St. Paul Firefighters Commended for Efforts to Save Premature Baby, Mom

first_imgSchenck and Firefighter Jovan Palmieri gave the baby CPR on the way to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul. The baby had been breathing, but not much. Firefighter Ken Adams was the acting captain for the rig. He instructed Firefighter Andy Vorlicek — who had paramedic experience, but was on only the third day of the job in St. Paul — to stay behind with the mother until backup arrived. The three other paramedics went with the baby to the hospital. The 23-week-old baby did not survive, but the mother did. The woman regained consciousness, and the cavalry arrived — the crews from ladder truck No. 22 and paramedic rig No. 18. “Three days onto the job and he’s left behind with a mother who’s bleeding to death and unconscious as the rest of the crew goes out the door,” Butler said of Vorlicek. “I just could imagine him thinking how lonely this was going to be until the cavalry showed up.” The baby boy weighed about 1 pound and fit in one hand of Firefighter Ben Schenck, who rushed him to the ambulance. The woman was taken to the hospital and recovered, Butler said. The baby died about seven hours after it arrived at the hospital. ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twelve St. Paul firefighters were awarded department commendations today for their efforts to rescue a woman and her baby, who was born months prematurely at home. “I know it left a lasting impression on Ben,” Butler said. “Fifty years from now, he’ll be remembering that particular run.” “So often in our department we do great things and we save lives and, according to you folks — the modest ones that do this work — it’s all just in a day’s work, it’s part of the job,” Chief Tim Butler said to the assembled firefighters. “… I think you went way above and beyond what we normally do. It might not be above your duty, your normal calling in life, but nobody else on this planet could do that kind of stuff with that kind of result.” On Jan. 5, about 5 a.m., paramedics were called to a home in the 300 block of Stinson Street, where a woman had just given birth. The baby was about 23 weeks old. Normal gestation is 40 weeks. The 12 firefighters who won the unit commendations were from paramedic rigs No. 18 and 22, and ladder truck No. 22.The crew on paramedic rig No. 18 was Capt. Larry Christopherson, Mark Slaikeu, Jeremy Larson and Jerry Gilbert. The crew on ladder truck No. 22 was Capt. Mike Smith, Terry Grufman, John D’Amato and Tony Farina. For the four members of paramedic rig No. 22, who had been working since 8 a.m. Jan. 4, the call was the fifth they had handled since midnight Jan. 5.last_img read more

Hartford (CT) Unveils ‘Whole Blood’ Program

first_imgA LifeWarmer Quantum device costs about $2,500 per ambulance. To equip ambulances with more life-saving technologies, AMR is now providing the funding and training to bring Whole Blood Program to the most serious trauma calls in the field.  According to a report from FOX61, the American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance company is teaming up with Saint Francis Hospital for the “Whole Blood Program.”  center_img Dr. John Pettini, an emergency medicine physician at Saint Franci, invented and patented the “LifeWarmer Quantum,” a device that warms the blood (normally stored at 38°F) to near body temperature for on-scene transfusions. AMR is the first ambulance company in the area using this technology.last_img

