Winter Panel files for bankruptcy, will stay in business

first_imgA maker of prefabricated homes in Brattleboro, Vermont, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, but will be sold and remain in business. Winter Manufacturing Inc, doing business as Winter Panel Corp, filed for bankruptcy June 10. According to Jeffrey Lewis, executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp, the company was forced into the action by disgruntled customers. He said the company faced lawsuits by customers dissatisfied with the product. But, Lewis said, Winter Panel is being bought by another company, World Panel, which will keep the company in Brattleboro and retain all the employees.Winter Panel manufactures structural insulated panels, featuring a foam core, for the residential and commercial construction industry. In a Vermont Business Magazine survey earlier this year, Winter Panel reported that it had 20 employees. The bankruptcy filing said it had $8.25 million in assets and $1.3 million in liabilities.US Bankruptcy Court, District of Vermont, Rutland:Winter Manufacturing, Inc.74 Glen Orne Dr., Brattleboro 05302-9116Filed 6-10-09, Chapter 7Assets: $8,250,000.00Liabilities: $1,291,348.13last_img read more

Sublette to lead Orange County Bar Association

first_img Sublette to lead Orange County Bar Association William E. Sublette has become president of the Orange County Bar Association for 2005-2006. Other new Orange County Bar officers include Thomas P. Wert, president-elect; C. Gene Shipley, treasurer; and Jamie B. Moses, secretary. Sublette to lead Orange County Bar Association June 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img

Every Dog’s Dream Rescue holds kitten adoption event

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — Every Dog’s Dream Rescue held a kitten adoption event at the Dickin Memorial Animal Hospital.   There were seven kittens available for adoption at the event but the rescue says they have about 80 easily available animals in the rescue.    Every Dog’s Dream volunteer Jessica Flynn says the rescue was limited in the type of events they could hold due to the COVID-19 guidelines.   “There’s still a need in the community,” Flynn said. “Still need to get the word out and find homes for animals. So it was very important to us to have an event, even with the limitations in place.” center_img  The Artisan Holiday Pop Up shop will be open until December 30. In collaboration with the Artisan Holdiay Pop Up shop, the adoption event was held near the retail space in front of the hospital.  last_img read more

