped for a 10th place finish for the junior.“She ran with the main pack for most of the race,” Fox said, “and that really put her on a different level.”Malone attributed her highest finish at SU to Stoner, who finished first at the meet, setting the pace.Stoner led the main pack from the start of the race, and Malone said she fed off the senior’s energy and tried to hang close to Stoner as long as she could.“Seeing Paige up there really helped me get back into race mode,” Malone said.The women’s team hopes to qualify for the NCAA championships for the first time since 2015. To get there, it would have to place in the top two of its region or be selected as one of 13 at-large teams. If the women fall short, Malone still has an opportunity to qualify for the meet individually.Fox thinks Malone can make nationals if she performs the way she did at the ACC championships. If every runner exceeds expectations, Fox said, the women have a clear shot at the NCAA championship.“The girls in the middle need to do a little better to make nationals,” Fox said. “They’re doing all of the right things to make it there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more