Vermont Dept of Health awards grant to Idle-Free VT for fleet project

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Health has awarded a grant to Idle-Free VT Inc., Bristol, VT, to implement Idle-Free for Fleet$, a vehicle fleet operators educational effort. The grant award supports the Vermont Asthma Program’s efforts to reduce the burden of asthma and improve air quality through the reduction of vehicle idling. The Idle-Free for Fleet$ project, under the direction of Wayne Michaud, Idle-Free VT director, will invite up to 90 business and municipal fleet operators in Addison, Orange and Washington counties to join in the benefits of idling reduction and adopting policies to reduce idling. The project will be in effect from July 1 to October 1, 2013. Idle-Free for Fleet$ will offer fleet operators resources ‘including an information flyer, dedicated webpage, and 30 minute PowerPoint and video presentation ‘that explain the technical facts on diesel and gasoline idling, myths and realities, health and economic impact, and model policies. Wayne Michaud will offer to give the on-location presentations at no cost to business fleet or operations managers, and town department of public works supervisors or highway department road commissioners and foreman. Their drivers/operators will be encouraged to attend. Business and municipal fleets will learn how idling reduction and adopting formal policies benefit them and their communities. Drivers and operators will better comply with an official policy, the company’s social responsibility and “green” image will be enhanced, and the resulting avoidance in fuel use and engine wear will increase company profit. For municipal fleets, town residents will benefit in savings of taxpayer dollars, improved health, conserved energy and lessening of the town’s carbon footprint. Idle-Free VT Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a primary goal to raise awareness of unnecessary vehicle idling (idling when parked) in Vermont by encouraging adoption of policies, practices, resolutions and curricula to reduce vehicle idling. It also advocates the enactment of local and state laws, regulations, and rules to limit vehicle idling.Burlington, Vermont, June 10, 2013 ‘ idlefreevt.orglast_img read more

Merriam arrests suspect in 7-Eleven armed robbery, man faces attempted murder charge

first_imgFootage from the 7-Eleven surveillance camera shows the robber pointing a gun at the clerk.Merriam police announced today that they had identified and arrested a suspect in connection with the armed robbery at an Antioch Road 7-Eleven early Wednesday morning.A Javon Dean Mills of Overland Park was booked in Johnson County Jail Thursday on charges of attempted murder.The suspect turned himself in to police Thursday after surveillance photos and video from the incident were widely distributed by police after the robbery. Merriam Police Chief Mike Daniels said the one of his officers had come up with a possible identity for the suspect as a person to whom he had given a ride a couple of weeks ago. He dropped that person off near the 7-Eleven and the officer still had the name in his notebook.Police had been investigating the armed robbery that occurred early Wednesday morning at the 7-Eleven in the 6800 block of Antioch. The store clerk was shot during the robbery and taken to a local hospital, listed in stable condition on Wednesday.last_img read more

Art Park – an abandoned park in Zagreb becomes a unique open-air museum

first_imgPimp My Pump Association and Lapo Lapo Street Art Studio invite all citizens and tourists to ‘Art Park’ located between Tomićeva Street, Ilica and Strossmayer Promenade, which this summer, from June to September, will become an open-air museum complemented by a variety of art programs.After years of neglect, once known as ‘Hell’ and ‘Narkić Parkić’, the beautiful park in the very center of Zagreb will experience a complete revitalization. The first part of the landscaping was done last weekend when famous regional names from the world of street art, such as Lonac, Lunar, Artez, Linnch, Bare, Modul, Jedi and many others painted the walls of the park, cleaned it and opened the season. ‘Art Park’ open-air museum and thus created a unique park in this part of Europe.The second part of the ‘Art Park’ project begins this Saturday, June 12, 2016 with a pleasant afternoon gathering lasting from 15 to 21 hours with music and thus opens the season of various thematic workshops, screenings, exhibitions and other events that will enrich the summer in Zagreb. September. Also, the park will be open to the public at all times and panels that can be painted will be set up for all those interested. Participation in the summer program ‘Art Park’ has so far been confirmed by: Association Praktikum, Mali plac, Jungle Tribe agency, Sangha Yoga center, PMS gallery, Secret Zagreb walks & talks, Kino klub Zagreb, Bajk, informal youth group MaCro with an international project ” Drawing forward: Sketch your future ”, the Croatian Music Union, which will celebrate World Music Day in the park, on June 21 and many others.An excellent initiative and tourist story, as well as new urban-musical quality content in the City of Zagreb that will certainly attract tourists, especially young people traveling to Europe. Such initiatives are more than welcome, and this example can only be an incentive for other artists to wake up and act positively in their local community, to turn abandoned spaces into open galleries, museums and new tourist facilities.Find out more about the whole project at or over Facebook event pageslast_img read more