Seven rectors begin new roles amid unprecedented residential year

first_imgSix of Notre Dame’s dorms and the Fischer Graduate Community will be under the leadership of new rectors this year. Fr. Robert Lisowski will serve as Baumer Hall’s new rector. He served as an assistant rector for the Dillon community in Baumer Hall last year. Lisowski, originally from Scranton, Pa., earned his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame in 2014 and completed his Master of Divinity in May.“I am so excited to begin this new role and chapter as rector of Baumer Hall,” he said in an email. “Serving as an assistant rector for the Dillon community this past year was an incredibly rich experience and I am looking forward to continuing and growing in this ministry.”Michael Rossetti will be taking over the newly refurbished Dillon Hall. Rossetti graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2012. After teaching in Chicago for four years, Rossetti completed a Master of Divinity at Notre Dame in 2019, during which he was an assistant rector in Keough Hall. He then served as visiting chaplain at University College Cork in Ireland. “I wholeheartedly believe we accompany students like no other institution, so I am honored to have been offered the opportunity to return,” he said. Pangborn Hall’s new rector is Daniela De Ciantis, originally from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto, after which she taught high school religion and English in Ottawa. De Ciantis came to Notre Dame for her Master of Divinity degree, and she was an assistant rector in Flaherty Hall for two years. “I am thrilled to be serving as a rector at the University of Notre Dame,” De Ciantis in an email. “It is a privilege and gift to contribute to the mission of the University cultivating the hearts and minds of students through communal living in the halls.”Across the quad, Fr. Bill Dailey has returned to serve as rector of Zahm House. From 2013 to 2016, Dailey was the rector of Stanford Hall. He then spent four years in Dublin, Ireland, where he was the founding director of the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason at St. John Henry Newman’s University Church. Dailey earned his bachelor degree in 1994 and his Master of Divinity in 2000, both at Notre Dame, and he graduated from Columbia Law School in 2006.Dailey said he is optimistic in regards to the challenges and opportunities residential life will face during the pandemic.“It will take creativity, but our students have never been lacking in that department, so we’ll see how it is that we can make the semester work in terms of keeping the virus at bay while also building the friendships and enjoying the laughter, engagement and camaraderie that make living on this campus the best undergraduate experience in the world,” Dailey said in an email.South Bend native Fr. Chris Brennan is taking over as rector of Stanford Hall. Brennan attended Old College seminary before earning a Masters of Divinity. During his last year of his masters program, Brennan was an assistant rector in Dunne Hall. Ordained as a priest in 2018, Brennan served in Church ministries all around the world and spent time serving as a parish priest in Portland, Ore. “I am excited to now call Stanford Hall home, and learn from and live with the Men of Virtue,” he said in a email. Fr. Eric Schimmel is the new rector of Dunne Hall. He entered the Moreau Seminary after completing his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame. After earning his Masters of Divinity, Schimmel was ordained in 2002. Since then, Schimmel has worked in parishes across the United States, served as Director of the Andre House, Phoenix, and worked at King’s College, Wilkes Barre, Pa., in its campus ministry. “Having been blessed by Notre Dame’s education focusing on both mind and heart, I feel honored to now serve here, keeping that tradition alive,” Schimmel said in an email. Finally, Michigan native Sara Thoms is taking up the new role as rector of undergraduate community in Fischer Graduate Residences and project coordinator for Residential Life. After graduating from Villanova University, Thoms completed her Master of Divinity from Notre Dame. Thoms then taught high school theology in Phoenix, Ariz.“I hope to build community by connecting these students to each other and to their home halls,” Thoms said in an email. “COVID-19 has brought about many disruptions to our students’ lives, and I hope coming home to Notre Dame ushers in a sense of peace and comfort amidst these uneasy circumstances.”Tags: baumer hall, Dillon Hall, dunne hall, fall semester 2020, Fischer Graduate Residences, new rectors, Pangborn Hall, residential life, Stanford Hall, Zahm Houselast_img read more

Benobikes buys out AX-Lightness to carry on superlight, ultra premium German-made carbon