Recreated gene sheds light on lethality of 1918 flu virus

first_img “Severe lung infection was a hallmark of the illness produced by the original pandemic virus in humans, suggesting a possible, though not conclusive, association between the pandemic virus HA and its pathogenicity in humans, and indicating the need to examine the contribution of the HA to viral pathogenicity in other animal models,” the report says. An international team of researchers recreated hemagglutinin (HA) from the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus and spliced it into recent flu viruses adapted to humans and mice, according to a recent report in Nature. Mice that were exposed to the engineered viruses suffered severe lung infections that resembled those seen in people who died in the 1918 pandemic, according to the report. “Replacing only one gene is sufficient to make the virus more pathogenic,” said senior author Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a virologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UWM) and the University of Tokyo, in a news release from UWM. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently concurred that there is more to be learned about what made the 1918 virus so destructive. “It is very clear that there was something about the virulence of this microbe that we don’t fully understand,” he said in a Nov 15 press briefing on flu research. To do this, they took three recent influenza A strains (one of which is pathogenic in mice and two of which are not) and replaced their HA and NA genes either with the 1918 versions of both genes or with the 1918 HA gene and an NA gene from a recent strain. They then exposed groups of mice to the engineered viruses or the three natural viruses by intranasal inoculation. In postmortem examinations, the researchers found signs that infection had spread much deeper into the lungs in mice exposed to viruses containing the 1918 HA gene than in the other mice. The researchers also report evidence that people who were alive in 1918 still have immunity to the 1918 virus. They examined the neutralizing activity of blood serum samples from people of various ages against viruses with the 1918 HA and NA genes and against more recent human flu viruses. Serum from those who survived the pandemic “showed markedly high activities” against the engineered virus, while samples from younger people had only limited activity against it. Despite their findings, Kawaoka and colleagues say that HA is probably not the sole cause of the virulence of the 1918 virus. “The virulence of influenza virus is probably a polygenic trait, in that ultimately we expect other gene products . . . to be implicated in the phenotype of the 1918 virus,” they write. “These highly virulent recombinant viruses expressing the 1918 viral HA could infect the entire lung and induce high levels of macrophage-derived chemokines and cytokines, which resulted in infiltration of inflammatory cells and severe haemorrhage, hallmarks of the illness produced during the original pandemic,” the abstract of the report states. Further, the addition of the 1918 HA gene to a virus that is normally pathogenic in mice made the lung lesions “clearly more severe” than those in mice infected with the normal version of the virus.center_img What made the 1918 virus so lethal has been a mystery. The report by Kawaoka and colleagues says speculation has focused on living conditions at the end of World War I as well as on properties of the virus itself. The HA and NA of the virus contain no amino acid sequences known to be linked with high virulence, the report says. The researchers therefore sought to test the effects of the 1918 virus HA and NA on the pathogenicity of flu viruses in mice. Nov 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – By recreating a key surface protein from the 1918 pandemic flu virus and testing its effects in mice, researchers have shown that the protein might have been an important reason for the virus’s extraordinary ability to kill. All the viruses containing the 1918 HA gene, including those that in their natural form are harmless to mice, grew quickly in the mice’s lungs and eventually killed them, according to the report. Viruses containing both HA and NA from the 1918 virus were no more harmful than those containing the 1918 HA along with NA from a recent strain, which indicated that the 1918 version of NA didn’t contribute to viral pathogenicity. The 1918 flu pandemic killed tens of millions of people around the world. In recent years, researchers have extracted several of the virus’s genes from preserved tissue samples from pandemic victims and have sequenced them. HA and neuraminidase (NA), surface proteins that equip flu viruses to enter and leave human cells, are important targets of the body’s immune response; changes in their structure can make the virus more dangerous and enable it to infect new species. Kawaoka’s group also looked at the ability of 1918 viral HA to recognize the cell-surface receptor molecule preferred by human-adapted flu viruses. Using a “competitive binding assay,” the team found that the 1918 HA preferentially recognizes this receptor. Because the 1918 virus is believed to have originated in birds, this finding suggests that the virus must have circulated in humans long enough to develop a preference for the human type of receptor, the article says. Kobasa D, Takada A, Shinya K, et al. Enhanced virulence of influenza A viruses with the haemagglutinin of the 1918 pandemic virus. Nature 2004;431:703-7 [Abstract] If the 1918 virus reemerged today, “The only group with significant natural protection would be survivors of the 1918 pandemic, who still express high levels of antibodies against an antigen to which they were exposed over 80 years ago, a phenomenon referred to as original antigenic sin,” the report says.last_img read more

The right point when canceling due to COVID-19

first_imgDue to various questions and interpretations about passenger rights in case of cancellation due to COVID-19, we bring an overview of passenger rights at the national level for all types of tourist services in case of cancellation due to COVID-19. According to Article 37, paragraph 6 of the said Act, the passenger has the right to terminate the contract of travel in a package before the start of the package without paying any fee for termination of the contract in case of unavoidable extraordinary circumstances that occurred at the destination or in its immediate vicinity and which significantly affect the fulfillment of the package arrangement or which significantly affect the transport of passengers to the destination. Act on the Provision of Services in Tourism (Official Gazette, nos. 130/17, 25/19 and 98/19), which transposed into the Croatian legal system Directive (EU) 2015/2302 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on travel in package arrangements and related travel arrangements, regulates the termination of the contract on travel in a package arrangement in extraordinary circumstances. Review of passenger rights in case of cancellations in exceptional circumstances or any restrictions for travel at EU level related to COVID-19: Frequently asked questions about cancellations of individually booked accommodation, car rentals and events due to the COVID-19 pandemic With special attention to the changes not covered by this document, ie the provisions of the Act related to the cancellation of travel in package arrangements and the moratorium on return to passengers with the issuance of vouchers which entered into force on 7.4.2020. 15.4.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX: center_img DECISION ON PROMULGATION OF THE LAW ON AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW ON PROVISION OF TOURISM SERVICES RULEBOOK ON THE MANNER OF USING VOUCHERS FOR UNFINISHED TRAVEL CONTRACTS IN A PACKAGE An “emergency” would be a situation beyond the control of the party invoking it, and its consequences could not have been avoided even if all the necessary measures had been taken. Significant risks to human health, such as the outbreak of a serious disease such as COVID-19 at or near the destination, would generally be considered such an emergency, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports said in a document. “Review of passenger rights in the event of a COVID-19 pandemic”last_img read more