New, open-source software tracks worm embryo’s brain development

first_imgShare on Twitter A new, open-source software that can help track the embryonic development and movement of neuronal cells throughout the body of the worm, is now available to scientists. The software is described in a paper published in the open access journal, eLife on December 3rd by researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the Center for Information Technology (CIT); along with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York City; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Zhejiang University, China; and the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington. NIBIB is part of the National Institutes of Health.As far as biologists have come in understanding the brain, much remains to be revealed. One significant challenge is determining the formation of complex neuronal structures made up of billions of cells in the human brain. As with many biological challenges, researchers are first examining this question in simpler organisms, such as worms.Although scientists have identified a number of important proteins that determine how neurons navigate during brain formation, it’s largely unknown how all of these proteins interact in a living organism. Model animals, despite their differences from humans, have already revealed much about human physiology because they are much simpler and easier to understand. In this case, researchers chose Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), because it has only 302 neurons, 222 of which form while the worm is still an embryo. While some of these neurons go to the worm nerve ring (brain) they also spread along the ventral nerve cord, which is broadly analogous to the spinal cord in humans. The worm even has its own versions of many of the same proteins used to direct brain formation in more complex organisms such as flies, mice, or humans. Share LinkedIn Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Pinterest “Understanding why and how neurons form and the path they take to reach their final destination could one day give us valuable information about how proteins and other molecular factors interact during neuronal development,” said Hari Shroff, Ph.D., head of the NIBIB research team. “We don’t yet understand neurodevelopment even in the context of the humble worm, but we’re using it as a simple model of how these factors work together to drive the development of the worm brain and neuronal structure. We’re hoping that by doing so, some of the lessons will translate all the way up to humans.”However, following neurons as they travel through the worm during its embryonic development is not as simple as it might seem. The first challenge was to create new microscopes that could record the embryogenesis of these worms without damaging them through too much light exposure while still getting the resolution needed to clearly see individual cells. Shroff and his team at NIBIB, in collaboration with Daniel Colon-Ramos at Yale University and Zhirong Bao at Sloan-Kettering, tackled this problem by developing new microscopes that improved the speed and resolution at which they could image worm embryonic development. (Read more at: second problem was that during development the worm begins to “twitch”, moving around inside the egg. The folding and twisting makes it hard to track cells and parse out movement. For example, if a neuron moves in the span of a couple of minutes, is it because the embryo twisted or because the neuron actually changed position within the embryo? Understanding the mechanisms that move neurons to their final destination is an important factor in understanding how brains form–and is difficult to determine without knowing where and how a neuron is moving. Finally, it can be challenging to determine where a neuron is in 3D space while looking at a two-dimensional image–especially of a worm that’s folded up.Imagine you’re trying to keep track of everyone in a crowded auditorium, except that you can only see one person at a time, and the auditorium itself is invisible. This is what it’s like trying to track how neurons in the worm relate to each other,” said Ryan Christensen, Ph.D., the postdoctoral fellow who led the project. “You either need the ability to see everyone at once, or make the auditorium visible so you can place each person in the proper spot and figure out everyone’s movements that way. Our untwisting software allows us to make the auditorium visible and allows us to place individual people (neurons) in their proper context.”The worm embryo is normally transparent, but the researchers made several cells in the embryo glow with fluorescent proteins to act as markers. When a microscopic image of these cells is fed into the program, the computer identifies each cell and uses the information to create a model of the worm, which it then computationally “untwists” to generate a straightened image. The program also enables a user to check the accuracy of the computer model and edit it when any mistakes are discovered.“In addition, users can also mark cells or structures within the worm embryo they want the program to track, allowing the users to follow the position of a cell as it moves and grows in the developing embryo. This feature could help scientists understand how certain cells develop into neurons, as opposed to other types of cells, and what factors influence the development of the brain and neuronal structure.Shroff and his colleagues say that such technology will be pivotal in their project to create a 4D neurodevelopmental “worm atlas,” (see also that attempts to catalog the formation of the worm nervous system. This catalog will be the first comprehensive view of how an entire nervous system develops, and Dr. Shroff and his colleagues believe that it will be helpful in understanding the fundamental mechanisms by which all nervous systems, including ours, assemble. They also expect that some of the concepts developed, such as the approach taken to combine neuronal data from multiple embryos, can be applied to additional model organisms besides the worm.last_img read more