first_imgWhat that means for the company is that the full staff of 30 in design, operations, and manufacturing stays on and operations have continued without interruption. What that means for consumers is that AX-Lightness bikes and components will keep being developed and produced at the ultra premium performance they are known for, all products in development are still moving forward, and the products will continued to be backed by an even stronger and more responsive company. It also means that the Benotti bikes offerings are set to get even better in the near future, as they start to build on the high level tech of AX, potentially at a more affordable price level.Now with some background out of the way, I’ll get back to digging out the factory tour highlights. So keep an eye open for that in the coming weeks… With the purchase by Nolte and his taking the role of managing director, he plans to integrate his Benotti line of bikes into the AX-Lightness group to expand sales worldwide of both bikes and components. The aim is to carry on both brands simultaneously, but to be able to produce some (or all) of the Benotti bikes in the AX factory, while still developing bikes under the AX name at the highest level, all focusing on high-end Made in Germany carbon fiber tech. Before the holidays we had a chance to go visit the designers and hands-on carbon fabricators that turn light ideas into superlight AX-Lightness components. But as I’ve started sorting through the couple of hundred photos I took on my two days of factory tours, I realized that first we should talk about a pretty important organizational change at AX-Lightness. We’d heard industry rumblings since the summer that AX was having financial troubles and had sought some form of bankruptcy protection, but had little concrete details. Now sitting down with the management team at their Creussen headquarters, we got a little more backstory and have a good sense that being bought out by fellow German company Benobikes has already gotten AX back on their feet and will actually help AX-Lightness with some sustainable growth…center_img What essentially happened to AX-Lightness was that a mixture of reliance on motorsports and some poor management practices, left them with a good bit of outstanding debt and not enough reliable sales outside of the bike industry to keep everything in the black. So over the past six months or so there was a management shake-up that saw the company founder Axel Schnura leave, while they searched for new management and financial backing. After an intense search with several interested parties, Benobikes and its owner Bernd Nolte rose to the top of the potential buyers with both a business plan that made financial sense and a forward outlook that offered the people and products of AX-Lightness a sustainable future.As we heard it, the future of AX was never really in doubt. Sure, the company was not making a profit, but there was so much value in the intellectual property, the products themselves, the design team, and the expert crafts people that it was simply a matter of selecting new management and figuring out which financial backer meshed smoothly with the existing company.last_img read more

Lea Michele & Jonathan Groff Sing a Spirited ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ on The Tonight Show

first_imgLea Michele and Jonathan Groff won the hearts of theater fans more than a decade ago when they played Wendla and Melchior in the dark Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening. Years later, still besties, the pair recently took to the recording studio to preserve a holiday duet for Michele’s new album “Christmas in the City.” To show off their performance, the fan-favorite stars appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to sing the tune, a new take on Walter Kent and Kim Gannon’s classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Watch Michele and Groff sing out below, then download Michele’s album—and see Groff on stage in off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors! View Comments Star Files Lea Michele Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

State employees will continue remote work until March 31, 2021

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Agency of Administration today announced that state employees who can telework should expect to do so at least through March 31, 2021. This extends the expectation set in August that telework would extend to the end of calendar year 2020.“By maintaining our current telework status and continued flexible work schedules for those at the worksite, we are mitigating risks to our success in schools and ongoing economic recovery efforts while we look forward to the roll out of a vaccine,” said Secretary of Administration Susanne Young. “School re-openings have taken place successfully and part of that success has been the flexibility of our schools and families with school age children to shift to in-person and/or remote learning schedules as needed very quickly.”Since the beginning of the declared state of emergency on March 23, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic many state employees stayed at their worksites to sustain the State’s emergency response to the pandemic, including the health department, 24/7 facilities, law enforcement and offices where critical operations could not be sustained without some physical presence in the worksite.Over the course of the summer and fall, some State workers returned from telework to provide onsite “in person” services and operations where required, such as the district offices of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. These in-person operations remain open.Strict adherence to health and safety requirements and protocols for in-person worksites, including masks, physical distancing, training, daily screening, frequent handwashing and staying home when ill are required for employees who are at their worksites for any reason.“I want to thank our state employees for remaining nimble during these unprecedented times, and for their work to ensure we continue to offer critical services and programs to Vermonters,” said Governor Phil Scott. “By continuing telework for those who can do their work from home, state employees are helping contribute to our collective effort to minimize contacts while the virus is still with us.”Source: Montpelier, Vt.—The Agency of Administration 10.30.2020last_img read more

