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January 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce is please to announce the 2009 – 2010 Top Ten Winter Events Award recipients. The winners, in chronological order are:CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design – presented by Vermont Hand CraftersSouth Burlington-Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, November 19-22, 2009, Thurs. & Fri. 12-8 pm, Sat. 10-6 pm, Sun. 10-5 pm. At the CRAFT VERMONT – Fine Craft, Art, and Design Show you ll meet the artists and hear their stories, their inspiration, and their dedication to their craft. Shop over 130 booths of original, high quality, works in glass, ceramics, wood, and decorative fiber along with paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture and wearable art made by Vermont s finest artisans. This highly acclaimed annual event offers a wide range of contemporary and traditional items in all price ranges. Four-day Pass $7 valid for unlimited re-entry. www.vermonthandcrafters.com;(link is external) 802-373-5429. Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & MuseumWoodstock, November 27-29, 2009, 10-3 pmView how Thanksgiving was celebrated over 100 years ago; the Thanksgiving meal is prepared in the 1890 Farm House wood burning stove. Traditional cooking demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, farm tours, and hands-on Thanksgiving activities and programs for every age. Adults $11, seniors $10, children ages 5-15 $6, ages 3-4 $3. www.billingsfarm.org;(link is external) 802-457-2355.The Lights of ChristmasSouth Royalton, November 27, 2009 – January 5, 2010Be captivated by over 120,000 lights and heart-warming displays honoring the birth of Jesus Christ at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial Historic Site. Two-night lighting ceremonies. Enjoy The Lights of Christmas with live nativity, free refreshments, and continuous holiday music. NEW: Get in the spirit of Christmas with concerts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – America s Choir with renowned guest performers such as Angela Lansbury and Walter Cronkite on DVD in cozy 40 seat theater. It is one hour and is nondenominational.  Free. 802-783-7742.First Night BurlingtonBurlington, December 31, 2009, Noon to midnight.Vermont s largest single day arts festival, whose mission is to bring the community together with an accessible, substance-free New Year s Eve celebration of the arts. Over 20,000 people attend at 23 sites in downtown Burlington. $15 buttons ($20 day of event), $2 tickets. www.firstnightburlington.com;(link is external) 802-863-6005.Winter Dew TourMount Snow (West Dover), February 4-7, 2010, 9-6 pm.Over 20,000 spectators and another 1,000,000 television viewers witnessed hometown girl Kelly Clark s winning halfpipe run at the 2009 competition, while pros like Simon Dumont and Shaun White battled for the coveted Dew Cup. Festival Village features interactive displays, giveaways, athlete signings and live music. Party with the pros at the ALLI-After-Dark parties! Visit allisports.com or mountsnow.com for more information. Free. www.mountsnow.com;(link is external) 800-245-SNOW.Snowflake Festival 2010Lyndon and East Burke area events, February 12-28, 2010The Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festival is two weeks of non-stop family fun in the Lyndon/Burke area celebrating the best of winter in the Northeast Kingdom. Many events take place at Lyndon Outing Club, the oldest volunteer-run ski area in Vermont. Burke Mountain is a spectacular setting for lots of family fun throughout the festival. Join us for pancake breakfasts, torchlight ski parades, free horse drawn wagon rides, cross-country and alpine skiing and much more! Most events are free. www.lyndonvermont.com;(link is external) 802-626-9696.Montshire Museum Igloo BuildNorwich, February 15, 2010, 10:30 am – 3 pmLearn how to build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Join Dr. Bert Yankielun, author of How to Build an Igloo and Other Snow Structures and learn the secrets of building with snow – from making the initial snow angel, to placing the final block on the dome, to sawing yourself out. Then try building your own igloo! Activities and presentations throughout the day. Free with Museum admission ($10 adults, $8 children 2-17, free for Montshire members and children under 2) www.montshire.org;(link is external) 802-649-2200.Middlebury Winter Carnival & Chili ContestMiddlebury, February 27, 2010, 2-5 pmThe Better Middlebury Partnership proudly presents the Middlebury Winter Carnival & Pro/Am Chili Contest! The streets of Middlebury will be alive with free chili, free live music and free treats for all! Last year 29 local restaurants served over 50 different kinds of chili! Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to enter – the public votes! Other activities include public skating, snowshoe races, an open house at the Middlebury Fire Station, dog sled demos, and a bonfire! Free. www.middbiz.org;(link is external) 802-388-4126.Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding ChampionshipsStratton Mountain, March 15-21, 2010The U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships have showcased the world s most progressive riding longer than any other snowboarding competition. For the 26th consecutive year, the competition will take place at Stratton Mountain Resort. Snowboarding s elite athletes like Shaun White, Danny Kass, Kelly Clark, and Hannah Teter are U.S. Open staples and compete in quarterpipe, halfpipe, and slopestyle events. The Open, which draws more than 20,000 fans, big name sponsors, snowboarding legends and international media, is free of charge to spectators. www.stratton.com;(link is external) 1-800-STRATTON.13th Green Mountain Film FestivalMontpelier, March 19-28, 2010Montpelier, in the heart of Vermont, provides the perfect setting for this intimate festival bringing together films and film makers from all over the world. Nearly 120 separate events over ten days, including interviews and discussions with film makers, writers, and other special guests from the world of film. Recent guests have included Oscar nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and  Memoirs of a Geisha), and NPR and LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan. $7-$8.50, some events free. Discounts available. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org;(link is external) 802-262-3423.Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont s best activities, selected for their diversity and wide appeal. This year s winners display a wide-range of family-friendly activities and represent many different parts of the state.In order to qualify as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event, events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as Vermonters; appeal to a diverse audience, including children and families; and due to the additional attention a Top Ten garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.last_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMay 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that $1.33 billion will be available in this year’s round of funding to states to improve preparedness for terrorism and other public health emergencies.The total includes $862.8 million in funds administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to boost preparedness for bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and public health emergencies. Another $471 million will be passed out by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve hospitals’ ability to cope with events that cause large numbers of casualties.The total amount is down about $14 million from last year’s total, which included $849.6 million in CDC grants and $498 million in HRSA grants. The money goes to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.The package is the fourth in a series of large federal allocations for public health preparedness that began in 2002, following the terrorist attacks and anthrax mailings of 2001.HHS said the funds will be used to upgrade infectious disease surveillance and investigation, prepare the healthcare system to deal with mass casualties, expand public health laboratory and communications capacities, and improve disease-reporting communication between hospitals and city, local, and state health departments.Setting specific objectivesOne important new wrinkle in the process this year is that the CDC is making an earnest attempt to define preparedness in terms of specific goals and performance capabilities.The CDC released a document May 13 to guide jurisdictions through the application process. The document includes a lengthy set of goals, under the headings Prevent, Detect/Report, Investigate, Control, Recover, and Improve. The guidelines spell out particular outcomes, tasks, and measures of performance under each goal.”The preparedness goals or measurements—that is a new piece to the cooperative agreement,” CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News. “They have not been in there before. They do build a bit up on the past recommendations as far as key points that we wanted to have covered. They actually are a work in progress. . . . We’ll listen to what states have to say, and they’ll be modified in some way if necessary.”Last year the CDC guidelines were framed in terms of focus areas or activities, such as planning, epidemiology and surveillance, biological laboratory, risk communication, and training, according to Aggie Leitheiser, assistant commissioner for the Health Protection Bureau in the Minnesota Department of Health.”It was focused much more on tasks,” Leitheiser told CIDRAP News. “This year they’ve switched to identifying the goals that we’re trying to achieve with this work. They’ve identified nine, and in that, I believe, are over a hundred critical tasks or subtasks.”The goals and tasks have performance measures linked to them. For example, the prevention goal includes planning for all kinds of public health emergencies. For one of the performance measures in that category, Leitheiser said, “We are to measure the time it takes to get our initial wave of personnel to a staging area to staff emergency operations, and the target is 90 minutes.”For another example, the “investigate” goal calls for speeding up the identification of causes, risk factors, and appropriate interventions for those affected by threats to public health. One of the related performance measures is to be able to start an epidemiologic investigation within 3 hours after an unusual pattern of disease cases is detected.Another goal is to speed up the detection and reporting of dangerous agents in tissue, food, or environmental samples. One of several associated performance measures is the ability to send a sample potentially containing an infectious agent to a reference laboratory within 60 minutes after collecting it.”We’re very pleased to see the switch” in approaches, Leitheiser said. “Rather than ‘How many meetings did you have?’ [the CDC is asking], ‘Can you show you’re able to act effectively?'”Questions raised about progressShe said many groups, including Congress, the CDC, and state health departments, have been asking how much progress has been made in bioterrorism preparedness with the money that’s been spent in recent years. “I think the CDC is moving in a deliberate way to answer those questions,” she said.Not that the new guidance is flawless, Leitheiser said. “Some of them [performance goals] are frankly a little unrealistic. For example, that we be able to handle 1% of the population calling in for information. That would be 50,000 people, which would probably take down the phone system.”She also said that with the new approach, applying for the funds will probably take more work this year. Officials will have to write a description of how they plan to develop the ability to handle each of the critical tasks in the guidance.”I think it’s very good, but change is always hard,” she said.Leitheiser said the guidelines for HRSA funding for hospitals didn’t change as much as the CDC guidelines did this year. “The HRSA grant I think has been more focused from the beginning,” she said. “They are trying also to be aware of measurement and impact, but they didn’t go to the same format that CDC did.”The CDC money includes a base grant of $3.9 million for each jurisdiction, plus an additional amount based on population, according to Roebuck of the CDC. The amounts range from $4.9 million for Wyoming to $61.3 million for California. Thirty-one states and cities are due to get more money this year than they did last year, while 23 will receive less.The HRSA funds are allocated much the same way as the CDC money, with a base grant plus an amount based on population. David Bowman, a HRSA spokesman in Washington, DC, said the base grant this year is slightly lower than the $1 million used last year. Sums range from about $1.3 million for Wyoming to $39.2 million for California.Health departments have until Jul 13 to apply for the CDC funds, and the money will be available for spending starting Aug 31, Roebuck said.Bowman said the deadline for applying for HRSA funds is Jul 1, with the money becoming available after Aug 31.Program for cities expandsWith the CDC funding, HHS is expanding a program to help major cities develop the ability to quickly provide oral drugs to the entire population in a public health emergency. Last year 21 urban areas received funds under the program, called the Cities Readiness Initiative. This year, the CDC is increasing the total funds for those 21 areas by $10 million and is adding another 15 metropolitan areas in 15 states, HHS reported.Funds for the program this year will total $40.18 million, officials said. The largest sums are slated to go to New York City ($5.1 million) and Los Angeles ($3.44 million).The CDC is also continuing a program begun last year to strengthen infectious disease surveillance in states bordering on Mexico and Canada. A total of $5.44 million will be available for the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance Program in the border states.The money is for developing and implementing a program to detect, investigate, and report unusual infectious disease cases in the border regions, HHS said. Twenty states are to receive shares of the money, but most of it will go to Texas (about $2 million) and California ($1.5 million).The CDC’s guidelines also ask states to take steps to prepare for an influenza pandemic. One suggestion is that states use CDC funds to buy supplies of the antiviral drug oseltamivir and store them in hospital-based caches funded by HRSA. Health departments could then use the drug to treat their own staff members if needed in a pandemic, the guidelines say.See also:May 13 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050513.htmlCDC’s “Cooperative Agreement Guidance for Public Health Emergency Preparedness”http://www.bt.cdc.gov/planning/guidance05/index.asplast_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgArteta has emerged as Arsenal’s top managerial target (Picture: AMA/Getty)Manchester City chiefs are reportedly unhappy with Arsenal’s approach for Mikel Arteta, as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager closes in on a return to the Emirates.Arteta captained the Gunners during his playing days and has emerged as Arsenal’s top managerial target, despite some members of the squad expressing their preference for Carlo Ancelotti – who is on Everton’s radar – to be appointed.Metro.co.uk understands Arsenal are confident that Arteta will be appointed within the next day or so as they have finally made a decision on Unai Emery’s long-term successor following Freddie Ljungberg’s disastrous spell as interim manager. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Dec 2019 8:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Manchester City angry with Arsenal over Mikel Arteta approach Ljungberg reacts to Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping by Man CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:48FullscreenLjungberg reacts to Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping by Man Cityhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-reacts-arsenals-3-0-thumping-man-city-2071064/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, while Arsenal bosses will be pleased to get their man, City are less than impressed with their conduct, according to the Independent.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThey are furious that Arsenal failed to ask for permission to speak with Arteta – with pictures emerging of Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham outside the Spaniard’s house in the early hours of Monday morning.City are especially annoyed because Arsenal played City this weekend, but there was no discussion among the two sides’ officials about his potential appointment.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 ArsenalIt’s expected they will demand a seven-figure sum in compensation should Arteta decide to return to Arsenal.However, they have no issues with the 37-year-old and won’t stand in his way to pursue his managerial dream.Will Arteta be a success at Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal players tell board not to appoint Mikel Arteta and demand Carlo Ancelotti insteadMORE: Ryan Giggs offers advice to Mikel Arteta to solve Arsenal’s defensive woes Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more