Midlands’ Coventry scheme nod

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Gallery Events

first_imgBert Stern “Shapes And Symbols”Keyes Art Gallery, East HamptonOpening: August 4, 6 to 8 PMKeyes Art Gallery will present a solo exhibition of American photographer Bert Stern which focuses on his outbreaking advertising and fashion work.“Shapes and Symbols” includes a selection of iconic images displayed for the first time. Keyes Art Gallery, in association with The Bert Stern Trust and Galerie 36, presents the first comprehensive exhibition of the visionary advertising photographs of American photographer Bert Stern (1929 to 2013) from the early 1950s to the early ’70s. The show runs through September 8. An opening reception will be held Saturday, August 4, from 6 to 8 PM.Views Of Pools And HedgerowsQuogue Library, QuogueOpening: August 2, 5 to 7 PMThe Quogue Library Gallery presents Geoff Disston’s “Views Of Pools And Hedgerows.” Disston was trained in watercolors by his family of plein air watercolorists. Taking a cue from his watercolor training, Disston started to apply watered-down acrylics on raw canvas in the late ’90s. Staining raw canvas with acrylic washes allows for deeper color saturation, subtle color interactions through the transparencies, and sketch-like freshness. Like watercolors, this technique demands a “once and done” approach, limiting the number of paint layers, and using the white of the canvas for both negative space and light. The show opens with a reception on Thursday, August 2, from 5 to 7 PM and will run through September 2.Michael Dweck: Iconic ImagesRoman Fine Art, East HamptonOpening: Saturday, August 4, 6 to 8 PMRoman Fine Art presents the solo exhibition of renowned photographer Michael Dweck. “Michael Dweck: Iconic Images,” will include a carefully curated selection of Dweck’s best known works as well as a few new standouts from the newly released expansion of his blockbuster book, The End, Montauk, NY. The exhibit opens Thursday, August 2, and continues through Monday, August 26. There will be a cocktail reception for the artist on Saturday, August 4, from 6 to 8 PM.Barthélémy ToguoParrish Art Museum, Water MillOpening: Saturday, August 4“Barthélémy Toguo: The Beauty of Our Voice” will be on view at the Parrish Art Museum Sunday, August 5, through October 14. The show is the first solo exhibition in an American museum by the internationally renowned artist whose work addresses migration, colonialism, race, and the relationship between the global north and south. Marking a new partnership, Toguo created the work for the exhibition during a residency as The Watermill Center’s 2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellow. A members’ reception will be held on Saturday, August 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.Springs Artists InvitationalAshawagh Hall, SpringsOpening: Friday, August 3, 5 to 8 PMThe Springs Improvement Society presents the 51st annual “Springs Artists Invitational Exhibition” at Ashawagh Hall. The show will take place from Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August 12. This annual event is hailed as a cornerstone event for the local art community, a deeply ingrained culture that has thrived in the hamlet since the heydays of the abstract expressionists. The show is curated by Scott Bluedorn. There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 3, from 5 to 8 PM. A curator’s tour, conducted by Bluedorn, will be open to the public Sunday, August 5, from noon till 2 MD6990_girlsincar 001 Sharelast_img read more

Air Products to talk about oxygen at Cement Industry Conference

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Jacqueline O’Donovan made Fellow of the CIWM

first_imgJacqueline O’Donovan is one of just over 100 industry professionals to achieve a CIWM FellowshipIn more than 30 years with the family business, Jacqueline has grown the company to employ 185 members and has worked closely with Industry bodies and government in a bid to improve the reputation and raise standards across the sector, as well as investing in the business to maximise recycling and achieve zero waste to landfill.“I’m delighted to have been appointed a Fellow of the CIWM. It is an honour to achieve this level of recognition within such an esteemed Institution and it stands as testament to the achievements of the whole O’Donovan team in working towards industry best practice.”Sarah Poulter, CIWM CEO, said: “CIWM Fellowship is awarded to leading professionals in resources and waste and is an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment by an individual to the sector as a whole. CIWM Fellows are peer-assessed, so it truly is an accolade to have your achievements recognised by the very people who work within our sector.”The CIWM represents more than 5,500 individuals in the United Kingdom and overseas. Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of London-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been made a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).She joins an elite group of 104 industry professionals who have achieved a Fellowship.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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