Jamaica PM heads to New York for Memorial for Slave Trade Victims

first_img Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… UN SG thanks CARICOM, African Union for leading Permanent Memorial InitiativeUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Wednesday thank the Caribbean Community and African Union for their role in the initiation and creation of a permanent memorial to honor victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The Memorial which is called the Ark of Return  was unveiled Wednesday in a ceremony at…March 26, 2015In “CARICOM”Six UN Member States handover cheques for Slave Trade MemorialSix United Nations Members States have confirmed contributions to a Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade last Friday 26, September.  At a high-level ceremony, held  recently at United Nations Headquarters, representatives of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Qatar, Senegal and Spain handed over symbolic…September 29, 2014In “CARICOM”Jamaica UN Mission takes lead in developing slavery victims’ MemorialThe design and execution of a permanent memorial to honour  the victims of the transatlantic slave trade titled The Ark of Return was spear headed by Jamaica’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Since it was a CARICOM initiative, Jamaica has been at the lead on behalf of the Region with Jamaica’s Ambassador to…March 23, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is slated to join other world leaders and government officials at the United Nations (UN) in New York today for the unveiling of the permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.center_img March 25 has been declared by the UN as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.Full story:  Jamaica Gleanerlast_img read more

Animal Wellness Forms National Veterinary Council

first_imgIn addition to policy and advocacy work, veterinarians with the Council will, to the extent practicable, help with hands-on and advocacy programs for the Animal Wellness Foundation, putting their professional training and public credibility to advance animal protection goals. Dr. Turner is a Colorado native and is a graduate of Colorado State University. She has 20 years of experience in the veterinary field and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology). She served as head of the oncology service at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists, located in New York City. Currently, she is the senior oncologist and lead investigator of multiple clinical trials at Veterinary Cancer Group at the City of Angels Specialty Center in Los Angeles, CA. She supports a combination approach to cancer care, utilizing both eastern and western principles while working regularly with holistically trained doctors to meet the needs of her patients. Since graduating from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with honors, Dr. Cannon has devoted over 22 years toward animal care in his private practice and almost a decade toward animal protection. He works to raise public awareness about animal issues in myriad ways and in 2012 founded Take Your Blinders Off, Inc., a non-profit that owns and operates a truck equipped with two video screens that educates the public about a wide range of animal welfare issues. He’s been featured in two documentaries exposing animal abuse and is the recipient the Pollination Project Lisa Shapiro award.  AWF News: “Veterinarians have the training and practical experience not only to help animals, but also to guide political leaders, corporations, and average citizens to do better when it comes to individual and institutional treatment of animals,” said Dr. Annie Harvilicz, the founder of the Animal Wellness Foundation and a practicing veterinarian in Los Angeles. “Our veterinarians have the experience and ability to push forward our campaigns to combat factory farming, puppy mills, horse abuse, and so many other problems. They’ll also be on the frontlines in programs to help animals directly— both for regular care and in crisis circumstances.” Sarah LaMere, D.V.M., Ph.D – San Diego, CA She has authored the consumer guide to veterinary medicine “Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health” and has made television appearances including CNN American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, and Good Morning America to help pet parents attain the information they need to be successful advocates for their animal companions. Randall Cannon, D.V.M. – Orlando, FL After graduating from Tufts Veterinary school in 1989, Dr. Hassinger completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. In 1997 she founded the Wolf Rock Animal Health Center, the first Integrative Veterinary Medicine practice in Rhode Island, providing lifelong health care, combining alternative therapies with conventional medicine, surgery and dentistry. She is trained in Acupuncture, Animal Chiropractic, Homeopathy, Chinese and Western herbal medicine, Flower Essence therapy and clinical nutrition.  Dr. Hassinger served as an elder in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, during which time she was among the first to lecture and write on the topic of veterinarian suicide and wellness education. She has an interest in the issues involved in management of wolves and wild horses in the American West.  