Cap & Reg gets in line for Miller’s £75m Swansea Morfa project

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Clarks ties up shoe distribution warehouse

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Indonesia to have enough PPE as manufacturers agree to produce 17 million units: Govt

first_img“Based on the number, we are confident that the PPE supply will suffice, especially medical gowns, so we don’t have to depend on imported equipment anymore,” Wiku said at a press conference on Friday.He went on to say that the manufacturers would use two main materials, polyester and polyurethane, to produce the equipment, adding that those substances complied with World Health Organization (WHO) standards on protective equipment.Read also: COVID-19: Textile factories face hurdles as they switch to producing medical gearBoth materials would allow for the equipment to be washed numerous times and be worn by medical workers repeatedly. “Thus, the equipment could replace disposable medical gowns which have always been used by medical workers. And we have an abundant supply of both materials, too, so I think we don’t have to worry about the equipment production stopping due to a lack of raw materials,” Wiku added.Muhammad Khayam, the Industry Ministry’s chemical, pharmacy and textile director general, estimated that Indonesia’s PPE production per month would exceed demand, saying the country would only need 3 to 5 million pieces of the gear until May.“And we hope those manufacturers will distribute 5 to 10 million pieces of protective equipment at the end of April,” Khayam said in a statement. “We have also asked manufacturers to expedite their production as the spread of COVID-19 is [accelerating] in Indonesia,” he added.Since mid-February, Indonesia’s health workers, doctors and nurses have been working overtime to treat COVID-19 cases, despite many of them having inadequate personal protection. Many of the medical workers were found to have worn makeshift personal protection gear, including raincoats, in lieu of hazmat suits.Due to the woeful condition, medical workers have threatened not to treat COVID-19 patients unless the supply of protective equipment is sufficient, especially after several health workers contracted the disease – and some have died – after treating patients with the disease.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedTo address the issue, the Indonesian Military (TNI) has been distributing protective equipment from the national warehouse at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Base in East Jakarta since March 23. As of Thursday, as many as 300,000 pieces of equipment have been delivered to all provinces of Indonesia.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said that most of the equipment, as many as 85,000 items, had been distributed to Jakarta, given that the capital was the epicenter of the disease with 971 confirmed COVID-19 cases, or 48.8 percent of the total 1,986 national cases as of Thursday.“We acknowledge that the distributed equipment is not sufficient for medical workers, and therefore we are going to purchase and distribute [more items],” Achmad said.Topics : The government is confident about the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers in Indonesia, given that the domestic textile and garment industry has the capacity to produce 17 million pieces per month.Wiku Adisasmito, an expert at Indonesia’s COVID-19 rapid response task force, said that number was based on the combined production capacity of 31 textile manufacturers and 2,900 garment production facilities across the country.Those manufacturers, he added, had committed to providing the gear after the Indonesian Textile Association (API) and the Indonesian Fiber and Filament Yarn Producers Association (Apsify) agreed to help the government meet domestic demand.last_img read more

What Aussies want most at home

first_imgParents Heather and Benjamin Child with kids Archer 3 and Alfred 8 months old. (Picture: AAP image/John Gass)DESPITE the surge in apartment living, new research has uncovered a surprising old school streak in what Aussies love most in a home.When it comes to what they value highest, Aussies still hold dear what their grandparents did — being outdoors, albeit with a 21st century twist.Even with shrinking land sizes and the growing popularity of units, a balcony, deck or courtyard was the top priority for four out of 10 homebuyers.The future of new build subdivisions, established houses and townhouses seems secure with 14 per cent of Queenslanders naming a backyard as their top priority, trumping even how a home looks from the street.Just 9 per cent of Queenslanders were concerned about street appeal, compared to 15 per cent of Victorians and even fewer South Australians (3 per cent).Indoors, Aussies still looked to the kitchen first (12 per cent nationally, 11 per cent Queensland) and despite the growth in renovation and fixer-upper television shows, just 3 per cent focused on a deluxe bathroom.Yates marketing director Paddy Bryans said there was a role for outdoor and green spaces for home buyers and sellers.“With the real estate bubble bursting across most capital cities, homeowners can no longer be complacent about selling their homes,” he said.Older buyers (aged 65 plus) especially were keen on outdoor living spaces such as balconies, decks and courtyards while younger buyers (aged 18-34 years) wanted “an awesome outdoor space to entertain”.Househunters and parents of two Heather and Ben Child won’t commit to a property unless it has a strong outdoor element.With an active three-year-old toddler and an eight-month-old, having safe space to play outdoors was important.“It’s important for us that our kids have a backyard to run around in, get muddy, climb trees, have water play. They’re all great for their development and keeps them quiet,” Mrs Child said.“My husband and I both have nostalgic memories of being outdoor kids. From water fights to backyard cricket, there’s so much joy to have in the garden.“We’re keen that our kids return to some simple pleasures to balance out all of the screen time.”Horticulture consultant Angie Thomas said homeowners looking to spruce up their homes for sale now or in the future needed to keep four key things in mind: Prune and trim; mulch; add a pop of colour, and plant a kitchen garden.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“It’s amazing what a good trimming will do. Pruning wayward plants and giving hedges a neat trim will help make the garden more tidy and presentable.”She said mulch was “magic stuff” for gardens. “Applying a layer of mulch, such as eucalyptus mulch, around garden beds not only helps to reduce moisture loss from the soil, it also acts as a final unifying touch and brings the look of the garden together.”Adding colour could be as simple as placing pots of colourful flowers on the front veranda or outdoor seating space.WHAT QUEENSLANDERS WANT:41 per cent: Outdoor living spaces such as balconies, decks and courtyards18 per cent: An outdoor space to entertain14 per cent: A backyard11 per cent: Kitchen the number one priority9 per cent: Street appeal3 per cent: Bathrooms(Source: Yates)last_img read more

Gjoa remains shut as Engie reveals cause of gas leak

first_imgFollowing a gas leak on the Engie E&P-operated Gjøa platform in the North Sea, the operator has now identified a cause but is keeping the production shut. Engie has 30% interest in the field and its partners are Shell with 12%, Dea Norge with 8%, Petoro with 30% and Wintershall Norge with the remaining 20% interest.A condensate leak occurred at 20:01 Wednesday at the Gjøa platform, prompting the company to shut down the production. The situation quickly came under control, and no injuries occurred.Engie said on Thursday that the direct cause of the leak is now identified to be a fracture in a weld on a 3/4″ pipe associated with a condensate pump.According to the company, the leakage generated gas detection with following shutdown, depressurization of the facility and release of deluge. The condensate leak was stopped and the situation on board the Gjøa platform is under normalization. No leakages to sea took place and production remains shut down.Gjøa had 49 people on board when the incident occurred and 19 people were demobilized by helicopter and brought to a support center in Florø. Some of these employees are now returning to Gjøa to take part in the normalization process.Engie’s emergency response organisation was mobilized to coordinate all support required and the company is now in dialogue with the relevant authorities. Also, an internal investigation group is now being established.The Gjøa gas field is situated 60 kilometers west of Florø, on the west coast of Norway.last_img read more