Having earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and her Ph.D. from The Scripps Research Institute, Dr. LaMere is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego. Dr. LaMere’s current research focus is on HIV, and her interests are specifically aligned with the concept of the One Health Initiative, which seeks to form collaborations between veterinarians and the human health professions with the purpose of furthering our understanding of both animal and human health and disease. In addition to her research career, Dr. LaMere has done both international volunteer work and disaster response. Pernilla Edstrom, D.V.M., Ph.D – Los Angeles, CA The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) and Animal Wellness Action (AWA) have announced the formation of their National Veterinary Council, with members bringing collective medical and advocacy experience for companion animals, farm animals, horses and wildlife. A graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Harvilicz is the Chief Medical Officer of the veterinary hospital Animal Wellness Centers in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the Sherrie Clark Compassion and Caring Award and the Tobey Award for helping lost, abandoned, or homeless dogs and has served on the national leadership council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Harvilicz founded the Animal Wellness Foundation to create a rescue organization that enables her veterinary practice to extend animal care more broadly into the community. Dr. Armaiti May, D.V.M. – Los Angeles, CA Annie Harvilicz, D.V.M. – Los Angeles, CA Dr. Edstrom brings 12 years of veterinary care experience as Medical Director of the Animal Wellness Centers animal hospital in Los Angeles. After receiving her veterinary doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences, she accepted an internship at Animal Surgical and Emergency Center (ASEC) in West Los Angeles. There, she was exposed to a multitude of specialties, such as Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Cardiology, Radiology, and Internal Medicine. As a practicing veterinarian, she treats and rehabilitates pets and rescue animals while actively supporting animal protection policies. Matt Holland, D.V.M. – Washington DC Dr. Jim Keen – D.V.M., Ph. D Hastings, Nebraska The members of the National Veterinary Council are described below. Graduating with his veterinary medicine degree and doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Keen has 30 years of experience in veterinary and biomedical research, with a specialty in livestock infectious disease issues, public health and more recently, industrial farm animal protection and advocacy. Dr. Keen spoke publicly about abusive treatment of animals at the USDA Meat Research Center in central Nebraska in 2015 gaining worldwide attention. These revelations were instrumental in driving reforms toward better livestock welfare, better science and more accountability in dozens of federal farm animal research laboratories. He is currently a visiting fellow in Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Program, focusing on laws and policies that can reduce the use of livestock, dogs, cats and primates in federally funded in-house research programs.  The volunteer members of the Council will extend the reach of the organization’s programs and priorities and more meaningfully place veterinarians at the forefront of the animal protection movement. A wide range of public attitude surveys reveal that veterinarians are the most trusted sources on matters of animal care and animal welfare policy. Dr. May obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in June 2005, before spending 20 months working at a 24-hour emergency dog and cat hospital. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture and animal chiropractic and has graduated from the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy and operates her own vegan-friendly integrative veterinary practice and non-profit, Veterinary Association for Protection of Animals, that encourages and educates on animal advocacy.  Avenelle Turner, DVM, Dip ACVIM – Marina Del Rey, CA Dr. Holland graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine and is currently an AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture. Dr. Holland completed an AAAS/AVMA Congressional Fellowship in the office of Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos with his policy interests including One Health — issues that impact the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health (e.g. antimicrobial resistance, infectious disease, disaster preparedness & response, etc). Elizabeth Hassinger, DVM – Exeter, Rhode Island Louise Murray, D.V.M., DACVIM (SAIN) – Rye, New York Dr. Murray is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her residency in veterinary internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. She worked as Medical Director before becoming Vice President of ASPCA Animal Hospital in New York. Dr. Murray has been the recipient of multiple veterinary awards, including the American Association of Feline Practitioners Award for Outstanding Interest and Ability in Feline Medicine and Surgery. Currently, she is the Staff Internist at Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center. last_img read more

Nikal signs Premier Inn at Exchange Square

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Fall Ladies Night

first_imgA Fall Ladies Night benefiting the Children’s Museum of the East End was held on Wednesday, November 14, at Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, presented by The Shed. Guests enjoyed wines, hors d’oeuvres, prizes, and a silent auction. Sharelast_img